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8 reasons why Article 30 is completely Anti-Hindu

At a time when the whole country is shouting out loud “intolerance”, do you think the prejudice is only against the minority classes?

If you think so, kindly avert your attention towards Article 30 of the Indian Constitution which is predominantly anti-Hindu (or, anti “majority”, can we say?).

If you are unfamiliar with this Article, here’s a brief about it—

1. To start with, how do you like the temples and other Hindu religious and educational institutions being under direct Government control while there aren’t any religious institutions of other religions that are directly controlled of the Government?

Isn’t this discrimination, to begin with? It is a discrimination that spells deprivation, despair and sheer injustice. There are two provisions in the Indian Constitution that have spelled this injustice: they are Articles 26 and 30. These two articles have been used to appropriate Hindu religious structures, denying the Hindus the freedom to run their own educational institutions – a privilege enjoyed by all the non-Hindu communities.


Study Of Hindu Culture: The Misplaced Theories Of Western Indologists

Study Of Hindu Culture

Judging from the interview, the proposed book by Dr Parpola seems to be providing the proverbial old wine in new bottle.

His scholarship is subsumed by his attachment to the Aryan migration/invasion framework and his selective politicking with India’s own establishment historians of the old school.

The recent interview of Finnish Indologist and Sindhologist Dr Asko Parpola was interesting for two reasons. First, this is the interview of a person, who has devoted decades in studying Hindu culture. Second, the interview shows what was wrong with Western Indologists, who spent a lifetime studying Hinduism.

Dr Parpola states at the beginning of the interview that the earliest literature of South Asia is generally dated between C 1300 and 1000 BCE. He accepts it. This chronology forms the edifice on which he builds his arguments.

So, he speculates in the interview:

Could they come from the advanced civilisation of the Indus Valley that flourished between about 2600 and 1900 BCE, long before the Vedic texts came into being?

And again:

The tradition of the earlier wave, coming to South Asia already around 1900-1700 BCE, infiltrated into the Rigveda in its late books I and VIII-X, but is best represented in the Atharvaveda. By the time the Yajurvedic Samhitās and the Brāhmaṇa texts came into being, the two traditions had already fused together. The Upaniṣads and the “heterodox” religions of Jainism and Buddhism bring to the surface religious ideas that may be new or that may have survived from older times further east, outside the Vedic realm.


वैलेंटाइन वीक – बाजारवाद की एक और उपज |

वलटइन वक  बजरवद

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इस दिन के आने के एक हफ्ते पहले से लोग पागल होने लगते हैं रोज डे , किस डे, चोकलेट डे, हग डे  वैलेंटाइन डे आदि मनाने के लिए, और कुछ लोग इन्हें पीटने के लिए तैयारी करने लगते हैं कि  यह भारतीय संस्कृति के खिलाफ है ? पर क्या ये दोनों ही जानते हैं कि  असल में ये वैलेंटाइन डे क्या है? और कहाँ से शुरू हुआ?  क्या आप भी वैलेंटाइन डे मनाने वालों में से एक हैं ? या फिर आप भी लाठियों से इस दिन लोगो को पीटने वालों में से हैं ?  आप जिस भी तरफ हों इस लेख को जरुर पढ़िए  शायद आपके विचार इसे पढने के बाद बदल जाएँ , इसे इसलिए भी पढ़िए ताकि आगे से आपसे कोई वैलेंटाइन डे की असलियत पूछे तो आप बता सकें |


रोमन साम्राज्य में एक राजा हुआ करता था क्लौडीयस और उसके समय में उनके चर्च का यह मानना था कि  जो सैनिक शादी नहीं करते वो ज्यादा ताकतवर होते हैं तो उनकी प्रजा में राज घराने के अलावा किसी को भी शादी करने का हक नहीं था | कोई भी प्रेमी जोड़ा यदि बन जाये तथा शादी करने का सोचे और पता चल जाये तो उसे मौत के घाट उतार दिया जाता था | तब एक चर्च के पादरी ने इस बात का विरोध किया तथा उसने कुछ जोड़ो की छुपकर शादी करवा दी | जब यह बात सबको पता चली तब उसे गिरफ्तार करके यातनाएं देकर मार डाला गया | उसका नाम संत वैलेंटाइन था | इन्ही संत ने जब यह जेल में थे तो जेलर की बेटी को एक पत्र लिखा था जिसमे अंत में इन्होने “Your Valentine” लिखा था | इसी बात की नक़ल करके बाद में लोगों ने यह लिखना शुरू कर दिया , यहाँ तक कि  नक़ल में भी इतनी अक्ल नहीं लगायी कि  कम से कम वैलेंटाइन के नाम की जगह खुद का नाम तो लिख लेते , जो भी हो इस तरह से यह शुरू हुआ | इसके बाद कई सालो तक प्रेमी जोड़ो की शादियों का विरोध चलता रहा फिर जब सब कुछ ठीक हुआ तो युरोप में शादी करने वाले जोड़े वैलेंटाइन की याद में यह दिवस मनाने लगे | 


Not Just His Gita, It’s Pattanaik’s Own Fantasy World

Not Just His Gita

The work falls short when it comes to both nuanced details as well as the big picture.

The Bhagavad-Gita (or simply Gita) is one of the most popular Hindu texts. Along with the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutra, it constitutes the‘prasthana-trayi’, which means ‘the set of three foundations’. These three texts are considered the foundational texts of Hindu philosophy, especiallyVedanta.

As the Gita is primarily a philosophical text, I was surprised when I came across‘My Gita’by Devdutt Pattanaik, a self-proclaimed mythologist. The book—categorised as ‘non-fiction/philosophy’ on its back cover by Rupa Publications— is replete with errors. Its interpretations display a lack of basic knowledge of Sanskrit. The philosophical elements are a hodgepodge (or ‘masala-mix’) of terms, ideas, and concepts drawn from various kinds of sources, including probably the author’s own imagination, and presented as if they are based on Hindu texts. The work falls short when it comes to both nuanced details as well as the big picture. Consequently, one of the core texts of Hindu philosophy has been trivialised to a deficient caricature. In this article, I present a critique of the book from factual, conceptual, linguistic, and scholastic integrity perspectives.

False Claims And Factual Errors

Non-fiction authors are expected to have researched the book’s subject matter thoroughly and double-checked all claims made in the book. They are entitled to their views and opinions, but false claims and factual errors in a non-fiction book show a lack of serious effort from the author(s) and low reviewing and proofreading standards of the publisher. The numerous false claims and factual errors inMy Gitaare unexpected from a bestselling author and a prominent publisher. Many of these are from Pattanaik’s own domain of expertise: the Mahabharata andPuranas. Quite a few are used to draw further interpretations or conclusions, and so they are not harmless slips: they impact the overall narrative of the book.


India’s Own Baghdadi: How This Maulana Has Carved Out A Mini Islamic State In Mamata’s Bengal

Indias Own Baghdadi

This Salafi maulana eats with three fingers, has banned photography, music and TV, and all interaction with kafirs, in a small town in Malda, West Bengal. He is symptomatic of the larger and spreading malaise.

Maulana Nasser Sheikh, 44, looks like an oddity. And speaks and behaves like one too. Standing pretty short at about 5 feet 2 inches, this man is, however, a towering figure at Kebala, a small town near Harishchandrapur, nearly 400 kilometres north of Kolkata, in West Bengal’s Malda district bordering Bangladesh. Nasser is the imam of the local mosque and also runs a madrassa that is not registered with the state government. He speaks a strange mixture of Bengali and Bihari (Kebala is a short distance away from the Bihar-Bengal border), but is fluent in Arabic.

Nasser, attired in what liberal Muslims derisively say is “chhote bhai ka pyjama aur bade bhai ka kurta” (younger brother’s kurta since it ends well above the ankles and elder brother’s pyjama since it stretches much below the knees), has hennaed hair, an untrimmed beard, shaven moustache, kohl-lined eyes that dart around like a snake’s, a rosary in his hands, and reeks of cheap attar (perfume). Reverentially called “Maulana Sahab”, he adjudicates over matters of religion, marriage, divorce and other personal issues.

Nasser describes himself as a “pure” Muslim, which is why he will not be photographed. The only photograph he has in his three-roomed house inside the madrassa, where 72 young boys ranging from the age of eight to 18 learn the Quran and other scriptures by heart, is that of the Kaaba Stone (or the al-Hajar al-Aswad) at Mecca. He doesn’t even have photographs of his two daughters and four sons from three wives (he had four, but one died two years ago and he’s planning on getting another one soon) on his Samsung mobile.


On The Wrong Side Of Freedom: It’s Time The Indian Media Grew Up

On The Wrong Side Of Freedom

We have probably the ‘free-est’ media in the world, where often the meaning of freedom is stretched to such an extreme as to poke holes in the very national fibre of the country.

One soldier’s grievance, which can and should be handled privately and locally, is being used an as excuse to demoralise the entire army by a large section of the media.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.

After almost 200 years of a tyrannical British rule, we became a free country 70 years ago. Officially, that is. More accurately, India was anyway under foreign occupation for about 800 years before the British invaded. So it would be more accurate to say that after about a thousand years of foreign rule, we finally became free in 1947.

Free to form our own government. Free to establish our own institutions. Free to manage our own affairs. Free to own our land and property. Not only that, we also became free to do as we please. Free to question as we wish. Free to not clean up after ourselves. Free to keep our surroundings as we wish, regardless of any norms. Free to reproduce as we want. Looking back over the last 70 years, we have exercised our freedom rather like rebellious adolescents. After a thousand years of occupation, perhaps that was the natural impulse but it’s now time we grew up into mature adults.


इरफ़ान हबीब और नजफ़ हैदर वही काम कर रहे हैं जो मुगल इतिहासकारों ने अपने आकाओं को पहचान दिलाने के लिए किया था!

इरफ़न हबब और नजफ़ हदर वह कम कर रह

हमारे आज के इतिहासकार जो कर रहे हैं वहीं पुराने इतिहासकारों ने भी किया। इरफान हबीब और नजफ हैदर जैसे इतिहासकारों ने पद्मावती को काल्पनिक किरदार तक कह डाला। यदि इनके नजरिए से इतिहास को खंगालने बैठे तो बाबर के आने के बाद इतिहास में की गई छेड़खानी और अंग्रेजों से हमारे संघर्ष तक बात आकर सिमट जाती है। भला हो हमारे उन महान साहित्यकारों का जिनकी वजह से आज भी हम राम, कृष्ण और वैदिक परंपरा में अपने इतिहास को पा लेते हैं वरना हमारी हालत तो वो कर दी गई की हम बाबर के हमले के बाद ही अपने अस्तित्व को मानें। रही सही कसर हमारे उन कथित अपनों ने पूरी कर दी जो खुद भी विदेशी आक्रांताओं के प्रभाव में आ गए। जब अपने कुछ कहते हैं तो लोग विश्वास करते हैं और यही वजह है कि इनका इस्तेमाल जमकर इतिहास के पुराने पन्नों को मिटाने के लिए किया गया। इस सबके बीज मलिक मुहम्मद जायसी जैसे सूफी भी हुए जिन्होंने इतिहास को साहित्य के नजरिए से लिखा। उनकी वजह से इतिहास के कुछ पन्ने आज भी हमारे पास मौजूद हैं। ऐतिहासिक किताबों में जिनका जिक्र नहीं वो किरदार कभी हुए ही नहीं ये कहना उतना ही गलत है जितना अपने पर दादा की तस्वीर नहीं होने पर उनके अस्तित्व को खारिज कर देना।

इतिहास किस्सों कहानियों और साहित्य से ही आगे बढ़ता है। रामचरित मानस सिर्फ साहित्य की अप्रतिम रचना मात्र नहीं है, हर भारत वासी के लिए उसके गौरव पूर्ण इतिहास की साक्षी भी है। वाल्मिकी रामायण को परंपरागत अवधी भाषा में गोस्वामी ने लिखकर बदलते वक्त में भी उस इतिहास को जिंदा रखा। महाभारत महज साहित्यिक रचना नहीं है वो हमारे समृद्ध इतिहास का लेख जोखा है। सिर्फ कहानियों तक सिमट जाना बेवकूफी है। हमारे असली साहित्यकारों ने किस तरह से इतिहास को कलात्मकता के साथ पेश किया इस पर गौर करने की जरूरत है। हमारे इतिहास से एक बात तो साफ है कि हम आस्था से भरपूर हैं। आस्था ही हमारे अस्तित्व का मूल है। इस आस्था पर न तो पहले कोई चोट कर पाया न आज कर सकता है और न हीं भविष्य में कोई कर पाएगा। यही साहित्य या इतिहास हमें मुगलों और अंग्रेजों के हमलों के बावजूद अपनी परंपरा से जोड़े रखता है।