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Bonding to the Land: A Pagan view of Ecology

In deep ecology, bonding to the land is the first condition for an ecologically sane society. “The first thing to do is to choose a sacred place and live in it.” So advised Pawnee tribe elder, Tahirussawichi, to writer Dolores LaChapelle. The Pagan pact with the land can be regarded as what is today called bioregionalism. Relation to a place perceived as sacred is not, however, possession of place; in fact, such relationship impedes the drive to possess. Native Americans frequently insist that they belong to the land, the land does not belong to them.

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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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जाति-विहीन समाज का सपना

क्या अपने लंबे अनुभव के प्रकाश में यह आवश्यक नहीं कि हम नए सिरे से जाति-संस्था को समझने का प्रयास करें? क्यों यह जाति-संस्था समूचे विश्व में केवल भारत और विशेषकर हिंदू समाज का ही वैशिष्ट्य है? भारतीय मिट्टी और इतिहास में इसकी जड़ें कहाँ हैं? यदि इसके पीछे कोई जीवन-दर्शन है तो वह क्या है? यदि यह मानव-विरोधी, काल-बाह्य और अप्रासंगिक संस्था है तो यह अपने आप मर क्यों नहीं जाती? क्या है जो इसे जिंदा रखे हुए है? पर इन सब प्रश्नों में प्रवेश करने के पूर्व आवश्यक है कि हम यह जानें कि यूरोपीय यात्रियों, मिशनरियों, ब्रिटिश शासकों इत्यादि ने जाति-संस्था को समय-समय पर किस रूप में देखा और उसके प्रति क्या रणनीति अपनाई?

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Institutionalizing Hindu Hatred

The Palghar lynching of Hindu Sadhus is not a stand alone event. The hatred of everything Hindu, everything saffron has been institutionalized in Indian media, academia, polity, art and even economy. This has been going on for more than a century. The British initiated it but the Nehru dynasty continued this barbaric policy of Hindu hatred to the hilt. This article shows, how these lynching of Hindu Sadhus across India, which have frighteningly become a common event, are not isolated events, but the harvest of the hatred that Christian missionaries and Marxists have been brewing for the past few decades.

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Why Don’t Hindus Stand Up Against Anti-Hindu Anti-India Agenda?

Purnima Nath explores how Hinduphobia is rampant in Indian as well as Western media. She tells us how anti-Hindu, anti-Indian campaigns are openly run with seldom any repurcussions or strong reactions from the Hindu side. She also tells us how minorities are safest in India and not in neighboring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh and that is because of the Hindu culture and ethos of India.

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