How the Historically Intolerant forces are now Preaching India and the Govt On the Virtues of Tolerance


 When belief is paramount in your sense of being, then imposing it on others and resisting others' is a natural consequence.  Short of a dishonest act of resisting violence of an uneasy truce, the only way of living in the societies powered by beliefs and ideologies is constant death and violence.  To no real end and no real purpose though.  As long as I am and therefore, necessarily, have a belief, you have another that by definition of my belief (predicated on self-universalism) is an … [Read more...]

India’s Daughter: Unethical Journalism Breaching Voyeuristic Limits to “Shame a Nation”


Days after the launch of the movie "50 Shades of Grey" the world over, where BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism) erotic practices are shown - a movie and a story where women are depicted akin to sex slaves to a rich handsome guy, we have in India and the world, a controversy about a documentary "India's Daughter".  A documentary on a young girl who was brutally raped and left to die on the road along with her friend.  This documentary, which hinges on the testimony of one of the rap … [Read more...]

India’s Daughter: Ok, We are Outraged, Indian Men are Devils Incarnate with Medieval Mindset… now WHAT?!!


“A trial by press, electronic media or public agitation is the very antithesis of rule of law” stated India's Supreme Court in State of Maharashtra v. Rajendra J. Gandhi [(1997) 8 SCC 386]. This goes to the heart of a democratic society as opposed to a banana republic. The struggle between Freedom of Expression and Justice has been going on for a long time in the free socities of the world. English, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India have approached it very differently. Whi … [Read more...]

Navratri: Celebration of the Devi, the Feminine Divine


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...]

Delhi Gangrape: What Should Boys Be Taught About Rape?

Here is an interesting discussion on what the boys should be taught about rape. Akhil Sharma discusses the whole issue of how boys are brought up and what messages are they getting.. specifically with respect to sex and rape .. and women in particular. Much of this conversation has focused on what we teach girls about their own worth; and about the messages that society sends them about their supposed culpability when they are victimized. But today, we want to explore what we teach our boys, … [Read more...]

Beautiful Lohri Song in Punjabi

A beautiful Lohri song by Harbhajan Singh and Jaspinder Narula.  … [Read more...]

Why are Indians prudish?

Someone asked this question on Quora in this way: The older codes of Indian law define the following six categories of children (sons) and their legal inheritance rights, excluding adoptions:1. Born of a woman through her wedded husband, called the son of the body (ourasa) 2. Born of a woman by her second marriage, called the son of a remarried woman (punarbhava) 3. Born in accordance with the law of Niyoga(*), called a son begotten on a wife (kshetrajna) 4. Born of a married woman by an … [Read more...]

The Odd One Out – A liberal’s life in an orthodox society!

By Guest Blogger, MeeraImagine a girl who heads to the pooja room every day right after bath to pray; one who wouldn’t dare to go to her orthodox cousin’s place wearing a sleeveless top or without bangles; one who would follow all customs and traditions (aachara as they call it here) to the last point even though that meant extreme discomfort to her; one who would not daresay comment anything when people bash Indians who settle abroad; one who would always nod to comments like ‘Indian culture i … [Read more...]