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Remove Article 370 to salvage Kashmir from Al Qaeda

Remove Article 370 to salvage

For some years now, the Kashmir Valley has been witnessing the most sleazy and abysmal form of jihad by way of ‘stone pelting’. The youth of Kashmir have been robbed off their ability and manliness to cut or chisel rocks for building of society and India. For this they must depend on the labour from outside the Valley. It is this labour which has created the recent Chenani-Nashri Tunnel linking Jammu with the Valley.

Weaned on Wahhabi or Salafi Islam, the life of youth in the Valley is self-destructive. Every stone that is hurled at the security personnel is also a hit on Kashmiriyat and ancestors of the stone-pelters. A segment of the population which treats its geography and history as its enemies, is certainly in the brink of destruction.

If conversion to another religion manifests in hatred for inherited ancestors and ethnicity, surely then security analysts must reflect on those streams of religion which cause ‘terrorism’ and lead to the phenomenon of self-destruction and suicide bombers. The stone-pelting facet of terrorism in the Valley has been the consequence of years of religious ferment. The whole country was aware of this ferment, the Kashmiri Hindus even suffered on that account, and yet we never had the intellectual courage to confront it. It is possible that probably the non-Muslims of India did not exercise their intellect on the study of various schools of Islam like Wahhabi, Salafi and Deobandi.

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A short and concise ‘Manifesto for a Liberal Hindu’

A short and concise

Extremely eminent intellectual and one of the greatest thinkers of our times, Sagarika Ghose had written an article asking Liberal Hindus to write their own manifesto. As her suggestions, nay, commandments are binding upon the people of this nation, I have written a short and concise Liberal Hindu Manifesto. It will help all unwashed Hindus to be liberal and intellectual like Lady Sagarika. Someday, I hope to see this manifesto enshrined in our constitution as well: 

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WE, THE LIBERAL HINDUS OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to release a liberal manifesto, as ordered by the patron saint of liberalism, Saint Sagarika, do hereby declare that,

We may, at home, observe the Puja secretly, but on social media, we will dismiss all Hindu rituals as ‘mumbo-jumbo’. At the same time, we will visit some Dargah and click selfies with the skull-cap and dupatta over our heads.

We will, tweet about our dogs getting sick of Diwali firecrackers. We will also outrage against the Yulin dog festival and post heart-rending pictures of dogs in cages. We will also outrage against Jallikattu and write substandard blogs about how cruel the sport it. However, we will not break our silence over Eid slaughter. We will also refer to Gaurakshaks derisively, because cows are not animals worthy to be saved, except when we are talking about Jallikattu.

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Why 'Secularism' is not an Indian Concept

Why Secularism is not an Indian Concept

The concept of secularism was imported into India by the British. It was  a strategic tool to suppress and deny India’s quest for  independence by repeatedly asking the Indian National Congress that  was predominantly Hindu, to address the concerns of the minorities,  says Sanjeev Nayyar

Narendra Modi rattled the Congress by accusing it of hiding its inability to  govern under the burkha of secularism. This statement has once again brought the issue of  secularism into national focus.

Every leader claims to be secular. No one is asking, however, what is the  meaning of the word secular?

This article seeks to provoke thought by giving the origin of the word  secular and benchmarks, briefly, it with other countries worldwide.

The founders of the Constitution deemed it appropriate to use the concept  of secularism without spelling out its meaning. The word ‘secular’  was made part of the preamble of the Indian Constitution during the  Emergency (1975-77). However, the word was left undefined.

During the Emergency, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi made the word  ‘secular’ part of the preamble of the Constitution but did not  define it. When the Janata Party came to power in 1977 an attempt was  made to define ‘secular republic’ to mean a ‘republic’ in  which there is equal respect for all religions’. The Janata  government had a majority in the Lok Sabha but was in a minority in  the Rajya Sabha where it was voted down by the Congress.

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The Truth About Article 370

the truth

Politicians have been talking endlessly about Article 370, but many Indians still do not understand what it practically means.

It was drafted by Gopalaswami Ayyangar, Minister without portfolio in the first Union Cabinet of Nehru who felt that JK was not yet ripe for integration. Sardar Patel was so livid with the provisions of Article 370 that he had resigned on this issue.

WHAT DOES ARTICLE 370 IMPLY?

The state’s residents live under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians

Unlike other State legislative Assemblies, J&K legislature has a six-year term.

Jammu & Kashmir has two flags; a separate State flag along with the National Flag.

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The strange irony of Indian history

The strange irony of Indian history

Indian history presents us with a delightful irony. On the one hand, most schools and colleges teach it in such offputting manner, with stale textbooks full of howlers, that most students come to hate the topic and happily erase it all from their memories the day after the exam. And on the other hand, Indian history seems to be alive and well, if we judge by the numerous historical debates that have filled the public space, from the Aryan theory to the Ayodhya issue, from the record of Aurangzeb or Tipu Sultan to pinning down the responsibility for the Partition, from “terrorism” in the Freedom Movement to Subhash Chandra Bose’s ultimate fate. That such “debates” are conducted more often through mud-slinging, if not demonization, than in a mature and civilized manner is another matter.

We also have a colourful range of scholars: At one end of the spectrum, some, dreaming of Puranic scales of time, are tempted to take Indian history millions of years into the past (or at least many thousands more than archaeology would permit), to visualize vimanas and other advanced technological devices from earliest times, and to imagine ancient India as a perfect golden age. And at the other end, scholars claiming to practise “scientific” history produce, instead, a brand heavily inflected by ill-suited imported ideologies and models, leave alone factual and methodological flaws. In between, are numerous solid, unprejudiced and meticulous historians who are passionate about the discipline; unfortunately, the wider public rarely gets to hear about them as the media can’t get desired sound bites from them .

Is this scene unique to India? By no means. Because history is at the root of the identity individuals, communities and nations choose to give themselves, it has immense bearing on current situations, and no nation escapes historical controversies. Did the Hebrews migrate from Egypt to Palestine as described in the biblical Exodus?

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Subhash Chandra Bose got us Independence

Subhash Chandra Bose got us Independence

Since some papers of the Intelligence Bureau on Subhash Chandra Bose and his family have come into the public domain, there has been a concerted campaign by a section of the media to vilify the national hero. An article in a prominent English news daily went to the extent of declaring that Subhash was of the strong opinion that post-independence, India should be under a dictatorial rule for 20 years.

In a way, the article sought to justify the incarceration and subsequent killing of Subhash. The pro-British, pro-Nehru and anti-Subhash constituency still exists. From the tenor of this anti-Subhash lobby it can be extrapolated that how vicious must have been the British and Congress intrigues against Subhash during World War II and subsequent to his disappearance, considering the fact that it was only Subhash who was fighting for overthrow of the British , all the top Congress leaders were in jail during that period.

What political philosophy Subhash desired or would have pursued is a matter of conjecture. The moot question that the IB documents pose is as to why the family of Subhash was kept under surveillance for two decades after independence, and most deploringly, why was the surveillance report being shared with the British intelligence agency, the MI5. What common interest did the MI5 and Nehru have? If Nehru did know about the real truth about Subhash, i.e. about his alleged incarceration or alleged murder, how did he live with the murderous guilt?

The sharing of intelligence with a foreign intelligence agency, rather former colonial master on a revered freedom fighter, who was also the Congress President at one time, lends some credence to the insinuations about certain leaders in the Congress of pre-independence era having links with MI5, primarily to marginalize the extremists. The hatred for Subhash in the Gandhi-Nehru camp is a historical fact. This hostility compelled Subhash to resign as Congress President in 1939, despite being democratically elected. Hence the question as to who were fascists and who were liberal democrats in the pre-independence Congress will always remain.

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Why Westerners are Getting Attracted to Hinduism?

Why Westerners are Getting

It takes all sorts to make the world!  Whether you are born in America, Iran or India….you either gratefully realize the existence of Supreme Power that guides the universe….or…you are too  indifferently busy in materialistic life to bother over it….or…you are a non-believer to the extent of hating that Supreme Power people term as God!

Let’s discuss about the first category…the believers. The believers in the Supreme Power call Him as Lord Almighty, Allah or Vishnu as per the religion they are born in.Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are the top three religions in the world. The believers incline towards gaining spiritual knowledge through the religious doctrines and scriptures available in their religion. For Muslims, it is Holy Quran. For Christians, it is Holy Bible. For Hindus, well, there is an Ocean of religious Literature like Vedas, Upanishads, Mahapuranas etc.

Quran was written by Mohammad around 609 CE. Even Bible Scholars believe Bible to be aseventh century human artifact. From time to time, these doctrines have been tampered with for convenient changes. Mohammad,who had specified polygamy allowed up to four marriages for Muslim men, justified his fifth marriage to his daughter-in-law with some verses of Quran. As to Bible, the researchers have discovered manyinconsistencies,anomalies and repetitionsof stories in the Bible.

Hinduism is the oldest faith in the world. The religious scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas are timeless, consistent and constant. The time of their origin is too ancient to be calculated by human beings. Hinduism and its divine Literature teach us a way of life.  These Literatures guide the seekers with the correct knowledge about oneself, the universe and the Creator.

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