Articles in the Hindu Social System Category
Distortions, Misrepresentation about Hinduism, Hindu Social System, Reservations, Affirmative Action »
Dear All: I am reproducing below a brief but very interesting email exchange between Sh Yoginder Sikand and Sh Jay Vachani precipitated by a recent article in Tehelka by Sh Sikand, titled, Converted dalits get no justice. In the article, Sh Sikand has suggested that “Muslim and Christian Dalits should be given reservation just like those who embraced Sikhism and Buddhism“. This argument is not new but Sh Vachani has done a fine job of exposing the core of it – viz. caste being a sociological phenomenon…Pl read on (Thanks …
Today is ”Ganesh Chaturthi” – the auspicious day on which we celebrate the birth of Shri Ganesh. Shri Ganesh is widely revered as the remover of obstacles (”VidhnhartA”) and is usually invoked when beginning something new (I usually begin my day with the “VakratunDa MahAkAya…” shloka, below).
वक्रतुंड महाकाय सूर्यकोटी समप्रभ:
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव, सर्व कार्येशु सर्वदा ||
vakratuNDa mahAkAya sUryakoTisamaprabha
nirvighnaM kuru me deva sarvakAryeshhu sarvadA ||
Loose Translation: O Ganapati, (the) One with a curved trunk, a large body, and a brilliance equal to millions of Suns! Please make all my …
Current Affairs, Hindu Dharma, Hindu Social System, Indian Culture, Arts and Music, Indian History, Modern Indian History, Pakistan related, Politics and Governance in India »
Start your weekend with these excerpts from a conversation between Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and an IAS probationer, Shri Yuvaraj Karan in 1950, reproduced from the print edition of the monthly magazine “Secularism Combat” (thanks Jiggs).
…Shri Yuvaraj Karan, a former IAS Officer, who is also one of the escapees from Pakistan has written a book “Understanding Partition” published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. When he was at the IAS training institute in Dehradun, in the first batch IAS trainees, Jawaharlal Nehru was invited to address them. At the end of Shri …
Conversions, Missionaries in India, Hindu Social System, Human Rights and Legal Issues, Politics and Governance in India, Politics of Minority Appeasement, Reservations, Affirmative Action »
Thanks to Sh KSV Subramanian for alerting me to this. In a comment yesterday, he asked:
Kerala government has announced writing off loans upto Rs.25,000 to converted Christians. Is this not discrimination on the basis of religion?”
I decided to dig further. Here is what I unearthed…courtesy the Budget Speech of Dr Thomas Isaac, Minister for Finance, Govt. of Kerala:
8 (iv). The penal interest and loan amounts up to Rs.25000/- in regard to loans drawn by scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and converted Christian communities from government departments, corporations and co-operatives will …
…or The Great Joke that is Indian Media – Part XI
Excerpt from an OpEd in the Indian Express (emphasis mine)*:
This (Dalits entering a temple) could have made news 60 years ago. And even then, it would have been shocking. For the fact of Dalits entering a temple to make headlines in the 21st century only goes to show that untouchability is far from a bygone evil.
The injustice is so stark, the story makes easy telling.
When a group of Dalits had previously tried to enter the Ekambareshwarar temple in Tamil …
Ancient Indian History, Distortions, Misrepresentations about India, Hindu Dharma, Hindu Social System, Indian History »
This post is essentially a collection of excerpts from three recent articles/reports on the Saraswati-Sindhu civilisation beginning with a list of five questions that were asked of Prof. Michael Witzel.
Many of you must be aware of the recent controversy around Prof Michael Witzel’s visit to India. I received this email/ list of questions from a google group that I am subscribed to. It is worth reproducing in full (I have taken out email addresses to protect privacy). The questions explore the issue of scholarship with particular reference to Ancient Indian …
Thanks to Sanjay for alerting me to this surprising table (below) from “The Danger of Hindu Christian Riots in Andhra Pradesh” by Dr T H Chowdary.
A brief excerpt:
The weeks-long Hindu Christian riots in Kandhamal District of Orissa and similar incidents in Karnataka are not unlikely to be repeated in Andhra Pradesh very soon….(but) In Andhra Pradesh, strife is building up and will burst with great fury in not too distant a time. In Village after Village, different denominations of Christians are planting churches, recruiting converts as pastors, paying them …
Debates & Discussions, Hindu Social System, Human Rights and Legal Issues, Women in Hinduism & India »
*** CAUTION: Explicit Content & Strong Words ***
This post (and poll) was prompted by an exchange of thoughts between Rohit and Incognito on the Hinduism and Homosexuality post. The comments were triggered by Mahesh’s observation viz.
The main reason sited by NAZ foundation for asking the high court to strike down the sec 377 was
1)so that gay can come out and get open access to HIV & AIDS.
2)As its a concsensual act between two adults in private place
ITS ABOUT TIME THAT ON THE BASES OF ABOVE TWO POINTS WHICH ARE VERY …
British Rule in India, Current Affairs, Debates & Discussions, Distortions, Misrepresentation about Hinduism, Hindu Dharma, Hindu Social System, Human Rights and Legal Issues, Politics and Governance in India »
A hurried post from the middle of my travels. Pl. use this thread to post your comments and thoughts on the matter of homosexuality, Section 377, the recent judgement of the Delhi High Court, Homosexuality and religion etc.
Thanks to Sanjay for alerting me to this article.
*** CAUTION: Explicit Content ***
Homosexuality and Religion
An Encyclopedia – (ed.) J. Siker, Greenwood Press, 2007.
HINDUISM. Hinduism is the world’s oldest living religion, and Hindus constitute about one-sixth of the world’s population today. Hindu communities foster a wide range of philosophy and practice, and …
Courtesy DNA (emphasis mine)
…Four girls’ colleges affiliated to the Kanpur University — Juhari Devi Girls’ Degree College, SN Sen Degree College, DG Girls’ College and AN Degree College — have prohibited jeans, danglers, sleeveless blouses and heels on the campus…
…Girls would not be allowed to wear “objectionable” outfits like jeans, skirts and tight tops on the campus. “Such dresses attract comments… there are over 8,000 students in the college and we cannot overlook their safety. A dress code will check eve-teasing,” Jamal (Principal, DG Girls’ College) said.
Please cover …