January 2017

This is part 2 of the series on Indic Mercantile collaborations. Here is part 1 of the series.

Silly me, I always thought the definition of courage, in the context of spoken words at least, was to speak your mind knowing that there would be serious, adverse (usually financial or physical danger) consequences to your speech and still going ahead with it.

I have little doubt that in the not too distant future there will be a sigh of nostalgia collectively exhaled by all but the most rabid opponents of President Barack Hussein Obama.

It is that time of the year again. Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Congress party, where the workers see him as the next Rajiv Gandhi and he sees himself as the next activist, has returned. Where has he returned from? Well from his yearly hibernation that happens around this time.

The Journey Begins: An Inquiring Childhood: I was not born Hindu, unless one accepts the proposition that all of us are born within the Sanatana Dharma, the perennial and universal truth at the basis of all philosophies and religions, only gradually coming to identify with a particular culture and belief system as we grow up in a particular time and place.

As the New Year came in, people set to make up their resolutions for this year, someone pledged to lose weight, someone resolved to fall in love while someone promised to be more charitable.

Madhukar Dathathreya Deoras aka Balasaheb Deoras is commonly known as the third Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). But, that he was a social reformer par excellence is not much talked about by the so called elites. Balasaheb Deoras took over as the Sarsanghchalak when Guru Golwalker passed away on June 5, 1973.

This is part 3 of the series on Indic Mercantile collaborations.

In 2012, I wrote a piece in the wake of a controversy that had created a huge buzz in media circles and Lutyens’ Delhi then. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, spokesperson of the Congress had been caught in a scandal when a random sex CD allegedly showing him in a compromising position with a lady lawyer in court premises had surfaced.

Welcome back to the Series on ills of Hinduism. In this third part we will talk about place of women in Hindu society. Here is part 1 and part 2 of the series.

Recently Zaira Wasim, the 16-year-old Kashmiri actor who played the character of Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan’s DANGAL, was vehemently abused on Facebook by the fundamentalist groups for acting in a “polluted” medium and acting against “religious norms” and bringing shame and disgrace to Islam. Here we reproduce some of the shameful comments that she received.

After capital city Jaipur, Jodhpur is second largest city in this state. It has lot to offer in terms of culture, heritage, and monuments to tourists of different tastes.  This city is also the gateway to the Thar Desert. The travel plan of every tourist has some provisions for shopping.

The question everybody is asking is if the world politics is on the crossroads? Certain events and activities that I list and discuss in a bit here certainly point towards current world order being in flux.

Last week Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a grand Shivaji statue on Arabian sea off Mumbai coast. With that a hue and cry was raised from usual quarters on the cost of the project. There were arguments how the money could have been better spent on poor or how it’s a waste of taxpayers fund etc.

In an unprecedented and a move that astounded many, the Supreme Court of India removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke (the president and secretary of the BCCI respectively) from their positions in BCCI. This came after BCCI had not implemented many of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee appointed by the Supreme Court.

It has been 100 years since the inception of a world order in which USA was the primary architect. In his book ‘The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931’ Adam Tooze goes through the events and how the present world order came into existence.

Over the last 2 weeks, political pundits across the spectrum have watched in shock and amusement as to how the Samajwadi Party leadership has imploded. From the chacha-bhatija war it has now turned into a full blow family feud. One of side is the CM Akhilesh Yadav, who was earlier suspended from the SP but came back to become the national president of SP.

Millions of professionals from India have immigrated to every part of the world. These highly-skilled individuals have worked hard to make meaningful contributions to their countries of residence and have therefore become “successful Pravasi Bharatiya”!