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Vedic Framework And Modern Science

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Rajiv Malhotra explains how to fit modern science into the Vedic framework.

A common desire among Hindus today is to see their Vedic tradition through the lens of modern science. There are good reasons for doing this. After all, modern science has accomplished so much and given us many gifts, thus attaining the status of being the gold standard of truth. Therefore, according to most persons, the legitimacy and worthiness of any body of knowledge should be determined by the extent to which it is in conformity with modern science.

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Rajiv Malhotra says those accusing him of plagiarism are really out to silence his voice

Rajiv Malhotra says those accusing him of plagiarism are really out to silence his voice

Why is there a presumption that the adhikara to think creatively is reserved only for the academicians?

I was recently “bombed” by an online petition with a sensational charge that I had “plagiarised” in my earlier book, Indra’s Net. The demand was that publishers must withdraw my books. The accusation is that in nine different instances in Indra’s Net, I should have cited a certain book by Andrew Nicholson, which I failed to do.

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Why the Kumbh Mela is at Risk

Why is the Kumbh mela at risk

The sanctity of the mela is under threat from many directions. Keeping a traditional gathering open to all is different from losing control of it.  

When Harvard University created a major new initiative called the Harvard Kumbh Mela Project, Hindus naturally became impressed and proud. After all, it brought global importance to our heritage. However, it is my nature to cross check such foreign interventions, and, therefore, I decided to study the project more closely. I also decided to take a look at various other international interventions on the Kumbh Mela besides those by Harvard. What I found has disconcerted me on several counts. 

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Swamy And His Harvard Enemies: The Real Story

Swamy and his Harvard Enemies

An anti-Hindu clique used an unwieldy administrative mechanism to cancel Subramanian Swamy’s courses, making a mockery of academic freedom. The result has been a fierce backlash. NS Rajaram writes more.

Georges Clemenceau (1841 – 1929), prime minister of France during World War I once said: “War is too important a matter to be left to the generals.” This wisdom can now be applied to those calling themselves by names like Indologist, India Studies Expert, South Asia Expert (the latest fashion) and so forth.  Thanks to their ham-handed expulsion of the economist and visiting professor Dr Subramanian Swamy, Harvard now has a major public relations problem on its hands.

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Swamy And His Harvard Enemies: The Real Story (Part 2)

Swamy And His Harvard Enemies The Real Story Part 2

“Indology is an anachronism with colonial and racist roots that has outlived its purpose. India Studies should outgrow Indology if it hopes to be relevant and not join Indology in the dustbin of history.” NS Rajaram writes more. 

To understand the visceral reaction of Diana Eck and her colleagues within and outside Harvard, it helps to recognize that the discipline they are part of is on its way into the dustbin of history. This is thanks to science and progress. The fact that Eck, a religious scholar who knows little or no Sanskrit should be the chair of the Sanskrit Department (or was until a few months ago when the department became part of South Asia Studies) is testimony to the state of Sanskrit at Harvard. There are village schools and undergraduate colleges in India with better Sanskrit scholars—and students—than Harvard today.

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Kick-Starting An Economic Revival

Kick Starting An Economic Revival

The factors hampering Indian economic growth can be addressed only by second generation, systemic reform that makes the economy an efficient, competitive one and which minimises the inefficiency, squandering and corruption in the deployment of the country’s vast resources

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The Italian Helicopter Sale Scam

The Italian Helicopter ScamIn August 1999, just after the so-called Kargil military conflict, the Indian army made a strong plea for a high altitude flying helicopter, since the two combat areas where maximum Indian casualties took place was Tiger Hill at 18, 000 feet and Siachen at 17,500 feet. IAF Chetak and Cheetah could land at those heights but could carry only 4 combat troops per flight.

The IAF also pitched in for new generation helicopter to replace Mi-8 version for the VVIP ferrying, which was incapable of night flying and above 9000 feet.

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