A Tale of Two Neighbours & the Mysteries of Karma

There once lived a great yogi named Gorakhnath, an enlightened soul, who had experienced all the great truths of life, death and the Divine. He lived a simple life, revelling in the unparalleled bliss that only enlightened soul’s experience, and had great compassion for all life forms. Although he did not seek a following, many […]

The Patel agitation – a Patel’s perspective

Many Patels in Gujarat are agitating for Other Backward Caste status, in order to access the same “Reserv­ation” benefits as Scheduled Castes, Schedules Tribes and Other Backward Castes. Reservations are a quota based form of affirmative action, through which a certain percentage of government jobs and places in educational institutes are guaranteed to members of certain […]

Media mischief mongering over Church attacks in India

Lets be clear. All attacks on schools, places of worship and sexual violence deserve condemnation and punishment. However the vivid media depictions of these isolated incidents as attacks religiously or politically motivated – even before police investigations have revealed who the likely perpetrators are – cannot be described as anything other than mischievous. Over the […]

Education system in Pre-British India (by Ram Swarup)

Ancient India was celebrated for its learning all over civilized Asia and Europe. Metatheses (ca. 302 BC) was struck by the depth of this learning during his mission to the court of Chandragupta. Fa-hien, the famous Chinese traveller (399-413 D) spent some years at the Paliputra and Tamralipti monasteries. He also spent two years in […]

Rao Tula Ram Ahir (1825 – 1862) – Biography of a heroic freedom fighter

Most people familiar with India’s capital, Delhi, will likely have used the nation’s main international airport, Indira Gandhi International. En route from the airport to the centre of Delhi is a long and famous road, Rao Tula Ram Marg (‘Marg’ being the Hindi word for street). Situated on this road is one of Delhi’s finer […]

Is it OK to “leave justice to Karma”?

When someone harms you or someone to whom you have a sense of responsibility, getting suitable justice, or ensuring that the perpetrator is punished is not always easy. In Hinduism we have the concept of karma, so if justice is not easy to come by there is a temptation to feel that even if we […]

Satsang: what it really means

“The company of the great is very difficult, even inaccessible, but it is infallible.” (Narada Bhakti Sutras. 39) Literally speaking, “sat” means truth, and “sang” means to be associated with. Satsang in Hinduism usually refers to a gathering of spiritual aspirants, and participating is such gatherings is meant to lead to tremendously greater progress than […]

Some comments on the “India’s Daughter” documentary

Unlike some Indian or Indian origin commentators (particularly in the social media), I feel that the BBC had the right to publish the documentary “India’s Daughter” and that the Indian government shouldn’t create a huff about it. Freedom in such matters is virtually absolute, no matter if the documentary reflects badly on India (and by […]

Bringing up Hindu kids in the West – thinking about transmission of Culture, Ideas & Experiences

At a recent discussion group, attended by UK born Hindus in our 30s, some of whom have young children, a recurring theme was the way in which we would like our children to relate to their Indian cultural and religious heritage. We inevitably drew on, recounted and considered our own experiences and exposures to Indian […]

Hindus against censorship: please sign petition to support Gaurav Sawant

*** Click here to sign petition *** Gaurav Sawant (right), a deputy editor for Headlines Today (part of the India Today group) is being threatened with dismissal.The reason for this, is that he has dared to question (on Twitter)  the way that the mainstream media fails to highlight or report accurately incidents of violence or religious intolerance in […]

Obama still openly criticising Narendra Modi

There have been numerous reports in the Indian media regarding Narendra Modi that “those who once refused him a visa” are now busy courting him now that he is Prime Minister. Some of Modi’s close aides have been acting triumphantly, implying that now Modi is PM the Western nations are coming to him with their […]

Arvind Kejriwal’s spectacular rise & fall: A Hindu psychoanalysis

When an individual sets out to do something for a worthwhile cause, there is usually at the beginning a genuine idealism. Most people do not set out with the aim of impressing others and attracting praise; but it is inevitable that over time sincere efforts start attracting attention, praise and adulation. Different people react to […]

EAVESDROPPER: The United States confuses statecraft with spying

New Delhi: The United States’ spying of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2010 when it was in the opposition provokes contrary reactions. The first, naturally and predictably, is outrage. This outrage is proximately shared by Angela Merkel of Germany whose cellphone was tapped by the United States’ National Security Agency which also spied on the […]

5 Hindu children abducted in Pakistan

Islamabad: Five Hindu children were kidnapped from Pakistan’s Balochistan province by unidentified armed men, media reported Wednesday. The children aged between five to ten years were abducted late Wednesday from Dera Allah Yar area while coming back from school, Dawn online quoted an official as saying. The kidnappers shifted the children to Sindh, the official said. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]