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All posts by Pankaj Saxena

When Gods choose their own Teertha

There are various stories about how the gods chose their own teerthas. There is a Shiva Linga which froze somewhere; a Krishna who refused to move any more; or a Raghunath vigraha which almost flew to its destination, being that light. What do these stories actually mean? Read on to know.

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The Case of Yoni in a Dargah

Sep 20,20by Pankaj Saxena

In a curious case of destruction of Hindu heritage which is often presented as an example of syncretism of Hindu-Muslim culture, this article at Indic Varta tells a case study of how Hindu heritage is first destroyed and then digested into the fairy tale of 'composite culture'.

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The Living and the Historical Temple

Which is better? The living or the historical temple? The living institution or the historical structure? In this article, Pankaj Saxena discusses the possible attitudes that we can take about maintaining our heritage. It is both a reservoir of our history and also a living institution. How to treat the Hindu Temple will also be telling about how the Hindus are going to treat their heritage and culture in general.

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Theology of Hate – How Christianity Destroys Paganism

The Palghar Lynching of Hindu Sadhus has shaken the conscience of many Hindus. The case is still not clear. The area is known for violent Christian missionary activity, and the NGO which is trying to arrange for the release of the accused in the case has ties to the Church. Moreover, the recent mysterious death of the VHP assigned lawyer to the Hindu side, Digvijay Trivedi in an ‘accident’ during the lockdown makes the case even murkier. This article discusses how the Church routinely fills tribals’ hearts with hatred of everything Hindu.

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7 Ganeshas from 7 Temples Across India

In this article, Pankaj Saxena discusses seven most exquisite vigrahas of Ganesha, all across the country, through six states and seven temples. The article also discusses the history of these temples and places.

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Unfinished Agendas of Radical Islam: the Global Gameplan

Aug 29,20by Pankaj Saxena

Some Indian historians say that the frequent rioting of Indian Muslims are leading India towards another Partition, calling it an unfinished agendas of the Muslim League, which lives on as IUML in Kerala but also in the attitude of radical Islamists all over India.

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The Hindu Samizdat: How Hindus Respond to Censorship and Bias

The Hindu, ever since losing political power to the Muslims in medieval times, has been eking out the existence of a second class citizen in his own country. With the internet it seems he could finally find his voice. But the Hinduphobic censorship of the Hindu voice continues and Hindu accounts are banned all the time. This is a story of how the Hindu adapts.

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And Shri Rama Returns to Ayodhya!

Today on 5th August 2020, after hundreds of years, Shri Rama is coming back to Ayodhya. After the sacrifice of millions of Hindus, this generation is lucky enough to see the Grand Rama Temple built at Ayodhya. This is a story of how this happened. Jai Shri Rama.

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Hagia Sophia and the Return of Islam

This article discusses a watershed moment in world history: Hagia Sophia turning into a mosque again. This monument which was created as a church in 6th century in Christian Constantinople was converted into a mosque in 1453 after Constantinople lost to the Islamic armies of Sultan Mehmet II and Constantinople became Istanbul. But after the creation of Modern Turkey, this was turned into a secular institution, a museum, in order to show respect to history. Turning the wheel of time back to the fundamentalist sands of 7th century Arabia, Erodan, the Islamic fanatic President of Turkey makes this a mosque again.

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Dealing With the Gandhi Within

Gandhi arouses strong reactions in Indians. Some love him, declaring him to be the greatest man who ever lived, next only to Buddha. Others hate him too much, calling him the person who deluded India with promises of pseudo-secularism. What is the truth? And was Gandhi the only one to be blamed. Was Hindu society also a culprit? Read this article to know the answers and solutions to these problems.

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