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The Great Nāth Tradition: From Bappā Rāwal To The Rise Of Yogi Adityanath

The Great Nāth Tradition
Today a Rajput-born yogi has been given the reigns of power after a pan-Hindu consolidation in Uttar Pradesh.

Perhaps this will further destroy caste divisions and allow the state to set sail strongly in the direction of development.

As Yogi Adityanath takes over as the Chief Minister (CM) of Uttar Pradesh, technically he may also be the first CM of the state who has no caste. Even though Adityanath was born in a Rajput family, he has received the deeksha of the Nāth tradition of monks. He is the mahant of Gorakhnāth temple.

The Nāth tradition is credited with the creation of Hatha Yoga system in India. Followers of this tradition have generated their literature in local languages and spread the system across India, producing many saints, who lived with the people. They became their mentors in a non obtrusive way. The most prominent of the Nāth tradition monks is Gorakhnāth, who has shrines dedicated to him all over India. Even in the deep south of Tamil Nadu one can find shrines set to be established by Gorakhnāth. In Tamil tradition, he is considered one of the 18 siddhars. Gorakṣanāth or Gorakhnāth is known in Tamil Nadu as gorakkar. The Nāth tradition has a pan-Hindu character in the sense they even have Jain sub-traditions.

These saints are also associated with an illustrious Hindu ruler, who not only fought against the Arab invaders but perhaps was the only ruler who took the fight into the enemy territory. According to Ekalinga Mahātmyā, the ninth king of Guha (Guhilot) clan in Rajasthan was called Bappā Rāwal. He was deprived of his kingdom when he was a prince and it was Gorakhnāth, who gave him an invincible sword and inspired him to unite the different Hindu chieftains into an alliance to fight the invaders.

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एक छोटी सी लड़की ने इस्लाम को खतरे में डाल दिया है! अब समाज को कट्टरपंथी मुल्ला-मौलवियों से निजात दिलाने का वक्त आ गया है!

एक छट स लडक न इसलम क

आसाम की एक छोटी लड़की नाहिद आफरीन ने इस्लाम मजहब को खतरे में डाल दिया है! यह कोई अन्य नहीं, बल्कि इस्लाम के ठेकेदार मुल्ला-मौलवी ही कह रहे हैं, जिन्होंने नाहिद के खिलाफ फतवा जारी किया है। नाहिद की गलती यह है कि वह सुरीले गले की है और संगीत उसकी आत्मा में बसता है। इस्लाम का रहनुमा बनने का दावा करने वाले मुल्ला-मौलवियों के 46 संगठन ने उसके खिलाफ फतवा जारी करते हुए कहा है कि इस्लाम में संगीत हराम है, इसलिए नाहिद आफरीन गाना बंद करे! जिस इस्लाम में राबिया जैसी सूफी भक्त हुई हों। आधुनिक काल में फरीदा खानम, मल्लिका पुखराज, नूरजहां, रेशमा, आबिदा परवीन, जुबैदा खानम, मुन्नी बेगम, नूरजहां, फरीदा खानम जैसी संगीत साधिका रही हों, उस इस्लाम में संगीत हराम है! बड़ी ताज्जुब की बात है! न केवल आसाम, बल्कि भारत के अन्य हिस्से के मुल्ला-मौलवी भी मीडिया पर यही कह रहे हैं कि शरियत में संगीत हराम है! दुख होता है कि इस्लाम के नाम पर मुल्ला-मौलवी इनसानों की स्वतंत्रता को बंधक बनाने का कुचक्र करते रहे हैं और भारत की तथाकथित सेक्यूलर बिदारी चुपचाप इन्हें शह देती रही है!

आसाम की नाहिद आफरीन एक बेहतरीन उभरती हुई गायिका है, जिसकी उम्र अभी केवल 16 साल है। उसके खिलाफ 46 मुल्लाओं ने फतवा जारी किया है। वह प्रसिद्ध टीवी शो इंडियन आइडियल की वजह से उभरी है। आफरीन ने कहा कि उसे किसी फतवे का डर नहीं है। संगीत उसकी आत्मा है। उसे यह खुदा से मिला है। इसलिए वह खुदा के इस उपहार को किसी के कारण नहीं छोड़ेगी। वह संगीत में ही अपना करियर बनाना चाहती है। आफरीन ने हाल ही में सीरिया के आतंकी संगठन आईएसआईएस की वैचारिकी का भी संगीत के माध्यम से विरोध किया था, जिसके बाद से ही कट्टरपंथी उससे आग बबूला हैं। आसाम के मुख्यमंत्री सर्वानंद सोनेवाल ने खुद नाहिद से बात की है और उनकी सुरक्षा का पूरा भरोसा दिलाया है।

आफरीन इस मायने में ज्यादा बहादुर युवती है कि वह कटटरपंथियों से नहीं डरी है। अन्यथा आमिर खान की फिल्म ‘दंगल’ में अभिनय कर चुकी कश्मीर की जायरा वसीम ने तो कट्टरपंथियों के फतवा के आगे एक तरह से हथियार ही डाल दिया था और लोगों से यह अपील कर डाली थी कि कश्मीर के युवा उसे अपना आदर्श न मानें। नाहिद आफरीन जायरा से कहीं अधिक बहादुर और खुले विचारों वाली युवती के रूप में सामने आयी है। 

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For The Sake Of The Nation, Congress Needs To Dump The Dynasty

For The Sake Of The Nation

It is fine for the BJP to talk about a Congress-muktBharat, for every democracy needs a viable and credible opposition.

If Congress needs this place, it has to dump the Dynasty.

The audacious move by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form governments in Goa and Manipur even though it is not the single largest party has got practically everyone, barring Prime Minister Narendra Modi fans and BJP supporters, crying foul.

They are right. Of course, the BJP is playing foul, very foul. Yes, the governor should, going by convention (there is no provision in the Constitution), first invite the single largest party to form the government. Tempting as it is, this article will refrain from indulging in whataboutery on this issue. In any case, others have done so veryeffectively.

Now that the standard lamentations about propriety and convention have been done, let’s ask the most pertinent question – what is the Congress complaining about? That the BJP was the fastest on the draw? That’s like the person losing a race complaining that the winner ran faster.

report in the Indian Express graphically depicts what a clueless Congress was doing even as the BJP acted decisively to anoint a chief minister and start negotiations with other parties. After fighting about who would be chief minister, the Congress held a secret ballot and then sent the results of that ballot to Delhi!

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The Left and academic freedom

The Left and academic freedom

The bogey of free speech in danger is in fact a ruse to camouflage the real agenda to break India. The Communists had actively conspired with the departing British and Muslim League to vivisect the country and create a theocratic Pakistan. The Left has no faith in India or her democratic Constitution which mirrors the pluralistic Hindu ethos of this ancient land. – Balbir Punj

In the context of what is happening in many universities across the country, let the true upholders of academic freedom come forward to separate the wheat from the chaff.

The first thing is that violence has no place in academia. Issues have to be debated, sometimes with lot of passion. Ideological positions are quite natural, but the right to have a strong ideological stand cannot be exclusive.

The word “democratic” is being used in our country (and elsewhere too) with abundance. Our self-styled Leftist professors are seen to be admirers of such “people’s democratic” regimes like North Korea. This is simply misteaching because instead of teaching using established facts, they seek to substitute ideology for facts.

Tons of events are held in our colleges to unleash this pollution.

The problem in our academia is when someone questions this misteaching, the Left lets lose goonda raj on the honest enquirer and silences him. When increasingly large numbers of students (and teachers) begin to question substitution of facts with ideological views, left-wing goondaism claims it is being subjected to violence.

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If India does not survive, then who would?

If India does not survive

What has conspired in Delhi University (DU) recently is not a matter of ‘freedom of speech’. It is also not a case of ‘intellectual freedom’. Some of the key conspirators are students to whom college degrees have been eluding for several years. In these intervening years, they have been availing facilities and funds provided by the government at the cost of many other more deserving and less privileged young boys and girls. The years that these students have taken in struggle with academics are indicative of their sincerity, character and mental abilities.

Who on this earth would like to listen to eructation’s of such imbeciles in a seminar? These characters have found support from the same teachers who have not been able to bring them to the standards of barely passing the examinations in the stipulated time. These teachers do not carry even a hint of guilt.

What is palpable of these teachers is not their academic learning but their anti-India posturing on various TV channels. Are these teachers only to impart education to those with whom they share ideological affinity? Don’t they have a wider and more sacred responsibility? This criminal compact between subverted teachers and students in the college campuses is wrecking India from within.

The whole DU incident needs to be seen with the prism of national security, which has two vital components, i.e. internal security and external security. In fact, national security is an outcome of the degree of harmony between the two.

To decipher the phenomenon of the student-teacher criminal compact in JNU, Jadavpur, Osmania and now Delhi University, the evolving contours can be traced back to the year 1979. This was the year when the Iranian Revolution took place, this was the year when there was an attack on Mecca and this was the year when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Consequently formidable jihadi machinery in the name of ‘global jihad’ was assembled by the military-intelligence establishment of Pakistan on the Af-Pak border region. Money and weapons flowed from Saudi Arabia and US respectively.

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Why Kashmir’s Mainstream Parties And Separatists Are Uniting Against General Bipin Rawat

Why Kashmirs Mainstream Parties

By taking a stand in support of stone-pelters, the “mainstream Kashmiri leaders have only added fuel to the fire and further aggravated the situation”.

One can only hope that good sense would finally prevail and the people of Kashmir would stay away from the encounter sites.

This would help the Army and paramilitary forces in conducting anti-insurgency operation in an effective manner and restore peace and normality.

The 15 February warning to stone-pelters in Kashmir that those who would attack security forces during anti-insurgency operations would be considered terrorists and dealt with accordingly, has not gone down too well with both the separatists and the so-called mainstream political parties.

On the other hand, Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s warning got fullest support from the Union Home Ministry and the Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju defended the Army Chief and said there should be action against stone-pelters as “national interest is supreme”. The J&K DGP warned that stone-pelters would be “destroyed if they refused to stay away from the encounter sites. It happened for the first time after years that the Army Chief, the Union Home Ministry and the J&K DGP spoke in one voice and it was quite understandable as the provocation was very, very grave.

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Bollywood, Maoists and Lutyens Media: An unholy threesome

We woke up to two pieces of news this Saturday. The first: public-outcry on Sanjay Leela Bhansali for misrepresenting Rajput history. The second: of a 1,000 year old Ganesha sculpture in Chattisgarh being destroyed by Naxals.

Film director Anurag Kashyap, who isn’t really known for his investigative-abilities as much as he is for his imaginative fiction-writing; magically root-caused the Sanjay Leela Bhansali issue to “Hindu Terror”. The Naxals’ destruction of the Dholkal Ganesha though, was an “act of frustration that comes from exclusion”.

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