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How ‘Rich’ was Mughal India?

In the past two decades a concerted effort has been made by a group of compromised self-proclaimed historians like Rana Safvi and Ramachandra Guha to prove that everything good in India was brought to it by the Muslims and particularly the Mughals. One of the primary claims is that Mughal India was 'rich'. Historian Saumya Dey in this brilliant article analyzes whether even this claim was true or not.

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Vedic Gods: One God: Many Gods: Advaita – Part II

When the urge for unity is spiritual, the theology of One God is no bar and the seeker reaches a position no different from Advaita, from ekam sat. He realizes that God alone is, and not that there is only One God. But if the motive for unity is merely intellectual, it helps little, spiritually speaking. God remains an outward being and does not become the truth of the Spirit. It does not even help to reduce the number of Gods; instead it multiplies the number of Devils – if Christianity is any guide in the matter.

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The Dream of a Casteless Society

Why is caste which we wanted to eradicate and completely uproot now becoming stronger and more prominent despite our persistent efforts to the contrary? Have we made the mistake of trying to eradicate the caste system because of our inability to comprehend the caste system? After all, why did we assume that caste is a social problem and that it is a hurdle in the path of national progress and unity? From where did we get this perspective? Is this, like our other major beliefs and principles, a part of the legacy of British socialism that we have inherited?

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KYC – Know Your Civilization: Recognizing the Distinctive Soul of India

In this brilliant and searing piece, Sargun Kaur combines personal experience and penetrative insight into civilizational problems. She explores her own journey of de-colonization of the Hindu psyche, through four defining works. Through these works and her understanding of them, she affirms how India should be imagined or looked at by our younger generation.

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Learning from Mahatma Gandhi’s Mistakes – 2

In this second part of the series, Dr. Koenraad Elst analyzes the faults of Mahatma Gandhi. He argues that his primary fault was not his insistence on universal and un-conditional non-violence, but his fanatacism and intolerance regarding the implementation of ideas that he thought were correct for not just himself but for the entire society.

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Apaurusheya and the Origin of Language

In this excerpt, Shri Anirvan talks about Apaurusheya and how the origin of language is related to it. Sanatana Dharma, its scriptures, its philosophy and its institutions are famous for not crediting the individual for certain achievement, or failure, for that matter. Indian arts, famously remain nameless. Shri Anirvan, in this very deep piece analyzes the basic idea of Apaurusheya behind this tradition.

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