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Godse Haasan and Hindus

“Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu. His name was Nathuram Godse.” Thus spoke the Oracle Kamal Haasan. Haasan refers to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in January, 1948. Utter novices these Hindus! Despite being the first to adopt terrorism they shockingly allowed themselves to be surpassed by those more adept at slaughter and mayhem! And what have they to show? Only a Nathuram Godse. Godse was ar ...

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“First of all, We will have to become what We actually are”

Bharat’s identity is intrinsically tied with the eternal philosophy of Hindutva For ages, Bharat has offered a unique view of life because it is based on spirituality. Bharat believes that Truth can have various forms, names and paths to reach it. Though diverse, all these paths are equal. Bharat sees unity in diversity and has a capacity to establish unity amongst such expansive variety. It doesn’t see div ...

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In aftermath of Sri Lanka attacks, India must realise very real threat posed by radical Islam points to bleak future ahead

The terror attack on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and the blasts and events of the following days once again reminded us that the threat posed by radical Islam is closer than it appears. Radicalisation and terrorism is not a problem faced by Sri Lanka alone. As a victim and target of Islamic terrorism, India should take precautionary measures to avoid the sort of unpleasant events that ...

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RSS and Politics

The RSS since its inception has thought of itself as an organisation of the entire society and not as an organisation in the society. This stance of RSS has not changed even after our independence from the shackles of British rule. Hence in the constitution of RSS, written soon after independence, in 1949, it is clearly articulated that should a Swayamsevaks choose to enter politics, he is free to join any ...

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“Why doesn’t BMS celebrate ‘May Day’ as Labour Day”

May Day is famously known as a commemoration of the agitation for 8 hour work which occurred in Chicago, US on May 01, 1886. But due to untoward handling of the issue, it ended in clash with Police and became known as a total failure in the history of labour struggle. Even before the incident, the Government had accepted the same demand and US Congress had passed a resolution on the same in 1868. The strike ...

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Gandhiji and RSS

The poll bugle has been sounded, and political leaders are busy in delivering campaign speeches as per the culture and tradition of their respective parties. In one of such speeches, the leader of a party proclaimed that the vote this time around would be a choice between Gandhi and Godse. Those who follow Gandhian ideology pay special attention to their utterances and never take the name of Godse. I have p ...

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Why Hindutva gets traction and Communism doesn’t

A young girl from a family known to me worked with the Jaipur Literature Festival this year as a volunteer. She mentioned to me that while the Leftist influence was quite evident in the selection of topics as well as speakers - this did not surprise me. However, she also narrated a conversation she had with her team leader. The team leader was a self-proclaimed left activist. In some conversation, the team ...

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‘Why the Left isn’t right’

The Allahabad High Court judgment on the Ram Janmabhoomi, delivered on September 30, 2010, caused great discomfort to left historians and commentators. This discomfort has now increased with the Supreme Court setting up a panel for mediation on this issue with a time limit of eight weeks. And, there also seems to be a systemic campaign to build a communal narrative around this issue: To project it as a disp ...

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Respect the uniqueness of each temple

For ten thousand years, our temples and the festivals associated with them have nurtured our religious traditions. This has been always against various opposing forces. Every temple has a story; every temple festival has a legend behind it. These have been preserved in our Sthala Puranas. To ignore or neglect this great heritage is like overlooking a treasure house of knowledge and well-being. The Azhvar sa ...

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Stirring the Souls

Dravya-yajñās tapo-yajñā yoga-yajñās tathāpare swādhyāya-jñāna-yajñāśh cha yatayah sanśhita-vratāh —Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 28 (Some perform sacrifice with material possessions; some offer sacrifice in the shape of austerities, others sacrifice through the practice of Yoga; while some striving souls, observing austere vows, perform sacrifice in the shape of wisdom through the study of sacred texts.) ...

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