Rajiv Malhotra is an internationally known researcher, writer, speaker and public intellectual on current affairs as they relate to civilizations, cross-cultural encounters, spirituality and science. He studied physics and computer science, and served in multiple careers including: software development executive, Fortune 100 senior corporate executive, strategic consultant, and successful entrepreneur in the information technology and media industries. At the peak of his career when he owned 20 companies in several countries, he took early retirement at age 44 to pursue philanthropy, research and public service. He established Infinity Foundation for this purpose in 1994. Rajiv has conducted original research in a variety of fields and has influenced many other thinkers in India and the West. He has disrupted the mainstream thought process among academic and non-academic intellectuals alike, by providing fresh provocative positions on Dharma and on India. Some of the focal points of his work are: Interpretation of Dharma for the current times; comparative religion, globalization, and India’s contributions to the world. He has authored hundreds of articles, provided strategic guidance to numerous organizations and has over 800 video lectures available online. His following game-changing books are a good resource to understand him deeper:
1. Academic Hinduphobia
2. The Battle For Sanskrit: “Is Sanskrit political or sacred, oppressive or liberating, dead or alive?
3. Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism
4. Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines
5. Indra’s Net: Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity
Dr. Kapil Kapoor is an Indian scholar of linguistics and literature and an authority on Indian intellectual traditions. He is former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and served as a professor at the Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor at the Centre for Sanskrit Studies there before retiring in 2005. He is Editor-in-Chief of the 11 Volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism published by Rupa & Co. in 2012.
Kapil Kapoor has been teaching for fifty-two years; 41 scholars worked for PhD and 36 for M.Phil. under him. He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1996–1999 and Rector (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) of the University from 1999–2002. In 2018, he was appointed chairperson of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) at Shimla. Previously, he was Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya at Wardha.
His teaching and research areas include literary and linguistic theories both Indian and Western, the philosophy of language, nineteenth century British life, literature and thought and Indian intellectual traditions. He has written and lectured extensively on these themes. He retired from JNU in 2005.
1 – Semantic Structure and the Verb: A Propositional Analysis
2 – Grading Criteria for Neo-Literate Materials
3 – English in India
4 – Language, Linguistics and Literature: The Indian Perspective
5 – South-Asian Love Poetry
6 – Canonical Texts of English Literary Criticism with Selections from Classical Poeticians
7 – Literary Theory: Indian Conceptual Framework
8 – Dimensions of Panini Grammar
9 – Text and Interpretation: The Indian Tradition
10 – Indian Knowledge Systems
11 – Sanskrit Studies. Vol.1.
12 – Rati Bhakti: Bharat Ki Katha Parampara Me.
13 – Encyclopedia of Hinduism Vols. 1–11, Editor-in-Chief
Bharat Gupt, a former Associate Professor in English at the College of Vocational Studies of the University of Delhi, is an Indian classicist, theatre theorist, sitar and surbahar player, musicologist, cultural analyst, and newspaper columnist. His Doctoral Dissertation was titled “A Comparison of Greek and Indian Dramatic Theories as Given in the Poetics and the Natyasastra”. He speaks Sanskrit, Hindi, English and Greek. Trained both in modern European and traditional Indian educational systems, he has worked in classical studies, theatre, music, culture and media studies and researched as Senior Fellow of the Onassis Foundation in Greece on revival of ancient Greek theatre. Much of his writing is devoted to classical Indian and Greek theatre, comparing their similarities and differences and exploring the possibilities of common Indo-European origins. He is an active promoter of the re-introduction of artistic education and Sanskrit language in the Indian education system.
1 – Dramatic Concepts: Greek and Indian (1994) Literary Criticism and Theory (Greek)
2 – India: A Cultural Decline or Revival?
Dr. Purabi Roy, retired Professor of Jadavpur University, India and ex. visiting Professor of Moscow State University and St.Petersburg University, Russian Federation is the scholar who is leading scholar in India and the world who is searching for the truth about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s mysterious death. She was the backbone of the Mukherjee Commission. As a research Professor of the Asiatic Society, she published volumes on Russo-Indian Relations XIX Cent, Indo-Russian Relations XX Cent. Part-I and Part-II. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Commemoration Vol. of Scottish Church College. She is the author of many articles and a great book on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
1 – The Search for Netaji: New Findings
Shrikant G. Talageri is a self-taught scholar of history, culture and linguistics. He knows more than 20 languages and is an expert of comparative linguistics. Along with history, philosophy, culture and linguistics he is also interested in music, wildlife and comparative religion.
Shri Talageri was born and brought up in Mumbai. His literary sense was highly developed while he was studying in school and he used to write stories. When he was first asked to recite one of his stories in his childhood, he was praised but encouraged to write it in his mother-tongue – Konkani.
Shri Talageri accepted the challenge but writing in Konkani made him aware of the many linguistic problems involved, and he developed a strong interest in linguistics (learning different alphabets, reading about the languages of the world, etc) He even invented an alphabet for Konkani.
This is when he came up against the Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) and found it extremely dubious. The kinship between the languages spoken by most Indians and by most Europeans, jointly known as the Indo-European (IE) language family, is usually explained through the Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT). He has made a special study of the Konkani language, his mother tongue. He has devoted several years, and much study, to the theory of an Aryan invasion of India, debunking it without an iota of doubt. He has also interpreted the Vedas with the help of the internal chronology of Rig Vedic Rishis within Rig Veda with the help of genealogical records.
He establishes that Rig Veda was composed by sages living in Saraswati river valley between Saraswati and Ganga rivers (Haryana) who were patrons of the kings who ruled in this area. These patron kings were especially the Puru and particularly the Bharata branch of the Purus. Talageri equates the Vedic-Aryans to the Purus and the Iranians to the Anus a sibling branch of the Purus. Other sibling branches includes the Drahyus, the Yadus and the Turvasus.
History is a very potent subject. Politics can be, and very often is based on it. A nation which forgets, or falsifies, or willfully ignores, or glosses over the lessons of its history is a nation heading towards doom. And, conversely, when a nation is intended to be sent to its doom, a process of falsification of its history can be profitably launched.
Shrikant Talageri is one of those scholars who have come forward in recent years to challenge the colonial missionary model imposed on world history during the era of Western-Christian imperialism. In his book, The Aryan Invasion Theory: A Reappraisal, he had conclusively established that India was the original homeland of the Indo-European family of languages. In Aryan Invasion Theory and Indian Nationalism, he has confirmed equally emphatically that India was also the original homeland not only of the Indo-Aryans but also of the Indo-Iranians and the Indo-Europeans.
The location of the Original Homeland of the Indo-European family of language is the single most significant problem in the study of World History. This language family has members all across Europe and Asia. The question of the homeland of this diverse family has been hotly debated among linguists, historians, archaeologists and, especially in India, also among political writers of every brand.
In Rigveda and the Avesta: The Final Evidence Shrikant Talageri, claiming to present “the final evidence” on the Indo-European Homeland question, goes a long way indeed in disproving the Aryan Invasion Theory and establishing India as the land of origin of the migrations that spread the Indo-European language family over half of the Eurasian continent, from Bengal to Portugal and from Lanka to Norway. Thus his theory generally categorized under out of India (OIT) theory of origin of IE Family is firm and a strong contender to the well-established IE homeland theories.
Shri Talageri has written four books so far: The Rigveda: A Historical Analysis 2000; The Aryan Invasion Theory: A Reappraisal; The Rigveda and the Avesta: The Final Evidence; and Aryan Invasion Theory and Indian Nationalism.
Shri Talageri debunked the Aryan Invasion Theory and Aryan Migration Theory so completely and conclusively that there remains no iota of doubt about it. And he achieved this against all odds. He worked in a bank, his entire working career, which was his source of livelihood. He did his scholarship only in the spare time. Without the benefit of the resources of a University and without the recognition that the paraphernalia of the University system provides, Shri Talageri labored against all odds and against all academic hostility, slander and opposition.
By debunking the Aryan Invasion Theory, Shri Talageri has taken a major step in the decolonization of Indian mind. He is one of the foremost voices of decolonization of India. His name should be famous all over the world, as one of the most brilliant of scholars who helped debunk a fraud, but sadly the only way academic hegemons can try to counter his work is to ignore it. This Doctorate by Indus University is a humble step in establishing the rightful place of Shri Talageri in the world of scholarship.
1 – The Aryan Invasion Theory and Indian Nationalism
2 – The Rigveda: A Historical Analysis
3 – Rigveda and the Avesta: Final Evidence
4 – Genetics and the Aryan debate: “Early Indians” Tony Joseph’s Latest Assault
Dr. Shankar Sharan is one of the greatest scholars of communism and comparative study of religions. With his books, articles and lectures he has been commenting upon some of the most important issues and problems that plague our time. He is concerned one of the foremost experts of Communism in India. His magnum opus, ‘Marxism and Indian History Writing’ is still considered one of the best books on the subject. Along with that he has written a dozen more books.
१ – भारतीय इतिहास दृष्टि और मार्क्सवादी लेखन
२ – मार्क्सवाद के खँडहर
३ – गाँधी के ब्रह्मचर्य प्रयोग
४ – जिहादी आतंकवाद
Sampadananda Mishra is a Pondicherry-based Sanskrit scholar from Odisha. He is the director of Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture. Through the Vande Mataram Library Trust, an open-source and volunteer-driven project, he plans to generate verified, authentic English translations of almost all important scriptures available in Sanskrit.This pioneering project would also lay the foundation stone of original Sanskrit works that would enhance the appreciation and cultivation of the Vedic knowledge. Mishra was awarded the Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Award for Sanskrit in 2012 by Pratibha Patil, the then President of India. Mishra specializes in Sanskrit grammar.
1 – Sanskrit and the Evolution of Human Speech.
2 – Stotravali: A Book of Hymns and Prayers in Sanskrit.
3 – The Century of Life of Sri Aurobindo with original verses of Bhartrihari.
4 – Sri Aurobindo and Sanskrit.
5 – The wonder that is Sanskrit.
6 – Hasyamanjari: A book of humorous stories in Sanskrit.
7 – Chandovallari: A handbook of Sanskrit prosody.
Nithin Sridhar is an Author, Speaker, and Journalist based in Mysuru, India. Though trained as a civil engineer and has worked in the construction field, his passion for culture and philosophy made him take a career change into journalism. He is currently the Editor of IndiaFacts, an online portal focused on Indian history, culture and philosophy. He is also the Editor of Advaita Academy which is focussed on the dissemination of the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. His first book “Musings On Hinduism” provided an overview of various aspects of Hindu philosophy and society. His latest book “Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective” examines menstruation notions and practices prevalent in different cultures & religions from across the world. He regularly writes columns on issues ranging from politics and society to religion and philosophy.
1 – The Sabarimala Confusion – Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective
2 – Sri Dakshinamurthy
3 – Samanya Dharma
4 – Candika: The Story of Goddess Durga
Vedveer Arya is a civil servant and an officer of 1997 batch of Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS). Presently, he is working as Integrated Financial Advisor in Ministry of Defence, Government of India. He earned his master’s degree in Sanskrit from University of Delhi. He is the author of “The chronology of Ancient India: Victim of Concoctions and Distortions”, published in 2015.
1 – The Chronology of India: From Manu to Mahabharata
2 – The Chronology of India: From Mahabharata to Medieval Era – Vol II
3 – The Origin of the Christian Era: Fact or Fiction
Dr. Sufiya Pathan is a member of the research programme, Comparative Science of Cultures, developed by S.N. Balagangadhara, which seeks to investigate cultural difference and the problems generated thereby. She has a PhD from the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bengaluru (affiliated to Manipal University), and a Post-doc from the Department of Religious Studies, University of Pardubice (Czech Republic), with a European Union fellowship. She has previously held teaching positions at Sophia College for Women (Mumbai), UWC Mahindra College (Paud), Wilson College (Mumbai) and others.
Her research focuses on how India was understood in colonial writings and the contemporary impact of that understanding. Her specific interest lies in the areas of communalism and caste.
Western Foundations of the Caste System. (Co-edited with Martin Farek, Dunkin Jalki and Prakash Shah), Palgrave, London.
Dr. Swamy was born in 1939. In a lifetime spanning over 8 decades; in his multi-dimensional career – he has been a statistician, an economist, a politician, a lawyer, an educationist and more than any of this he is a hero for millions of Indians.
In simple words: He is a Prodigy; a Genius; a Maverick and for some – He is an Enigma. And this explains why he is followed by more than 85 lakh people on social media; without hiring any professional media expert.
Dr. Subramanian Swamy is today nationally known and widely respected for his ideological conviction, for his commitment to furthering democracy and market economy in the country. He is also known for his scholarly credentials, and a blemish free political career.
He has been a Member of Parliament several times and held Cabinet positions in the Union Government, most significantly as a Minister of Commerce, Law and Justice. It is a mark of his brilliance that he has managed to make and keep friends and allies across the whole convoluted spectrum of Indian politics.
Dr. Swamy has a long and continuing academic association with the world famous Harvard University (since 1962). In 1964, Dr. Swamy earned his Ph.D. two years after he entered Harvard which was a record. He joined as Harvard faculty soon after.
He was awarded a doctorate in Economics by Harvard after his research with two Nobel Laureates, Simon Kuznets (uuniversally acknowledged as the Father of Econometrics.) and Paul A. Samuelson.
Dr. Swamy is a joint author with Professor Samuelson in a path breaking study on Index Number Theory. Dr. Swamy was the youngest faculty member of the world famous Economics Department at Harvard University
He was also the friend of the brilliant scientist J.B.S. Haldane. Under his encouragement Dr. Swamy wrote his first paper, “Note on Fractile Graphical Analysis”, a critique, disproving Mahalanobis’ claims of originality for his own statistical invention. The pre-shaped sample which Dr. Swamy proved mathematically, was nothing but the first derivative of the Lorenz Curve.
Dr. Subramanian Swamy is a published author of several books, research papers and journals. He received Distinguished Alumni Award from Hindu College, University of Delhi, in 2012, Hindu Ratna Award from the organization of Hindu Helpline, in 2013; and Tamil Ratna award for the Tamil Sangam of New York. He was ranked 25th in Indian Express 2017 List of Most Powerful Indians.
Dr. Swamy has been amongst the earliest to advocate economic liberalization and competitive market economy for India. As Union Commerce Minister in 1990-91, he prepared the blueprints for economic reforms, adopted by the successor Narasimha Rao government. He also wrote a paper titled “The Swadeshi Plan: An Alternative Approach to Socialism”.
India of the 1960s and early 1970s was in the grip of the socialists. A whole generation of Indian intellectuals had been brainwashed into hard-core Communism.
He has taken up issues of Hindu Renaissance, and has had remarkable success in the courts arguing as petition-in-person. He has played crucial roles in the following cases:
● The Ram Setu Case
● The RamJanmabhoomi Case
● Re-opening of Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage
● Nataraja Temple Case
He was also instrumental in:
● Restoring India-Israel Relations
● Restoring India-China Relations
More than anything, Dr. Swamy’s life journey is characterized by absolute fearlessness which comes from his personal integrity and conviction.
1 – Hindutva and National Renaissance
2 – Virat Hindu Identity – Concept and its Power
3 – Economic Growth in China and India
4 – Indian economic planning: An alternative approach
5 – Building a New India: An Agenda for National Renaissance
6 – India’s Labour Standards and the WTO Framework
7 – India’s economic performance and reforms: A perspective for the new millennium
8 – Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: Unanswered Questions and Unasked Queries
9 – India’s China perspective
10 – Financial Architecture and Economic Development in China and India
11 – Trade and Industry in Japan: A Guide to Indian Entrepreneurs and Businessmen
12 – Sri Lanka in Crisis: India’s Options
13 – Kailas and Manasarovar after 22 years in Shiva’s domain
14 – Hindus Under Siege
15 – Rama Setu: Symbol of National Unity
16 – Terrorism in India: A Strategy of Deterrence for India’s National Security
17 – Electronic Voting Machines: Unconstitutional and Tamperable
18 – Predictions and Meditations
19 – The Ideology of India’s Modern Right
20 – RESET: Regaining India’s Economic Legacy
Sanjay Dixit is a columnist, author, writer, speaker, sports administrator and a serving IAS civil servant. He has written dozens of articles in newspapers and periodicals on a range of subjects, and is frequently invited to talk events. His first book, Krishna Gopeshvara has been released on 18th May 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing. He was earlier the Secretary General of Rajasthan Cricket Association and ran the Rajasthan cricket team. He is also a senior serving officer of the Indian Administrative Service in the highest scale of the service. He has also created a major International think tank, The Jaipur Dialogues Forum, that hosts major events on current scholarly topics.
1 – Krishna Gopeshwar
2 – Krishna Yogeshwar
3 – Nullifying Article 370 and Enacting CAA
A Post Graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Sciences (XISS) Ranchi. Sandeep has also specialized in Media Planning from the Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), Ahmedabad & in General Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. Sandeep has worked in various positions in ASSOCHAM, RK Swamy/BBDO, Hindustan Thomson & Associates (HTA), AC Nielsen, ORG-MARG, and as Vice-President with ETC. Network, SABe TV and Sahara News. Sandeep was instrumental in positioning SABe TV as a Comedy Channel. Sandeep was also instrumental in launch of Sahara Samay Bihar & Jharkhand, and Sahara Samay NCR. Sandeep was also an integral part of the team which launched CARE WORLD, Asia’s first TV Health Channel.
Sandeep Singh is An Author who influences Business Strategies, he has authored “Business of Freedom, an initiative for School of Indian Management”, released in 2008. Sandeep has compared Management Gurus with Indian Freedom Fighters in this thought-provoking publication. The book can be downloaded FREE from www.indianoceanstrategy.com The Book has no Copyright, because Bharat never had the concept of copyright to begin with. Sandeep’s second book – “Indian Ocean Strategy, Indian Management in Practice” was released in January 2011 and explorers the Bharateeya way of Branding and Strategy. Sandeep’s third book “Simhavolokan” – a compilation of thoughts and comments of various Corporate Leaders & Chairmen on his book “Indian Ocean Strategy” and his article was published in December, 2011. Yet another publication, “Tiny Tall Tales”, covering mid- and small-sized agency operations in Maharashtra was released in September 2012. This is probably the first document on the Advertising Agencies in India or in turn this the first documentation of the History of Indian Advertising. “Bharat Ka Samridhi Chakra” is Sandeep’s first book in Hindi and was released in November 2012. This is translation of “The Indian Ocean Strategy”, and “Simhavolokan” along with new learnings on The Indian Way of Management.
Sandeep publishes his own books using the model of community publishing. Sandeep is also Editor of a few special edition Publications. Sandeep Singh’s articles & quotes have appeared in various publications. he has presented his thoughts as an impacting Speaker at more than 100 forums. he is on the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Mass Communication & Journalism.
1 – Business of Freedom, an initiative for School of Indian Management
2 – Indian Ocean Strategy, Indian Management in Practice
Sandeep Balakrishna is an author, technologist, independent scholar, columnist and public intellectual.
1 – Tipu Sultan: The Tyrant of Mysore
2 – The Madurai Sultanate: A Concise History
3 – Seventy Years of Secularism
S L Bhyrappa
Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (born 26 July 1931) is a Kannada novelist, whose work is popular in the state of Karnataka, India. He is widely regarded as one of modern India’s popular novelists. His novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterization. He has been among the top-selling authors in the Kannada language. His books have been translated to Hindi and Marathi and have also been top sellers.
Bhyrappa’s works do not fit into any specific genre of contemporary Kannada literature such as Navodaya, Navya, Bandaya, or Dalita, partly because of the range of topics he writes about. His major works have been at the center of several heated public debates and controversies. He was awarded the 20th Saraswati Samman in 2010. In March 2015, Bhyrappa was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship. The Government of India awarded him with the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.
1 – Gatha Janma Matteradu Kathegalu/ಗತಜನ್ಮ ಮತ್ತೆರಡು ಕತೆಗಳು (1955)
2 – Bheemakaaya/ಭೀಮಕಾಯ (1958)
3 – Belaku Mooditu/ಬೆಳಕು ಮೂಡಿತು (1959)
4 – Dharmashree/ಧರ್ಮಶ್ರೀ (1961)
5 – Doora saridaru/ದೂರ ಸರಿದರು (1962)
6 – Matadana/ಮತದಾನ (1965)
7 – Vamshavriksha/ವಂಶವೃಕ್ಷ (1965)
8 – Jalapaata/ಜಲಪಾತ (1967)
9 – Naayi Neralu/ನಾಯಿ ನೆರಳು (1968)
10 – Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane/ತಬ್ಬಲಿಯು ನೀನಾದೆ ಮಗನೆ (1968)
11 – Gruhabhanga/ಗೃಹಭಂಗ (1970)
12 – Nirakarana/ನಿರಾಕರಣ (1971)
13 – Grahana/ಗ್ರಹಣ (1972)
14 – Daatu/ದಾಟು (1973)
15 – Anveshana/ಅನ್ವೇಷಣ (1976)
16 – Parva/ಪರ್ವ1979)
17 – Nele/ನೆಲೆ (1983)
18 – Sakshi/ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ(1986)
19 – Anchu /ಅಂಚು (1990)
20 – Tantu/ತಂತು (1993)
21 – Saartha/ಸಾರ್ಥ (1998)
22 – Mandra/ಮಂದ್ರ (2001)
23 – Aavarana/ಆವರಣ (2007)
24 – Kavalu/ಕವಲು (2010)
25 – Yaana/ಯಾನ (2014)
26 – Uttarakaanda/ಉತ್ತರಕಾಂಡ (2017)
RVS Mani is a former Central government officer who shot to prominence as a whistleblower in 2009, when he alleged he had been forced to sign documents that fabricated a narrative of ‘Saffron Terror’. His book, ‘Hindu Terror: Insider account of Ministry of Home Affairs’, was released to much acclaim.
1 – ‘Hindu Terror: Insider account of Ministry of Home Affairs’
Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of twelve books including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and the Aghora series, which discusses his experiences with his mentor during the years 1975 – 1983.
Dr. Svoboda was born in Texas in 1953, and in 1972 earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in Chemistry with a minor in French. After being ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya as its first white member in June 1973 he moved to India, where he lived from 1973-80 and 1982-86, receiving his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya) from the University of Poona in 1980. In his final year of study at the Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya he won all but one of the University of Poona’s awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal.
The Aghori Vimalananda also owned thoroughbred race horses, and Dr. Svoboda served as his Authorized Racing Agent at the Royal Western India Turf Club in Bombay and Poona between 1975 and 1985. He later served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.
In the years since 1986 Dr. Svoboda has traveled extensively, spending three months per year on average in India. He often speaks on Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra and allied subjects in locales across the world.
1 – Aghora I: At the Left Hand of God
2 – Aghora II: Kundalini
3 – Aghora III: The Law of Karma
4 – Ayurveda for Women
5 – Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity
6 – Light on Life
7 – Light on Relationships
8 – Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution
9 – Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda
10 – The Greatness of Saturn
11 – The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda
12 – Vastu: Breathing Life into Space
Dr. Ratan Sharda is a project manager, sofrware marketing and development officer and functional consultant with varied experience in ERP. He was awarded PhD on RSS. Topic – Understanding RSS through its Resolutions – with focus on Northeast, Jammu Kashmir and Punjab. Editing and Publishing is a major hobby and a creative turn-on for him. Helped publish and edited 16 English books on wide range of subjects, Now, TV Panelist on major English and Hindi networks.
Wrote biography of ‘Prof. Rajendra Singh’, fourth Chief of RSS written in Hindi released by current RSS chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat. Other Hindi book is ‘Aapada Prabandhan’ on Disaster Management, co-authored with Dr. Satish Modh. Translated two important Hindi books of RSS thinktank Shri Ranga Hari from Hindi to English – Guruji – Vision and Mission, Incomparable Guruji – biography of Shri M S Golwalkar, 2nd chief of RSS. Reviewed and edited Hindi translation path breaking book ‘Being Different’ written by renowned public intellectual, Rajiv Malhotra. Columnist in www.newsbharati.com, Organiser, www.merinews.com, Panchajanya weekly, ThePrint etc. Have written by invitation in Times of India, Economic Times, Sunday Guardian etc.
1 – RSS 360: Demystifying Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
2 – The Sangh & Swaraj
3 – Secrets Of Rss Demystifying The Sangh
4 – Prof. Rajendra Singh
5 – Aapada Prabandhan
Rajnish Mishra is an Associate Professor at the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests include Sanskrit Linguistics, Philosophy of language, Indian Grammatical Tradition, Literary Theory, Comparative Poetics and Aesthetics, Kashmir Shaiva Philosophy, Buddhism. He has a deep understanding of the Indian intellectual tradition and has authored/edited several critically acclaimed works related to Indian knowledge systems. He was one of the assistant editors of the eleven volume Encyclopaedia of Hinduism that was published by Rupa.
Rajat Mitra is a psychologist who has worked with the grief and trauma of people across many countries. He is a writer and a speaker on issues related to historical injustice and collective trauma. He has spoken in United Nations and also to universities, groups and audiences across the world. He has worked as a psychologist with Islamists in Thailand, terrorists in Indian prisons and also lectured to law enforcement and prison officials, human rights workers across Asia on a large number of issues.
A social entrepreneur and an Ashoka Fellow from 2004, he received United Nations Public Service award in 2011 for his work on gender justice. While enrolled in a program for world leaders in Harvard’s Program for refugee trauma, Rajat realized how art and literature can bring to light historical wrongs and trans-generational trauma which made him write his novel ‘The Infidel Next Door’, an exploration on healing and reconciliation of an intractable conflict. The book is based on events and characters that tell the reality of what happens when some of us decide to confront injustice and fight for truth after hearing the voice of conscience.
His journey towards becoming a psychologist was full of challenges. It has been an experiential path and less academic, full of obstacles and challenges that made him question his path in life. He chose a path less traveled by psychologists and worked more as an activist and human rights worker with the poor and the marginalized. He found giving hope and direction with the grief stricken more meaningful that made him search for theories of existentialism, other therapies and religious studies of Vedanta and Buddhism. It gave his life a meaning and he decided to be a psychologist and an author. Victor Frankel’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ and Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s books have been his key influencers that made him what he is today. During his thirty-year career, he has worked on the grief of different groups from schizophrenics, those going through severe emotional disturbances to prisoners and radicalized youth facing life terms.
Rajat made the transition to a writing career after realizing that the stories reposed in him by survivors should not be lost to mankind. He felt a responsibility that if he doesn’t pen them down on their behalf, their voices will not be heard. Many of the survivors he worked with had died or disappeared without leaving behind any written record. Many survivors still live but are unable to pen it down in a language as they live in a mental universe chained by their past. They are survivors from many countries. The diverse groups he worked with include women and children, widowed and orphaned by separatist violence. Many are survivors of sexual assault in wars and victims of torture and atrocities.
‘The Infidel Next Door’ his first book is a story about the people in Kashmir and how their way of life abruptly came to an end facing a genocidal violence. Bigotry and intolerance by Islamists of Kashmir towards the Hindus permanently erased the last traces of a civilization that was one of the grandest and oldest in the world. He tried to give a shape to this story of annihilation in his book. But at a deeper level it asks a fundamental question if Hindus and Muslims of India can live together and if so how?
At present, Rajat is working on his second novel ‘The Island Without a Shore’ that describes what it was like to be a revolutionary in British India and how they battled against inhuman slavery. He writes about their lives who resisted the British effort to crush the Indian civilization and spirit of the people and how it survived.
Rajat received the United Nations Public Service Award for Gender Justice in 2011. He received Nasscom Social Innovations Honors and EdelGive Social Innovation Honors for Gender Justice in 2010. He received these awards on behalf of the organization.
1 – The Infidel Next Door
Dr. P. Kanagasabapathi is a Professor and former Director of Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, Coimbatore. He is a professor, author, writer and a social worker. Known for his pioneering field studies in industrial and business clusters in different parts of the country, he is involved in studying the Indian economic, social, business and management systems from the native perspectives. He was one of the key members of the study team that undertook the study of Gujarat Kite Industry on the invitation of the Gujarat Government during 2003-04.
After obtaining his doctorate in finance as a UGC Research Fellow, he was associated with the stock markets for a brief period. He was earlier the Director of the Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, the state level research and training institute promoted by the state Government. He writes in Tamil and English. He has written five books and a number of papers and articles in several publications.
His book entitled “Indian Models of Economy, Business and Management” is considered a pioneering initiative towards Indianising the economics and management education in our country. It is recommended as a text/reference in the reputed institutions at the national level such as the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and Amrita University, besides University of Kerala. He has also written for the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
1 – Kanagasabapathi, P. Indian Models of Economy, Business and Management. Prentice Hall, 2012.
Dr. P. Rammanohar is the Research Director of Amrita School of Ayurveda. He received BAMS degree from Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, in 1991 and MD (Ay) degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, in 2001. He has been contributing in the field of Ayurvedic research since the last 24 years. He has to his credit more than 60 publications with research papers published in SCI research journals as well as contributions in other journals and chapters for books.
Dr. Manohar was honored with the Ayurveda Marga Pravarthaka Award by the L. Mahadevan’s Ayurveda Foundation in 2014 and Vaidya Sundarlal Joshi Smriti Sodha Puraskara by the Mahagujarat Medical Society in 2015. In 2016, Poonthottam Ayurvedashram bestowed the Bharadvaja Puraskaram Award to him for contributions to research in Ayurveda. In 2017, he was honoured with Dr. C. Dwarakanath Memorial Award by IASTAM for contributions to contemporary interpretations of the principles of Ayurveda. He has made research visits to United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Latvia, Russia, Denmark, Belgium, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand and Sri Lanka for the promotion of Ayurveda.
1. 2012 – Ram Manohar P., Clinical evidence in the tradition of ayurveda, vol. 9783642245657. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 67-78.
2. 2009 – Ram Manohar P., The blending of science and spirituality in the ayurvedic tradition of healing. Anthem Press, 2009, pp. 169-180.
Maria Wirth is a German and came to India on a stopover (that’s at least what she thought) on her way to Australia after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She visited the Ardha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in April 1980 where she met Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba, two renowned saints. With their blessing she continued to live in India and never went to Australia…
She dived into India’s spiritual tradition, sharing her insights with German readers through articles and books.
For long, she was convinced that every Indian knows and treasures his great heritage. However, when in recent years, she noticed that there seemed to be a concerted effort to prevent even Indians (and the world) from knowing how valuable this ancient Indian heritage is, she started to point out the unique value of Indian tradition also in English language and shares them on this blog.
1. Thank you India – a German woman’s journey to the wisdom of yoga
Madhu Purnima Kishwar is an Indian academic and writer. She was a professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), based in Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project based at CSDS which aims to promote the study of “Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization”. Kishwar is founder editor of Manushi – a Journal about Women published since 1979. In 2013, Madhu Kishwar wrote a series of articles titled Modinama (Chronicles of Modi) in her magazine Manushi, where she was critical of the media for what she termed “false propaganda” about Narendra Modi’s role during the Gujarat violence 2002 and in its aftermath. Subsequently, she published the book Modi, Muslims and Media, documenting a similar stance. She conducted studies on khap and found that only 2% to 3% honor killings are related to gotra killings, rest are done by families. She also conducted studies on 2002 Gujarat riots.
In Search of Answers: Indian Women’s Voices
Gandhi and Women
Women Bhakta Poets: Manushi
The Dilemma And Other Stories
Religion at the service of nationalism and other essays
Off the Beaten Track: Rethinking Gender Justice for Indian Women
Deepening Democracy: Challenges of Governance and Globalization in India
Zealous Reformers, Deadly Laws: Battling Stereotypes
Modi, Muslims and Media: Voices from Narendra Modi’s Gujarat
He was born in Leuven, Belgium, on 7 August 1959, into a Flemish (i.e. Dutch-speaking Belgian) Catholic family. He graduated in Philosophy, Chinese Studies and Indo-Iranian Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven. During a stay at the Benares Hindu University, he discovered India’s communal problem and wrote his first book about the budding Ayodhya conflict. While establishing himself as a columnist for a number of Belgian and Indian papers, he frequently returned to India to study various aspects of its ethno-religio-political configuration and interview Hindu and other leaders and thinkers. His research on the ideological development of Hindu revivalism earned him his Ph.D. in Leuven in 1998. He has also published about multiculturalism, language policy issues, ancient Chinese history and philosophy, comparative religion, and the Aryan invasion debate. He is now also working as the Adjunct Professor, Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.
Elst, Koenraad. Asterisk in Bharopiyasthan: Minor Writings. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2007.
Elst, Koenraad. Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1991.
Elst, Koenraad. Ayodhya: The Case Against the Temple. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2002.
Elst, Koenraad. Ayodhya: The Finale: Science vs. Secularism in the Excavations Debate. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2003.
Elst, Koenraad. Bharatiya Janata Party vis-à-vis Hindu Resurgence. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1997.
Elst, Koenraad. Decolonizing the Hindu Mind: Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2001.
Elst, Koenraad. Dr. Ambedkar: A True Aryan. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1993.
Elst, Koenraad. Gandhi and Godse. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2001.
Elst, Koenraad. India’s Only Communalist. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2005.
Elst, Koenraad. Indigenous Indians: Agastya to Ambedkar. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1993.
Elst, Koenraad. Negationism in India: Concealing the Record of Islam. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1992.
Elst, Koenraad. Psychology of Prophetism: A Secular Look at the Bible. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1993.
Elst, Koenraad. Ram Janmabhoomi vs. Babri Masjid: Case Study in Hindu-Muslim Conflict. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1990.
Elst, Koenraad. Return of the Swastika: Hate and Hysteria against Hindu Sanity. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2007.
Elst, Koenraad. The Argumentative Hindu. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2012.
Elst, Koenraad. The Demographic Siege. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1998.
Elst, Koenraad. The Problem with Secularism. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2007.
Elst, Koenraad. The Saffron Swastika: Volume 1. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2001.
Elst, Koenraad. The Saffron Swastika: Volume 2. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2001.
Elst, Koenraad. Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1999.
Elst, Koenraad. Who is a Hindu?. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2002.
J. Nandakumar, the National Convenor of Prajna Pravah, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated organization, is a multifaceted personality. He is an accomplished author, an eminent intellectual, a powerful orator, a gifted poet, and an able organization-builder. Born in Kerala’s Pandalam, Handakumar, an RSS pracharak who has dedicated his entire life to the nation’s cause, unmasked the savage face of CPI(M) at the national level through his relentless campaign against the Marxist party’s murder-politics in its Kerala strongholds. A tech-savvy pracharak, his incisive posts and thoughts are instantly lapped up by thousands of his followers on Twitter and other social media platforms. He was Editor of Ksair, the largest-read weekly magazine in Malayalam. As a member of the specially-constituted editorial team, headed by Shri Ranga Hari, he translated and edited the complete works of Shri Guruji (Malayalam).
Hindutva for the Changing Times. Indus Scrolls Press, 2020.
Dr. Dunkin Jalki received his PhD from CSCS (Manipal University), India. Before joining SDM-CIRHS in 2015, he did his Post-doc from and taught at University of Pardubice (Czech Republic), and worked or held fellowships at various places, like Kuvempu University (Karnataka, India), VSK University (Karnataka, India), University of Ghent (Belgium) and the British Library (London).
His research interests include the crystallization of the idea of a ‘progressive Lingayat community’ and Shaivism as a domain of studies; adhyatma; caste; comparative study of cultures; Indo-European relations and so on. Research, he has learnt from his teacher, is a way of exploring better ways of living in society, a way of being happy. Dunkin’s work, therefore, is an exploration of some of the thorny self-images of Indians – with their roots in the European unscientific perceptions of India and also themselves – that have shaped the way Indians live, relate to themselves, the world and suffer.
1 – 2017. (ed.) Western Foundations of the Caste System. (co-edited with Martin Farek and others), Palgrave, London.
2 – 2012. (ed.) Bhaaratadalli jaativyavasthe ideye? Mallaadihalli, Anandakanda Granthamale. [Lang: Kannada]
D V Sharma
D.V. Sharma was born on 2 October 1952 at Village Harevali (Delhi). He did his Post-graduation from Kurukshetra University, Post-graduate diploma in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, New Delhi, Mphil from Delhi University and PhD from Agra University. He was appointed lecturer of History in D.A.V. College, Hassangarh (Haryana) and subsequently joined the Archaeological Survey of India in 1977. He participated in many excavation projects with Prof. B.B. Lal and Shri K.N.
Dixit and other archaeologists at Sringaverpur, Ayodhya, Hulas, Pariyar, Bhardwaj-Ashram, Ramapuram and other sites in India. He explored many sited including the Harappan site at Mandoli (in Delhi) for the first time. He has excavated sites such as Birchhabili-Tila at Fatehpur Sikri and Madarpur, Distt. Muradabad. Recently, he has carried out excavations at the ancient sites of Govishan at Kashipur (Uttaranchal), Hansi (Haryana) and Harappan Necropolis site at Sanauli (U.P.).
Dr. Sharma is an archaeologist, conservator and museologist of international repute. He has served as Superintending Archaeologist in different Circles and Branches of ASI including Delhi and Agra Circles. He is widely traveled and has contributed books and several research papers on the subject in various Indian and international journals.
- Archaeology of Fatehpur Sikri: New Discoveries
- Kos Minar in History and Architecture
C K Raju
Dr. Chandra Kant Raju is a computer scientist, mathematician, educator, physicist and polymath researcher. He is affiliated with the Centre for Studies in Civilizations in New Delhi. He received the Telesio Galilei Academy Award in 2010 for defining “a product of Schwartz distributions”, for proposing “an interpretation of quantum mechanics, dubbed the structured-time interpretation, and a model of physical time evolution”, and for noting that “Einstein made a mistake on which much of modern physics has been built” and proposing “appropriate corrections”.
Through his research, Raju has claimed that the philosophies that underlie subjects like time and mathematics are rooted in the theocratic needs of the Roman Catholic Church. He has authored 12 books and dozens of articles, mainly on the subjects of physics, mathematics, and the history and philosophy of science. He has also done pioneering work on Indian Mathematics.
1 – Time: Towards a Consistent Theory.
2 – The Eleven Pictures of Time.
3 – Cultural Foundations of Mathematics.
4 – Is Science Western in Origin?
Aravindan is a senior editor at Swarajya. He has worked for the past decade with an NGO in Tamil Nadu serving marginalized rural communities in sustainable agriculture. He was awarded a junior research fellowship in cultural economics by the India’s Ministry of Tourism to research the economic potentials of the neglected ruins in Kanyakumari district, in southern Tamil Nadu. These experiences provided him with in-depth knowledge of the history and sociology of Tamil people. He is also a popular science writer in Tamil and a columnist with UPI-Asia, a leading news portal. He is part of the editorial team of highly popular Tamil web portal www.tamilhindu.com.
Dr. David Frawley D. Litt. (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a Hindu teacher or guru in the Vedic tradition. In India, Vamadeva is recognized as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), and includes in his scope of studies Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic astrology, as well as the ancient Vedic texts. He is a rare recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, the third highest civilian award given by the government of India, for his lifelong work as a Vedic educator. He is probably the most well-known and honored Vedic teacher in India and in traditional circles. He has also contributed great works to the ongoing Aryan Migration Debate. He has also made a rigorous historical and cultural analysis of The Rigveda. He is the director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, (www.vedanet.com) which he founded in 1988. His wife Yogini Shambhavi is the co-director. He has authored many books so far illuminating many aspects of Hinduism, Yoga, Vedanta, Jyotisha etc.
1. Frawley, David & Rajaram, N. S. Vedic Aryans and the Origins of Civilization. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2001.
2. Frawley, David. Arise Arjuna. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1995.
3. Frawley, David. Awaken Bharata: A Call for India’s Rebirth. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1998.
4. Frawley, David. Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2001.
5. Frawley, David. Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1995.
6. Frawley, David. How I Became a Hindu: My Discovery of Vedic Dharma. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2000.
7. Frawley, David. The Myth of the Aryan Invasion of India. New Delhi: Voice of India. 1994.
8. Frawley, David. The Rig Veda and the History of India. New Delhi: Voice of India. 2003.