Detailed Historical Context to India-Pakistan Kashmir Issue, Recent NSA Talks and the Way Ahead

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The recent NSA talks have - as the author had predicted - been called off by Pakistan.  Numerous analysts and commentators in India and the opposition parties - apart from the various intriguing folks in Pakistan - have been coming up with their own versions of the situation.Incredibly, the author finds discussion of central and most critical facts completely missing in the larger discourse.  It is time we look into them.1.  Accession of Kashmir to India was Final: The Cabinet Mission mem … [Read more...]

Republican Conundrum: The Only Benchmark of Belief is Fanaticism

If belief in one and only ideal and ideology is the sine qua non of one’s identity, then how does one evaluate one’s progress or worth versus others?If you have heard or read anything, you will understand that whatever you “gather” of what you have heard or read is not what was actually said or written – but your interpretation of that.  You interact with the world through the prisms and windows of your own prejudices and paradigms.Now let’s go back to our question above.  If there is one … [Read more...]

Lessons from Indian Caste System and the US Presidential Race

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Everyone has got India's Caste System completely wrong.  Castes - the four:  Brahman (teacher/intellectual), Kshatriya (fighter/Law Enforcement), Vaishya (Businessman/Trader) and Shudra (Blue-collar worker) - have been prevalent in every society in all times.  Never has a society existed without these four predominant roles and people who fall in these categories broadly.  Some straddle, but mostly these are the four inherent vocational tendencies that people perform.The scourge of Caste Sys … [Read more...]

International Yoga Day: Controversies, responses and Why Yoga?

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Well being has nothing to do with your belief system.  If your cholesterol is in the right limit, it is so because your body is working fine.  Not because you believe if Climate Change is real or not, or if god is a woman or man.  Chemicals in your brain, the electrical circuitry of your nervous system and the hormonal cocktail of your organs works best when in harmony and does so irrespective whether you are Rightist, Leftist, Right-of-Center, Left-of-Center, Fringe Right or Fringe left.  Tha … [Read more...]

Yin and Yang: the basis of life

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Interestingly, an average healthy male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. On the other hand, women who are on average born with 2 million egg follicles (or where eggs are produced - one per follicle), have only 450 left by the time of puberty. Of the millions - and sometimes billions - of sperms released by a man, only one reaches the handful of eggs that a woman produces.A man produces approximately 525 billion sperm cells over a lifetime, at … [Read more...]

Open Source Human Transformation: Hinduism’s gift to mankind

This post is part of a Patheos Symposium exploring the "Good" of each of our various traditions. At the outset, one needs to appreciate that the word "Religion" is related to the Abrahamic faiths more. Eastern spiritual traditions, which find their beginnings in Hinduism, are neither faiths nor religions. Hinduism is an amalgam of various spiritual traditions. The ways are different, the goals are different and the very way of looking at man, divine and life is different. Open Source, … [Read more...]

E-Governance and Modi Government’s Ambitious “Digital India” Program

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E-governance has often defined as the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone systems and services from the Government to its customers, businesses, other governments, and also management of the entire back office processe and interactions within the government system.In India, the e-governance initiative is handled via what is known as the National … [Read more...]

Christian Anti-Hindu Bigot Nandy’s new rant: India should not win the Cricket World Cup!

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Some weeks back we had discussed how political opposition to the ruling Government in India has metamorphosed into Anti-Hindu bigotry in India.  (Delhi Elections: Is Self Righteous Anti-Hindu Bigotry the new normal for Indian Secularism?) Of course, all in the name of a bastardized form of "Secularism".As the time is going on, things are going from bad to worse.  Ashis Nandy, a Bengali Christian and hailed by various bodies as a great Sociologist, who has been in controversies for his u … [Read more...]


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