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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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Sanskrit Prayer – Lord, Lead Us from Darkness to Light!

ASATO MA SADGAMAYA TAMASO MA JYOTIRGAMAYA MRITYUROMA AMRITAMGAMAYA The verses, in just three lines, mentioned above, and recited during the morning assembly of Kendriya Vidyalaya, which translated to English would mean, Take me from “Untruth towards Truth” “From Darkness to Light”, From death towards immortality” has become the subject of a Supreme Court petition leading to reference to a Constitution Bench ...

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Gandhiji’s last wish: Disband the “Congress” & develop “Sangh”

The January of 1948 The year 1948 began without any pomp. The bitter cold of winter had set in. It was barely few months since India had gained independence. Recent partition had left her 2 million children massacred and another 15 million displaced from their ancestral homeland. Delhi alone was accommodating close to a million refugees. The Yamuna was flooded by the tears of survivors and the skies of Delh ...

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Mahatma Gandhi Assassination and Nehru – A Few Unanswered Questions

Every year, it is a practice of the Congress and the commie brigade to make some remarks on Hindu nationalism on January 30. On January 30, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. A few months before his death, Bharat had attained political Independence and a few hours before Independence, Bharat was partitioned. Partition was a result of the aggressive stand of the Muslim League, weak leadership of the Indi ...

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Prayagraj Kumbh 2019 – From Allahabad to Prayagraj

Maa Ganga is the most sacred river at the heart of India, the foundation of India’s civilisation, its history, culture and yogic spirituality. Yet Maa Ganga is also a living divine presence, a deity, the Universal Mother incarnate sharing her blessing, connecting earthly streams with cosmic currents of consciousness. The confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna is the most sacred joining of rivers in India, with ...

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Kumbh Mela 2019 – A Conference of Saints and Seekers

Kumbh, the nectarine pot, and mela, the confluence of minds, is the veritable manifestation of the philosophy portrayed in the Rig Veda, ‘Aa no bhadra kratavo yantu vishvatah; let noble thoughts come from all directions. The ancient Indian Vedic society was built on holistic principles and values. Modes of communication, though seemingly archaic to the present eyes, were quiet effective and brought about th ...

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