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How Old is The Hindu Temple?

How Old is The

India has the largest number of monuments in the world. Even after large-scale destruction of its temples during the Islamic invasions of India, still thousands upon thousands of the Hindu temples survive. Though most are in ruins, they give an idea about the Hindu architecture and sculpture.

After at least six centuries of Islamic destruction and two centuries of British neglect, it is only in the 21stcentury that the Hindu temple is getting its due fame in the age of social media. An army of self-funded amateurish photographers and heritage tourists have begun to embark on temple trails across India and publish the stunning pictures of the jaw-dropping temple architecture and gradually the world is waking up to the wonder that is the Hindu temple.

In the wake of this newly aroused interest about the Hindu temple, a question which is often raised about it is: how old is the Hindu temple? There are several answers to it, considering the kind of evidence one is taking into account. It is imperative to go into them one by one.

Architectural Evidence

As the Hindu temple is a piece of architecture above all, it is natural to consider the architectural evidence before others. So what does the archaeology tell us about the age of the Hindu temple?

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Systematic Destruction of Education System of India

Systematic Destruction of Education System of India

During the time of the East India Company and later, in the British rule, there seem to have been two motives working in the minds of the rulers: plundering the wealth of this land and the ‘white man’s burden’ of civilizing the natives (the term used by them to refer to all Indians). We shall see, how in order to achieve these ends, the British so cleverly played their cards that even after 60+ years of independence we still continue to exist in a state of stupor, unable (and even unwilling!) to extricate ourselves from one of the greatest hypnoses woven over a whole nation.

Perhaps many of us do not know that India was the richest land till the British came here. Whereas Britain’s share in world exports before was only 9% as against India’s share of 19% today our share is only 0.5%. Most of the foreigners came to India in search of her fabulous wealth. Ernest Wood, in the book “A Foreigner defends Mother India” states, “In the middle of the eighteenth century, Phillimore wrote that ‘the droppings of her soil fed distant regions‘. No traveller found India poor until the nineteenth century, but foreign merchants and adventurers sought her shores for the almost fabulous wealth, which they could there obtain. ‘To shake the pagoda tree’ became a phrase, somewhat similar to our modern expression ‘to strike oil’.”

In India 35% to 50% of village lands were revenue free and that revenue was utilized for running schools, conducting temple festivals, producing medicines, feeding pilgrims, improving irrigation etc. The British in their greed brought down the revenue free lands down to 5%. When there was a protest they assured Indians that the government would create an irrigation department to take care of irrigation, an educational board to take care of education. etc.

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Why Bhagavad Gita should be compulsorily taught in Schools in India

Why Bhagavad Gita should be compulsorily
Should Bhagavad Gita be compulsorily taught in Schools in India?

The Bhagavad Gita has been inadvertently brought into the ambit of public discourse in the past few months. The question that has deeply divided opinions among various religious scholars, government and political parties is a very simple one. Should Bhagavad Gita be taught compulsorily to children in schools? This seemingly simple and innocuous suggestion has been made the subject of fiercely fought debates those who studies and learned Bhagavad Gita but not on national news channels. The media coverage around this issue has taken an inexplicable turn as it has been seen with conjunction to the idea of secularism. For the purpose of being objective and unbiased, let’s try to answer the question in a purely logical way.

Noble Book Rich of Excellent Examples

As we all know, Bhagavad Gita is a Hindu scripture with 700 verses which forms a small part of the epic Mahabharata. Written in a narrative tone, the scripture is essentially an insightful and profound conversation between Lord Krishna and the Pandava prince, Arjuna. The text contains the counsel of Lord Krishna as he helps Arjuna to address a moral dilemma. It encompasses the answers to some of the most common trials and spiritual questions that a man faces throughout his life such as fulfillment of his/her duties, attainment of liberation and many more. How can then a profound scripture addressing the most innate issues of human life be harmful to school going children. Consider this verse from the book for instance.

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Top Ten Corruption Scam in India

Top Ten Corruption Scam in India

Every time I write or think about corruption, it’s expected that a selective few parties will run away with the top honors. Some of the most decorated parties have played their part in looting the nation & leaving nothing for the common man. Newspapers and news channels carry news related to these scams. The accused always have a common answer – I plead not guilty. Did they end up watching Rustom too many times?

Let’s look back at some of the biggest scams in the Indian Political History. We haven’t numbered any of the scams as they are not placed in any particular order. However, these are scams that have plundered the national exchequer.

2G Spectrum Scam – We live in the world of 4G, but corruption is not a two-day affair. A Raja was the Telecom Minsiter. Many power brokers and political behemoths were also said to be involved. The Ex Prime Minister’s speed of delivering speeches was slower than 2G.

Commonwealth Games Scam (2010): India’s performance was totally eclipsed by IOA President, Suresh Kalmadi. We finished second with 101 medals, but Kalmadi was interested in the other ranking. Business Today magazine estimates that the games cost 70,000 Crore ($11 Billion). Kalmadi made sure that even half of the amount was utilised.

Saradha Scam (2013): Mamata Banerjee’s TMC officially shielded the key people involved in the scam. This was a chit-fund scam carried across Bengal, Odisha, Assam & Tripura. The Saradha group collected $4-6 Billion (24,000-36000 crores) from 1.7 million depositors before it collapsed in 2013. Many TMC members were allegedly involved.

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Myths about Kashmir – The current problem in Kashmir started in 1987

Myths about Kashmir

This is the first in a series of articles on Kashmir. This series was motivated by the current spike in turmoil in the valley and the highly evocative video images that have shaped public imagination about it in recent days.

Myth 1: The current problem in Kashmir started in 1987

A statement bandied about by several writers is that the starting point of the disaffection of people in Kashmir towards Bharat was the election of 1987. This election is supposed to have been rigged by the Congress-National Conference, and led to people becoming disillusioned with Bharat, and its central government.

However, the above assertion is absolutely and provably false.

The first time all of Bharat witnessed the strong anti-Bharat and pro-Pakistan sentiment in the Kashmir valley was much earlier—in 1983. 

In that year, the Bharatiya cricket team had just won the world cup, in arguably the greatest upset in cricket history till then. They had beaten the seemingly invincible West Indies at Lord’s in the world cup finals.  Following this victory, they were hosting the runners up the West Indies at home for 5 ODIs and 6 test matches. The first ODI was to be held at Srinagar – the first international match there. To the great surprise of both the Bharatiya and the West Indian players, the crowd constantly jeered Bharat and cheered the West Indies. Not only that, pro-Pakistan slogans were raised, which was all the more telling given that Bharat was not playing Pakistan.

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Why Blame Pakistan as it is Bent Upon Bleeding India Until India Gives a Befitting Reply

Why Blame Pakistan as it is Bent Upon

Why blame Pakistan for acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as it is always on denial and is bent upon bleeding India until the Kashmir problem is resolved or till India gives a befitting reply through fierce retaliation. Surgical strike is not enough but it has to be isolated economically, militarily and diplomatically at the international level.

The Indian patrol of about 10 soldiers could not defend themselves because they were not equipped with the latest sophisticated weapons and equipment.

In an unprovoked action, Pakistan carried out an attack by the Border Action Team (BAT)along the Line of Control (LoC) under the cover of heavy mortar shelling on two forward posts in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district on May 1.Government said that the Indian Army has been now given free hand in responding to what is termed as ‘cowardly and barbaric act’ when a Pakistani BAT sneaked 200 meters into Indian territory under cover of heavy shelling and mutilated two Indian soldiers’ bodies who were on patrolling duty.

Following the barbaric act, defence minister Arun Jaitley held that the sacrifice of the two soldiers would not go in vain and also assured that an “appropriate action” would be taken by the armed forces in response to the mutilation. “This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act by our neighbour. Such acts don’t take place even during war, let alone peace. Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbarism,” said Jaitley.

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JNU Manufactures Outrage Over Madhu Kishwar’s Appointment To Academic Council; So What’s New?

JNU Manufactures Outrage Over Madhu

The Left cabal at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is fighting tooth-and-nail to keep the university as the exclusive preserve of its ideological cohort. And many newspapers and online publications seem eager to believe that any change at the university must have the stamp of approval of this cabal.

Nothing illustrates this more than the ruckus created over the appointment of Madhu Kishwar to the Academic Council (AC) of the School of Art and Aesthetics (SAA) for a two-year tenure by Vice Chancellor (VC) M Jagadesh Kumar. The JNU caucus went apoplectic, as if some lumpen element or abhelpuriwala had been nominated to the council.

To make things worse, newspapers and online publications wrote slanted headlines, making it seem as if the protests against Kishwar – founder ofManushi,social activist, writer, and someone with a 35-year track record of academic output in diverse fields, including art, literature and much else – was an interloper.

“Madhu Kishwar named to JNU Council, row breaks out over her status as an expert”, claimed The Indian Express.“JNU faculty confused by pro-Modi scholar Madhu Kishwar’s appointment to academic council,” was Scroll.in’stendentious headline. One wonders what is there to be “confused” about Kishwar’s appointment; the insertion of “pro-Modi” in the headline, on the other hand, is a clear effort to confuse readers and prevent them from questioning the vested interests that oppose her. Anyone who has read her tweets in the recent past would know that Kishwar has often been a trenchant critic of the Modi government’s actions, though not one motivated by malice.

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