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Fountain pens are friends again on ‘World Fountain Pen Day’!

Subroto Roy
As the human world is being swept by artificial intelligence (AI) lending even typing redundant,...

Meitei Hindus of Manipur – Let’s Save Them!

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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Every aspect of Manipur’s rich cultural heritage from Manipuri cuisine to Manipuri dance, music and...

Faculty Positions for Indian Knowledge System (IKS)

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The Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University invites applications for full-time faculty positions from bright...

What is a Woman? – A Documentary Film Review

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Deepika Sharma

Deepika Sharma is Research Associate at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She has completed her B.A. from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Deepika is currently pursuing her LLB from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

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This documentary is a must watch for those who do not understand what the gender...

इतिहास की भारतीय अवधारणा

Madhura Gajanan Dange
प्रस्तुत समग्र विश्लेषण से अब यह बात निश्चित है की भारत में ‘इतिहास लेखन विधा’...

Indic View on Charity as Philanthropy for Sustainability (C20_Indic Wisdom Series_Sustainable Lifestyle)

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Shiva Purana

The Shiva Purana is one of eighteen Purana genre of Sanskrit texts in Hinduism, and part of the Shaivism literature corpus. It primarily centers around the Hindu god Shiva and goddess Parvati, but references and reveres all gods.

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Not provoking any eternal heavenly pleasure for after-life , Hindu philosophy has been always concerned...

An ancient Hindu cult: Where the Goddess, Earth and Mother become synonymous (C20_Indic Wisdom Series_Sustainable Lifestyle)

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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… the land for agriculture should not be scratched or hit with the plough then....

Importance given to handing over of Charities in Hindu Wisdom Text (C20_Indic Wisdom Series_Sustainable Lifestyle)

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Kurma Purana

The Kurma Purana is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, and a medieval era Vaishnavism text of Hinduism. The text is named after the tortoise avatar of Vishnu.

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The Hindus have always regarded the act of giving as a noble Karma without any...

Tale of Prthu and Mother Earth: Lessons on Sustainable Prosperity (C20_Indic Wisdom Series_Sustainable Lifestyle)

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Padma Purana

The Padma Purana (Sanskrit: पद्मपुराण or पाद्मपुराण, Padma-Purana or Padma-Purana) is one of the eighteen Major Puranas, a genre of texts in Hinduism. It is an encyclopedic text, named after the lotus in which creator god Brahma appeared, and includes large sections dedicated to Vishnu, as well as significant sections on Shiva and Shakti.

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The following piece is taken from Padma Purana that teaches us- it is the Mother...

Voice of India and its contribution to Hindu scholarship

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Dr. Shreerang Godbole

The author is an RSS intellectual and has written books on Islam, Christianity, contemporary Buddhist-Muslim relations and religious demography. He has edited volumes on Dr. Hedgewar and Balasaheb Deoras and researches history of the Sangh.

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At a time when Hindu renaissance seems to be on the horizon, it is only...

Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Apart from the Indians, there are few who have openly declared that creation, sustenance, and...

तकनीकीय नियतिवाद -हमारे मुक्त (आवर चॉइस) ‘निर्णय’ का अंतर्द्वंद

Madhura Gajanan Dange
तकनीकी ने जहां मनुष्य को निर्बाध स्वतंत्रता और वैश्विक सुगमता का आभास दिया है ,वहीँ...

The sixty-four yogini temple of Hirapur

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Sriradha Paul

Sriradha Paul is an India-based performer specialised in Odissi dance for more than two decades, an independent researcher, dance educator and curator. She received scholarships in dance from govt of India in the senior and junior categories and received the Federal assistance award from US Consulate, Kolkata. She has extensively performed in prestigious platforms in India and abroad (US, UK, France, Sri Lanka, China, Hungary, Bhutan and South Korea) in solo and group categories. She also holds a master's degree in geography and also did her second master's in dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage in the Choreomundus programme. She uses dance and movements for social reforms and worked closely with the survivors of human trafficking under the American Centre’s performative storytelling project in Kolkata and delivered a lecture demonstration to the inmates at Cherlapally jail, Hyderabad. Her recent interests are temple sculptures and the ancient architectural pattern and the journey from freezing bodies to moving. She also curated an exhibition on the classical dances of India in London. Recently she received an Indo-Pacific grant from US Consulate and headed the project and worked with two Indonesian artists. My research interests are transmission, identities, dance anthropology and Odissi in a global context. She also presented papers at different international conferences in the discipline of dance.

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Some of the images of yoginis are extensively used in the present Odissi dance to...

Trans-Age: A woke movement transgressing sanity and sense

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Deepika Sharma

Deepika Sharma is Research Associate at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She has completed her B.A. from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Deepika is currently pursuing her LLB from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

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According to the woke activists, all social constructs are oppressive, bigoted, and problematic. Why and...

An overview of the ceremonies in becoming a Mahari in Puri Jagannatha Temple

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Sriradha Paul

Sriradha Paul is an India-based performer specialised in Odissi dance for more than two decades, an independent researcher, dance educator and curator. She received scholarships in dance from govt of India in the senior and junior categories and received the Federal assistance award from US Consulate, Kolkata. She has extensively performed in prestigious platforms in India and abroad (US, UK, France, Sri Lanka, China, Hungary, Bhutan and South Korea) in solo and group categories. She also holds a master's degree in geography and also did her second master's in dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage in the Choreomundus programme. She uses dance and movements for social reforms and worked closely with the survivors of human trafficking under the American Centre’s performative storytelling project in Kolkata and delivered a lecture demonstration to the inmates at Cherlapally jail, Hyderabad. Her recent interests are temple sculptures and the ancient architectural pattern and the journey from freezing bodies to moving. She also curated an exhibition on the classical dances of India in London. Recently she received an Indo-Pacific grant from US Consulate and headed the project and worked with two Indonesian artists. My research interests are transmission, identities, dance anthropology and Odissi in a global context. She also presented papers at different international conferences in the discipline of dance.

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The social status enjoyed by the maharis were special and important during the rule of...

Vilifying Brahmans for Untouchability

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Deepika Sharma

Deepika Sharma is Research Associate at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She has completed her B.A. from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Deepika is currently pursuing her LLB from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

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Foreigners began giving wrong explanations of Hindu ideas and adding false information to it rather...

VAV – the site of stone carved models

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Sriradha Paul

Sriradha Paul is an India-based performer specialised in Odissi dance for more than two decades, an independent researcher, dance educator and curator. She received scholarships in dance from govt of India in the senior and junior categories and received the Federal assistance award from US Consulate, Kolkata. She has extensively performed in prestigious platforms in India and abroad (US, UK, France, Sri Lanka, China, Hungary, Bhutan and South Korea) in solo and group categories. She also holds a master's degree in geography and also did her second master's in dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage in the Choreomundus programme. She uses dance and movements for social reforms and worked closely with the survivors of human trafficking under the American Centre’s performative storytelling project in Kolkata and delivered a lecture demonstration to the inmates at Cherlapally jail, Hyderabad. Her recent interests are temple sculptures and the ancient architectural pattern and the journey from freezing bodies to moving. She also curated an exhibition on the classical dances of India in London. Recently she received an Indo-Pacific grant from US Consulate and headed the project and worked with two Indonesian artists. My research interests are transmission, identities, dance anthropology and Odissi in a global context. She also presented papers at different international conferences in the discipline of dance.

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The Vavs are generally constructed of sandstone and limestone texture which are permeable and semi-permeable...

AntiBrahmanism of Church Missionaries

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Deepika Sharma

Deepika Sharma is Research Associate at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She has completed her B.A. from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Deepika is currently pursuing her LLB from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

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The British restrained the missionaries while the Indian rulers gave them a free run. As...

[Long Read] Book Review on Aravindan Neeklandan’s Hindutva: A Grand Journey of core Hindutva Ideas through Indic Perspective

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Ram Sharma

Director of Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad

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Aravindan’s Hindutva: Origin, Evolution and Future is a grand journey of core Hindu ideas as...

Demilitarizing the Rigveda (Part 3): A scrutiny of Vedic Warfare

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Michel Danino

Michel Danino (born 4 June 1956) is an Indian author of French origin. He is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.

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If “forts”, “dark-skinned enemies”, “chariots” and “spoked-wheels” are almost always metaphors for beings and devices...

Demilitarizing the Rigveda (Part 2): A scrutiny of Vedic Chariots

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Michel Danino

Michel Danino (born 4 June 1956) is an Indian author of French origin. He is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.

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By the time of the Katha Upanishad, the metaphor of the horse, though slightly altered...

Demilitarizing the Rigveda (Part 1): A scrutiny of Vedic Horses

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Michel Danino

Michel Danino (born 4 June 1956) is an Indian author of French origin. He is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.

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The fundamental assumption behind the horse argument is that asva, in the Rgveda, is a...

The Critical Edition as Art: Exploring the Ways to understand Mahabharata

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Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee

Vishwa Adluri is Professor in Religion and Philosophy at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA, where he specializes in Ancient Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Indian Philosophy. He is the co-author of multiple books such 'The Nay Science: A History of German Indology' and 'Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahbhrata Textual Criticism'. Dr. Joydeep Bagchee is a core doctoral faculty member at the Hindu University of America and a visiting lecturer based in Berlin, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from New School for Social Research, New York. His areas of expertise are twentieth-century Continental philosophy, German Romanticism, Nietzsche, philology, and the Western reception of Indian thought. Along with Dr. Vishwa Adluri, he is the author of The Nay Science: A History of German Indology (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism (Anthem, 2018). He co-edited the volume Argument and Design: The Unity of the Mahābhārata (Brill, 2016). Dr. Bagchee has taught at Technische Universität Dresden, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and has been a fellow at Free University, Berlin. He heads the “History and Method” concentration at the Hindu University of America.

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Kupka saw in the cosmic rhythms and repetitions a truth that the artist experienced in...

Madalsa and Ritudhwaj: An ancient love story of union and re-union from Markandeya Purana

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Nothing was visible inside. But the horse moved slowly into the obscure passage and eventually...

Luther Burbank – A Saint Amidst the Roses

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Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda (born Mukunda Lal Ghosh; January 5, 1893 – March 7, 1952) was an Indian Hindu monk, yogi and guru who introduced millions to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his organization Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) / Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, and who lived his last 32 years in America. A chief disciple of the Bengali yoga guru Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, he was sent by his lineage to spread the teachings of yoga to the West, to prove the unity between Eastern and Western religions and to preach a balance between Western material growth and Indian spirituality.His long-standing influence in the American yoga movement, and especially the yoga culture of Los Angeles, led him to be considered by yoga experts as the "Father of Yoga in the West." Yogananda was the first major Indian teacher to settle in America, and the first prominent Indian to be hosted in the White House (by President Calvin Coolidge in 1927); his early acclaim led to him being dubbed "the 20th century's first superstar guru" by the Los Angeles Times. Arriving in Boston in 1920, he embarked on a successful transcontinental speaking tour before settling in Los Angeles in 1925. For the next two and a half decades, he gained local fame as well as expanded his influence worldwide: he created a monastic order and trained disciples, went on teaching-tours, bought properties for his organization in various California locales, and initiated thousands into Kriya Yoga. By 1952, SRF had over 100 centers in both India and the US; today, they have groups in nearly every major American city. His "plain living and high thinking" principles attracted people from all backgrounds among his followers.

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Though the form of Burbank lies in Santa Rosa under a Lebanon cedar that he...

Self and Self-Becoming in Individual and World: The Fourth Brahmana from first Adhyaya of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (Part 2)

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Debashish Banerji

Debashish Banerji is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also the Program Chair for the East-West Psychology department. Prior to CIIS, he served as Professor of Indian Studies and Dean of Academics at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. He has taught as adjunct faculty at the Pasadena City College, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine. His interests lie in postmodern, postcolonial and cross-cultural approaches to Indian philosophy, psychology and culture. Banerji has curated close to fifteen exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has authored and edited around ten books and art catalogs on major figures of "the Bengal Renaissance" such as the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, the artist Abanindranath Tagore and the spiritual thinker Sri Aurobindo; on Critical Posthumanism, Yoga Psychology and on a variety of creative and art-related projects. His most recent books are Integral Yoga Psychology: Metaphysics and Transformation as Taught by Sri Aurobindo (Lotus Press, 2020) and Meditations on the Isha Upanishad: Tracing the Philosophical Vision of Sri Aurobindo (Sri Aurobindo Samity and Maha Bodhi Publishers, 2019).

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Right in the beginning, there was Atman alone in the shape of a person. It...

Self and Self-Becoming in Individual and World: The Fourth Brahmana from first Adhyaya of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (Part 1)

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Debashish Banerji

Debashish Banerji is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also the Program Chair for the East-West Psychology department. Prior to CIIS, he served as Professor of Indian Studies and Dean of Academics at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. He has taught as adjunct faculty at the Pasadena City College, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine. His interests lie in postmodern, postcolonial and cross-cultural approaches to Indian philosophy, psychology and culture. Banerji has curated close to fifteen exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has authored and edited around ten books and art catalogs on major figures of "the Bengal Renaissance" such as the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, the artist Abanindranath Tagore and the spiritual thinker Sri Aurobindo; on Critical Posthumanism, Yoga Psychology and on a variety of creative and art-related projects. His most recent books are Integral Yoga Psychology: Metaphysics and Transformation as Taught by Sri Aurobindo (Lotus Press, 2020) and Meditations on the Isha Upanishad: Tracing the Philosophical Vision of Sri Aurobindo (Sri Aurobindo Samity and Maha Bodhi Publishers, 2019).

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The hunger of “death” exists because it is seeking immortality. This is the only food...

The wonder of Abhinav Gupta (Part 2)

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Arindam Chakrabarti

Arindam Chakrabarti is, currently, a visiting professor of philosophy at Ashoka University, India. He is, also, a professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University, where he has been since 2018. Prior to moving to Stony Brook, Chakrabarti taught at the University of Hawaii, where he was the director of the EPOCH Project (Eastern Philosophy of Consciousness and the Humanities.

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If Bhartṛhari gives a cognitive science of language, Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta give a recognitive science....

What is God? Where is God? (Part 2)

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Swami Sarvapriyananda

Swami Sarvapriyananda is the minister of the Vedanta Society of New York since 2017. He joined the Ramakrishna Math in 1994 and received sannyasa (monastic vows) in 2004. He has served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math, in different educational institutes of the Ramakrishna Mission in India, and as the assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He was a Nagral Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in 2019-20. Swami Sarvapriyananda has been a speaker on various prestigious forums such as TEDx, SAND and Google Talks, and has been invited to speak at several universities across the world. He has played a prominent role in organizing and participating in various interfaith panels and seminars, including speaking at the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto, and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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The God is present in a thousand different ways, revealing Himself, Herself, Itself, in a...

What is God? Where is God? (Part 1)

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Swami Sarvapriyananda

Swami Sarvapriyananda is the minister of the Vedanta Society of New York since 2017. He joined the Ramakrishna Math in 1994 and received sannyasa (monastic vows) in 2004. He has served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math, in different educational institutes of the Ramakrishna Mission in India, and as the assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He was a Nagral Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in 2019-20. Swami Sarvapriyananda has been a speaker on various prestigious forums such as TEDx, SAND and Google Talks, and has been invited to speak at several universities across the world. He has played a prominent role in organizing and participating in various interfaith panels and seminars, including speaking at the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto, and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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The Upanishads represent such a revolution and paradigm shift in human thought that the history...

Music and Childhood in America

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Allan Bloom

Allan Bloom was born in 1930 in Indianapolis, Indiana. At his death in 1992, Bloom was the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and co-director of the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy. Bloom is best known to the general public for his 1987 best seller The Closing of the American Mind, a critique of American university education and an analysis of the growing influence of Nietzsche and other European philosophers on popular and academic discourse in America. Even before the publication of Closing, however, liberal education was a major theme of Bloom’s work, central to his interpretation of Plato’s Republic and Rousseau’s Emile as works devoted to philosophic education. Bloom’s translations of classic texts represent another enduring element of his legacy. His translations of Plato’s Republic (1968) and Rousseau’s Emile (1979) are considered by many scholars to be the best in the English language. An admired, devoted, and inimitable teacher, Bloom was the inspiration for the title character of Ravelstein, a novel by Bloom’s friend and University of Chicago colleague Saul Bellow.

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A pubescent child whose body throbs with orgasmic rhythms, whose feelings are made articulate in...

सर जे.सी. बोस के जीवन का वैज्ञानिक मूल्यांकन

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Dr. Vikas Singh

डॉ विकास सिंह भारतीय दर्शन के अध्येता हैं इन्होंने अद्वैत वेदांत में पी. एचडी. की उपाधि काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय के दर्शन एवं धर्म विभाग से प्राप्त की है, योग में परास्नातक डिप्लोमा के अतिरिक्त इन्होंने दर्शनशास्त्र, योग और तुलनात्मक धर्म विषयों में राष्ट्रिय पात्रता परीक्षा भी उत्तीर्ण की हैं ये भारतीय दार्शनिक अनुसन्धान परिषद के जूनियर रिसर्च फेलो भी रहे हैंI ये भारतीय ज्ञान परंपरा के अध्ययन-अध्यापन एवम निद्धिध्यासन में लगे हुए हैंIइससे पूर्व इन्होने रांची विश्वविद्यालय में दर्शनशास्त्र पढ़ाया हैंI यौगिक परामर्श सत्र (कॉउन्सिलिंग शेसन ),यौगिक मस्तिष्क प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम (ब्रेन ट्रेनिंग प्रोग्राम), और स्पेशल ट्रेनिंग फॉर रिलैक्सेशन का निर्माण किया है योग-ध्यान के शिविरों का सञ्चालन करते रहे हैंI वर्तमान में सेंटर फॉर इंडिक स्टडीज, इंडस विश्वविद्यालय,अहमदाबाद में सहायक प्राध्यापक के पद पर कार्यरत हैं

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अपने शोध करियर के पहले चरण में, बोस ने भौतिकी के क्षेत्र में काम किया,...

अब्राहमिक दृष्टि में वनस्पति जगत

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Dr. Vikas Singh

डॉ विकास सिंह भारतीय दर्शन के अध्येता हैं इन्होंने अद्वैत वेदांत में पी. एचडी. की उपाधि काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय के दर्शन एवं धर्म विभाग से प्राप्त की है, योग में परास्नातक डिप्लोमा के अतिरिक्त इन्होंने दर्शनशास्त्र, योग और तुलनात्मक धर्म विषयों में राष्ट्रिय पात्रता परीक्षा भी उत्तीर्ण की हैं ये भारतीय दार्शनिक अनुसन्धान परिषद के जूनियर रिसर्च फेलो भी रहे हैंI ये भारतीय ज्ञान परंपरा के अध्ययन-अध्यापन एवम निद्धिध्यासन में लगे हुए हैंIइससे पूर्व इन्होने रांची विश्वविद्यालय में दर्शनशास्त्र पढ़ाया हैंI यौगिक परामर्श सत्र (कॉउन्सिलिंग शेसन ),यौगिक मस्तिष्क प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम (ब्रेन ट्रेनिंग प्रोग्राम), और स्पेशल ट्रेनिंग फॉर रिलैक्सेशन का निर्माण किया है योग-ध्यान के शिविरों का सञ्चालन करते रहे हैंI वर्तमान में सेंटर फॉर इंडिक स्टडीज, इंडस विश्वविद्यालय,अहमदाबाद में सहायक प्राध्यापक के पद पर कार्यरत हैं

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दर्जनों महान विचारकों ने पौधों की बुद्धि केसिद्धांत दिए और उनकादस्तावेजीकरण किया है। फिर भी...

Book review on “Mahabharata Unravelled: Lesser-Known Facets of a Well-Known History” by Ami Ganatra

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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To be better informed about our Dharma and the epic, this book is an excellent...

Meditation in Kashmir Shaivism: The Background Theory

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Swami Sarvapriyananda

Swami Sarvapriyananda is the minister of the Vedanta Society of New York since 2017. He joined the Ramakrishna Math in 1994 and received sannyasa (monastic vows) in 2004. He has served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math, in different educational institutes of the Ramakrishna Mission in India, and as the assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He was a Nagral Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in 2019-20. Swami Sarvapriyananda has been a speaker on various prestigious forums such as TEDx, SAND and Google Talks, and has been invited to speak at several universities across the world. He has played a prominent role in organizing and participating in various interfaith panels and seminars, including speaking at the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto, and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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When Shiva wants to realize his Shiva nature nothing can stop you. But one can...

Personality traits of Maryada Purushottam Sri Rama under the light of Vaishnavism (Part 1)

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Being the God himself, he upheld Dharma on earth protecting the good ones, at the...

The wonder of Abhinav Gupta (Part 1)

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Arindam Chakrabarti

Arindam Chakrabarti is, currently, a visiting professor of philosophy at Ashoka University, India. He is, also, a professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University, where he has been since 2018. Prior to moving to Stony Brook, Chakrabarti taught at the University of Hawaii, where he was the director of the EPOCH Project (Eastern Philosophy of Consciousness and the Humanities.

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Abhinavgupta delves deep into the phenomenology of doubt. And, when it comes to Kaali at...

Some basic Hindu Samskaras: Signficance of shankha, mauna and sadhu sanga

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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In a fraction of a second, the most brutal person on the earth turned into...

Is God in Pain? (Part-4)

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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What sort of thing or entity is God? God is like a son of a...

Book Review on Ramayana Unravelled: Lesser Known Facets of Rishi Valmiki’s Epic by Ami Ganatra

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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This whole fresh reading of Ramayana makes us fall in love with both Rama and...

Plants and the Great Monotheistic Religions

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Alessandra Viola Stefano Mancuso

Alessandra Viola is a scientific journalist, writer of documentaries, and a television scriptwriter. In 2011, she directed the Genoa Science Festival. Stefano Mancuso is the Director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV) in Florence, Italy, a founder of the International Society for Plant Signaling and Behavior, and a professor at the University of Florence. His books and papers have been published in numerous international magazines and journals, and La Repubblica newspaper has listed him among the twenty people who will change our lives.

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In Holy Scripture the plant world not only isn’t considered equal to the animal world,...

भारतीय दार्शनिक दृष्टि में समय का विचार

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Dr. Vikas Singh

डॉ विकास सिंह भारतीय दर्शन के अध्येता हैं इन्होंने अद्वैत वेदांत में पी. एचडी. की उपाधि काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय के दर्शन एवं धर्म विभाग से प्राप्त की है, योग में परास्नातक डिप्लोमा के अतिरिक्त इन्होंने दर्शनशास्त्र, योग और तुलनात्मक धर्म विषयों में राष्ट्रिय पात्रता परीक्षा भी उत्तीर्ण की हैं ये भारतीय दार्शनिक अनुसन्धान परिषद के जूनियर रिसर्च फेलो भी रहे हैंI ये भारतीय ज्ञान परंपरा के अध्ययन-अध्यापन एवम निद्धिध्यासन में लगे हुए हैंIइससे पूर्व इन्होने रांची विश्वविद्यालय में दर्शनशास्त्र पढ़ाया हैंI यौगिक परामर्श सत्र (कॉउन्सिलिंग शेसन ),यौगिक मस्तिष्क प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम (ब्रेन ट्रेनिंग प्रोग्राम), और स्पेशल ट्रेनिंग फॉर रिलैक्सेशन का निर्माण किया है योग-ध्यान के शिविरों का सञ्चालन करते रहे हैंI वर्तमान में सेंटर फॉर इंडिक स्टडीज, इंडस विश्वविद्यालय,अहमदाबाद में सहायक प्राध्यापक के पद पर कार्यरत हैं

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समय एक रेखीय, एकल-दिशात्मक गति नहीं है, जैसे कि एक तीर अतीत से भविष्य की...

Is God in Pain? (Part-3)

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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A good teacher, in every ins and outs of his students, is well aware that...

Cave, Cosmos, and Consciousness Connection: The Origin of Sacred Space

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Dr. Shikha Rai

Dr. Shikha is Assistant Professor at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has a background in archaeology that has helped her to imbibe our Indic perspective with factual evidence. Her topic of research is “Phenomena of Urbanization in Middle Ganga Plain- from 600-300 BCE”. Phenomenology helps one to go beyond material culture and helps to understand the invisible dimension of urban process. It constitutes socio-economic as well as our Dharmic perspective to dig deeper into life. She is exploring various different components of ancient India’s urban as well as rural aspect.

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India also has many natural caves from north to south and east to west, which...

Book review on “Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation” by Alain Daniélou

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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The ancient Indian society had long ago successfully opened the door for an equal free-for-all...

Is God in Pain? (Part-2)

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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“The God has luckily survived from my hands, who took away Goodwin from us untimely-...

Is God in Pain? (Part-1)

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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“Sorrow is only for us, pain is just meant for creatures, but does God also...

The English Language as Original Sin

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Joseph Dibona

Birthdate: estimated between 1884 and 1944 About Joseph DiBona: Books:J. Di Bona. My Heart Belongs To Sammy: A Kid Who Defies Convention. December, 2005, J. Di Bona. Critical Perspectives on Indian Education. New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1989, J. Di Bona. One Teacher, One School. Delhi: Biblia Impex Pvt. Ltd., 1983. 309 pp. pp., J. Di Bona. A Is For Ambrosia. Durham: Privately Printed, 1975., J. Di Bona. The Context of Education in Indian Development. Durham, Duke University Program in Comparative Studies on Southern Asia, 1974. pp. vii, 229 pp., J. Di Bona. Cahnge and Conflict. Indian Edition Lalvani Publishing House, Bombay, 1972. 236 pp. pp., Plays: J. Di Bona. "Media Destiny." 2003 A Three Act Play submitted for production, J. Di Bona. "Sheila." 2003 A Three Act Play on the underbelly of the public school system and its tragic consequences, J. Di Bona. "Quest." 2003 A Three Act Play about the search for identity

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In India the advantages of an English education are widely accepted by the Urban population...

Is America Heading Towards Complete Annihilation of Conservatives

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Purnima Nath

An Indian-American entrepreneur and a community leader recently ran for public office Milwaukee County Executive in Wisconsin. She is an Engineer, strategy and management consultant and she obtained her MBA from prestigious Northwestern University. She is the founder of Spindle India, Inc., and creator of IndiaFest Milwaukee in State of Wisconsin. Purnima writes on various topics including management, global issues, politics, policies, philosophy @PurnimaNath www.NathPurnima.com www.PurnimaNath.com

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It is ALWAYS the poor non-elites who die at the end. Elite gets to enjoy...

Book review on “Caste as Social Capital: The Complex Place of Caste in Indian Society” by Ramachandran Vaidyanathan

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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If anyone understands the term social capital, then he definitely knows that caste is also...

Savings as a national drive in Indian Economy

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M.R. Venkatesh

M.R. Venkatesh is an advocate, practising in New Delhi. He passed Chartered Accountancy in 1992 with an all India Ranking and was in active practice from 1993 till 2018 as partner of GSV Associates, Chartered Accountants, Chennai. Also, he has authored books titled "Sense, Sensex and Sentiments" and "Dr. Manmohan Singh - A DECADE OF DECAY" .

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Savings is a habit, culture, and civilization – all rolled into one. Post-liberalization, India has...

The Building of Jaipur: Work in Astronomy

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James Tod

Lieutenant-Colonel James Tod (1782 – 1835) was an English-born officer of the British East India Company and an Oriental scholar. He combined his official role and his amateur interests to create a series of works about the history and geography of India, and in particular the Rajasthan. Tod published a number of academic works about Indian history and geography, most notably Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, based on materials collected during his travels. He retired from the military in 1826, and married Julia Clutterbuck that same year. Tod's major works have been criticised as containing significant inaccuracies and bias, but he is highly regarded in some areas of India, particularly in communities whose ancestors he praised. His accounts of the Rajputs and of India in general had a significant effect on British views of the area for many years.

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Almost all the Rajput princes have a smattering of astronomy, or rather of its spurious...

Role of Family as the basic building block in Indian Economy

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M.R. Venkatesh

M.R. Venkatesh is an advocate, practising in New Delhi. He passed Chartered Accountancy in 1992 with an all India Ranking and was in active practice from 1993 till 2018 as partner of GSV Associates, Chartered Accountants, Chennai. Also, he has authored books titled "Sense, Sensex and Sentiments" and "Dr. Manmohan Singh - A DECADE OF DECAY" .

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When culture is near-perfected with a self-balancing homeostatic mechanism – primarily family and to a...

The Indian Village Potter

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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“To the Indian land and village system we owe altogether the hereditary cunning of the...

Transforming the Discipline of Economics into a Study of Indiscipline

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M.R. Venkatesh

M.R. Venkatesh is an advocate, practising in New Delhi. He passed Chartered Accountancy in 1992 with an all India Ranking and was in active practice from 1993 till 2018 as partner of GSV Associates, Chartered Accountants, Chennai. Also, he has authored books titled "Sense, Sensex and Sentiments" and "Dr. Manmohan Singh - A DECADE OF DECAY" .

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Consumerism is ultimately a ‘spiritual quotient deficiency syndrome’ that cannot be remedied by mere economic...

The Village Craftsman

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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Indian society presents to us no more fascinating picture than that of the craftsman as...

Book review on Economic Sutra: Ancient Indian Antecedents to Economic Thought by Satish Y Deodhar

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Considering the governance and lifestyle and evaluating the Indian and Western approaches and contributions, the...

Lower Interest Rate and Investment in Gold

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M.R. Venkatesh

M.R. Venkatesh is an advocate, practising in New Delhi. He passed Chartered Accountancy in 1992 with an all India Ranking and was in active practice from 1993 till 2018 as partner of GSV Associates, Chartered Accountants, Chennai. Also, he has authored books titled "Sense, Sensex and Sentiments" and "Dr. Manmohan Singh - A DECADE OF DECAY" .

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Lower interest rates in an emerging economy like India, lowers consumption, and does not increase...

Decoding Vedic Symbolism

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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Every word, truth and experience is self-transcending. In everything that is spoken, there is the...

Book review on “Indian Models of Economy, Business and Management” by P. Kanagasabapathi

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Also, in this 21st century, the emergence of India as a rising global force is...

द्वैत और अद्वैतवाद के मध्य दार्शनिक संवाद

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Dr. Vikas Singh

डॉ विकास सिंह भारतीय दर्शन के अध्येता हैं इन्होंने अद्वैत वेदांत में पी. एचडी. की उपाधि काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय के दर्शन एवं धर्म विभाग से प्राप्त की है, योग में परास्नातक डिप्लोमा के अतिरिक्त इन्होंने दर्शनशास्त्र, योग और तुलनात्मक धर्म विषयों में राष्ट्रिय पात्रता परीक्षा भी उत्तीर्ण की हैं ये भारतीय दार्शनिक अनुसन्धान परिषद के जूनियर रिसर्च फेलो भी रहे हैंI ये भारतीय ज्ञान परंपरा के अध्ययन-अध्यापन एवम निद्धिध्यासन में लगे हुए हैंIइससे पूर्व इन्होने रांची विश्वविद्यालय में दर्शनशास्त्र पढ़ाया हैंI यौगिक परामर्श सत्र (कॉउन्सिलिंग शेसन ),यौगिक मस्तिष्क प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम (ब्रेन ट्रेनिंग प्रोग्राम), और स्पेशल ट्रेनिंग फॉर रिलैक्सेशन का निर्माण किया है योग-ध्यान के शिविरों का सञ्चालन करते रहे हैंI वर्तमान में सेंटर फॉर इंडिक स्टडीज, इंडस विश्वविद्यालय,अहमदाबाद में सहायक प्राध्यापक के पद पर कार्यरत हैं

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भारत में द्वैतवाद का इतिहास काफी पुराना है । वेदों में इसकी आंशिक झलक भी...

Satyakam Jabala and the knowledge of four feet of Brahman

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Nature by itself is a great educator where its every object is an open book....

Indian Influences in developing Aldous Huxley’s Thought: Part IV

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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Hinduism, he said tried to represent the superhuman and the metaphysical and, as a result,...

Indian Influences in developing Aldous Huxley’s Thought: Part III

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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Salvation is man’s assussured possession, not a chance windfall. God is not a pie in...

Indian Influences in developing Aldous Huxley’s Thought: Part II

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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In Hinduism, dying is an art. In the higher reaches of Yoga, one can choose...

Indian Influences in developing Aldous Huxley’s Thought: Part I

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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Aldous Huxley is one of those who enriched the West greatly with the wisdom of...

All Interpretation is Misinterpretation: An illusory appeal

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John M. Ellis

John M. Ellis is an emeritus professor of German literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His books include Against Deconstruction and The Breakdown of Higher Education.

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Most slogans carry an essentially emotional—not a logical or theoretical—message, and this one is no exception....

भारतीय मूल चिन्तन में राजनीति तथा दंडनीति

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Dr. Amit Kumar Dubey

Amit Kumar Dubey is an Assistant Professor at Center for Indic Studies. He received his PhD in Indian Philosophy & Religion from Banaras Hindu University. He has written his thesis on Abrahamic Religions. He received his Graduation, Post-graduation and PhD degrees in Indian Philosophy & Religion. He was awarded BHU Gold Medal for securing first position in master degree of Indian Philosophy. He is also awarded Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

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वर्तमान में प्राचीन भारतीय राजनीतिक व्यवस्था के बारे में अनेक भ्रांतियां हैंI इसमें सबसे बड़ी...

History of Jagannatha Temple II: The associated legends

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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The place in the periphery of a kingdom where cities end and villages just merge...

Indian Business Models: Business in Ancient India

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P. Kanagasabapathi

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Commerce played a great role in making India the universal exporting centre of the economic...

नाट्यशास्त्र का सामान्य परिचय

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Dr. Vikas Singh

डॉ विकास सिंह भारतीय दर्शन के अध्येता हैं इन्होंने अद्वैत वेदांत में पी. एचडी. की उपाधि काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय के दर्शन एवं धर्म विभाग से प्राप्त की है, योग में परास्नातक डिप्लोमा के अतिरिक्त इन्होंने दर्शनशास्त्र, योग और तुलनात्मक धर्म विषयों में राष्ट्रिय पात्रता परीक्षा भी उत्तीर्ण की हैं ये भारतीय दार्शनिक अनुसन्धान परिषद के जूनियर रिसर्च फेलो भी रहे हैंI ये भारतीय ज्ञान परंपरा के अध्ययन-अध्यापन एवम निद्धिध्यासन में लगे हुए हैंIइससे पूर्व इन्होने रांची विश्वविद्यालय में दर्शनशास्त्र पढ़ाया हैंI यौगिक परामर्श सत्र (कॉउन्सिलिंग शेसन ),यौगिक मस्तिष्क प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम (ब्रेन ट्रेनिंग प्रोग्राम), और स्पेशल ट्रेनिंग फॉर रिलैक्सेशन का निर्माण किया है योग-ध्यान के शिविरों का सञ्चालन करते रहे हैंI वर्तमान में सेंटर फॉर इंडिक स्टडीज, इंडस विश्वविद्यालय,अहमदाबाद में सहायक प्राध्यापक के पद पर कार्यरत हैं

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चतुर्विध अभिनय के सहायक नृत्य, गीत, वाद्य एवं गति, वृत्ति, प्रवृत्ति और आसन का अनुसंधान...

Kuladharma and dilemma of Arjuna: Analysis under the light of Sri Aurobindo

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Till the life is molded as per that spiritual teaching, established and understood in the...

How Western Liberal Media is Advancing HinduHate, Globally

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Purnima Nath

An Indian-American entrepreneur and a community leader recently ran for public office Milwaukee County Executive in Wisconsin. She is an Engineer, strategy and management consultant and she obtained her MBA from prestigious Northwestern University. She is the founder of Spindle India, Inc., and creator of IndiaFest Milwaukee in State of Wisconsin. Purnima writes on various topics including management, global issues, politics, policies, philosophy @PurnimaNath www.NathPurnima.com www.PurnimaNath.com

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HINDU LIVES MATTER – WE HINDUS ARE THE ONLY-LIVING-SURVIVING-CONTINUOUS CIVILIZATION, HOW MANY WILL YOU KILL?...

Frawley’s Paradox & AIT

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David Frawley

Dr. David Frawley D. Litt. (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a western born 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 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.

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Einstein was fond of saying: “A theory must not contradict empirical facts”. The Aryan invasion...

Integrating Ecology, Economy, and Ethnicity: Archaeological Anthropology

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Dr. Shikha Rai

Dr. Shikha is Assistant Professor at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has a background in archaeology that has helped her to imbibe our Indic perspective with factual evidence. Her topic of research is “Phenomena of Urbanization in Middle Ganga Plain- from 600-300 BCE”. Phenomenology helps one to go beyond material culture and helps to understand the invisible dimension of urban process. It constitutes socio-economic as well as our Dharmic perspective to dig deeper into life. She is exploring various different components of ancient India’s urban as well as rural aspect.

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Apart from political agenda, do we ever think about the community’s engagement in knowing their...

The Advaita Vedanta Critique of Buddhism: Absolute Idealism vs. Subjective Idealism

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Jadunath Sinha

Jadunath Sinha was a well-respected philosopher, writer, and religious seeker, and the author of over forty books and numerous articles. The scholarship involved in his writings (ranging from psychology, ethics, logic, and other areas of philosophy to yoga, shaktasadhana, Vaishnavism, and vedanta) is quite impressive. He was born on 24th October 1892 at Kurumgram, Distt. ; Birbhum,West Bengal. His ancestral Village was Khaspur, Distt. Murshidabad , West Bengal, India.

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Sankara recognizes only the empirical reality of the external world and the individual souls. When...

Adi Shankara’s Exposition on External Reality

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Jadunath Sinha

Jadunath Sinha was a well-respected philosopher, writer, and religious seeker, and the author of over forty books and numerous articles. The scholarship involved in his writings (ranging from psychology, ethics, logic, and other areas of philosophy to yoga, shaktasadhana, Vaishnavism, and vedanta) is quite impressive. He was born on 24th October 1892 at Kurumgram, Distt. ; Birbhum,West Bengal. His ancestral Village was Khaspur, Distt. Murshidabad , West Bengal, India.

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Sankara’s test of truth is purely metaphysical. Sankara’s doctrine may be characterized as Absolute Idealism...

Rabindranath Tagore’s Vision of The Upanishads

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Though his creations are mainly poetic instead of philosophical treatises, he kept on growing up...

भारतीय अखंडता के सूत्रधार आचार्य शंकर

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Dr. Amit Kumar Dubey

Amit Kumar Dubey is an Assistant Professor at Center for Indic Studies. He received his PhD in Indian Philosophy & Religion from Banaras Hindu University. He has written his thesis on Abrahamic Religions. He received his Graduation, Post-graduation and PhD degrees in Indian Philosophy & Religion. He was awarded BHU Gold Medal for securing first position in master degree of Indian Philosophy. He is also awarded Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

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Islam & Communism: An Unholy Alliance

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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The Communist ecosystem functions under multiple layers, invisibly. This therefore gives them considerable protection from...

Fourth-Generation Warfare & the Communist-Missionary Nexus

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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A vicious cycle that it is, the Communist ecosystem promotes blind, irrational hatred not only...

The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis

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Lynn White

Lynn Townsend White Jr. (April 29, 1907 – March 30, 1987) was an American historian. He was a professor of medieval history at Princeton from 1933 to 1937, and at Stanford from 1937 to 1943. He was president of Mills College, Oakland, from 1943 to 1958 and a professor at University of California, Los Angeles from 1958 until 1987.[1] Lynn White helped to found the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and was president from 1960 to 1962. He won the Pfizer Award for "Medieval Technology and Social Change" from the History of Science Society (HSS) and the Leonardo da Vinci medal and Dexter prize from SHOT in 1964 and 1970. He was president of the History of Science Society from 1971 to 1972.[2] He was president of The Medieval Academy of America from 1972–1973, and the American Historical Association in 1973.

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Both our present science and our present technology are so tinctured with orthodox Christian arrogance...

Shri Mahesh Sharma Ji: Man of Mission

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Dr. Shikha Rai

Dr. Shikha is Assistant Professor at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has a background in archaeology that has helped her to imbibe our Indic perspective with factual evidence. Her topic of research is “Phenomena of Urbanization in Middle Ganga Plain- from 600-300 BCE”. Phenomenology helps one to go beyond material culture and helps to understand the invisible dimension of urban process. It constitutes socio-economic as well as our Dharmic perspective to dig deeper into life. She is exploring various different components of ancient India’s urban as well as rural aspect.

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Dholavira Village: Cultural Diversity and Ecological Constraint

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Dr. Shikha Rai

Dr. Shikha is Assistant Professor at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has a background in archaeology that has helped her to imbibe our Indic perspective with factual evidence. Her topic of research is “Phenomena of Urbanization in Middle Ganga Plain- from 600-300 BCE”. Phenomenology helps one to go beyond material culture and helps to understand the invisible dimension of urban process. It constitutes socio-economic as well as our Dharmic perspective to dig deeper into life. She is exploring various different components of ancient India’s urban as well as rural aspect.

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Indic Essay Competition on India That is Bharat

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Creepers of Compassion – A Book Review

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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Published by Veda Prakaasanam, Creepers of Compassion would make a great gift to both men...

Book Review on A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century

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Rabinarayan Swain

Rabinarayan Swain is a Research Associate at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University. He is from Odisha pursuing MBBS. He belongs to Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya. He is interested in Shastras, Tradition and Political theories.

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A dog has no need to know the definition of loyalty or a bicycler don’t...

The Colonial Surveys on Education

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Prof. Gita Dharampal

Gita Dharampal is the daughter of pioneering historian, Shri Dharampal (1922-2006). In November 2018, she retired from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany as Professor and Head of the Department of History. She is currently the Dean of Research at the Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. She acquired an interdisciplinary academic training in literature and philosophy (Manchester, England and Leipzig, East Germany, 1970-74), social anthropology (Cambridge, England, 1975-76) and Indian cultural history (1976-1980, SOAS, London and Sorbonne, Paris, Ph.D.), and completed her Habilitation (= German professorial dissertation) in early modern history (Freiburg, Germany, 1992). Her publications and research focus on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. Besides participating actively in international conferences and giving invited keynote talks, she has held visiting fellowships and professorships at various international institutions, among others, at Stanford University, USA, as well as at Indian universities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad). Her language competencies include English, German, French, Latin, and basic Hindi.

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The most well-known and controversial point which emerged from these surveys was an observation made...

An Appeal from a Tibetan Activist

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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Presently, Tibet is under the illegal occupation of the People’s Republic of China and is...

Discovering the Temples of Goa

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Brig A.P. Singh

Brig AP Singh had served in the Indian Army for 35 years, and after retirement he has been following up on his interests in India’s heritage and history. He is an avid traveler, photographer and blogger. He is also the Editor of a well-respected strategic affairs journal, AGNI. His large collection of travel-related photo-blogs can be viewed at https://collectingmoments.in

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Mahalasa is an important Shakti Devi and a very popular deity in Goa. The original...

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) & the North-East: Facts vs. Propaganda – PART – 2

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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One of the most important questions that has remained unsettled is that of choosing between...

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) & the North-East: Facts vs. Propaganda- PART – 1

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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To think that insurgency in North-East India can be dealt with by only repealing AFSPA,...

How to Solve the Problem of Consciousness

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Philip Goff

Philip Goff is a British author, philosopher and consciousness researcher, specializing in philosophy of mind at Durham University, UK. His research focuses on integrating consciousness into the scientific worldview. He holds that materialism is incoherent and that, on the other hand, dualism leads to “complexity, discontinuity and mystery”[1] Instead he supports a “third way”, a version of Russellian idealist monism which attempts to account for the intrinsic nature of reality by positing that consciousness is itself a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. “The basic commitment is that the fundamental constituents of reality—perhaps electrons and quarks—have incredibly simple forms of experience.

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In human beings, consciousness is a sophisticated thing, involving subtle and complex emotions, thoughts, and...

Gender Change – The Japanese Soldier Born as a Burmese Girl. Exploratory Studies in Reincarnation.

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Jim Tucker

Jim B. Tucker is a child psychiatrist and Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His main research interests are documenting stories of children whom he claims remember previous lives, and natal and prenatal memories. He is the author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, which presents an overview of over four decades of reincarnation research at the Division of Perceptual Studies.

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When Ma Tin Aung Myo was four years old, she was walking with her father...

The Hindu Calendar

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Alok Kumar

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Pañcānga is popular even today among the Hindus. Hindu priests use it for predicting eclipses,...

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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The Battleground of Demons

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Catherine Nixey

CATHERINE NIXEY is a journalist and a classicist. Her mother was a nun, her father was a monk, and she was brought up Catholic. Shenbsp;studied classics at Cambridge and taught the subject for several yearsnbsp;before becoming a journalist on the arts desk at the Times (UK), where she still works. The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World is a 2018 book by Catherine Nixey. It discusses historical accounts of how early Christianity

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One Christian soldier was obliged, in the course of military duty, to enter a temple...

A Rebuttal to a “Spiritual-Secularist” Namesake Hindu

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Jataayu Bluru

Jataayu has been writing on a range of topics centered around Hindutva and cultural themes since 2005, both in Tamil and English. He is well read on Hindu philosophy, history, culture, arts and literature. He is a scholar of Tamil literature, especially Kamba Ramayanam and Bhakti poetry and regularly gives discourses on these subjects. A collection of his Tamil essays has been published as a book 'Kaalamthorum Narasingam' (2015). He is on the editorial board of the website tamilhindu.com and also the Tamil monthly magazine Valam. An Electronics Technology professional by vocation, he is currently a resident of Bengaluru. His real name is Sankara Narayanan.  

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Hinduism was saved in India only with the rise of Hindu political power through Vijayanagar...

The Boy Who Recalled Dying in World War II. Exploratory Studies in Reincarnation.

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Chaitanya Charan

Chaitanya Charan Ji is a monk, mentor and spiritual author. He has done his Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune and subsequently served as a software engineer in a prominent multinational corporation. Seeing the prevalent problems of stress, depression, addiction and overall misdirection – all caused by a lack of spirituality – he felt inspired to dedicate his life to the cause of sharing the spiritual wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita. He is a member of ISKCON’s leading intellectual body, the Shastric Advisory Council, and is the associate-editor of ISKCON’s global magazine, "Back to Godhead". He travels all over the world giving talks on spiritual subjects in universities and companies. His book "Demystifying reincarnation" explores questions over reincarnation, our identity and destiny scientifically, historically and philosophically

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James, a boy born to educated American parents Andrea and Bruce Leininger, started having nightmares...

She Remembered Her Killer from Her Previous Life. Exploratory Studies in Reincarnation.

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Dr. Satwant Pasricha

Dr. Satwant K Pasricha is an Indian clinical psychologist known for her research on childhood past life memories and near-death experiences. She was the head of Department of Clinical Psychology at NIMHANS, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bangalore. She also worked for a time at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the USA. Dr. Pasricha has published widely on psychological and parapsychological topics, presented at conferences and served on local and national academic committees. She has received several awards in India and was recognized as a pioneer in mental health by the Delhi Psychiatric Society. Dr. Pasricha met Stevenson in 1973 and started working with him on reincarnation research. She started investigating cases of reincarnation claims. Her 1978 thesis on reincarnation cases was expanded to include more recent work and published in 1990, then republished in 2019.

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Sunita had gone with her grandmother to a neighbouring village, to attend a condolence meeting....

The Secret Thirst for Chance

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, mathematical statistician, and former option trader and risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. His 2007 book The Black Swan has been described by The Sunday Times as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II

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Most of our modern institutions seek to reinforce the standard order of things. This, Taleb,...

Dishonesty of Colonial ‘Scholars’: The Case of Monier Williams

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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In this interesting piece, Dr Subroto Roy raises many questions about the authenticity of the...

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The Chennakeshava Temple – the Marvel of Belur

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Brig A.P. Singh

Brig AP Singh had served in the Indian Army for 35 years, and after retirement he has been following up on his interests in India’s heritage and history. He is an avid traveler, photographer and blogger. He is also the Editor of a well-respected strategic affairs journal, AGNI. His large collection of travel-related photo-blogs can be viewed at https://collectingmoments.in

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This is the third part of the travelogue series by Brigadier A.P.Singh on the beautiful...

Evidence of Extrasensory Perception. Exploratory Studies in Reincarnation.

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Dr. Satwant Pasricha

Dr. Satwant K Pasricha is an Indian clinical psychologist known for her research on childhood past life memories and near-death experiences. She was the head of Department of Clinical Psychology at NIMHANS, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bangalore. She also worked for a time at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the USA. Dr. Pasricha has published widely on psychological and parapsychological topics, presented at conferences and served on local and national academic committees. She has received several awards in India and was recognized as a pioneer in mental health by the Delhi Psychiatric Society. Dr. Pasricha met Stevenson in 1973 and started working with him on reincarnation research. She started investigating cases of reincarnation claims. Her 1978 thesis on reincarnation cases was expanded to include more recent work and published in 1990, then republished in 2019.

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It was a very hot summer day when one of Anoop Singh’s aunts, who had...

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The ‘Collected Works of Swami Vivekananda’ and Some Discrepancies

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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In this piece, Subroto Roy brings forth more evidence in support of the claim that...

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Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Origin and Development of Literary Compositions

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Kapil Kapoor

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What is the origin of literary composition (Kavya) in the Indian tradition and what does...

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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‘Ism’ is no small conspiracy

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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In this insightful article, Dr. Subroto Roy explains why Hindus need to be cautious about...

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Art and Creativity in Indian Tradition

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Kapil Kapoor

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.

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What is the conception of art in Indian tradition? Read this insightful excerpt from Kapil...

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Most Hindus Are Not Aware Of Hindu Massacres And Ethnic Cleansing

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Purnima Nath

An Indian-American entrepreneur and a community leader recently ran for public office Milwaukee County Executive in Wisconsin. She is an Engineer, strategy and management consultant and she obtained her MBA from prestigious Northwestern University. She is the founder of Spindle India, Inc., and creator of IndiaFest Milwaukee in State of Wisconsin. Purnima writes on various topics including management, global issues, politics, policies, philosophy @PurnimaNath www.NathPurnima.com www.PurnimaNath.com

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In this article, Purnima Nath explains why Hindus have not been safe in their own...

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Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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The Hindu Sikh Cleavage: Story of British Machination

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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To fulfil a certain need of the hour, Guru Govind Singh preached the gospel of...

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“A Three-Tier Structure of Knowledge”. Ayurveda Knowledge System – 3

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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 30 years. His publications include research papers in indexed journals and chapters in books.

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in this article, P. Ram Manohar explains the three pairs of terms used in the...

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The Peculiarity of Harappan Civilisation

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How was Harappan civilisation different compared to other contemporary ancient civilisations of the world? Read...

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Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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The Importance of Mothers

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Robert Sapolsky

Robert Morris Sapolsky (born April 6, 1957) is an American neuroendocrinology researcher and author. He is currently a professor of biology, and professor of neurology and neurological sciences and, by courtesy, neurosurgery, at Stanford University. In addition, he is a research associate at the National Museums of Kenya.

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Does Revelation contradict Reason? An Indic Perspective

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Mysore Hiriyanna

Mysore Hiriyanna (1871–1950) was an eminent Indian philosopher, Sanskrit scholar and authority on Indian aesthetics. He was a Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Mysore and a contemporary of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His classes on Indian Philosophy were comprehensive. His classroom dictations, published by Allen & Unwin in book form as "Outlines of Indian Philosophy" brought Hiriyanna international recognition.

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This extract from M.Hirayanna’s classic work elaborates on the relation between reason and revelation as...

Centre for Indic Studies is Hiring

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Oral Tradition and the AIT

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The Jews indeed wandered about for many centuries in the Near East, from the time...

Evolution cannot explain the origin of Language

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When Sanskrit appeared in the hymns of the RV, it was already a fully developed...

उदीयमान राष्ट्रदृष्टि – 5

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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हिन्दू संस्कृति ही भारतवर्ष की राष्ट्रीय संस्कृति है। सनातन धर्म की यह संस्कृति एक विराट...

उदीयमान राष्ट्रदृष्टि – 3

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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यह लेख सीता राम जी द्वारा दिए गए एक भाषण का तीसरा भाग है| इसमें...

उदीयमान राष्ट्रदृष्टि – 2

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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इस लेख में श्री सीता राम गोएल कहते हैं कि भारतवर्ष का इतिहास वस्तुतः हिन्दू...

उदीयमान राष्ट्रदृष्टि – 1

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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सीता राम जी इस भाषण में बंगाल की स्थिति का विवरण दे रहे हैं जो...

How the ‘Subaltern’ Speaks

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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In this personal experience cum sociological study, Saumya Dey explains how the real subalterns of...

संघ, सीता राम गोएल और जय प्रकाश नारायण – PIPL 1

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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यह लेख वरिष्ठ इतिहासकार सीता राम गोएल की पुस्तक ‘Perversion of India’s Political Parlance’ के...

The Importance of Ashadha Month

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Shri Anirvan

Shri Anirvan was a Vedic scholar, philosopher and author. He was widely known as a great scholar who wrote commentaries on Vedas and other Hindu scriptures as well as Hindu darshan and spiritual traditions. He is the author of three volume treatise “Veda Mimamsa”. He also blessed Shri Ram Swarup and Shri Sita Ram Goel and their publishing house, “Voice of India”, widely credited as the intellectual foundation of Hindu Renaissance.

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In this beautiful excerpt, Shri Anirvan expresses what the month of Asadh really means in...

Who is a Disbeliever or Kafir?

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Sheshrao More

Sheshrao More is a well-known Marathi scholar who writes extensively on Islam and the Muslim society. He has authored seven books so far, and all of them are written in Marathi.

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A disbeliever or Kafir is not simply ‘atheist’ having no belief in ‘God’. After all,...

The Violence of the Romantic View of Life

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Theodore Dalrymple

contributing editor of City Journal. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Dalrymple has written a column for The Spectator (London) for many years and writes regularly for National Review. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.” Dalrymple is the author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Medicine (2001); Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass (2003); Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy (2006); coauthor of Is Old Europe Doomed? (2006); author of Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses (2007); In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas (2007); Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline (2010); The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism (2010); If Symptoms Persist (2010); Second Opinion: A Doctor’s Dispatches From The Inner City (2010); The Examined Life (2011); Litter: How Other People’s Rubbish Shapes Our Life (2011); Mr Clarke’s Modest Proposal: Supportive Evidence from Yeovil (2011); Farewell Fear (2012); Anything Goes (2012); Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality (2012); The Policeman and the Brothel: A Victorian Murder (2012); The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas (2012); So Little Done: The Testament of a Serial Killer (2012); The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World (2012); Zanzibar to Timbuktu: A Journey Across Africa (2012); Monrovia Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia (2012); and Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality (2015).

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In this concluding part of series on the effect of sentimental romanticism on human society,...

Indian Muslims and the Politics of Power

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Shankar Sharan

Dr. Shankar Sharan is Professor of Political Science at the NCERT, New Delhi

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Liberals and Seculars often claim that Muslims are the victims in India. Their claims are...

Why do Muslims attack Dargahs?

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Shankar Sharan

Dr. Shankar Sharan is Professor of Political Science at the NCERT, New Delhi

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In this brief but hard hitting article at Indic Varta, Dr. Shankar Sharan asks a...

Why the West does not Understand Kali

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Nithin Sridhar

Nithin Sridhar is an Author, Speaker, and Journalist based in Mysuru, India. He is currently pursuing Masters in Philosophy from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He is Editor of IndiaFacts, an online portal focussed on Indian history, culture, and philosophy.

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With the recent Armin Navabi controversy where he insulted Goddess Kali by depicting her in...

FIVE LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE

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Anand Wood

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We do not directly observe the matter and energy in the world outside our bodies...

The Symbolism of Shri Ganpati

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Chinmayananda

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It must be evidently clear to all sensitive thinkers that the representations given in the...

What Religion is Not: An Atheist Perspective

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John Gray

John Nicholas Gray (born 17 April 1948) is an English political philosopher with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas. He retired in 2008 as School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer. He is an atheist.

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Taking monotheism as a model for religion is misleading. It is not only animism and...

Beyond Saussure and Derrida: Bhartrhari’s Holistic view of Language

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Matilal

Bimal Krishna Matilal (1 June 1935 – 8 June 1991) was an eminent Indian philosopher whose writings presented the Indian philosophical tradition as a comprehensive system of logic incorporating most issues addressed by themes in Western philosophy. From 1977 to 1991 he was the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at the University of Oxford.

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It is obvious to any reader of Derrida how this ‘condemnation’, in a paradoxical manner,...

Caste System and Brahmins: The biggest hurdles for Missionaries to convert Hindus

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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The vast amount of missionary literature and correspondence, prior to 1857, mentions two hurdles in...

Ik Onkar: Sikhism and the Message of Oneness

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Sirjan Kaur

Sirjan Kaur is currently pursuing her graduation in Philosophy from University of Delhi. She has a keen interest in Sikh history and philosophy.

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In this well researched article, Sirjan Kaur analyzes the claim that Sikhism is monotheistic or...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – III – Home Education

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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The number of Indians who studied before the modern age was much higher than that...

Institutionalizing Hindu Hatred

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Pankaj Saxena

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The Palghar lynching of Hindu Sadhus is not a stand alone event. The hatred of...

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

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Purnima Nath

An Indian-American entrepreneur and a community leader recently ran for public office Milwaukee County Executive in Wisconsin. She is an Engineer, strategy and management consultant and she obtained her MBA from prestigious Northwestern University. She is the founder of Spindle India, Inc., and creator of IndiaFest Milwaukee in State of Wisconsin. Purnima writes on various topics including management, global issues, politics, policies, philosophy @PurnimaNath www.NathPurnima.com www.PurnimaNath.com

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Purnima Nath explores how Hinduphobia is rampant in Indian as well as Western media. She...

Most Popular Articles of 2021

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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In this letter, we would like to express our gratitude to all of you for...

The Meaning of History

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Michel Danino

Michel Danino (born 4 June 1956) is an Indian author of French origin. He is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.

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Identity is a concrete guide in life and a help at times of crisis, for...

The Illam as an Educational Institution

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George Gheverghese Joseph

George Gheverghese Joseph, also known as G. G. Joseph is an Indian-born African mathematician who is a specialist in the history of mathematics. His works are mainly focused on the achievements of Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics and the transmission of mathematics from India to Europe. G. G. Joseph studied and conducted researches in applied mathematics and statistics, including multivariate analysis, mathematical programming, and demography. He is conducting three-month research on the history of mathematics in his native place every year. Through his series of researches, he claimed that the infinite series was invented by Kerala mathematicians in 1350, before Europeans.

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Illams of individual teachers, whose fame attracted students from far and near to stay for...

A Universe of Meaning

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Philip Goff

Philip Goff is a British author, philosopher and consciousness researcher, specializing in philosophy of mind at Durham University, UK. His research focuses on integrating consciousness into the scientific worldview. He holds that materialism is incoherent and that, on the other hand, dualism leads to “complexity, discontinuity and mystery”[1] Instead he supports a “third way”, a version of Russellian idealist monism which attempts to account for the intrinsic nature of reality by positing that consciousness is itself a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. “The basic commitment is that the fundamental constituents of reality—perhaps electrons and quarks—have incredibly simple forms of experience.

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One lives not in a meaningless universe but in a world with sense and purpose....

Knowledge, Culture and Tradition in India

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Anand Wood

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Should we not also look forward, in a more appropriate modern way, and broaden our...

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An AntiFragile Education

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, mathematical statistician, and former option trader and risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. His 2007 book The Black Swan has been described by The Sunday Times as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II

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This is an excerpt from Taleb’s best selling book – Antifragile – where he describes...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – 9

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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In this concluding part of the series, read about how the indigenous system of education...

Revisiting the Beautiful Tree – 8

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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In this article, the author discusses the other features of the indigenous education system. For...

Revisiting the Beautiful Tree – 7

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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In this article, Probal Roy Chowdhury discusses what was the condition of the institutions of...

Revisiting the Beautiful Tree – 6

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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Building upon the data and the tables that were discussed in the previous article, this...

Revisiting the Beautiful Tree – 5

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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This article discusses the data of various schools in the Madras presidency and analyzes what...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – 4 – Caste Profile of the Students

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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The greatest of the myths about ancient Indian education system in India is that Brahmins...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – 3

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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The number of Indians who studied before the modern age was much higher than that...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – 2

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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Contrary to what people believe in a survey in Madras Presidency during 1822-55 it was...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – 1

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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In this article, Probal Roy Chowdhury introduces the idea of The Beautiful Tree which was...

The Romantic View of Human Relations

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Theodore Dalrymple

contributing editor of City Journal. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Dalrymple has written a column for The Spectator (London) for many years and writes regularly for National Review. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.” Dalrymple is the author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Medicine (2001); Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass (2003); Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy (2006); coauthor of Is Old Europe Doomed? (2006); author of Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses (2007); In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas (2007); Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline (2010); The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism (2010); If Symptoms Persist (2010); Second Opinion: A Doctor’s Dispatches From The Inner City (2010); The Examined Life (2011); Litter: How Other People’s Rubbish Shapes Our Life (2011); Mr Clarke’s Modest Proposal: Supportive Evidence from Yeovil (2011); Farewell Fear (2012); Anything Goes (2012); Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality (2012); The Policeman and the Brothel: A Victorian Murder (2012); The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas (2012); So Little Done: The Testament of a Serial Killer (2012); The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World (2012); Zanzibar to Timbuktu: A Journey Across Africa (2012); Monrovia Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia (2012); and Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality (2015).

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The triumph of the romantic view of education was doubly disastrous because it coincided with...

Introducing Dharampal

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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In this article, Dr. Probal Roy Chowdhury introduces the major works of Dharampal and discusses...

The Sentimental View of Education

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Theodore Dalrymple

contributing editor of City Journal. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Dalrymple has written a column for The Spectator (London) for many years and writes regularly for National Review. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.” Dalrymple is the author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Medicine (2001); Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass (2003); Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy (2006); coauthor of Is Old Europe Doomed? (2006); author of Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses (2007); In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas (2007); Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline (2010); The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism (2010); If Symptoms Persist (2010); Second Opinion: A Doctor’s Dispatches From The Inner City (2010); The Examined Life (2011); Litter: How Other People’s Rubbish Shapes Our Life (2011); Mr Clarke’s Modest Proposal: Supportive Evidence from Yeovil (2011); Farewell Fear (2012); Anything Goes (2012); Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality (2012); The Policeman and the Brothel: A Victorian Murder (2012); The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas (2012); So Little Done: The Testament of a Serial Killer (2012); The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World (2012); Zanzibar to Timbuktu: A Journey Across Africa (2012); Monrovia Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia (2012); and Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality (2015).

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In this excerpt, Dalrymple analyzes how the sentimental view of education has ruined the entire...

The Romantic Idea of Education

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Theodore Dalrymple

contributing editor of City Journal. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Dalrymple has written a column for The Spectator (London) for many years and writes regularly for National Review. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.” Dalrymple is the author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Medicine (2001); Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass (2003); Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy (2006); coauthor of Is Old Europe Doomed? (2006); author of Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses (2007); In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas (2007); Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline (2010); The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism (2010); If Symptoms Persist (2010); Second Opinion: A Doctor’s Dispatches From The Inner City (2010); The Examined Life (2011); Litter: How Other People’s Rubbish Shapes Our Life (2011); Mr Clarke’s Modest Proposal: Supportive Evidence from Yeovil (2011); Farewell Fear (2012); Anything Goes (2012); Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality (2012); The Policeman and the Brothel: A Victorian Murder (2012); The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas (2012); So Little Done: The Testament of a Serial Killer (2012); The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World (2012); Zanzibar to Timbuktu: A Journey Across Africa (2012); Monrovia Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia (2012); and Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality (2015).

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In this article, Theodore Dalrymple the cultural critic discusses how the romantic ideas penetrated or...

The Book I Would Pass To My Children

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Alan Watts

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The Book I would pass to my children would contain no sermons, no shoulds and...

Gandhi on Indigenous Education

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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At India’s independence, the level of literacy in India was very low. Notwithstanding the arguments...

Trying to Live a Zero-Waste Life

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SV Kanti Ratna

SV Kanti Ratna has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Pune which she has not found the time to use in the 26 years since she graduated. She has been busy raising a family.

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In this beautiful personal story of living sustainably, this homeschooling family stopped using various industrial...

Our New Education Policy: Progressive or Regressive?

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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What is common between Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs? To start with,...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – IV – Caste Profiles of the Students

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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The greatest of the myths about ancient Indian education system in India is that Brahmins...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – II

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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Contrary to what people believe in a survey in Madras Presidency during 1822-55 it was...

Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree”: Part 1

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Probal Ray Chowdhury

Probal Roy Chowdhury is an independent researcher with keen interest in the study of Indian history, culture and civilization. His doctoral work has been in continuation of the perspective presented by the late Gandhian thinker and historian Dharampal (1922 - 2006) in his seminal work, “The Beautiful Tree”, which showed the flourishing state of indigenous education in Madras Presidency during 1820-25. In his Ph.D. thesis, “Changing Profile of Community Participation in School Education in Madras Presidency: 1820-1920”, Probal traced the history of indigenous education in Madras Presidency and its transformation under the British rule in the nineteenth century. Probal currently is engaged in scholarly explorations on the history of indigenous education in the Bengal presidency region and on cultural and ritual traditions of Bengal, especially Durga Puja.

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In this first part of a series of articles, Dr. Probal Roy Chowdhury discusses the...

Our Homeschooling Journey

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Arun Elassery

Arun Elassery has a BTech from IIT Kharagpur which he has not found the time to use efficiently in the 32 years since he graduated. He has been busy hanging out at home with his wife and watching her raise the children. His homeschooling experiences are documented on a blog at http://arunelassery.blogspot.in. Also, he is part of an organization (http://www.aslishiksha.com) that disseminates the ideas of self-learning that the homeschooling journey taught him. The first publication is available for download from the Asli Shiksha website. He can be reached at arun@aslishiksha.com.

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In this biography, Arun Elassery tells the story of his own family: how he and...

Will Corona Virus cure our Colonial Hangover?

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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As the novel Corona Virus threatens to disrupt our lives, most of us are wary...

Did Schools Charge Fee in 19th Century?

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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The English education model made it compulsory for all schools to charge a fixed amount...

One Teacher, One School – The Adam Report on Education in Bengal

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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How did Bengalis and Biharis educate their kids before the advent of English education? This...

The Four-point Model for Hindu Parenting

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Srinath Mohandas

Srinath Mohandas is an Assistant Professor in the School of Ethics Governance Culture & Social Systems at the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. He also writes, speaks and conduct youth workshops on themes related to Dharma.

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This beautiful little article about parenting talks about four things that all young parents can...

Was Gujarat Educated in 19th Century?

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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We know that Gujaratis were great businessmen even before the British came to India. But...

Did Brahmins have Monopoly on Education?

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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One of the most persistent leftist dogmas regarding Indian society is that Brahmin hegemony was...

Were Indians Uneducated Before the British Arrived?

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Because we believe that the British gave us railways, roads, parliamentary democracy and much more,...

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Has Europe Forgotten Vigilance? A Warning to the West – 5

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner. Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and Communism and helped to raise global awareness of the Soviet Gulag forced-labor camp system.

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This final article in the series by Alexander Solzhenitsyn reminds us of the need for...

Has European Pragmatism Backfired? A Warning to the West – 4

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner. Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and Communism and helped to raise global awareness of the Soviet Gulag forced-labor camp system.

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn explains how the short sighted pragmatism of Europe resulted in a false morality...

Churchill and Stalin

Is the West Living in Denial? A Warning to the West -3

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner. Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and Communism and helped to raise global awareness of the Soviet Gulag forced-labor camp system.

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Did Britain and the allies turn a blind eye to the horrific state of human...

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Is the West Living in Denial? A Warning to the West -2

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner. Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and Communism and helped to raise global awareness of the Soviet Gulag forced-labor camp system.

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Why is it that people in the West are blind to the truth of Communist...

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Communist Ideology destroys Social Order. A Warning to the West – 1

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner. Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and Communism and helped to raise global awareness of the Soviet Gulag forced-labor camp system.

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We often tend to believe that communists detest any form of violence because we see...

The Liberal Iconoclasm

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Satish Verma

An engineering graduate who dabbles into the realms of History, Philosophy, and Economics often. Reader on weekdays and Writer on weekends.

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This article analyzes the consequences of letting the liberals drive the narrative. In the light...

Perversion of India’s Political Parlance

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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Who is a ‘leftist’ or ‘rightist’ or who is ‘secular’ and who is ‘communal’? In...

Idealism vs. Dialectical Materialism – A Cold War – 2

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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In this short piece, Sita Ram Goel continues with his exposition on Communism. He tells...

Idealism vs. Dialectical Materialism – A Cold War – 1

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Sita Ram Goel

Shri Sita Ram Goel was an Indian religious and political activist, writer, and publisher in the late twentieth century. He is considered to be one of the two sages of Modern Hindu Renaissance. He had Marxist leanings during the 1940s, but later became an outspoken anti-communist and also wrote extensively on the damage to Indian culture and heritage wrought by expansionist Islam and missionary activities of Christianity. In his later career he emerged as a commentator on Indian politics.

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In this brilliant mock conversation, India’s finest historian Sita Ram Goel compare the U.S. and...

BAJI PRABHU DESHPANDE: HERO WHO LIVES ON DESPITE NEGLECT FROM MAINSTREAM HISTORIANS

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As the nationalists of the twentieth century drew courage, valour, and motivation from the heroics...

The History of Bharatvarsha

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May 1861, in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta, India. He was the man who rejuvenated Bengali music and literature in the late 19th and early 20th century and them their recognition into this world. He was the first non-European to win Noble Prize for his work in Literature. Rabindranath Tagore was one of the most famous wordsmiths of India. He was also known as “Gurudev” or the “Poet of poets” for having cast an unforgettable impression on the minds and hearts of his readers.

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The history of India that we read and memorize for our examinations is really a...

ORIGINS OF THE DELHI IRON PILLAR

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Meenakshi Jain

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In the thirteenth century, the Iron Pillar that originally stood at Vishnupadagiri, Udayagiri, was uprooted...

The Hidden Jewels of Goa – Goa Beyond Beaches

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Brig A.P. Singh

Brig AP Singh had served in the Indian Army for 35 years, and after retirement he has been following up on his interests in India’s heritage and history. He is an avid traveler, photographer and blogger. He is also the Editor of a well-respected strategic affairs journal, AGNI. His large collection of travel-related photo-blogs can be viewed at https://collectingmoments.in

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The real Goa is a true kaleidoscope of legends, colours, ancient customs and traditions, attires,...

The Forgotten Story of Pasalthas – 1

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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In the pre-colonial Lushai society, it was a common practice amongst parents that upon giving...

Did Gandhi Get India Her Independence?

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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There was no role of Gandhi is all these events and their repercussions. In fact,...

Dalit Society in the 1930s

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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In those days, the Dalit society was steeped in the darkness of illiteracy, poverty, exploitation,...

In the Footsteps of Hind Swaraj. The Oeuvre of the Historian and Political Thinker Dharampal – 7

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Prof. Gita Dharampal

Gita Dharampal is the daughter of pioneering historian, Shri Dharampal (1922-2006). In November 2018, she retired from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany as Professor and Head of the Department of History. She is currently the Dean of Research at the Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. She acquired an interdisciplinary academic training in literature and philosophy (Manchester, England and Leipzig, East Germany, 1970-74), social anthropology (Cambridge, England, 1975-76) and Indian cultural history (1976-1980, SOAS, London and Sorbonne, Paris, Ph.D.), and completed her Habilitation (= German professorial dissertation) in early modern history (Freiburg, Germany, 1992). Her publications and research focus on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. Besides participating actively in international conferences and giving invited keynote talks, she has held visiting fellowships and professorships at various international institutions, among others, at Stanford University, USA, as well as at Indian universities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad). Her language competencies include English, German, French, Latin, and basic Hindi.

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For Dharampal, it was essential that Indians should have the self-assurance that their world-view was...

In the Footsteps of Hind Swaraj. The Oeuvre of the Historian and Political Thinker Dharampal – 6

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Prof. Gita Dharampal

Gita Dharampal is the daughter of pioneering historian, Shri Dharampal (1922-2006). In November 2018, she retired from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany as Professor and Head of the Department of History. She is currently the Dean of Research at the Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. She acquired an interdisciplinary academic training in literature and philosophy (Manchester, England and Leipzig, East Germany, 1970-74), social anthropology (Cambridge, England, 1975-76) and Indian cultural history (1976-1980, SOAS, London and Sorbonne, Paris, Ph.D.), and completed her Habilitation (= German professorial dissertation) in early modern history (Freiburg, Germany, 1992). Her publications and research focus on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. Besides participating actively in international conferences and giving invited keynote talks, she has held visiting fellowships and professorships at various international institutions, among others, at Stanford University, USA, as well as at Indian universities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad). Her language competencies include English, German, French, Latin, and basic Hindi.

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Dharampal attempted to understand the multifarious ways in which the fabric of Indian society had...

The Moplah Atrocity of 1921: Rebellion or Genocide?

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Madan Bhargava

Madan Bhargava is a Professor of Mathematics. Along with that he is an accomplish Jyotisha. He also has keen interest in world history, ecology and epidemiology.

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Regarding the atrocities committed by the Moplah jihadists in Malabar, the then Viceroy wrote: “The...

Linear Time and History: A Theological Obsession

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Mircea Eliade

Mircea Eliade (1907 – 1986) was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established paradigms in religious studies that persist to this day. His theory that hierophanies form the basis of religion, splitting the human experience of reality into sacred and profane space and time, has proved influential.

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The Hebrews were the first to discover the meaning of history as the epiphany of...

In the Footsteps of Hind Swaraj. The Oeuvre of the Historian and Political Thinker Dharampal – 4

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Prof. Gita Dharampal

Gita Dharampal is the daughter of pioneering historian, Shri Dharampal (1922-2006). In November 2018, she retired from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany as Professor and Head of the Department of History. She is currently the Dean of Research at the Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. She acquired an interdisciplinary academic training in literature and philosophy (Manchester, England and Leipzig, East Germany, 1970-74), social anthropology (Cambridge, England, 1975-76) and Indian cultural history (1976-1980, SOAS, London and Sorbonne, Paris, Ph.D.), and completed her Habilitation (= German professorial dissertation) in early modern history (Freiburg, Germany, 1992). Her publications and research focus on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. Besides participating actively in international conferences and giving invited keynote talks, she has held visiting fellowships and professorships at various international institutions, among others, at Stanford University, USA, as well as at Indian universities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad). Her language competencies include English, German, French, Latin, and basic Hindi.

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Dharampal initiated a process of delegitimising the master narrative of the rise of the west,...

In the Footsteps of Hind Swaraj. The Oeuvre of the Historian and Political Thinker Dharampal – 3

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Prof. Gita Dharampal

Gita Dharampal is the daughter of pioneering historian, Shri Dharampal (1922-2006). In November 2018, she retired from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany as Professor and Head of the Department of History. She is currently the Dean of Research at the Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. She acquired an interdisciplinary academic training in literature and philosophy (Manchester, England and Leipzig, East Germany, 1970-74), social anthropology (Cambridge, England, 1975-76) and Indian cultural history (1976-1980, SOAS, London and Sorbonne, Paris, Ph.D.), and completed her Habilitation (= German professorial dissertation) in early modern history (Freiburg, Germany, 1992). Her publications and research focus on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. Besides participating actively in international conferences and giving invited keynote talks, she has held visiting fellowships and professorships at various international institutions, among others, at Stanford University, USA, as well as at Indian universities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad). Her language competencies include English, German, French, Latin, and basic Hindi.

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So consumed was Dharampal by the desire to know every inch of this territory of...

In the Footsteps of Hind Swaraj. The Oeuvre of the Historian and Political Thinker Dharampal – 2

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Prof. Gita Dharampal

Gita Dharampal is the daughter of pioneering historian, Shri Dharampal (1922-2006). In November 2018, she retired from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany as Professor and Head of the Department of History. She is currently the Dean of Research at the Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. She acquired an interdisciplinary academic training in literature and philosophy (Manchester, England and Leipzig, East Germany, 1970-74), social anthropology (Cambridge, England, 1975-76) and Indian cultural history (1976-1980, SOAS, London and Sorbonne, Paris, Ph.D.), and completed her Habilitation (= German professorial dissertation) in early modern history (Freiburg, Germany, 1992). Her publications and research focus on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. Besides participating actively in international conferences and giving invited keynote talks, she has held visiting fellowships and professorships at various international institutions, among others, at Stanford University, USA, as well as at Indian universities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad). Her language competencies include English, German, French, Latin, and basic Hindi.

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In an attempt to comprehend the immediate causes for the disoriented functioning of Indian state...

In the Footsteps of Hind Swaraj. The Oeuvre of the Historian and Political Thinker Dharampal – 1

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Prof. Gita Dharampal

Gita Dharampal is the daughter of pioneering historian, Shri Dharampal (1922-2006). In November 2018, she retired from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany as Professor and Head of the Department of History. She is currently the Dean of Research at the Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. She acquired an interdisciplinary academic training in literature and philosophy (Manchester, England and Leipzig, East Germany, 1970-74), social anthropology (Cambridge, England, 1975-76) and Indian cultural history (1976-1980, SOAS, London and Sorbonne, Paris, Ph.D.), and completed her Habilitation (= German professorial dissertation) in early modern history (Freiburg, Germany, 1992). Her publications and research focus on topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. Besides participating actively in international conferences and giving invited keynote talks, she has held visiting fellowships and professorships at various international institutions, among others, at Stanford University, USA, as well as at Indian universities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad). Her language competencies include English, German, French, Latin, and basic Hindi.

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As a provocative Gandhian thinker with a creative and imaginative intellect, Shri Dharampal (19th February...

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Who Was M.C.Rajah?

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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We recognise Dr. Ambedkar as the towering Dalit leader. But few of us have heard...

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A Forgotten Pact

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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The Poona Pact is well known because of its association with the likes of Gandhiji...

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Of ‘Idols’ and ‘Subalterns’: Western Narratives of India and Essentializing Tropes

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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In yet another analytical piece, Saumya Dey deconstructs the meaning of narrative, a term that...

Nirad Chaudhuri

When an Indian Met the ‘Intimate Enemy’: Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri’s Life and Work – 2

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Should one place Nirad.C. Chaudhuri in the “Bengal renaissance” of the late nineteenth and early...

Nirad Chaudhuri

When an Indian Met the ‘Intimate Enemy’: Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri’s Life and Work – 1

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Read this brilliant analysis of the well known Indian writer Nirad.C.Chaudhuri who was equally admired...

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The Making of Our Constitution-2

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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In the second part of this article, Devendra Swaroop takes us on a journey to...

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The Making of Our Constitution-1

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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This article from Devendra Swaroop takes us on a journey to the origins of our...

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Caste in the Census: Necessity or Invention?

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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Why did the British create the census and why did they enumerate castes in the...

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The Religious World of the Vedic Harappans

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David Frawley

Dr. David Frawley D. Litt. (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a western born 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 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.

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We often rely on the myth that Vedic ‘Aryans’ invaded the Indus Valley? But archaeological...

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“Divide and Rule”. The British Colonial Policy on Caste

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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Did the British succeed in dividing Indian society in their bid to abolish caste? Why...

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Brahmins are the root cause of all problems !

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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British officials conveniently blamed the Brahmin soldiers for instigating the mutiny of 1857. But in...

The Reality of Sufi Islam

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Khalid Umar

Khalid Umar lives in Portsmouth, UK and describes himself as a secular humanist, supporting freedom of speech as a Universal Right.

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It is often claimed that Islam as a religion is as spiritual in orientation as...

How ‘Rich’ was Mughal India?

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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In the past two decades a concerted effort has been made by a group of...

Madanlal Dhingra: The Martyr Extraordinaire

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Mangesh Joshi

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This article by Mangesh Joshi delves into the life of Madanlal Dhingra, a freedom fighter...

Meenakshi Jain Recommends 5 Books on Indian History

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Meenakshi Jain

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Padma Shri 2020 winner, Dr. Meenakshi Jain, recommends the following essential books on Indian history....

Radhakrishnan’s Tryst with Plagiarism

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Satish Verma

An engineering graduate who dabbles into the realms of History, Philosophy, and Economics often. Reader on weekdays and Writer on weekends.

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In this piece, Satish Verma explores a forgotten episode of modern Indian history. He tells...

How India lost Baluchistan

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Khalid Umar

Khalid Umar lives in Portsmouth, UK and describes himself as a secular humanist, supporting freedom of speech as a Universal Right.

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In this short essay, Khalid Umar argues that it is the fault of Nehruvian Congress...

Learning from Mahatma Gandhi’s Mistakes – 3

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Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst is a Belgian orientalist and Indologist known for his writings on comparative religion, Hindu-Muslim relations and Indian history. He has contributed columns of numerous Indian and Flemish newspapers, and published in Dutch about philosophy, politics and religion. He is also known for his support of the Out of India theory. Elst, who has a doctorate on the subject of Hindu nationalism.

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In this third and concluding part of a series, Koenraad Elst tells us how the...

Muslims Speak the Language of Power

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Shankar Sharan

Dr. Shankar Sharan is Professor of Political Science at the NCERT, New Delhi

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In this short article, Dr. Shankar Sharan analyzes the history of modern India, and quoting...

How India Remained Dar-al-Islam under the Marathas and the British

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Harsh Narain

Harsh Narain (23 April 1921 - 1995) was an Indian professor and author. He was a professor at Benares Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University and North Eastern Hill University. He was one of the finest historians of modern India. He wrote for Voice of India publications and made two immense contributions towards rewriting Indian history in 'Jizyah: The Rise of Islam' and 'The Myth of Composite Culture'.

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In this brilliant follow-up of his earlier article on Dar-al-Islam, Harsh Narain argues how India...

Learning from Mahatma Gandhi’s Mistakes – 2

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Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst is a Belgian orientalist and Indologist known for his writings on comparative religion, Hindu-Muslim relations and Indian history. He has contributed columns of numerous Indian and Flemish newspapers, and published in Dutch about philosophy, politics and religion. He is also known for his support of the Out of India theory. Elst, who has a doctorate on the subject of Hindu nationalism.

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In this second part of the series, Dr. Koenraad Elst analyzes the faults of Mahatma...

Learning from Mahatma Gandhi’s Mistakes – 1

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Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst is a Belgian orientalist and Indologist known for his writings on comparative religion, Hindu-Muslim relations and Indian history. He has contributed columns of numerous Indian and Flemish newspapers, and published in Dutch about philosophy, politics and religion. He is also known for his support of the Out of India theory. Elst, who has a doctorate on the subject of Hindu nationalism.

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In this first in a series of articles, Dr. Koenraad Elst discusses the major mistakes...

A Scientist Looks at Hinduism

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N.S. Rajaram

Navaratna Srinivasa Rajaram is an Indian mathematician and historian. He is also notable for his publications with the Voice of India publishing house focusing on the "Indigenous Aryans" debate in Indian politics. He has been instrumental in establishing how Aryan Invasion Theory is a colonial concoction. He is also a member of Folks Magazine's Editorial Board since 2009.

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The habit of measuring Hinduism with alien values is a very serious limitation if anyone...

Negationism in India: General Characteristics

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Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst is a Belgian orientalist and Indologist known for his writings on comparative religion, Hindu-Muslim relations and Indian history. He has contributed columns of numerous Indian and Flemish newspapers, and published in Dutch about philosophy, politics and religion. He is also known for his support of the Out of India theory. Elst, who has a doctorate on the subject of Hindu nationalism.

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India has its own full-fledged brand of negationism: a movement to deny the large-scale and...

Insurgency and the Creation of a Separate ‘Christian’ Identity

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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It is a quite well-known fact that a majority of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)...

Pakistan occupied Kashmir

Will the Modi Government Integrate POK?

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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India has to act and take POK into its fold. This view has been expressed...

Are Nation States Neutral?

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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The typical Indic state was a ‘Dharmic realm’. It upheld a certain sacred outlook and...

How the Dalit Movement Derailed

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Devendra Swarup

Devendra Swarup (1926 – 14 January 2019) was an Indian writer, journalist and RSS ideologue, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India posthumously in 2019.

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Today, the attention of the Dalit movement is directed towards sharing seats in legislative assemblies,...

Understanding ‘Woke’

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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In this short brilliant piece, Saumya Dey analyzes the phenomenon of ‘wokeness’ from a deep...

5 Books to Read in Western Political Thought

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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has,till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays- Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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In this article, author Saumya Dey recommends five books to read for a ‘Purva Paksha’...

Five Reasons Trump is Going to Win

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Preity Upala

Preity is an International keynote speaker and an astute political commentator. Her recent speaking engagements include, among others, the RAISINA DIALOUGES organized by the prestigious Think Tank ORF- Observer Research Foundation. She is also the political Editor for The Observer and a Geo-political analyst for Foreign Policy, Times of Israel, and Jerusalem Post. She was selected to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the prestigious Krishnamurty Institute in India in 2020.

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In this article, Preity Upala analyzes the American electoral scene for the next elections. She...

Delimitation of Constituencies: The Crisis and the Solutions

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Raghu Bhaskaran

Raghunandhan (Raghu) Bhaskaran is a Bharathi and like many today, he for long, ignored his heritage and was focused towards Artha, to the exclusion of the other Purusharthas and is yet another IT consultant. But now he is increasingly a seeker of what it means to be a Hindu, a follower of Dharma in every sphere of life - personal, social, cultural and political. Towards this, he uses writing as a sadhana, to attain clarity and shares his learning with others, learns from others. He considers himself as the 'Mongoose of Mahabharatha', from the Ashwamedha Parva. Serendipity has led him to some yagna-salas, the works/company of some wonderful people - from heritage, family, friends, teachers and even on social media. He rolls around in the crumbs of their wisdom and some stick to him. And he shines in parts, from those borrowed crumbs of knowledge.

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– Raghu Bhaskaran India has currently 543 Parliamentary Constituencies. The composition of these constituencies was decided...

The Subaltern School of Indian History

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Jaithirth Rao

Jaithirth Rao, popularly known as Jerry Rao, is an Indian businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of the software company MphasiS. He is the founder of Value and Budget Housing Corporation, an affordable housing venture which he founded in 2008.

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In this excerpt from the brilliant new work “The Indian Conservative”, Jaithirth Rao discusses the...

Decentralization of Social and Economic Policy – FR – Part 3

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Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is an American political analyst, public intellectual, academic, and journalist. He is the founding editor of National Affairs, director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a contributing editor of National Review and co-founder and a senior editor of The New Atlantis. His book ‘The Fractured Republic’ discusses the increasing rift of public opinion in America and the decreasing national consensus.

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This is an excerpt from the book “The Fractured Republic” by Yuval Levin. He is...

Islam according to Indian Secularism

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Krishnaswami

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This is part 8 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is...

Muslims on Islam

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Krishnaswami

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This is part 7 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is...

Islamic Theology – The Root of Islamic Fundamentalism

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Krishnaswami

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This is part 6 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is...

On Dhimmis – How Islam Treats Hindus

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Krishnaswami

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This is part 5 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is...

India and the Islamic Dark Ages – 2

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Krishnaswami

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This is part 4 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is...

India and the Islamic Dark Ages

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Krishnaswami

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This is part 3 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is...

Islam vis-à-vis Minorities

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Krishnaswami

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This is part 2 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is...

On the Nature of Islam

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Krishnaswami

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This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising...

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What makes ‘Gods’ appear ‘devilish’?

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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Why do some gods appear to have devilish qualities? And why should a being who...

Comparing Religions on Taleb’s Anti-Fragility Scale

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Pankaj Saxena

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This article explores various religions all over the world on the Taleb’s scale of anti-fragility....

Quranic Revelations

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Sheshrao More

Sheshrao More is a well-known Marathi scholar who writes extensively on Islam and the Muslim society. He has authored seven books so far, and all of them are written in Marathi.

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In this article, Dr. Sheshrao More tells us what the structure of the Quran is;...

Psychology of Jesus

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Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst is a Belgian orientalist and Indologist known for his writings on comparative religion, Hindu-Muslim relations and Indian history. He has contributed columns of numerous Indian and Flemish newspapers, and published in Dutch about philosophy, politics and religion. He is also known for his support of the Out of India theory. Elst, who has a doctorate on the subject of Hindu nationalism.

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Everyone knows that the sources on Jesus’s life are insufficient for writing his biography. ...

Is Khayāl A Dhrupad Form?

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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Present is a working paper on how Indian music was Islamised, but only on the...

Invoking Mother Goddess this Navaratri (Part 1)

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Dr. V. Raghavan

Dr. Venkataraman Raghavan (1908-1979) was a highly respected and prolific Sanskritist and Indian musicologist, particularly focusing on Carnatic music. Besides being a prolific scholarly writer, he also served on many scholarly committees and edited several journals, such as the Journal of Oriental Research and the Journal of the Music Academy, Madras. In 1953 he was awarded the Kane Gold Medal by the Asiatic Society, and in 1962 President Sri Rajendra Prasad gave him the Padma Bhushan award in the field of literature and education.

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The conception of divinity as parents, father and mother, which is the most natural and...

Effect of Cultural Tourism at Shonibarer Haat

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Sriradha Paul

Sriradha Paul is an India-based performer specialised in Odissi dance for more than two decades, an independent researcher, dance educator and curator. She received scholarships in dance from govt of India in the senior and junior categories and received the Federal assistance award from US Consulate, Kolkata. She has extensively performed in prestigious platforms in India and abroad (US, UK, France, Sri Lanka, China, Hungary, Bhutan and South Korea) in solo and group categories. She also holds a master's degree in geography and also did her second master's in dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage in the Choreomundus programme. She uses dance and movements for social reforms and worked closely with the survivors of human trafficking under the American Centre’s performative storytelling project in Kolkata and delivered a lecture demonstration to the inmates at Cherlapally jail, Hyderabad. Her recent interests are temple sculptures and the ancient architectural pattern and the journey from freezing bodies to moving. She also curated an exhibition on the classical dances of India in London. Recently she received an Indo-Pacific grant from US Consulate and headed the project and worked with two Indonesian artists. My research interests are transmission, identities, dance anthropology and Odissi in a global context. She also presented papers at different international conferences in the discipline of dance.

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Shonibarer haat is a weekly Saturday afternoon bazaar set up by local artisans in Santiniketan,...

Ramayana Parampara in Tripura

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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This is the third part in the series of articles on the Ramayana tradition in...

The quintessential carvings of Konarak: where Architecture speaks the Language of Astronomy

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Konarak, the architectural marvel of India is also known as the Black Pagoda, Arka-kshetra, Padma...

आचार्य वाचस्पतिमिश्र: व्यक्तित्व एवं कृतित्व

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Dr. Amit Kumar Dubey

Amit Kumar Dubey is an Assistant Professor at Center for Indic Studies. He received his PhD in Indian Philosophy & Religion from Banaras Hindu University. He has written his thesis on Abrahamic Religions. He received his Graduation, Post-graduation and PhD degrees in Indian Philosophy & Religion. He was awarded BHU Gold Medal for securing first position in master degree of Indian Philosophy. He is also awarded Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

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आज भारत में ही नहीं अपितु समूचे विश्व में प्रायः जो किंकर्तव्यविमूढ़ता की स्थिति उत्पन्न...

History Of Asana And Exercise In India

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David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)

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Asana has an important place in exercise traditions as well as in spiritual traditions like...

Ramayana Parampara among the Garos and the Jaintias of Meghalaya

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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Dadhi Mathan, the childhood story of Keli Gopal (Sri Krisnā) is the only play based...

Ramayana Parampara among the Khasis of Meghalaya & the Seng Khasi Movement

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Dr. Ankita Dutta

Dr. Ankita Dutta is presently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She has completed her MPhil and PhD from the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on the Vaishnavite Movement in Assam with special reference to the role of the Sattra and the Namghar in the Preservation of the Assamese Hindu Identity. She also looked into the Christian missionary conversions in Upper Assam, especially those districts bordering the Catholic Christian dominated neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. She then worked on a research fellowship project under Indic Academy entitled "Matri Shakti worship in Bharatvarsh: A Study of the Three Shaktapeeths of Poorvottar Bharat" under the supervision of Sumedha Verma Ojha.

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The overall storyline of the Ramayana that used to be popular among the people of...

Artist, Patron, and Public in India

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Stella Kramrisch

Stella Kramrisch (May 29, 1896 – August 31, 1993) was a pioneering art historian and curator who was the leading specialist on Indian art for most of the 20th century. Her scholarship remains a benchmark to this day. She researched and taught Indian art history for more than six decades on three continents.

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What function did the artist or craftsman fulfill in society, and in that other invisible...

“A Figure of Speech, or a Figure of Thought?”

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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Plato’s criterion of “wholesomeness” implies that nothing ought to be made, nothing can be really...

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The Wonders of Hoysala Temples

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Brig A.P. Singh

Brig AP Singh had served in the Indian Army for 35 years, and after retirement he has been following up on his interests in India’s heritage and history. He is an avid traveler, photographer and blogger. He is also the Editor of a well-respected strategic affairs journal, AGNI. His large collection of travel-related photo-blogs can be viewed at https://collectingmoments.in

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This is the first part of a travelogue series by Brigadier A.P. Singh in which...

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Misappropriation of North Indian Art Music

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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Due to predominantly Muslim names in the world of North Indian Art Music (NIAM), we...

The Living and the Historical Temple

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Pankaj Saxena

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Which is better? The living or the historical temple? The living institution or the historical...

7 Ganeshas from 7 Temples Across India

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Pankaj Saxena

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In this article, Pankaj Saxena discusses seven most exquisite vigrahas of Ganesha, all across the...

Indian Art and the Concept of Pramana

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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In this excerpt, Ananda Coomarasway explains the concept of Indian art in context of the...

Shall Art Imitate Nature? – The Concept of Sadrsya

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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In this piece, Ananda Coomaraswamy discusses what is the purpose of Art as commanded by...

The Art Within

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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In this article, Ananda Coomaraswamy explains how the inspiration of all art in India is...

The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 3

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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In this concluding part of this series, Coomaraswamy explains how the purpose of art in...

The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 2

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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In this excerpt from the book “Transformation of Nature in Art” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy...

The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 1

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a metaphysician, pioneering historian and great philosopher of Indian art. Coomaraswamy made important contributions to the philosophy of art, literature, and religion. One of Coomaraswamy’s most important contributions was his profound understanding of how people communicated in early times and how their ideas were transmitted and preserved in the absence of writing. He felt that traditional symbolism could best be understood by means of images, which preceded writing and which contained ideas that had been handed down from the earliest times and preserved in a vast array of media.

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In this excerpt from the book “Transformation of Nature in Art” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy,...

Sensuality and Spirituality

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Balraj Khanna

Balraj Khanna is a London based artist of Indian origin, who along with painting abstracts, also writes on art history. Khanna has been tenaciously loyal to a particular discipline - making art out of childhood memories and everyday events, representing emotion in a way which curiously embraces abstraction and figuration in equal measure.

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This is an excerpt from Balraj Khanna’s book “Human and Divine”. Depiction of sensuous pleasure...

The Sacredness in Crafts

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Balraj Khanna

Balraj Khanna is a London based artist of Indian origin, who along with painting abstracts, also writes on art history. Khanna has been tenaciously loyal to a particular discipline - making art out of childhood memories and everyday events, representing emotion in a way which curiously embraces abstraction and figuration in equal measure.

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This is an excerpt from the “Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture” by...

Signs of the Divine

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Balraj Khanna

Balraj Khanna is a London based artist of Indian origin, who along with painting abstracts, also writes on art history. Khanna has been tenaciously loyal to a particular discipline - making art out of childhood memories and everyday events, representing emotion in a way which curiously embraces abstraction and figuration in equal measure.

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This is an excerpt from the “Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture” by...

Aesthetics of Indian Art

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Balraj Khanna

Balraj Khanna is a London based artist of Indian origin, who along with painting abstracts, also writes on art history. Khanna has been tenaciously loyal to a particular discipline - making art out of childhood memories and everyday events, representing emotion in a way which curiously embraces abstraction and figuration in equal measure.

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This is an excerpt from the “Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture” by...

From elemental to endless

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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“If he is there, then he might protect you, and if not, mark my word,...

Personality traits of Maryada Purushottam Sri Rama under the light of Vaishnavism (Part 2)

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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Bharata reached the ashram and fell down at his brother’s feet and as a reaction,...

Vipadaḥ Santu Tāḥ (Let there be all calamities): The urge of an old lady from Mahabharata

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Rajabhishek Dey

Rajabhishek Dey is Research Associate at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

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The grand crowning ceremony has just ended. It was time for Keshava, to return home...

The Varna Value System

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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In the varna Value system there is no low and high ‘caste’. Even Valmiki in...

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal – A Forgotten Wonder

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Brig A.P. Singh

Brig AP Singh had served in the Indian Army for 35 years, and after retirement he has been following up on his interests in India’s heritage and history. He is an avid traveler, photographer and blogger. He is also the Editor of a well-respected strategic affairs journal, AGNI. His large collection of travel-related photo-blogs can be viewed at https://collectingmoments.in

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This temple is one of many such lesser known temples built during the Hoysala era....

The Historical Approach to the Mahabharata

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Dr. Ankur Kakkar

Ankur Kakkar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since January 2018. Ankur is a research scholar and student of Indian history, culture and philosophy. Ankur has accomplished his doctorate in History from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled "The Dayanand Anglo-Vedic school of Lahore: A Study of Education Reform in Colonial Punjab (1880-1920)” was supervised by Gita Dharampal, daughter of eminent historian Shri Dharampal. Before starting his PhD, Ankur obtained a postgraduate degree in History from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Join us on 9th July when Prof. Vishwa Adluri and Dr. Joydeep Bagchee will talk...

A Brief History of Indian Science. Some Underlying Principles.

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Subhash Kak

Subhash Kak is Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, and a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). He has published on the history of science, the philosophy of science, ancient astronomy, and the history of mathematics. In 2019, the Government of India awarded him with ‘Padma Shri’, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

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The connection between the outer and the inner cosmos is seen most strikingly in the...

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Did Swami Vivekananda Praise Islam?

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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In this article, Dr. Subroto Roy examines the controversy over the alleged letter of Swami...

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Divine Intermission. Exploratory Studies in Reincarnation.

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Jim Tucker

Jim B. Tucker is a child psychiatrist and Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His main research interests are documenting stories of children whom he claims remember previous lives, and natal and prenatal memories. He is the author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, which presents an overview of over four decades of reincarnation research at the Division of Perceptual Studies.

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Does Consciousness continue after death? What does science say about reincarnation? Indic Varta takes you...

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Ghazwāa-e-Hindustāni Sangīt

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Dr. Subroto Roy

Dr. Subroto Roy has finished his research on Sama Veda. He has authored a book that is currently under publication by SAARC. He has been Invited by the Music Academy, Madras for lectures and demonstrations on Sama Veda.

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Did Hindustani music result from a collaboration between Hindu and Muslim artists? Dr. Subroto Roy...

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Why International Religious Freedom Act is Deceitful and Hypocritical

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Purnima Nath

An Indian-American entrepreneur and a community leader recently ran for public office Milwaukee County Executive in Wisconsin. She is an Engineer, strategy and management consultant and she obtained her MBA from prestigious Northwestern University. She is the founder of Spindle India, Inc., and creator of IndiaFest Milwaukee in State of Wisconsin. Purnima writes on various topics including management, global issues, politics, policies, philosophy @PurnimaNath www.NathPurnima.com www.PurnimaNath.com

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Here is an excerpt from a letter written by Purnima Nath to the Steering Committee...

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Is Shakti Force?

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Sir John Woodroffe

Sir John George Woodroffe (15 December 1865 – 16 January 1936), also known by his pseudonym Arthur Avalon, was a British Orientalist whose extensive and complex published works on the Tantras, and other Hindu traditions, stimulated a wide-ranging interest in Hindu philosophy and yoga.

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We often tend to assume that Shakti is represented by force alone but is there...

From Sikhs to Singhs

From Sikhs into Singhs

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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There were two fronts and two movements working simultaneously. They were closely interlinked. One was...

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Adi Shankara’s critique of Buddhism

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Sthaneshwar Timalsina

Sthaneshwar Timalsina is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, San Diego State University, US. His research interests include Tantric traditions, literary theory, and ritual studies. His first book, Seeing and Appearance, was published in 2006 by Shaker Verlag.

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While maintaining the existence of only Brahman in the absolute sense, Sankara posits that the...

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Indra – The Supreme Deity of Rig Veda

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Rekha Rao

Rekha Rao, a master’s degree holder in Indology from the University of Mysore, is also an accomplished classical dancer. In the year 2000, she took up independent research work in Indology under the guidance of Dr.S.R. Rao, Former Deputy Director-General, Archaeological Survey of India, and since 2010, on her own. Her interests in the temple sculptures have made her visit and study various temples in India focusing on the sculptures of Apsaras, Buddhist architecture and Indus Seals.

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In this article, Rekha Rao explains why Indra is regarded as the supreme deity in...

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The Mighty Sarasvati

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Michel Danino

Michel Danino (born 4 June 1956) is an Indian author of French origin. He is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.

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Is Sarasvati only a river? How is it described in the vedic literature? Read this...

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Hindu Roots of Sikhism-3

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Ram Swarup

Ram Swarup, born Ram Swarup Agarwal, was an Indian author and one of the most important thought leaders of the Hindu revivalist movement. His works took a critical stance against Christianity, Islam and Communism.

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How did Sikhism come to be seen as a separate religion? Was it due to...

Vedic Fire

Agni Vidya: A Kindling of Inner Fire

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Shri Anirvan

Shri Anirvan was a Vedic scholar, philosopher and author. He was widely known as a great scholar who wrote commentaries on Vedas and other Hindu scriptures as well as Hindu darshan and spiritual traditions. He is the author of three volume treatise “Veda Mimamsa”. He also blessed Shri Ram Swarup and Shri Sita Ram Goel and their publishing house, “Voice of India”, widely credited as the intellectual foundation of Hindu Renaissance.

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What is the inner ritual and how does it involve fire? the story of Nachiketa...

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Has Hinduism changed or remained the same?

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David Frawley

Dr. David Frawley D. Litt. (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a western born 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 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.

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Since Hindus have historically worshipped different deities over a vast span of time and space,...

An Open Letter to ‘Religiously Open-Minded’ Hindus

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Deepika Sharma

Deepika Sharma is Research Associate at the Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad. She hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She has completed her B.A. from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Deepika is currently pursuing her LLB from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

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A letter to the Hindus who are dangerously “generous” and choose to live in a...

Importance of Hindu Festivals

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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A culture is known by its festivals. Festivals are not just celebrations or parties. They...

Role of Nehru in Instituting Negationism in India

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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In this article Smarak Prasad Sahoo discusses negationism in India and what was the role...

History of Sikh Separatism

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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It is true that there is no doctrinal animosity between Sikhism and Hinduism. But the...

What does Hindu dharma say about violence?

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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Ever since Gandhi touted ahimsa as the primary goal of Hindu dharma, a lot of...

The Importance of a Hindu Temple

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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The Hindu Temple is a unique institution. In India the institution of the temple was...

The Heart of Islam

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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In this article, Smarak Prasad Sahoo discusses about the famed heart of Islam, or the...

Media, Hindu society and Public Opinion

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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In this brief article, Smarak Prasad Sahoo tells us how our institutions like media, which...

Firecracker Ban – An Attack on the Religious Freedom of Hindus

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Satish Verma

An engineering graduate who dabbles into the realms of History, Philosophy, and Economics often. Reader on weekdays and Writer on weekends.

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Every year for the past decade and more a systematic campaign is run by NGOs,...

Cultural Self-Alienation of Hindus

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Smarak Prasad Sahoo

Like most of the present day Hindus, I was also infected with the virus of Sickularism and used to live under the false notion of "All religions are same and equal" which is not only blatantly false but also highly self-destructive for Hindus. Then by the divine grace of Śrī Rāma, I came across the books of two of the greatest scholars and intellectuals of Hindu society, Sri Sita Ram Goel ji and Sri Ram Swarup ji, which completely changed my outlook and understanding of Sanātana Dharma as well as that of the Abrahamic faiths. Trying to be the squirrel of Rāmasetu and contribute my little bit for the cause of Dharma.

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Cultural self-alienation of Hindus is one of the major challenges faced by Hindu society which...

Social Awareness and Hindu Festivals

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Jataayu Bluru

Jataayu has been writing on a range of topics centered around Hindutva and cultural themes since 2005, both in Tamil and English. He is well read on Hindu philosophy, history, culture, arts and literature. He is a scholar of Tamil literature, especially Kamba Ramayanam and Bhakti poetry and regularly gives discourses on these subjects. A collection of his Tamil essays has been published as a book 'Kaalamthorum Narasingam' (2015). He is on the editorial board of the website tamilhindu.com and also the Tamil monthly magazine Valam. An Electronics Technology professional by vocation, he is currently a resident of Bengaluru. His real name is Sankara Narayanan.  

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Social awareness has always been a part of many Hindu festivals, especially the Public (Sarvajanik/...

‘Devi’ in her own words

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Nithin Sridhar

Nithin Sridhar is an Author, Speaker, and Journalist based in Mysuru, India. He is currently pursuing Masters in Philosophy from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He is Editor of IndiaFacts, an online portal focussed on Indian history, culture, and philosophy.

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Who is Durga? What are her attributes? Nithin Sridhar in this short piece analyzes Hindu...

Seven Astonishing Ideas in Indian Cosmology

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Subhash Kak

Subhash Kak is Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, and a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). He has published on the history of science, the philosophy of science, ancient astronomy, and the history of mathematics. In 2019, the Government of India awarded him with ‘Padma Shri’, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

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The Indian cosmology, with its expansive notion of the equivalence between the outer and inner,...

The Significance of 108 in Indian Cosmology

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Subhash Kak

Subhash Kak is Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, and a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). He has published on the history of science, the philosophy of science, ancient astronomy, and the history of mathematics. In 2019, the Government of India awarded him with ‘Padma Shri’, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

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I ultimately found the answer to the mystery of these numbers while researching early astronomy....

Ways of the Jnanis – 1 – King Janak’s Dream

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Ankit Sharma

A curious seeker playing on the seashore with a prettier shell or a smoother pebble, whilst the vast ocean of knowledge lies undiscovered before him. Seeking truth, love and beauty through all his explorations.

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In this first part of a series of enlightening conversations of Jnanis and their disciples,...

భారత దేశం హిందూ రాష్ట్రం అయితే తప్పేముంది? – ఖలీద్ ఉమర్

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Khalid Umar

Khalid Umar lives in Portsmouth, UK and describes himself as a secular humanist, supporting freedom of speech as a Universal Right.

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ఈ ఆర్టికల్ లో ఖలీద్ ఉమర్ భారత దేశం ‘హిందూ రాష్ట్రం ‘ గా మారడానికి ఉన్న అవకాశం గురించి...

Is it Wrong to Say that Only My Religion is Right?

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Maria Wirth

Maria Wirth is a German and came to India on a stop over (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. She is also the author of the book “Thank you India – a German woman’s journey to the wisdom of yoga”.

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When Hindus try to tell others about the good in their religion, they are often...

What is Wrong in India becoming a Hindu Rashtra?

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Khalid Umar

Khalid Umar lives in Portsmouth, UK and describes himself as a secular humanist, supporting freedom of speech as a Universal Right.

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In this brilliant short article, Khalid Umar writes on the possibility of the creation of...

Tulsi and Rama

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Ankit Sharma

A curious seeker playing on the seashore with a prettier shell or a smoother pebble, whilst the vast ocean of knowledge lies undiscovered before him. Seeking truth, love and beauty through all his explorations.

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In this article, Ankit Sharma tells us what Lord Rama means to us. He analyzes...

Hanuman – The Path to Ultimate Knowledge

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Pankaj Saxena

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In this article, Pankaj Saxena explains what Hanuman means to Hindus. How he is not...