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...]

Spiritual Saviors? But there is nothing to Save!

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One day I happened to meet a rather self righteous-posing as a do-gooder missionary.  He had a script firmly implanted in his mind and went through the usual narrative of how I was a sinner - rather we all are - and then how Jesus could be my savior.  His small talk and then this rather despondent news of me being a sinner, without him knowing anything about me, left me really irritated.  So I took him head on."So, who did you say is my savior, Sir?""Jesus"."Oh, the dude who was dra … [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...]

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...]

Hinduism growing in Africa without Proselytizing

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Interestingly, Hinduism is the fastest growing religion in Ghana.  And no one is involved in the business of converting anyone.  Kwesi Anamoah, national president of the African Hindu Temple, discusses the spread of Hinduism within Ghana. "Today, there are 2,000 to 3,000 families worshipping all over the country which is a big increase from the 24 people who participated in the first-ever training camp in 1976 to become disciples.  We have not achieved this through the winning of souls as other … [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...]

Hinduism and Quantum Physics: Experiential vs Mathematical view of the Conscious Reality

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When I listen to the debate in the West on Evolution vs Creationism, I am often amused.  Both the ways, heated camps in their own right are either incorrect or incomplete.  For, such a debate is not even possible - nor warranted - in the Eastern Spiritual circles - fashioned as they are by the Dharmic (or Hindu) Spiritual viewpoint.It is true that material world has improved and progressed over the millenia to a point where human beings have reached the peak of existence as it is today.  No m … [Read more...]


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