December 2015

On the western shores of Saurashtra, the turbulent waves were in incessant competition with the bustling activity of the port. The region that had once been a centre for sea trade had faced a period of lull and gloom due to the repeated raids by pirates of Punyajana. Traders had faced dangers at every step.

One thing that we all must take into consideration when we observe another nation’s laws and customs is that one size does not fit all. Many Americans tend to believe that we have a monopoly on right thinking when it comes to issues of personal freedom, religious expression, sexual mores and the like.

We have seen before the global warming has a price.  This gives an option to take an economic approach to the problem. Economists such as William Nordhaus and Dieter Helm have done so.

Ever since its inception in the political domain, conceived by Karl Marx, Communism has always been a case of dark controversies. From the days of Bolshevik revolution to the present economic crisis in Greece, Communism has been an integral part to world events be it in the economic sphere or the socio political domain.

This is an extension to my previous article on “Aryabhata and his work” and a subsequent query on ‘who invented zero?’

India has been a close ally of erstwhile Soviet Union since 1960’s and had an exceptional camaraderie. After the collapse of Soviet Union, Russia became time-tested partner of India. For the past five decades, Russia was the top most military weapons and equipment supplier of India.

Amongst all the lovely monuments in Hampi, I found the Vittala temple to be the most fascinating – one that I feel I did not have enough of, one that I would love to go back and explore all over again. Known as a temple with musical pillars, I feel there is a lot more to temple.

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Tenth Ministerial Conference was recently held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 15 to 19 December 2015, the first such meeting hosted by an African nation. The conference was chaired by Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amina Mohamed and had to be extended by an additional day owing to lack of consensus and sharp divisions.

India is considered to be the role model for democracy. Both houses of the Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha have not only been the pinnacle of Indian democracy but also a symbol of reverence for all Indians. Post independence, both houses of the Parliament witnessed quality debates, discussions, ups and downs adding golden chapters to Indian constitutional power.

Chief Minister of Delhi and top boss of Always Agitating Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal recently dealt a big blow to carefully manufactured narrative of Leftist and Liberals in India against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This September when I visited Raipur in Chattisgarh, I took some time out to visit a famous Ram Temple called Dughdhahari Math. The name literally means one who only feeds on milk. The first temple priest,  Balbhadradas, is believed to have lived only on a milk diet, hence the name.

On 25th December, when the world celebrates the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, Indian democracy pays homage to the living legend Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  Not only in his tenure as Prime Minister of India, but also as a seasoned politician, Atal Bihari Vajpayee is looked upon as the benchmark of Indian politics in post independence period, where coalition and tolerance wal

nidhana-pataya namaH | nidhana-patAntikAya namaH |
UrdhvAya namaH | UrdhvalingAya namaH |
hiraNyAya namaH | hiraNyalingAya namaH |
suvarNAya namaH | suvarNalingAya namaH |
divyAya namaH | divyalingAya namaH |
bhavAya namaH | bhavalingAya namaH |
Sarvaya namaH | SarvalingAya namaH |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned everyone on the afternoon of December 25 when he tweeted that he would be stopping at Lahore en-route from Kabul. What followed was frenzy, high drama and hyperventilating media indulging in breathless conjecturing. Entire world had been caught by surprise.

The Bihar election in 2015 was kind of a mini general election of sorts considering the amount of media attention it received. A lot of right leaning folks were hoping that a victory in Bihar will cement Prime Minister Modi’s position in the center. This article does not really hope to delve into the political aftermath of this election.

As we engage the world on the wisdom and practical utility of Vedanta and related concepts to address many of the challenging issues facing the humanity at the 22nd International Vedanta Congress being held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), December 27-30, I received an unexpected communication from an individual who introduced herself as follows:

Assam is where my soul rests. Gujarat is where my heart is. After Ahmedabad, my choice of home is definitely Guwahati.

China’s uncanny infrastructure development drives to extol its territorial or maritime claims has already stoked tensions in the South East Region. Presently its frenzied dam building process is set to exacerbate the trans-border tensions between India and China with China announcing the operationalization of largest high-altitude dam over Brahmaputra River in Tibet.