Geo-Strategic Issues (incl. Nuclear, Oil, Energy), India & Its Neighbours »

[2 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | 62 views]

Things are not looking good in the neighbourhood…Power-sharing talks between the 2 rival presidential candidates in Afghanistan appear to be on the verge of collapse, raising the real possibility of a return to chaos – this after 3500 lives lost and billions of dollars. This is not the only collapse. The economy too is on the brink. The withdrawal of foreign forces is likely to make it worse..
…The World Bank has said about 97 per cent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product is derived from spending linked to foreign forces and …

Quotes »

[25 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 370 views]
Quote of the Week: Tagore on Islam and Christiantity

Thanks to Sh@sgurumurthy (for the quote) & @rajudasonline (for the source and the image) & @Jaiho_Vijayho (for the English translation):
From Rabindra Rachanavali Vol 24, see page 375, last para (emphasis added):
There are two religions on earth which have distinct enmity against all religions..These two are Christianity & Islam…The two religions are not just satisfied with observing their own religions, but are determined to destroy all other religions….the only way to make peace with them is to embrace them.
 Related Post: Gurudev Tagore on being a “Christian Hindu”

Debates & Discussions, Indian Architecture & City Planning, ToI Columns »

[22 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 247 views]
The Motifs, The Design, The Features – Was the Taj Mahal really built to be a Tomb?

In the earlier part of this series, I mentioned how there were now enough reasons to warrant a deeper investigation and a fresh look at the whole “history” of Taj. The list of reasons included the mention of an extant palace (‘manzil’) on the very same site where the Taj stands today, the implausible pace of construction, the lack of eye-witness accounts, the lack of details in Badshahnama and the extensive leaks in the structure which puzzled the ‘master-builders’.
In this concluding part, I will outline evidence & incongruities regarding design …

Current Affairs, Global Terrorism, ToI Columns »

[15 Aug 2014 | 7 Comments | 146 views]
The Yazidis, the rage, the silence of the Ummah..

Less than a week back, the world witnessed a remarkable series of coordinated demonstrations. In Washington, in London, in Paris, in Sydney and tens of cities around the world, protestors marched to express solidarity with the people of Gaza in what was widely labelled as a “Day of Rage”.

Yet, even as these protests were happening, another tragedy was unfolding less than a thousand miles north-east of Gaza. Hundreds of women and children were being summarily executed, some buried alive.  Hundreds others were being captured, branded as slaves & sexually assaulted. …

Miscellaneous »

[15 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 43 views]
स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं ! Happy Independence Day!

On the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day, here is a motley collection of “Independence Day” related “stuff”!
स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं !
Happy Independence Day!
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!
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An Independence Day wish in Sanskrit! सर्वेभ्यः भारतीय स्वातन्त्र्य दिनस्य शुभाशयाः। https://sa.wikipedia.org/wiki/ स्वातन्त्र्यदिनम्
And this is the link to watch the proceedings live! http://independenceday.nic.in/  

Current Affairs, Global Terrorism »

[12 Aug 2014 | 18 Comments | 410 views]
Condemnation of ISIS cruelty towards the Yazidis by Islamic Scholars & Leaders

Dear All: This is a hurried post – mainly to create a place-holder to list condemnation of ISIS’ brutality and cruelty towards Yazidis by Islamic scholars and leaders worldwide..I was moved to pen this post after reading this heart-rending account of the plight of these innocent people caught in the cross-fire of “Jihad”:
For the past week, Khandhar Kaliph’s hands have trembled whenever his phone has rung. He nervously greeted his daughter, who had been kidnapped when the Islamic State (Isis) overran the Yazidi city of Sinjar. There was a minute of …