Yin and Yang: the basis of life

Interestingly, an average healthy male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. On the other hand, women who are on average born with 2 million egg follicles (or where eggs are produced – one per follicle), have only 450 left by the time of puberty. Of the millions – and sometimes billions – of sperms released by a man, only one reaches the handful of eggs that a woman produces. A man produces… Read more

Open Source Human Transformation: Hinduism’s gift to mankind

This post is part of a Patheos Symposium exploring the “Good” of each of our various traditions. At the outset, one needs to appreciate that the word “Religion” is related to the Abrahamic faiths more. Eastern spiritual traditions, which find their beginnings in Hinduism, are neither faiths nor religions. Hinduism is an amalgam of various spiritual traditions. The ways are different, the goals are different and the very way of looking at man, divine and life is different. Open Source,… Read more

E-Governance and Modi Government’s Ambitious “Digital India” Program

E-governance has often defined as the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone systems and services from the Government to its customers, businesses, other governments, and also management of the entire back office processe and interactions within the government system. In India, the e-governance initiative is handled via what is known as the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).  It is a comprehensive framework for the government to engage… 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… Read more

When Bella made it all look fine

It had been a long and rough day. The morning that day started off with a puncture in the middle of a highway on the way to work.  I somehow pulled over and for the first time started to use the instruments and the spare tire to get going.  Setting up the jack was a problem.  I somehow managed it.  Slowly I started working on each nut.  When I was done, I had realized it had all taken 1 hour on… Read more

Indian rapes and German rapes: a tale of Neo-Imperialism

We have talked about the unethical ways of the documentary – India’s Daughter – made about the Indian girl who was raped brutally in a moving bus.  All sane and normal policies of depiction of death and rape in Europe in general and in particular in UK were jettisoned!  Why was it necessary to provide voyeuristic details of how the entrails of the girl were taken out and then disposed off, for example?  Or how the unrepentant rapist-killer thought she brought… Read more

The time when I defied the odds

When it cannot be done, it is then that it must be done! In between all those heavy political and spiritual posts, I just wanted to share this one for a change of flavor for a bit. It was way back in 2003 that I had gone to India after long, protacted and very bitterly fought legal battle over the family house that my Grandfather had built. In Indian courts many things happen, and in my case, I had had… 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… 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… Read more

Holi is to Surf with the Existence, NOT a “Victory of Good over Evil”!

The story of Holi goes that there was a demon King Hiranyakashipu, who hated his son, Prahalad for worshipping God Vishnu. He had a sister, Holika who had a boon that she can never be burnt. To kill Prahalad the king had him sit in Holika’s lap to kill him. Strangely, Holika burnt and Prahalad came out alive. According to Bhagavat purana,[1][2][3] there was a king named Hiranyakashipu who, like a lot of demons and Asuras, had the intense desire… Read more