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‘Rayta’, ‘Trad’ and everything in between: A gentle introduction to the Indian non-Left

'Trad' and 'Rayta' were invented by the Reactionary Right sometime in 2016-17 and have become popular ever since.

Like Jewish people, Hindus need to tell the world about centuries of our suffering

Like Hindus, the Jewish people have been persecuted for centuries. After World War 2, the Jewish people stood up and resolved that this would never happen again. And they worked hard to cement the memory of the holocaust into history.

Mohan Bhagwat was right when he said ‘Lynching’ is a Western concept and here is why the Left is so outraged

Here is why Mohan Bhagwat was right: The term ‘Lynching’ originated in the US, during the American Revolution, and as a part of Racist, anti-negro pogrom.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed the Sangh cadre at Nagpur on the occasion of Vijayadashami, the Sangh's foundation day

RSS foundation day: Here are the major takeaways from Mohan Bhagwat’s address on Vijayadashami

"The forces creating hurdles are yet to be defeated, there are some problems that need to be overcome and some questions that need answers," said Mohan Bhagwat.
The lit up Mysuru Palace during Dasara celebrations

The Mysuru Dasara: A grand celebration of traditions, heritage and glory

As the legend goes, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of good over evil and was the day when the Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura.
Tripura High Court

Read details of the bizarre Tripura High Court judgement banning animal sacrifice at Shakti temples in Tripura

The Tripura High Court decides what is essential in Hinduism while banning animal slaughter in Shakti temples

India has a civilisational responsibility to provide citizenship only to persecuted followers of Indic religions: Here is why

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (CAB-2016) was introduced in Parliament which since lapsed.

Not Shashi Tharoor, Indian Muslims and Islam need an Ambedkar first

It’s not that Islam is all about violence. That will be as unfair as saying Hinduism is all about caste. However, currently, the political and mythological aspects of Islam are prevailing over the philosophical and mystic ones.

‘Culture’ as a soft power diplomacy: Transforming India’s global image

In promoting Indian cultural diplomacy, the Modi government has also revitalised its institutional mechanisms to strengthen and foster India’s cultural heritage.

Mehdi Hasan: One of the many reasons why people don’t trust ‘Moderate Muslims’

People like Mehdi Hasan are the reason why 'Moderate Muslims' has become a meaningless term.
Romila Thapar seems to think that Ashoka might have inspired Yudhisthira in Mahabharata

Romila Thapar’s fantasy fiction: Claims Yudhisthira of Mahabharata was inspired by Mauryan emperor Ashoka

Not only is Romila's claim completely ignoring a few millennia between Mahabharata and Mauryan emperor Ashoka, but it also has many other flaws.
TNAD report on keeladi excavation says artifacts have been dated back to 6th century BCE

Findings at Keeladi site trace back to 6th century BCE, graffiti symbols found bear resemblance to Indus Valley Civilisation

Cultural deposits unearthed at the Keeladi Vaigai excavation site in Tamil Nadu can be dated back to 6th century BCE, at least 3 century earlier than previously thought.
Amit Shah slammed those opposing govt's decision to strip Article 370, said it has been the root cause behind corruption and terrorism in the state

‘If a war is necessary to protect a woman’s honour, it must be fought’: Home Minister Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah made the statement at the fifth International Ramayana Festival.

On the third anniversary of the Uri attack, it is important that we place it in its proper civilizational context

On the 18th of September, 2016, terrorists sponsored by Pakistan would attack an Indian Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri which would lead India and Pakistan down a path that leads us to where we are today.
Uttarakhand to make Sanskrit the mandatory second language in schools

Uttarakhand to make Sanskrit a mandatory subject in all schools from class 3 to 8

Sanskrit is the second official language of the state and according to the government, the step will help promote the language's popularity.
Exhibits on display during an exhibition on “National Unity through Monuments” organised on the occasion of the 69th birthday of Prime Minister

Photographs of PoK monuments displayed at ‘National Unity through Monuments’ exhibition organised on PM Modi’s 69th birthday

The photographs of the Shankracharya temple overlooking the Dal lake in Kashmir, the Raghunath Temple built by the first Dogra ruler Maharaja Ghulab Singh in 1835, now in PoK were displayed in the exhibition.

My home by the Jhelum: Story of a Kashmiri Hindu who, along with his family was attacked and thrown out of Kashmir by Islamists

As a Kashmiri Hindu, it is all the more important to retell our stories now when there is a malicious and perverse attack to erase and distort our history and rewrite it to project the Muslim atrocities as a freedom struggle and not as an Islamist jihadi movement

Hindi is a beautiful language, as is Tamil, Kannada etc: ‘Imposition’ narrative must be quashed and Sanskrit used for national integration

On the occasion of Hindi Diwas yesterday, the usual suspects proceeded to create the usual noise about alleged Hindi Imposition.

NPR’s silence over their producer’s bigotry shows that Radical Islam is the dominant partner in the Left-Radical Islam alliance

Producer at National Public Radio (NPR), Furkhan Khan, sparked an outrage on Twitter on Tuesday after she made deeply Hinduphobic comments on the social media platform.

9/11 1893 and 2001: Here is why Swami Vivekananda must be read by followers of all religions, especially Islam

While in 1893, Swami Vivekananda went to Chicago with a rousing speech of peace, harmony and pride, on 9th September 2001, terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States killed more than 3000 people and injured over 6000 people.

Hinduism in the World of Digital Art: A genre marked by the lack of Hindu Aesthetics

While the artists are extremely talented, their works of art often fail to capture the essence of the Gods they aim to portray.

India: A land with Hindu consciousness, which will forever be a natural home for Hindus

While the Left detested the idea of law finally being honest enough to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from neighbouring Islamic nations, the non-Left rejoiced the decision as one that rights a historic wrong.
Culture ministry's Rs 27,000 crore plan for revamping mega ASI sites and promote Indic arts and crafts

Culture Ministry’s mega plan: Rs 27,000 crores for development of ASI monuments, museums, historical sites including Hampi and Rakhigarhi

The ministry is reportedly exploring technological options for 'authentic reconstruction' of archaeological sites including Indus Valley sites such as Dholavira and Rakhigarhi.

No ‘Aryan Gene’ in Rakhigarhi skeletons, Indus Valley population largest source of ancestry for South Asians: Study

The study involved the inspection of DNA samples of the skeletons found in Rakhigarhi, an Indus Valley Civilisation (IVC) site in Haryana.
Nuakhai is celebrated in Odisha on Bhadrapada Shukla Panchami to thank Mother Nature and the ancestors for a bountiful harvest

Nuakhai: Odisha’s ancient harvest festival celebrates the season’s first grains, ancestors and Mother Nature

Nuakhai is one of the most ancient festivals celebrated in Odisha to mark the season's first harvest.

The other side of Mother Teresa: The not so pious history of the Catholic Church’s saint

Mother Teresa was a friend of dictators, her clinics were in a state of utter decrepit and the 'miracles' performed in her name were not so miraculous after all.
Vikram Sampath, Savarkar interview

Historians need to reevaluate our freedom struggle: Vikram Sampath talks about Congress being a British creation, Savarkar and more

An interview with Vikram Sampath, the author of the book, 'Savarkar: Echoes of a Forgotten Past'.
Modern Indian minds are still enslaved under the colonial thought process

Bharat, Dharma and the law: Colonial enslavement of the ‘modern’ Indian minds

The typical 'modern' Indian mind still seeks validation on benchmarks set by the erstwhile colonial master, which it has internalized so deep within its consciousness that it has come to accept them as not just the normal but also the ideal.

As India celebrates its seven decades of freedom, it needs a movement for cultural independence

India is a civilisational country. The common thread connecting all the citizens of the country is its civilisation values, which is often manifested with the 'Hindu' value system.

India became a nation in 1947, but ceased to be a civilisation: 12 civilisational characteristics that India needs to achieve

This August 15th, let us resolve to work together to rebuild our civilization, together.

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