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Does India have or need a Right Wing?
Are Indians Afraid of Modernization? A Dharmic View
Sophisticated Misrepresentations and elaborate Academic Falsehoods : Claims of Ayurveda’s “supposed” Greek origins dismantled …
Dr Priyanka Shandilya Editorial Note: This article is part of a Series on the purvapaksha of Western interpretations of Āyurveda. The claims and arguments made in the paper “The Science of Medicine” , by Dominik Wujastyk are examined with the traditional drishti. Some of the important and essential “tools” of videshi scholarship, are “misinterpreting epistemology , mixing of vocabularies from …
An evidence based exploration of how harmful Halloween is to our environment as well as to the mental health of children, and why we must outright ban Halloween in India.
What often however remains untold is the real goal of Yoga: union with Truth. The movement of mind, body and spirit towards the oneness that underlies all of creation, as per ancient Indic thought.
Nindāstuti is a Dharmic paradigm of devotion through apparent censure! If binaries of any kind, be it of praise and censure or even of language and silence, all constitute the Ultimate Reality and yet the Ultimate Reality is not restricted to any of these, one can express one’s alignment with Brahman using censure and silence too, and not just praise and language!
Not only is Dharma inherently the essence of being human but, with this universal definition, even potentially that of the Universe itself. Standing by and for Dharma is therefore something that underlies our existence and the harmony therein.
Being a Hindu: The history and politics of how an ancient way of life survived centuries of repression, invasion and persecution
India has seen a number of waves of invasions over the millennia. Be it the Greeks, the Scythians or the Yuezhi, invaders struck the Indian subcontinent and often got assimilated into the civilizations preceding their advent. What lived on and thrived was Dharma, which has withstood one of the most gruesome holocaust in all of history, over the millenia, to remain as one of the oldest extant spiritual and civilisation paradigms today.
Condescending, dismissive, lofty are a few words that come to mind from the Western media in its reference to India with a generous dose of Hindutva, Hindu Nationalism, Caste, Suppression, poverty, giving the impression that the Western governments are secular, with greater faith in science than with a jealous god. We look at the report on the appointment of a Premier of Catholic faith and elaborate with reciprocal narrative.
In this essay, I posit a principle of Qualified Diversification, which looks at the multiplicity manifested in the world around us as relevant and yet subsumed within a greater unity. I feel this operative spiritual and social principle can be a long-lasting basis for unity, harmony, secularism, tolerance and acceptance in the world.