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What the Kashmir issue is all about, in one picture

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Kashmir is burning….Kashmir is protesting….Kashmir is on the boil….Kashmir erupts….Kashmir this, Kashmir that.

One wonders – after all, what do these Kashmiris want?  They already have more than any other state in Bharat.  They receive more subsidies per capita than anyone, they have hardly any poverty, they have more political autonomy than many countries (let alone states of Bharatiya union), they have rights other Bharatiyas don’t (such as – no non-Kashmiris can buy land in Kashmir, but Kashmiris are free to buy land anywhere in Bharat).

So what do they want?  Why are they always protesting? Why are they always attacking all institutions of the Bharatiya state?

In one picture, the reader can get the answer.  It is said that a picture speaks louder than a thousand words, and I do believe this picture indeed speaks louder than the pontifications of many of our “pundits.”


Raksha Bandhan : Empowering Sisters

Raksha Bandhan Empowering Sisters

For millennia before the UN had declared the International Girl Child Day; we have been observing Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Duj. Using a simple cotton thread and Tilak, sisters have been so lovingly reminding brothers about their responsibility to protect them. This bond continues to be strong as ever before. However, pressure of uncontrolled population explosion has put a lot of strain on our life which has been particularly more severe for girls and women. 


Read The Untold Inside Story of Communist Leaders of India!

Read The Untold Inside Story

Haven’t you noticed that all of the top communist leaders came from upper classes of their societies and from wealthy families?

Lenin was from the nobility (his father was awarded the Order of St. Vladmir and his mother was quite rich).

Karl Marx came from a fairly rich family that owned a lot of land. His nephews founded the famous company – Philips.

Heinrich Marx, his father was a famous lawyer and Karl’s uncle was a very wealthy industrialist.

Fidel Castro’s father was a rich sugarcane farmer in Cuba.

Che Guevara’s mother was also from a famous noble family in Latin America. Che spent most of his childhood as a member of the upper class Argentinian society.

Mao Zedong’s father was among the richest farmers of Shaoshan province.


Yoga Day Celebrations - Taking Indic thought to the World

Yoga Day Celebrations

India has constantly used the term ‘Yoga’ in the widest sense of the term - as a way of bringing welfare to humanity. The International Yoga Day celebrations must be seen in this context.

On 27 September 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at the United Nations (UN), demanded that the UN declare an ‘International Day of Yoga’. A couple of months later, on 11 December 2014, the UN General Assembly announced June 21 as the day for celebrating the International Day of Yoga.

In his speech at the UN, while appealing for instating such a day, Prime Minister Modi’s reference to yoga was made in the context of climate change and going back to basics. He said:

“Yoga … embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.”

Yoga as a way of life to ‘heal the planet’ may appear far-fetched at first glance.




Is it ignorance or agenda that drives Indian history narrative? The myth about Islamic contribution to India

Actor Girish Karnad’s attack against V.S Naipaul,a Nobel laureate and celebrated author, at the Tata Literature Live festival was totally undeserving and in bad taste. It smacked of deep-seated prejudice and ignorance. Girish Karnad has showcased his vile agenda when he misinterprets Naipaul’s books India: A wounded civilization as anti-Indian Muslim. In his book Naipaul is only highlighting the wounds inflicted by the foreign invaders.

Karnad’s criticism of Naipaul stems from a historical narrative that is an apologist version of Indian history. A version which trivializes the real impact of Islamic invasion on Hindu society and which tries to weave a story of denial; ascribing positive aspects of the Islamic invasion of India like the Indo-Islamic cultural syncretism, while sweeping away the mass destruction and holocaust that ensued as mere generalization, isolated incidents, figment of Hindu imagination or plainly inevitable. People like Girish Karnad, William Dalrymple, Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib and few others have taken up the burden of projecting a benign image of Muslim rule in India, while the atrocities are ignored as isolated incidents. Dalrymple is one of the foremost proponents of the positive effect of Islamic invasion of India and how India ‘supposedly’ benefited from a bloody invasion.An apt analogy for such apology theorists would be deeming the rape of India as a fusion of two bodies and the resultant child a happy reminder of such a rape. The child is then brainwashed into accepting the rape of his mother as a good thing.


The Myth Of India’s Free Press

The Myth Of India

Why India’s press first needs to free itself from itself, before it can free itself from other pressures.

In December this year, a certain major media group held an awards function. Since there are numerous such functions and conclaves held across the board now, by all accounts, these kinds of functions are heavily sponsored and are a prime source of revenue for increasingly cash-strapped media organisations. Such events are only able to draw the biggest names in the business world, who are inundated with such invitations, by promising the only quid pro quo that cash-heavy sponsors and invitees are keen to have: a chance to rub shoulders with those in power. However, the organisation reportedly annoyed certain heavy duty ministers by a write up, who then made their displeasure known by boycotting the said function. The media house was left red-faced to the sponsors, and the flop of the show is still hot potato buzz throughout corporate and media inner circles.

Perhaps avoiding situations like this is what the eminent crusader for press freedom, former Union Minister and until quite recently, cabinet hopeful, strategically flip-flopping Arun Shourie, meant when he recommended to the journalists that they boycott ministers and ‘do not invite them to press functions’. While he may have meant it as a punishment to be meted out to supposedly publicity hungry ministers, he forgets that the current cabinet has proven itself remarkably leak proof, from demonetisation to intelligence reports on abducted supposed-spies. Whose loss will it be then, if the press begins to hold its events without ministers in attendance? The math is quite lopsided on that one.


Leftist intellectuals pave the way for jihad

Leftist intellectuals pave

The system doesn’t want to offend religious minorities, and a realistic analysis of Islam’s precepts and practices is ruled out. – Ravi Shanker Kapoor

Can London fight terror? One has to be extremely optimistic to answer in the affirmative. A city that elects an Islamist Mayor,Sadiq Khan, despite his sympathies with the jihadists being well known, can scarcely hope to live peacefully.

So, there was a third major attack in Britain in the past three months, with three jihadists mowing down and knifing indiscriminately in busy areas, killing seven and wounding 48. BBC reported that one of the attackers,Khuram Shazad Butt, was a 27-year-old British citizen. Born in Pakistan, he “became known to the police and MI5 in the summer of 2015 and an investigation was opened into his behavior after concerns reached counter-terrorism officers.” Yet, little was done to neutralize him.

“One man called the anti-terrorism hotline, while a woman went to the local police station because she was scared Butt was trying to radicalize her children,” BBC report says. “However, the Met said there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned, meaning the investigation had been prioritized accordingly.’”

Further, a man, “who did not want to be named, said one of the attackers had become more extreme over the past two years. He said he had contacted authorities but no action was taken.”