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Study Of Hindu Culture: The Misplaced Theories Of Western Indologists

Study Of Hindu Culture

Judging from the interview, the proposed book by Dr Parpola seems to be providing the proverbial old wine in new bottle.

His scholarship is subsumed by his attachment to the Aryan migration/invasion framework and his selective politicking with India’s own establishment historians of the old school.

The recent interview of Finnish Indologist and Sindhologist Dr Asko Parpola was interesting for two reasons. First, this is the interview of a person, who has devoted decades in studying Hindu culture. Second, the interview shows what was wrong with Western Indologists, who spent a lifetime studying Hinduism.

Dr Parpola states at the beginning of the interview that the earliest literature of South Asia is generally dated between C 1300 and 1000 BCE. He accepts it. This chronology forms the edifice on which he builds his arguments.

So, he speculates in the interview:

Could they come from the advanced civilisation of the Indus Valley that flourished between about 2600 and 1900 BCE, long before the Vedic texts came into being?

And again:

The tradition of the earlier wave, coming to South Asia already around 1900-1700 BCE, infiltrated into the Rigveda in its late books I and VIII-X, but is best represented in the Atharvaveda. By the time the Yajurvedic Samhitās and the Brāhmaṇa texts came into being, the two traditions had already fused together. The Upaniṣads and the “heterodox” religions of Jainism and Buddhism bring to the surface religious ideas that may be new or that may have survived from older times further east, outside the Vedic realm.

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Islamic State Assault on India and Indian Islam

Islamic State Assault on

The unravelling of the Islamic State (IS) module in Lucknow following the operations by the Uttar Pradesh ATS is the tip of the iceberg. Amongst other incriminating material recovered from the encounter site, there was the railway network map of India. The operations were launched in wake of Bhopal-Ujjain train bomb-blast. Ominously, there was sufficient intelligence about the jihadis targeting the Indian Railway network across the length and breadth of India. 

…the police forces have become an unwitting tool of Pakistan military-intelligence establishment in furtherance of its political designs in India. Politicians using look-alike of Osama bin Laden is surely an invitation to Jihadi forces. It gets votes and that is the horrible truth.

The most critical rather providential lead originated from the Bihar-Nepal border. This was again, in the wake of the derailment of Indore-Patna express near Kanpur on 20-November -2016, which killed 150 people. The sabotage angle was palpable. Given the election season in the state, the timing was suspicious. For many years now, the Pakistan military-intelligence establishment has been trying to influence the politics of India by means of terror and violence.

The Bhopal-Ujjain train bomb blast could have averted if the our police machinery was politically not subverted and had the professional education to see the Jihadi and Islamic State threat in global and regional perspective. The country will have to bear unacceptable consequences for the restricted, compartmentalized and politicized mindset of police forces of respective states in dealing with internal security threats. The Jihadis and the Maoists suffer from no such constraints and operate on pan-India basis. Probably, the police forces have become an unwitting tool of Pakistan military-intelligence establishment in furtherance of its political designs in India. Politicians using look-alike of Osama bin Laden is surely an invitation to Jihadi forces. It gets votes and that is the horrible truth.

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Shankhnaad For Mahabharat Of Civilizations!

First International Yoga Day (IYD) will be celebrated tomorrow (June 21st, 2015) with big fanfare across the globe. It touches me personally, as I've anchored my whole life in yoga philosophy. Today, the world is very stressed; from individuals, families, societies, and countries to even mother nature. Yoga is an excellent solution (in my view - the best), to address the big challenges that humanity faces in current times.  Yoga provides a robust philosophical foundation for the harmonious existence of humanity, where diversity gets celebrated among cultures; along with a sustainable co-existence with nature.

The acknowledgement  from the United Nations is a good step to popularize the importance of yoga. It also solidifies that Indian heritage is the "home/ owner" of yoga and India should get credit for creating and nurturing it through the ages. Yoga is a great example of what India has and continues to offer to the world. While we celebrate this day, there are risks to watch out for. In the current west dominated globalization times, India is losing control over discourse of yoga. If not managed well, yoga may be downgraded as secularized (an inferior concept compared to Saapeksh Dharma); becomes "just" science; gets westernized and loses its linkage from traditions of Dharma. If that happens, Yoga will lose a significant part of its essence and it'll be sad state for the whole humanity. There are forces on both sides, some for Indian heritage & yoga and others  against it; and the stage is set for the "Battle of Yoga" in the Mahabharat of civilizations.

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Eight reasons why the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ is already upon us

Eight reasons why the Clash of Civilizations

We are witnessing one horrific terrorist attack after another the world over and it shows absolutely no signs of stopping. Since 2015, there seems to be at least one incident in Europe every month.

In 1993, American political scientist Samuel P Huntington had talked about the Clash of Civilizations and that term still sticks 23 years later. (One Indian politician, who regularly spoke about this in India was the BJP’s former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani.)

But what exactly is this clash? While Huntington put up this hypothesis in a Foreign Affairs article, it is defined succinctly on Wikipedia as: People’s cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world.

The 1990s was also the decade when Al-Qaeda caught the global imagination and a lot of commentators started talking about the Clash of Civilizations in terms of Islam’s clash with the West. While it seemed quite far-fetched at that time, it seems more realistic now in 2016, with a more brutal and ambitious Islamic State replacing Al-Qaeda as the world’s Number 1 terrorist group.

Meanwhile, a lot of Right wing groups have also risen all over the world calling Islam as their enemy.

But there are many reasons why a clash may have already begun.

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Where Is Article 370 Now That Rohingyas And Bangladeshis Are Being Settled In Jammu And Ladakh?

Where Is Article 370 Now That Rohingyas

The Jammu and Kashmir government should either implement in toto or abolish Article 370. It can’t be one rule for Rohingyas and another for all Indians.

Jammu is up in arms against the authorities. This time, it is not against discriminatory policies being pursued by the successive Kashmir-dominated and Valley-centric governments in Jammu & Kashmir since 1947, but against the settlement of Rohingyas from Myanmar in Jammu and Ladakh, both strategically vital for national security.

According to the late Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the number of Rohingya Muslims living in different parts of Jammu city and around it, was 5,107 in 2010 (AINS, 10 October 2015). And, as per Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s June 2016 Assembly statement, there were 13,400 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living in camps in Jammu. She said “Bathindi Ka Plot is home to the highest number of Rohingya Muslims” (The Hindustan Times, 5 December 2016).
The break-up of Rohingyas settled in the state is as follows: Jammu – 5,086, Jammu’s Samba district – 634 and Ladakh – 7,664. The total number is 13, 334.

The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and several civil society groups are urging the authorities to deport forthwith the illegally settled Rohingyas and Bangladeshi from the state, saying they pose a threat to not only the security of Jammu province, but also to the nation.

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Importance Of Bhagavad-Gita In This Day And Age

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Most everyone at some point hears about the Bhagavad-gita, but do they know what it really contains, or how profound and deep is the knowledge that it provides?

Besides being the classic Eastern text that it is, and the summary of most Upanishadic information, it is the core of the deepest levels of spiritual knowledge. It is also like a handbook for life. Just as when you purchase an appliance of some kind, like a refrigerator, television or computer, you get a manual that teaches you how to use it. So in the same way, if God created this world and put us here, doesn’t it seem that He should also tell us what is the purpose of this life and how to use it accordingly? The Bhagavad-gita is such an instruction manual for anyone. It provides the basic answers that most people have about life, and the universal spiritual truths that can be used by anyone, anywhere, and at any time in history. In this way it is timeless.

So let me explain a little of its importance and why we should take it seriously. I will not go into all of the details of what the Bhagavad-gita teaches, but I will provide a quick overview and summary of each chapter to give you an idea of the information you can discover and the benefits if you read it.

Of course, we know it was spoken on the battlefield at Kurukshetra as the forces prepared for war, a war meant to uphold the Dharmic principles against those who were bereft of them and before things became more evil then they already were, so there was little time in which to speak the Bhagavad-gita. Therefore, it was a brief conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna.

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Has Tolerance Become A Curse For Sanatana Dharma?

Has tolerance become a curse for Sanatana Dharma

Remember the controversy over Aamir Khan’s movie, PK? Our concern here is not to analyse the movie critically but to ask this question: why can’t Aamir Khan be adventurous enough to make a movie that makes fun of Islam and its Prophet Muhammad? Of course, it goes without saying that had Aamir made such a movie, he wouldn’t even be alive to listen to the criticism or praise of such a movie. The secular media and (mostly) Sunni Muslims threw their full weight behind Aamir Khan’s cinematic impudence.

Forget Muhammad. The Malayalam movie Pitavinum Putranum has been stuck with the Censor Board for two years because its subject involves the story of two nuns, and therefore might offend the delicate sensibilities of Christians.

Has tolerance become a curse for Sanatana Dharma? Indeed, this sort of tolerance has been described by some thinkers as the perversity of being good.

The now-familiar secularist discourse proceeds in this fashion: caste is bad, they say. Lower castes were oppressed for thousands of years, they say. Yet, when a person like Mata Amritanandamayi hailing from a “lower caste” stuns the world with her achievements, they don’t have a single syllable of praise. Instead, they wait in stealth hoping to find something to tar her.

We need to investigate the roots of this state of affairs.

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