September 2015

Background: In the previous article an introduction to an empire called Satavahana Empire that ruled vast areas of India for more than 400 years that geographically stretched from current day portions of Sindh on the west to Orissa on the east and Madhya Pradesh on the north to Tamil Nadu in the South.

The lovers of Hindi film music have been entertained over the years by music director RD Burman's songs, popularly known as Pancham Da. His repository of music didn't end only with songs, but they extended beyond and ornamented the background scores as well.

Bengal has always remained the fulcrum of Indian national politics.

The long drawn process of developing a new constitution for Nepal has ended officially. Nepal reached the historical moment with the new constitution scheduled to be promulgated on 20th September 2015 by the President Ram Baran Yadav making it a federal, secular, democratic republic.

Couple of decades back a good friend wrote to me, no not the email but an actual “letter” about campus life in America. He just got into the college for a Master’s degree in America. He was eager to share his experiences with me.

Mahatma Gandhi once said – “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win.” Our liberals are giving this a twist. They first ignored, they laughed and then they fought the Right. The Right won in 2014, but some ‘liberals’ want to deny them that victory. They are again trying to mock the Right with a cocktail of some real and some imaginary ‘facts’.

I don’t mean to get all nostalgic on you but I have to tell you one thing I sorely miss in the old days. No, it’s not bell bottom pants, black & white TV or Dad’s grilled hamburgers (back when I was a carnivore).

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarking on his foreign visit to Ireland and the US from 23rd to 29th September India’s aspirations of reaching new global order gets refurbished. Modi will be first Prime Minister of India after Jawaharlal Nehru to visit Ireland en route the US. Jawaharlal Nehru visited Ireland in 1949 and 1956 (1).

I have been witnessing a lot of debates and arguments in the media related to the recent (or perhaps age old) bans in India, be it cow slaughter, ban on sale of beef or recent ban of meat during few days of Jain's festival, Paryushan.

The cabinet on September 22, 2015 approved the purchase of 22 Apache AH-64 attack helicopters, and 15 Chinook heavy lift helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Boeing under a deal valued at $2.5 billion. The deal gives India the option to purchase 11 additional Apache, and seven additional Chinook helicopters at the already negotiated price.

Quite a lot of my Indian friends from overseas have asked me how did it happen that Liberal Party changed its leader.  They were perplexed about the mechanism. Things like this do not happen in many democracies. That’s all true, but there is basically a very simple explanation. A change like this can happen in any democracy which follows Westminster system.

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The first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, a brain child of the Modi-Obama meet at Delhi in 2015 concluded just before Modi’s arrival in the US setting ground for an interaction between leaders of both countries next week in New York.

Just when Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal was losing the plot in national politics, she came up with a great surprise. Last week she announced that the West Bengal Government will be declassifying 64 files relating to Netaji that have been with the state's Home Department.

Charvak or Lokayat and Brhaspatya is an ancient School of Indian Materialism. One of the most widely studied principles of Charvak philosophy is its rejection of inference as a means to establish truth, especially related to God and supernaturalism. Charvak epistemology states that inference of truth from a state of observations, and truths needs to consider doubts.

With the current level of dialogue within intellectual sections in India, the unlikeliest of communities and unlikeliest of ideas become center of controversy. The recent controversy around so called ‘meat ban’ has been one such example. Jain community, normally one of the most peaceful of communities in India, is at the center of this controversy.

Historic tales of China ruled the roost as resplendent China celebrated the Victory day with great pomp and aggrandisement. World Wars, their precedence and history, have been foundations for the existing geopolitical alignments.

It’s been just over a week since Hardik Patel, a hitherto unknown name in Indian politics, culminated his slew of rallies with a big rally in Ahmedabad.  These rallies were carried out by the ‘Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti’ (PAAS) to demand that Patidars or Patels be included in the ‘OBC’ category for reservations. Many reasons were listed