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Subhash Chandra Bose got us Independence

Subhash Chandra Bose got us Independence

Since some papers of the Intelligence Bureau on Subhash Chandra Bose and his family have come into the public domain, there has been a concerted campaign by a section of the media to vilify the national hero. An article in a prominent English news daily went to the extent of declaring that Subhash was of the strong opinion that post-independence, India should be under a dictatorial rule for 20 years.

In a way, the article sought to justify the incarceration and subsequent killing of Subhash. The pro-British, pro-Nehru and anti-Subhash constituency still exists. From the tenor of this anti-Subhash lobby it can be extrapolated that how vicious must have been the British and Congress intrigues against Subhash during World War II and subsequent to his disappearance, considering the fact that it was only Subhash who was fighting for overthrow of the British , all the top Congress leaders were in jail during that period.

What political philosophy Subhash desired or would have pursued is a matter of conjecture. The moot question that the IB documents pose is as to why the family of Subhash was kept under surveillance for two decades after independence, and most deploringly, why was the surveillance report being shared with the British intelligence agency, the MI5. What common interest did the MI5 and Nehru have? If Nehru did know about the real truth about Subhash, i.e. about his alleged incarceration or alleged murder, how did he live with the murderous guilt?

The sharing of intelligence with a foreign intelligence agency, rather former colonial master on a revered freedom fighter, who was also the Congress President at one time, lends some credence to the insinuations about certain leaders in the Congress of pre-independence era having links with MI5, primarily to marginalize the extremists. The hatred for Subhash in the Gandhi-Nehru camp is a historical fact. This hostility compelled Subhash to resign as Congress President in 1939, despite being democratically elected. Hence the question as to who were fascists and who were liberal democrats in the pre-independence Congress will always remain.

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Why Westerners are Getting Attracted to Hinduism?

Why Westerners are Getting

It takes all sorts to make the world!  Whether you are born in America, Iran or India….you either gratefully realize the existence of Supreme Power that guides the universe….or…you are too  indifferently busy in materialistic life to bother over it….or…you are a non-believer to the extent of hating that Supreme Power people term as God!

Let’s discuss about the first category…the believers. The believers in the Supreme Power call Him as Lord Almighty, Allah or Vishnu as per the religion they are born in.Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are the top three religions in the world. The believers incline towards gaining spiritual knowledge through the religious doctrines and scriptures available in their religion. For Muslims, it is Holy Quran. For Christians, it is Holy Bible. For Hindus, well, there is an Ocean of religious Literature like Vedas, Upanishads, Mahapuranas etc.

Quran was written by Mohammad around 609 CE. Even Bible Scholars believe Bible to be aseventh century human artifact. From time to time, these doctrines have been tampered with for convenient changes. Mohammad,who had specified polygamy allowed up to four marriages for Muslim men, justified his fifth marriage to his daughter-in-law with some verses of Quran. As to Bible, the researchers have discovered manyinconsistencies,anomalies and repetitionsof stories in the Bible.

Hinduism is the oldest faith in the world. The religious scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas are timeless, consistent and constant. The time of their origin is too ancient to be calculated by human beings. Hinduism and its divine Literature teach us a way of life.  These Literatures guide the seekers with the correct knowledge about oneself, the universe and the Creator.

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Language and Discourse: Why the issue is not merely about Sanskrit or English

Language and Discourse

With the rapid spread of English in India, most Indians are worried about the future of Indian languages, especially Sanskrit. It is also observed that learning is less efficient when conducted through a foreign language. Furthermore, efforts are undertaken to popularize Sanskrit, not only in the hope that a language of Indian origin may come to serve as the lingua franca of India but that it may encourage better thinking patterns on account of its logical structure.

In all such cases, we find that the emphasis is entirely on language as the key to build a better India. No attention is paid to the discourse which is the medium through which a language expresses its power. A discourse encapsulates the socio-political meaning of what is communicated through language and is therefore more important than the language itself. The same discourse can be expressed through different languages and while usually a language is associated with its own peculiar discourse, the same language can be employed to communicate different discourses. Let me explain this point with an example.

Consider a man who sends his 12-year old son to work, instead of giving him an education, and lives on his income. Evidently, this is wrong but how do you raise the issue? You could tell the man that his son has a right to education. By not sending him to school and making him work, the man is violating the rights of his son. This is a discourse of human rights, of European origin, but it is not that it can be articulated only in English. You can just as easily use the term mānava–adhikāra instead of ‘human rights’ and make the same point.

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Stages of Life in Hindu Dharma – A Concept Misunderstood by Modern Intellectuals

Stages of Life in Hindu Dharma

Hindu Dharma which is known to be the oldest of all religions in the world, is more a way of life than a religion. The Hindu way of life involves dividing an individual’s life into 4 stages as: Bramhacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. These 4 stages of life have always been misunderstood in the past few decades by equating them with modern monotheistic definitions giving rise to confusions and misinterpretations. Let us look into what Hindu Dharma says about these 4 stages of life in detail.

Brahmachari is a term usually used to describe the unmarried individual. The Brahmacharya stage is used to represent the life of an individual before his marriage. This can be further classified into two phases as Shishya (Student) and Snataka (Graduate). The student phase involves a vrata called Brahmacharya Vratha where a student maintains a disciplined way of life in which his concentration lies only on gaining knowledge. The student is hence prevented from thinking about, speaking about, playing with,looking at, personally talking with other gender as these things might distract his concentration from acquiring knowledge which is now-a-days a common thing among young teenagers.

The student after his completion of studies enters into the graduate phase of life after the Samavarthana (Graduation Ceremony). This ceremony is associated with the end of formal education of the student in Gurukul and the Brahamcharya Vratha. This ceremony is used to signify that an individual is ready to enter the Grihastha phase of life and is introduced to things associated with wordly life like wealth and other necessities of household.

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Hindus Are On The Hit List

Hindus are on the hit list

A senior Delhi Police official told me a recently – ‘What you are seeing is only a tip of the iceberg. None of us can really fathom the money and resources put behind this so called attack propaganda. All I will say is that something very ugly is taking shape and Modi has an uphill task as many vested interests feel threatened with India seeming to be growing stronger under his leadership’. 

Here is a Christian, Robert Rosario, who will never get invited to fear mongering TV debates that are part of the concerted church agenda to create communal discord and target Hindus. Yes Hindus are on the Hit List.

This is what Robert has to say ‘How much Indian is the church in India? This is a serious question that needs to be asked given the turn of events unfolding every day. The cry of victimhood on one hand, and on the other the bishop claiming that ‘we are Indians’ and the Government of India should ensure our safety. This gives an impression that true Indian Christians are being targeted systematically, which is not a fact.

On the contrary,the church in India is very much unpatriotic and also teaches and preaches the same to its flock. The Church condemns democracy and practices hierarchy.The Bishop appointed by the ‘Roman pontiff’ claims to be the representative of Indian Christians. 

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What is the True Meaning of Sanatana Dharma?

What is the True Meaning

As Hindus like to claim, there is no religion called ‘Hinduism’ because Hinduism is a way of life. Even our country’s courts have declared so. What we have in India or Bharat is ‘Sanatan Dharm’, an eternal existence. Existence? Is that what Dharm is? Well ‘Dharm’ has many connotations and there is no word in English which can define it completely. Loosely, ‘Dharm’ is ‘that which is your true nature’ … this means that for the tree, Dharm would stand for giving shade or fruits; for the river, it would mean giving life-fulfilling water.

For Human beings Dharm means a lot of things but mostly it would mean living life the way it should be led – with justice, seeking knowledge, protecting the weaker, by being generous, by working to your complete potential, by living with discrimination & Viveka Budhi. Sanatan Dharm is the only religion (if it can be called so) which has a Different Philosophy for every age and every life form.

Unbelievable, isn’t it? So is Hindutva and Hinduism the same? All other religions have fixed rules – then why doesn’t Sanatan Dharm or Hinduism have any fixed rules? So much so that even rituals like marriage (not all marriages have the ‘saath phera’) or worship of God, have no fixed rules. A simple question will answer this puzzle. If a person kills another, it is an action liable for punishment; but if this is done on the border to protect the country, it is an action liable for reward, isn’t it? This shows that there is no concept in life which is fixed or permanent, then how can the philosophy to be followed in life, be unchangeable? So then what is the broad framework by which we can define Hinduism? Let us see:

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Who are the Hindus?

 Who are the hindus

If one has to write a new history of India, one has to start with the right foundations and set the record straight. Thus the first task is to demystify the word ‘Hindu’ about which there is so much misunderstanding…

Let’s say it right away: there are no Hindus… This word was invented by European colonizers to designate a people which lived in the valley of the Indus. The exact appellation should be “Indu”, a term which was actually used for centuries by outsiders, to name all India’s inhabitants, be they Muslims, Christians, Buddhists or Hindus. But when Indus became Hindus at the hands of western colonizers, it grew to be a source of confusion and had catastrophic consequences for Indian history: it brought indirectly the terrible partition of the subcontinent and is partly responsible today for the inter-religious strife in India.

Who are the Hindus then – or shall we say Indus? Western (and unfortunately also Indian) historians have often reduced Hinduism to a code of moral conduct and a set of rites and rituals,

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