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Interfaith Ahimsa: A New Toolbox for Responsible Engagement

Interfaith Ahimsa A New Toolbox for Responsible Engagement

The interfaith movement is an attempt to create dialogue and harmony among various religions. It is especially active and well-funded in Western countries. Though its intentions are noble, my contention is that this movement really sits on quicksand because it is based on political correctness and over-simplifications. Its narrative is fictional, highlighting humanity’s shared political and economic interests and emphasizing religious similarities. It ignores the deep rooted differences that cause interfaith conflict in the first place, making the movement a comfort zone where the regulars can feel good. A well-known cast of characters dominate many conferences and this coterie of prophets of ‘world peace’ frames the conversation to perpetuate their roles.


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.


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.


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.


Agenda for India’s youth

Agenda for Indias youth

ACCORDING to me, India is at the crossroads of destiny today: Either we take the path to break out of shackles acquired from a millennium of occupation of the nation by foreign religion-driven invaders, and cemented by Nehru and his successor-clones as Prime Ministers, or we continue tread on the road to further assimilate these shackles in our mindset and ultimately again surrender to our foreign tormentors.


The Coming Clash of Religions

The Coming clash of religions

Most of our temples and holy spots have already been targeted by these terrorists just because these are sacred to Hindus. What harm did Hindus do to Islam that they should be targeted like this? In the answer to this question lies the concept of the divide or ‘fault lines’ as Huntington calls it.


A Hindutva Agenda For Political Action

A Hindutva Agenda For Political Action

Every nation must have an identity to be regarded distinct. Even in United States of America, a relatively young nation created by an influx of immigration from diverse countries, scholars have felt the need to define the identity of an American. Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington has penned a book titled Who Are We? [ Penguin Books, India 2004] to define the American’s identity as a “White Anglo-Saxon Christian who speaks English”. It seems contrived since majority of Americans are not ‘White’, but Huntington is emphatic.