Book review: What every Hindu should know about Christianity

This book may appear to be controversial and confrontational to some, yet it is very well-written and scholarly and covers an important subject. In recent decades, Christianity has made significant (one could even say impressive) inroads into Indian society, mainly at the expense of Hinduism. Indians often associate Christianity with the prosperity, progress and liberal […]

The dreaded “H-word”

Nitin Shah analyses the psychology behind the widespread tendency of many Hindu-inspired spiritual or yoga groups to vehemently deny any connections with Hinduism. When I was asked to write this article for Hindu Voice, I struggled to think of how I could start it off. So I’ll start with a conversation I had a couple of […]

Knowing and being a part of Hinduism Philosphy

Originally posted on famous temples:
Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that can not be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not, and there are sins which exceed his love.   http://famoustemples.net/   Hinduism has proven much more open than any other religion to new ideas,…

David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) message on NaMo victory

We hold Vamadeva in the very highest regards as a great thinker, writer and yogi. His books constitute the perhaps the finest literature on Hindu dharma in the English language. It was very heartening to read Vamadeva and Yogini Shambhavi’s message on Narendra Modi’s ascension to Prime Ministership of India, which is reproduced below from their […]

The Idea of India: the Mahabharata versus Nehruvian intelligentsia

One not uncommonly comes across the opinion today that India was never really a nation but that its nationhood was only recently invented by the British through their definition of the region as part of their empire. Similarly we are told that Hinduism was up to recently not a religion at all but merely various […]

Shashi Tharoor’s secular double standards

In the context of what he said, it would appear unremarkable, but read between the lines and we can see that the Congress spokesperson’s comment here reveals the double standard that Indian (supposed) liberals show in the way they do not feel bad in mocking Hindu traditions, but will always speak in the utmost respectful […]

Hindus in Pakistan: What history books won’t tell

– There is a lack of awareness across the world about the very existence of a significant yet dwindling Hindu community in Pakistan. Presently it is estimated that Hindus make up 2% of Pakistan’s population. This is at least five times the number of Hindus in Britain. – Before the end of colonial rule in […]

Hindu view of “scriptures”

A man of true knowledge who has attained enlightenment, has the same use for all the scriptures as one has for a small reservoir of water in a place flooded on all sides (Bhagavad Gita 2:46) What does the Gita mean by this verse? This verse actually demonstrates some very important points about Hinduism with regards to […]

FROM VARANASI, MODI WILL REJUVENATE INDIA

The selection of Kashi as the new Gangotri of an ancient civilisation is apt, not accidental, for no other city so embodies India’s eternity, unceasing energy, and patient tenacity to endure As the long-drawn parliamentary election meanders to a close, it would be churlish to deny that Mr Narendra Modi gambled well in his choice […]

Has the Election Commission done its job properly this time round? Read & decide

This article exposes an uncomfortable truth that many of us have feared; that the Election Commission may not have done its job properly in the 2014 Indian Lok Sabha Elections. Therefore while the elections are probably 99% fair, a small but important part may have been manipulated by the nexus of state-government and criminal activity […]

Assam government mulls giving arms to Bengali-Muslims

Very few things surprise me in terms of ridiculous policies made by the Congress Party, but I was genuinely surprised to learn that Tarun Gogoi, the Congress Chief Minister of Assam is mulling providing guns to Bengali Muslims in certain parts of Assam. Isn’t this highly communal and just going to add to the circle […]

The hypocrisy of Omar Abdullah talking about Assam

After the recent attacks by Bodo tribal militants on Bangadeshi migrants in Assam, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah blamed Narendra Modi for being responsible for the attacks: “In Assam, 30 Muslims were murdered. Why? Because BJP  prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi made a speech there and tried to incite people against Muslims. […]

Why is the Election Commission targeting Modi when Ajit Pawar got away much lighter for threatening voters to cut off their water supply?

Ajit Pawar threatened villagers that he would cut off their water supply if they did not vote for his cousin and sitting NCP MP Supriya Sule. No stern action taken by the EC. Similarly, Mulayam Singh Yadav threatened teachers that he would strip them of their livelihood if they don’t vote for the Samajwadi Party, with merely […]

Gujarat has lowest farmer suicide rate: UK study

Although we are not claiming that life for farmers in Gujarat is perfect, this independent study surely proves that the vicious attacks on Narendra Modi’s performance as CM of Gujarat first by Arvind Kejriwal and more recently by Rahul Gandhi are not grounded in fact: Gujarat has lowest farmer suicide rate: UK study [link to Hindustan […]

Why row over Modi’s marital status is partisan and unfair

Author: Semu Bhatt, Source: Centre Right India Narendra Modi has become the target of a vicious attack by his opponents after he declared his wife’s name in his poll affidavit filed in Vadodara. This was the first time that Modi acknowledged that he is married. During assembly elections in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012, Modi had […]

What it means to me to be a Hindu

Thousands of years ago, in ancient India and other neighbouring lands, a great civilisation arose. To me, being a Hindu makes me an heir of this civilisation and confers upon me the responsibility for its well being and continuity. Despite some errors and aberrations, Hindu civilisation has made a unique contribution to humanity’s collective knowledge and […]

De-stressing the Hindu way

There’s a set of Sanskrit shlokas (verses) which I try and recite every morning and evening, followed by a few minutes of meditation. I’ve been saying these prayers for many years. When I keep up with the discipline of doing this regularly, it feels like my days go much better; I feel positive and have […]

A Hindu view on the use of alcohol

The consumption of alcohol has existed in human society since time immemorial. Probably all societies, at least in historically-recorded times, have had members who have used alcohol, which has been a common source of relaxation, intoxication or inebriation. In the modern world, all types of alcoholic beverages are freely available in the world market. Most […]

Mantra: what it is & what it does

If we observe ourselves we can see that all day long there is background chatter in the mind. It may be the repetition of some song we have heard on the radio, it may be a rehashing of some experience we have just had, an insult or argument for example, or a consideration of what […]

Mao: The Unknown Story (book review)

Jung Chang and Jon Halliday 814 pages, Vintage Books (2006) This book is an epic biography of Mao Tse-tung, a man who rose from obscurity to become the dictator of China for almost three decades. If you were asked – ‘Who was the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century?’ – what would be your […]