How Delhi’s heart mocks Secular ideals in India

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Bodhan was a Hindu Saint.  A renunciate.  He lived in the kingdom of Sikander Lodhi.  In his great Secular moment, the renunciate said - Islam and Hindu Dharma are both equally acceptable to God if followed with sincerity.  Very secular and very fair it would seem to many.  However, Sikander Lodhi had him burnt alive.  Because he had committed blasphemy.  Bodhan was not the only Hindu Lodhi had killed, but the Saint symbolized in many ways the intolerance of Lodhi's Islamic sensibility in the man … [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...]

How Republicans (America’s “Poor man’s Pakistan Army”) can bring down American Democracy

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Flexible and just systems and societies always have two types of social contract - Laws (that you have to abide by as per the letter) and Traditional Guidelines (that aren't set in letter but abided by in spirit).  Democracy is a system that needs both.  But more than the rigid written laws, it needs all the governing arms to understand and carry on the tradition of the spirit of the foundational social contract.Many a times, a democratic country gets corrupt and bad rulers.  Countries where … [Read more...]

Pakistan Govt paid $1.8 mn to journalists from Secret Government Fund

As much as the Pakistani journalists keep asserting their freedom, and keep accusing Indian Journalists of toeing the Indian Government line, the truth was that Pakistan media people would stand right alongside whatever lie or latest "controversy theory" that the Government would dish out.  So there was always a sneaking suspicion that there was a collusion between the Government and Journalists.  Now, due to a case in the Supreme Court by two journalists, Government has had to lay bare the s … [Read more...]

What is Rashtra Dharma or Duty to Nation: Chanakya-speak

What is Rashtra Dharma (or Duty to your Nation)?  Is it sucking up to the dynasties?  Or is it Unity, integrity, security and prosperity of your mother-land?Chanakya deals with these questions very effectively in this one interaction.  Whatever he says is still relevant... just replace Nand-vansh with Gandhi dynasty.  Same thing.  And honestly, this is the issue I have with Dr. Manmohan Singh.  Nothing has put him down in my eyes more than how he has collaborated with the plunderers and loote … [Read more...]

How the NRA conquered America’s gun debate

NRA is a powerful lobby and despite so many deaths and carnages around the country, a 300 year old culture of deviant and violent people is promoted as being the hallmark of the soul of the most developed nation in the world.  Just as the Islamists are busy taking over a billion people back to the 7th century; the NRA enthusiasts are taking this nation and its people to the Wild West of the 18th century.  Same difference.  But these Rip Van Winkles won't awaken.Here is what happened during a vo … [Read more...]

Sikh Genocide 1984: There is NO way anything will ever happen to Jagdish Tytler

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” - George OrwellIn September 1999, Dr. Manmohan Singh was addressing the Press Club of India as a candidate from South Delhi.  Being a Sikh, and that too from Congress, he wanted to make a statement about the Sikh Massacres of 1984.  It should not have happened, he said.  However, the entire massacres were orchestrated by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and not Congress, he suggested.  After all, why would Congress, wh … [Read more...]


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