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[22 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 207 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 …

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[15 Aug 2014 | 7 Comments | 135 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. …

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[15 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 40 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/  

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[12 Aug 2014 | 17 Comments | 366 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 …

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[11 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 259 views]
Gurudev Tagore on being a “Christian Hindu”..

Courtesy the indefatigable Sh SV Raju, editor of Freedom First, comes this excerpt re. the recent controversy triggered by Goa Dy CM’s statement about his being a “Christian Hindu”. Read on (emphasis added)…
Francis D’Souza will be glad to know he is in good company, in fact distinguished company!
When I read this I was reminded of an article..first published in…Quest in 1961 on the occasion of the 150th birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. In his article Atma Parichaya -(Introducing Oneself)–(written in Bengali and translated by Buddhadeva Basu) Tagore said something similar …

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[2 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 54 views]
Major Design Update..

Dear Friends, at some point over the next few days, I will be making some major design changes to the blog and also upgrade the platform.
I hope the changeover will be smooth.
In case of any major hiccup (I hope not), please direct your browser to this URL: http://bshantanu.wordpress.com/ where I will post updates (only in an emergency).
Thank you for your patience and support – as always.