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History, Textbooks and Distortion

History Textbooks and Distortion

Vedic era and Vedic society

The most ancient literary evidence in Indian history is the Veda. The ancient archaeological sites are that of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Unanimously all history textbooks tell that both of them are distinct. Why they have to be distinct? Nobody knows. There is no primary evidence for the distinction of the two.

In the context of religion of Harappans, the very history textbook says that they worshiped Mother Earth, Shiva, Shiva linga and gods in the form of animals, trees and human beings. I don’t know in what way this is different from Vedic worship. The Vedas too talk about Shiva, Mother Earth and gods in the form of animals, trees and human beings. Taittiriya Brahmana uses the word Shiva linga too.

There is a huge attempt to differentiate Hinduism and Shaivism. This must be due to the discovery of Shiva worship in Harappan civilization. Such attempts to differentiate Hinduism and Shaivism can be noticed in the history textbooks as well. For example, our history textbook says: Early in his life, he (Harsha) was a follower of Hinduism. Later he followed Shaivism and Buddhism.

What does it indicate? A non-existent distinction between Hinduism and Shaivism is being fed into the minds of the students, the children of Hindus, the majority of this nation.

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Why We Don’t Need The Uniform Civil Code

Why We Dont Need

First, existing laws are adequate to break the stalemate over the Uniform Civil Code.

Second, the Uniform Civil Code is not only about Muslims and Christians. The story is more complex.

The first article in a two-part series.

Since BJP is the only political party that has made a longstanding commitment in its manifestos to introduce a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) when in power, all those parties that are desperate to bring down the BJP-led government at the Centre have found a convenient tool to mobilise anti-BJP hysteria among Muslims and Christians using fear of “Hinduisation” through UCC. This is happening despite the fact that Article 44 of the Directive Principles of the Indian Constitution clearly mandates that “the state shall endeavour to secure for all citizens a Uniform Civil Code throughout the territory of India”. And the Constitution was drafted under the ultra secular leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru! Yet, anyone raising this issue today is promptly dubbed an anti-minority communalist, a “Hindutvavadi fascist” wanting to impose majoritarian norms on religious minorities.

Fortunately, Muslim women are today in the forefront of the battle for the reform of Muslim personal law. And most of the reform-minded Muslim women also don’t express fears about UCC. Given the clear stand taken by the Modi government in the Supreme Court with regard to the historic petition filed by Shayara Banu challenging some of the obnoxious aspects of Muslim personal law, it is very likely that triple talaq and a few other outrageous practices will be outlawed by the Supreme Court very soon.

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माक्सवादी इतिहासकारों और अन्य बुद्धिजीवियों की जुगलबंदी ने जान बूझ कर अटकाया है राम मंदिर की राह में रोड़ा!

मकसवद इतहसकर और अनय बदधजवय

फिलहाल यह कहना कठिन है कि अयोध्या मसले को आपसी बातचीत से सुलझाने की कोई कोशिश होगी या नहीं, लेकिन यह स्पष्ट है कि जब भी ऐसी कोई बातचीत होगी तो कुछ ऐतिहासिक दस्तावेजों और पुरातात्विक महत्व के साक्ष्यों की अनदेखी नहीं की जा सकेगी। पुरातात्विक महत्व के कुछ साक्ष्यों की चर्चा भारतीय पुरातत्व सर्वेक्षण के पूर्व क्षेत्रीय निदेशक केके मुहम्मद ने मलयालम में लिखी अपनी आत्मकथा-‘न्यांन एन्ना भारतियन’ यानी ‘मैं एक भारतीय’ में की है। जनवरी, 2016 में आई इस किताब को लिखने वाले मुहम्मद का गहरा नाता 1976-77 में अयोध्या में हुए उत्खनन और अध्ययन से रहा है। वह प्रोफेसर बीबी लाल की अगुआई वाले उस पुरातत्व दल के सदस्य थे जिसने दो महीने वहां उत्खनन किया था। इस दल को वहां पहले अस्तित्व में रहे मंदिर के अवशेष दिखे और उनसे यह स्पष्ट हुआ कि बाबरी मस्जिद का निर्माण मंदिर की अवशेष सामग्री से ही हुआ था।

केके मुहम्मद ने लिखा है, ‘हमने देखा कि बाबरी मस्जिद की दीवारों पर मंदिर के स्तंभ थे। ये स्तंभ काले पत्थरों से बने थे। स्तंभों के निचले भाग पर पूर्णकलशम जैसी आकृतियां मिलीं, जो 11वीं और 12वीं सदी के मंदिरों में नजर आती थीं। वहां ऐसे एकाध नहीं, बल्कि 1992 में मस्जिद विध्वंस के पहले तक 14 स्तंभ मौजूद थे। चूंकि उस जगह पुलिस की सख्त पहरेदारी थी, लिहाजा हर किसी को जाने की आजादी नहीं थी, लेकिन शोध समूह का हिस्सा होने के नाते हमें कोई मनाही नहीं थी। यही वजह है कि हमारे लिए उन स्तंभों का सूक्ष्म अवलोकन करना संभव हुआ।’ केके मुहम्मद के अनुसार, “मस्जिद के पीछे और किनारे वाले हिस्सों में एक चबूतरा भी मिला जो काले बसाल्ट पत्थरों का बना था। इन साक्ष्यों के आधार पर दिसंबर, 1990 में उन्होंने स्पष्ट रूप से कहा कि वहां असल में एक मंदिर ही था। तब तक यह ज्वलंत मुद्दा बन गया था, फिर भी तमाम उदारवादी मुसलमानों ने बाबरी मस्जिद को हिंदुओं को सौंपने पर रजामंदी जताई, लेकिन उनमें सार्वजनिक रूप से ऐसा कहने की हिम्मत नहीं थी। मुहम्मद कहते हैं कि अगर तब बात आगे बढ़ती तो अयोध्या विवाद का पटाक्षेप हो सकता था। मुश्किल यह हुई कि इस विवाद में वामपंथी इतिहासकार कूद पड़े और उन्होंने उन मुसलमानों के पक्ष में दलीलें पेश कीं जो विवादित स्थल को हिंदुओं को सौंपने के हक में नहीं थे।”

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Why Indian ‘intellectuals’ seem to hate Indic native culture and Hinduism

Why Indian intellectuals seem to

You may have often thought that why do so many ‘intellectuals‘ take pride in being anti-India and talk about Hindus with such contempt? Since when did taking pride in one’s rich cultural heritage became a vice? How did the discourse become so corrupt? And who is responsible for creating this narrative?

I hate to break it to you but our understanding of India and our own past is primarily based on the commentary of western scholars who never visited India, never met any Indian, never spoke to any Indian and never dealt with Indian literature. Unfortunately these thinkers, philosophers, economists, sociologists and bureaucrats have written about India and their writings have greatly influenced the Indian intelligentsia.

One such famous philosopher and economist, who is considered a revolutionary by many (Read: All) ‘comrades’ was Karl Marx. His writings have influenced the thinking of many historians, politicians and intellectuals of the country, despite the fact that he had absolutely no knowledge and understanding of the Indian society. He wrote an article on the25th of June 1853and another one on the22nd of July 1853for the New York Herald Tribune that trace out his understanding of India.

He describes India as a very peculiar country. He compares it to Italy and says, “Just as Italy has, from time to time, been compressed by the conqueror’s sword into different national masses, so do we find Hindostan, when not under the pressure of the Mohammedan, or the Mogul,or the Briton, dissolved into as many independent and conflicting States as it numbered towns, or even villages.” He even says,”I share not the opinion of those who believe in a golden age of Hindostan.”

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Warrant Against Madhu Kishwar: Is Freedom of Expression only for Secessionists?

Warrant Against Madhu Kishwar

Editor’s Note: A Srinagar court has issued a non-bailable warrant against noted academic, writer and social activist Madhu Kishwar.  The warrant was issued on April 03, Monday in connection with a criminal defamation case filed by Shujaat Bukhari, the Editor in Chief of Srinagar based newspaper, Rising Kashmir. Bukhari had filed the defamation case after Kishwar had tweeted about how he follows the Pakistani script in his publication, despite receiving funding from Indian government agencies.

In response to the non-bailable warrant, Madhu Kishwar has published an article on her blog regarding the facts of the case and how it unfolded and IndiaFacts is reproducing the same here.

Background: In response to reports of politically engineered violent anti India protests in Kashmir I expressed my distress at the high decibel, pro-secessionist, anti-India propaganda launched by leading journalists and newspapers in Kashmir who seemed to be providing very provocative and lop sided coverage which romanticized those attacking the army and indulging in terrorist strikes and stone pelting

I made special mention of Shujaat Bukhari owner-cum editor Rising Kashmir not because his paper is theonlyexample of pro Pak journalism but because he is a favorite of leftists and he pretends to be defender of human rights- though only of terrorists!Prior to setting up his own paper, Rising Kashmir, Bukhari used to be Bureau-Chief of The Hindu for Kashmir.

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The Unintellectual Moron

Intellectual is not a “self-bestowed” title. Real intellectuals don’t even describe themselves as such. It is usually others who recognise their body of work and contribution to society and call them intellectuals. In India, for long, you couldn’t be called an intellectual unless you were a Commie and part of the Nehruvian Tabela of Delhi. You can even lobby to be called an intellectual, just as many lobby for Padma awards. Of course, grovelling will be involved. Then, you will have to become the member of India International Centre (IIC) or frequent it often enough to become part of the gossip circuit. I can tell you this though, I was once invited to IIC for lunch by some folks. I swear, the whole place reeks of intellectuals. As an added bonus, I guarantee you will find the sweetest smelling people on earth at IIC. Even those in kurta-pyjama and beards will smell sweet.

I don’t know the brands but maybe from Revlon to Kaajal you will find all kinds of lipstick, face-powder, mascara and what not. By the way, getting a membership to IIC is not easy. It is tougher than getting into IIMA or Harvard. It is harder than conquering the 36 chambers of Shaolin. I’m not kidding, just read this in BS India, even the Lutyens elite have to stand in Q. So you can imagine the delight of Ramachandra Guha when he finally got a membership at IIC. He must have been thrilled like a little kid and earned a right to be called an intellectual.

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Ridiculing Hindu gods and deities is easier and safer

Ridiculing Hindu gods

The recent comments by Prashant Bhushan about Lord Krishna have enraged, I would say rightly, many devout Hindus. Surprisingly, when it comes to Lord Krishna, I saw that even those who often sit at the fence on such issues couldn’t hold themselves back and in their own reluctant ways, had a word or two to say against Bhushan.

In an effort to criticize the ongoing anti-eve-teasing drive in the Uttar Pradesh, Bhushan tweeted that “Romeo loved just one lady, while Krishna was a legendary Eve teaser. Would Adityanath have the guts to call his vigilantes Anti-Krishna?”

Forming anti-Romeo squads in the Uttar Pradesh was a pre-poll promise made to the electorate by the BJP. As our intelligentsia is used to most of the pre-poll promises being put in cold-storage after winning the elections simply because there was never any intention to carry them out in the first place (because they need to be recycled every five years), when Yogi Adityanath started fulfilling his promises within 50 hours of him being appointed as the CM, every secular-liberal and his or her dog got rattled and started ululating.

But that is a different issue. Here we are talking about why ridiculing Hindu gods and deities is much easier than ridiculing gods and prophets from other religions, say, Islam and Christianity (lots of fun is made of Jesus Christ in the Western media without incurring death threats, but in India the case is different).

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