Yearly Socio-Economic Predictions for India, Pakistan and US

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Every year, at Drishtikone, we analyze the coming year for three nations - Indian, US, and Pakistan.  In my view, for our purposes, these three nations are very important.  One, because it is the Indian perspective that this blog shows while discussing and talking of Hinduism.  US, because it is the most important country in the world.  And Pakistan because it is the nation that had had and will have far reaching consequences for the region and the world. This year, I wanted to use this … [Read more...]

Navratri: Celebration of the Devi, the Feminine Divine

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Femininity and Masculinity are taken as two qualities of the existence in Hinduism and in most Eastern traditions.  Eastern mystics called it Yin and Yang.  In Hinduism, this is posited as Purush and Prakriti - and the highest of all beings - Shiva - is said to be an Ardhanareshwar.  Half man and half woman.   But he is called so not because ONLY he was a combination of Feminine and Masculine; but because in him the two qualities were completely balanced and more importantly, he was the … [Read more...]

CNBC’s Joe Kernen engages in Racial slurs on Squawk Box

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Recently - on Sept 20th - Reserve Bank of India (India's Central Bank) raised the interest rates to combat rampant inflation in India.  That came up during the discussion on Currencies on CNBC's Squawk Box.  Co-hosts Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin started discussing, where Becky even said she had some Rupees in her purse from her last visit to India.  And, then Joe Kernen gets on with his mimicry act on Indians and jokes about the 7 Eleven's. Becky does try to shut his … [Read more...]

Indian and Chinese students sustaining Business Schools during this lean period

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The Indian and Chinese students want to make it big in the world of business and they will do anything to get there.  While most of the MBA school enrollments, specifically in Europe, are falling; the enrollments by students from India and China are increasing.  Specifically India.  This was brought out by the GMAC survey of the MBA students - GMAC Graduate Survey. US B-schools continue to be popular destinations for aspirants from China and India and the overall growth is largely driven by … [Read more...]

September 11: When a Monk “Invaded” the Consciousness of America 120 years ago

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12 years from now on the early morning of morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Islamic hijackers took control of four commercial airliners (two Boeing 757 and two Boeing 767) en route to California (three headed to LAX in Los Angeles, and one to San Francisco) after takeoffs fromBoston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C - are unleashed a terror attack so unprecedented that it has remained the most iconic image in most Americans of this generation. And, with that … [Read more...]

Curse of Caste System: Caste is not the problem, Lack of Social Mobility is

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The Leader of the country today is known as the "Head of State".  One who leads an organization or a function is said to be "Heading" that area.  A Peon on the other hand, is one who was and is still in many countries the lowest in an organization.  The word Peon comes from the Medieval Latin word Pedonem which means "Foot Soldier".  This is the world of today - in Modern India and around the world, each and every organization has these two positions (or their equivalent) in some form or the … [Read more...]

Hinduism in China: Influence that goes back many millennia

Li San Long, a resident of Chedian village, offers prayers at the village shrine, which houses a deity that is believed to be one of the goddesses that the Tamil community in Quanzhou worshipped in the 13th century. (Credits: Ananth Krishnan and "The Hindu")

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA once said "India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."  In Spiritual and Philosophical terms, that is very true.  You can either include the other in yourself by Conquering, or by Embrace.  What Hu Shih talks about was the inclusion by Embrace. For a world which is high on Religion, and which believes that philosophy is central to Spiritual pursuits (which is … [Read more...]

The month that was, while Drishtikone was in Transition

We have been off air on Drishtikone for the new transition to complete. In this time, a lot has happened - in India and the world. India: IPL Betting controversy:  Led by the Indian Pacer Sreesanth, players and bookies have been caught cheating on teams and throwing matches to get pay offs from betting in the IPL games.  Not just the players and outsiders like Vindu Dara Singh, who was connecting many dots, but even the owner of a team - Raj Kundra of Rajasthan Royals has admitted to … [Read more...]


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