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...]

Toupee or Not Toupee


Most of the World's leaders have some extremely complex issues to tackle with.  How to fight poverty, get the economy on track, hackers starting a national security crisis.  But there is one Presidential hopeful in the US - and if he can do what he has done, may be the most powerful man in the world - has a unique problem at hand.  Rather on his head.  His hair!Everyone thinks Donald Trump wears such an outrageous head of hair that surely nature couldn't do such an unaesthetic job on itself f … [Read more...]

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


The recent NSA talks have - as the author had predicted - been called off by Pakistan.  Numerous analysts and commentators in India and the its opposition parties - including the various intriguing folks in Pakistan - have been coming up with their own versions of the situation.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 memorandum, … [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


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...]

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


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...]

Lights Camera Action: Enter PM Modi in his Infamous Personalised Suit


This article is by Archana Kapoor. She is the Founder and Chief Blogger at drishti.coDate: January 25th, 2015 at Hyderabad House, DelhiScene 1: Chai Pe Charcha Take 1. Action!Enter President Obama with our very own, much-loved Prime Minister Modi. Dress Code: Formals.As the two besties make way towards the garden where the hot tea-pot awaits them, suddenly all cameras zoom in… No! not at the charming smile of Obama but, at PM Modi’s Bandhgala. They focus the valuable zoom lenses … [Read more...]

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


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...]