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Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 2)

Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 Part 2

Rajiv Malhotra's Criteria for Evaluating Swami Nithyananda Matter
 
I already gave my initial impressions on Swami Nithyananda's Persecution 2.0. [Swami Nithyananda Persecution 2.0 (Part 1)] Now I wish to explain my methodology for reasoning on these matters. There are multiple factors to consider. Following are the criteria I use to evaluate where I stand:

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Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 1)

 Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 Part 1

Also see Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 2)

In my recent India trips I tried to inquire into the allegations against Swami Nithyananda and found a totally new set of facts than what I had been led to believe earlier. Though not a legal expert, I feel I should share what I heard from sources that seem reliable.

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The curious case of Kejriwal

 The curious case of KejriwalIf Kejriwal has been brought to the limelight to divide the anti-incumbency/anti-corruption votes thereby stopping Modi from coming to power, no more discussion is required on it. In that case, he is bigger culprit than Gandhis because while Gandhis are arrogantly corrupt, Kejriwal has raised the hopes of thousands of people who see him as messiah who will remove corruption from this country. If only 10% of senior founder AAP member Ashwini Upadhyay’s revelations are true, Kejriwal may be the most wicked politician India has seen in last few decades.

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Expect the Expected

Expect the expected

My next door neighbor, Singh Sahab is a nice husband and family man, famous as an actively practicing cook and grocery shopper. A fortnight ago, his wife and kids had gone to their native place and Singh Sahab was enjoying a bachelor life. Last Sunday, while cooking lunch, he found that he had run out of tomatoes. The vegetable shop is less than 2 minutes walk from our house;  thinking that he will be back in less than 5 minutes, he didn't lock his house and went to buy his tomatoes. Nothing unusual happened and the guy was back in less than 5 minutes. Ten minutes later, he knocked at my door which was already open for my obsession with fresh air and asked me if I had taken his phone from his house. Before I could understand what he was up to, he had accused me of stealing his phone from his house. As per his argument, no other house was so close to his for the operation to complete within 5 minutes, no other door was open so no one else could have seen him going out. Amid the din, 10 of my neighbors came around and I was convicted of being a thief. The only relief of the day for me was that the poor guy whose phone was stolen and those sympathizing with him didn't do a third degree search of my house to find the phone. May be for them, I deserved to keep the iPhone in return for the insult I was given.

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भारतीय सेक्युलरिझम सेक्युलर नहीं है

भरतय सकयलरझम सकयलर नह ह

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लगभग तीन साल पहेले जब मैं ने एक टीवी खरीदा तब मुझे पता लगा कि, समभाव या स्थितप्रज्ञता का अभ्यास करने के कितने मौके मैं ने अब तक गंवाए थे। शुरुआत के दिनों में समाचार चेनलोंपर चर्चा करनेवाले विशेषज्ञों की बातें एक घंटे के लिये सुनते हुए कितनी तीव्र भावनाओं का तूफ़ान मेरे मन में उठता था और सभी स्थितियों में शांत रहना मेरे लिए तो असंभव ही था। तथापि, धीरे धीरे मैं ने अपने आप पर काबू पाया।आज भी मैं उन विशेषज्ञों की हाजिर जबाबी और दुसरों की बातें सुनते सुनते खुद की बात कहने की या चिल्लाने की काबिलियत को देख कर अचम्भित होती हूँ।

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Defending the Un-Defendable: A Sad Case of Wendy-Worship

Against Devdutt Article

The hosts of Devdutt Pattanaik [1] in the US reacted in a normal way. They were rightly surprised by his fondness for a person like Doniger who passes her low-level soft-porn dressed as “Alternative History of Hindus”. Fondness for a person needs to grounded in that persons character, values and acts. In Hindu Dharma, love and forgiveness are fundamental ideals. It is generally said in India that one should shun bad actions and not the bad person, but at the same time there is no mandate to love a bad person. There is no way a  person with genuine convictions can be ‘fond’ of such a person; at most, you remain neutral and leave her/him to his own Karmic retribution and keep your guard strong against the adharmic acts. If Doniger is invading the sacred and causing untold suffering to fellow human beings, just to assuage her own feelings of misplaced self-worth, her actions certainly do not elicit fondness or love.

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Italian Marines Return - what is on the other side of the coin?

Italian Marines Return

So, the Italian marines have come back.  Is it time to celebrate the mighty power of Hindustan who brought Italy to its knees and forced them to send the alleged killers back to India? Hardly.

Of course the media managers of Congress want you to believe this is a victory for India and is only made possible by the tough talk and great leadership shown by Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi.

Let us start with Sonia Gandhi's so called stern warning to Italy not to mess with India. Really? At a time when the UPA's reputation is in the dumps over mega scams & scandals, its soft stand on terrorism & its nonsensical and highly objectionable remarks of saffron terrorism drawing flak from one and all, could this be a clever ploy to project her as a no-nonsense leader, whose heart bleeds for India and not for Italy?

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