Mahashivaratri: The Night when Yoga happened to the First Yogi

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8.7% of US adults - or 20.4 million - practice yoga.  Another 44.4% of the US adults are "Aspirational Yogis" - those interested in trying yoga.  Unfortunately, Yoga for almost all has remained an exercise, when it could have been a tool for complete transformation of a being.  Today, Americans are spending $10.8 billion on Yoga learning and products (source).  A large market of health and fitness from an ancient tradition that was created towards a very important end.It would be instructive … [Read more...]

Delhi Elections: Is Self Righteous Anti-Hindu Bigotry the new normal for Indian Secularism?

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On December 6, 2010, a book titled "26/11 : RSS ki Sazish" (26/11: Conspiracy by RSS) written by Aziz Burney, who is the Editor-in-Chief of Urdu Sahara newspaper was released by Congress General Secreatary Digvijay Singh on in Delhi.  The book is about the attack by Pakistani terrorists on Mumbai which went on for 3 days - from November 26, 2008 to November 29th, 2008 - killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.  Targets were specifically picked up by the terrorists for maximum psychological i … [Read more...]

Love Jihad in India and Europe – Its Historical and Empirical context and Denial by vested Interests

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In the recent months, Yogi Adityanath has become the target of many in India, who value political correctness over facts.  With his no more than less than half a dozen speeches, he has ruffled the feathers of Indian Secularism so badly that the media - without Dispassionately and independently weighting his assertions - is keen to pronounce him a devil.  In fact the rhetoric of Indian media is so sharp that it almost seems that one cannot even present a view or opinion contrary to the prevalent o … [Read more...]

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 video … [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 first to … [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 racial … [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 ma … [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 9-11 has come … [Read more...]


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