Apu of “The Simpsons” … Positive Hindu character or degrading stereotype?

The most famous Hindu outside India! There’s been a lot of controversy about how Hindus are portrayed in the West in media and arts in general. Hindus have long protested about being stereotyped on TV as oppressed women awaiting liberation, and chauvinistic men. Whereas critics have argued that any Hindus who object are fundamentalist, extremist, […]

Some thoughts on the banning on Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus”

It was earlier this month that Penguin India made the decision to stop publishing and recall copies of a book titled The Hindus: An Alternative History, by controversial American writer Wendy Doniger, in response to a petition lodged by a complainant in an Indian court. This is not a “banning” of the book in India […]

Do our temples really serve the community like they should?

Note: this article was written in the context of Hindus living in the UK, although it has wide relevance to Hindus in all communities. As time goes by, we are seeing more mandirs being built in Britain. These tend to be larger, fancier and costlier than the earlier ones – reflecting increased affluence and resolve on the […]

Be wary of some English translations of Hindu sacred texts

Most Hindus living in a predominantly English speaking environment have an urge at one point in their lives to learn about Hinduism. Sometimes the curiosity arises from a genuine desire for guidance in life. In other cases the urge to look into Hinduism comes from a particular incident – for example being asked questions that […]

Getting a high protein veggie diet

Many Hindus are vegetarian. This is often an expression of faith or outlook towards life. A vegetarian diet may offer several important health advantages. However there have been concerns about whether vegetarians get enough protein. This is even more so for individuals who weight train or participate in other kinds of intense training, because protein […]

Remembering Ahalyabai Holkar (1725-1795)

Western scholarship has generally painted a picture of Hindu society in which women have forever been secluded from public life. This view has penetrated widely into the public mind, and has even been internalised by many Hindus. Yet if fails to take into consideration many facts. For example, that women in much of India got […]

A Search for the historical Krishna – N S Rajaram

This article was originally published in the online journal ‘Sword of Truth’. Further information on the subject can be found in the author’s book, of the same title. Dr. N. S. Rajaram is an author and mathematician, based in the USA, where he formerly worked for the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), in the fields […]

When Mahatma Gandhi followed Dhritarashtra

The great Pandurang Shastri once said that that the most adharmic thing that anyone did in the entire Mahabharata was a message sent by King Dhritirashtra to Yudhisthir prior to the outbreak of the Great War. The message was along the lines of: “Dear Yudhisthir. You are righteous, but my sons are foolish and stubborn. You […]

Sardar Patel’s legacy: who is the rightful claimant?

With the recent commencement of the building of the “Statue of Unity”, a statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, which at a proposed height of 182m is set to be the largest statue in the world, the question is being debated over who is the best carrier of his legacy: The Congress or the BJP? The […]

Wishing you a happy & auspicious Diwali !

My first recollections of Diwali in distant childhood are of immense joy: fireworks, diwas, nice food, presents, time-off school, spending time with friends and relatives, and a general feeling of happiness. How can anyone not grow up loving such a festival? This greatest of festivals is a time when we take a step back from […]

Motives of people who boldly proclaim Ishrat Jahan couldn’t have been a terrorist…

First of all a brief background for the uninitiated; Ishrat was a young Muslim lady from Mumbai, who according to official version of events was shot dead by Gujarat police along with 3 men who she was accompanying, near Ahmedabad, namely Javed Sheikh, Amjad Rana and Zeeshan Johar. The incident took place on 15 June 2004. […]

The story behind Navratri

It is that time of the year where Hindus start preparations for celebrating Navaratri, the joyous festival of nine nights, which is dedicated to the Divine Mother Durga. Virtually every Hindu community in the world celebrates Navratri. The major story associated with Navratri is the battle between the great Goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura, […]

Abuse of Swami Ramdev at British Airport: The disturbing truth

Many of you will know that Swami Ramdev faced harassment and interrogation at Heathrow Airport (the biggest airport in the United Kingdom) during his recent travels to that country, to lead yoga camps and partake in other activities connected with celebrations of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. Many Hindu netizens reacted in a typically mindless […]

India to cede 10,000 acres of territory to Bangladesh

Did you know that the Congress is trying to do a deal which will see us in effect give away 10,000 acres of our country to Bangladesh, forever? And that this is likely to take place by the end of this year? Please read on… Most Indians do not know this, but the Indian National […]

The UnHindu Spirit of Caste Rigidity

Over a century ago, the great sage Sri Aurobindo wrote an article called “The UnHindu Spirit of Caste Rigidity” (available here). His ideas for striking at the very root of the caste problem are valid even today, and need to be taken up with more urgency that in the past. To secure its future, Hindu […]

Dalits raising Hindu priests from within their own

It is very heartening to find Dalits becoming religiously self-sufficient within the Hindu fold, and developing learned priests within their own community.. But let us not be complacent. Let us destroy any vestige of birth based Varna, so that it is nothing more than a bad memory within 20 years. There is nowhere in the […]

Muzaffarnagar – Indian “secularism” on top form

Secularism (the separation of religion and state) is very good and I support it. But in India what is passed off as “secularism” actually goes totally against what secularism actually means. For example, in all genuinely secular countries there is one law of the land, which applies no matter what religion a person professes (uniform […]

A wayward Hindu’s tale (part 3)

In the last of this three-part series, Rajesh Vaghela recounts the challenge of trying to re-orient his life in a positive direction after a previous life of intoxication, violence and petty crime. To access part-one and part-two, click on the highlighted text. Having messed up big time on my A-levels, I wasn’t sure what to do next. My […]

Arjuna, Bhima and the disrobing of Draupadi

Reflections on the conduct of the Pandavas during the Gambling Match I’ve often felt that while Draupadi was being humiliated by Duryodhana and assaulted by Dushashana in the court of Hustinapur; why did her mighty warrior husbands not get up there and then and then and fight? Also, while Yuddhistira was gambling away recklessly, why […]

Muzzafarnagar Riots – the truth that the media is hiding

The way in which the English language media has been reporting the Muzzarnagar riots has been taking the art of misleading the public to a whole new level of shamelessness. The average Indian will not know the facts behind the riots, and we have the right to know the truth. Please read the articles (at […]