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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.

The attack on Hinduism has uncanny resemblance to Christian annihilation of Paganism – A review of ‘The Darkening Age’

The current attack on Hinduism has uncanny resemblance to Christian Annihilation of Paganism
Millions of Hindus take part in the Kanwar Yatras each year

We are the Hindus of Bharat, our faith is not restricted to imaginary fiefdoms of regionalism

Thousands of Odias travel to Tirupati each year. Thousands go to Vaishno Devi, and thousands go to visit the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. So, how can some individuals with a tunnel view are going to decide what is the Odia identity and what is not?

Faith under siege: What is behind the recent spate of attacks on Hindu religious sites?

The temple vandalism in Hauz Qazi, Chandni Chowk is still totally fresh in our memories, still very much a topic of discussion on social media. There have since then been a spate of attack on Hindu religious sites

Watch: Hanuman Chalisa and chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ reverberate in Hauz Qazi Durga Mandir that was earlier desecrated by Muslim mob

Hindu activists today organised a prayer event and recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa at the Durga Mandir in Hauz Qazi that was earlier vandalised.

Fanatics at the front door: The case of Hauz Qazi

Democracy is all about giving a voice to the voiceless and representation to the faceless. This is what went missing in the initial period of the incident of Hauz Qazi in Old Delhi where a Hindu temple was vandalized.

I am a Hindu: Breaking of temples brings back the worst of my civilizational memories

The incident in Chandni Chowk, in the heart of Delhi, in today’s India, causes a deep pain. It reminds us of the humiliation that our ancestors suffered for being Hindus in India.

The not-so-syncretic Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb and the false wails of how ‘Sanghis’ turned Urdu into a ‘Muslim language’

Often one sees 'liberals invoking Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb or the Syncretic Hindu Muslim culture of North India every time they hear the idea of New India. In reality, they see it as an attack on anything Muslim by the BJP.

No, The Dalai Lama is not a ‘Racist’ or ‘Islamophobe’ for defying the Multicultural Doctrine

Dalai Lama has reiterated that Europe should belong to Europeans.

Leila: Who would question Prayaag Akbar or Netflix?

I expect a political storm over Leila, a six-part TV serial on Netflix, the first season of which went on air last week.
Yoga is rooted in Hindu spiritual traditions and so is Vande Mataram, disassociating them from Hinduism an insult to our ancestors

Yoga is rooted in Hindu spiritual traditions and so is Vande Mataram, disassociating them from Hinduism an insult to our ancestors

The Communist Chief Minister of Kerala pontificated on how none of the Asanas performed on International Yoga Day had anything to do with any religion.

The Partition of Bengal: Supported by all sections of Bengali Hindus to protect their own lives and identity

On West Bengal day, we revisit the partition of West Bengal and how all Bengali Hindus fought for their homeland

The elite apathy of self-consumed Indians and self-identified ‘South Asians’

The truth is that none of this lot feels a thing when the name Hindu is napalmed, no, irradiated like Chernobyl actually, because it doesn't affect them much.
Odisha's Raja festival celebrating the earth's womanhood

Raja Parba: Odisha’s unique festival celebrating the earth’s womanhood

As a mark of respect towards mother earth during her menstruation days, all agricultural works, like ploughing and sowing are suspended for the three days.
Bishop Ezra Sargunam

Meet the controversial anti-Hindu evangelist, Bishop Ezra Sargunam, who wanted to punch Hindus in the face

The Bishop urges the group to take up the challenge and spread the word that there is no such thing as Hindu religion. If at all anyone does oppose to this, the Bishop without hesitation asked the group to punch them in the face and make sure they bleed.
Temple elephants in Kerala are revered, celebrated, loved and mourned by its people

Kerala villagers want to keep an elephant alive, media sees ‘rise of BJP’ in the state

Kerala had loved and wept for its elephants much before BJP or the RSS became stakeholders in the state's politics.

While the first ‘witch’ was executed today in 1692, the puritan spirit that drove the Salem Witch Trials executions is well alive and thriving

June the 10th has special significance in this regard as it was on this day all the way back in 1692 that the first victim of the Salem Witch Trials was executed by hanging.
Some media portals consider 'secularism' can be achieved only by slandering Hindu festivals and hailing festivals of other religions

Dear ‘secular’ media, hailing Eid is good, but why so much negativity on Hindu festivals

The so-called secular media organisations have often posted sharply critical posts on Hindu festivals, actively indulging in shaming Hindus for celebrating those, while the festivals of 'secular' religions are hailed with words likes 'peace, brotherhood and love'.

Shekhar Gupta’s ThePrint distorts history: Claims Mughals introduced grapes to India, social media schools the author

Grapes have been part of Indian cuisine centuries before the Mughals invaded India

The Great Cultural Revolution: The debate surrounding Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s legacy is symbolic of it

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a product of his circumstances and viewing his words and actions in their proper context is important.

The quest for Bhartiya Asmita and the war against imperialist narrative

The imperial narrative and the imperial hegemony are inseparable. For the colonialist hungry for regime changes, it is essential to establish a 'supremacist' and 'saviour' narrative.

The side of Rabindranath Tagore that ‘Liberal Intellectuals’ don’t want you to see: Here is what he thought of Islam

Rabindranath Tagore was an extremely complicated man born into an extremely complicated era. Unfortunately enough, he became a victim of the newly minted artificially secular regime's revisionist project

India, Tibet and China: The Eternal Triangle

India needs to stand together with the Tibetan people who have reposed their faith in India’s leadership for the last 6 decades and fight for the diplomatic rights of the Tibetans which are acknowledged in the 1961 UNGA resolution.
I am a Bengali 'Jai Shri Ram wala', and I am offended at Pritish Nandy's disdainful attempt to divide Hindus in the name of Gods

I am a Bengali ‘Jai Shri Ram wala’, and I am offended at Pritish Nandy’s disdainful attempt to divide Hindus in the name of Gods

'Eminent journalist' Pritish Nandy took to Twitter today to vent his frustration towards 'Jai Shri Ram walas'.

Love Jihad is not a figment of the ‘right wing’ imagination, it is a real and present danger

The Love Jihad phenomenon has been dismissed by the self-proclaimed "liberals" as a figment of the "right-wing" imagination. However, what is the truth? Does Love Jihad truly exist? 

Thousands gather for the foundation stone-laying ceremony for Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple

The seven emirates of the UAE would be represented by the seven towers of the temple in Abu Dhabi

The history of the Anglican Church that everybody should know

A few months ago the Church of South India’s Bishop Thomas K Oommen wrote a scathing letter about the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule and claimed that life is “miserable” under the NDA rule.

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