12th March 2018 was an amusing day, when NDTV decided to publish an article on Political Parties Rewriting Books. But the biggest irony of that article was that it was written by Romila Thapar, the living legend of agenda-based distortions in academic history. She tried to suggest (in her article) that history textbooks cannot be subject to […]Read More Why “Eminent Historians” Should Not Cry Foul…
This article is for you if you find yourself hearing or saying any of the following things: “All religions preach the same message”… “All Gods are one”….”There is no difference between my religion and yours”…”We should all be good human beings first”. Putting all my political correctness aside and in the interest of neutrality, let’s […]Read More You’re a Priest, I’m a Pundit. Aren’t we the same?
Being a Hindu and a still modern, rational student of the 21st century, who interacts with people from all communities and cultures on a day to day basis, what is my stance on the caste system? Will I go to the extent of defending the injustices? Will I try and justify oppression of millions? Short answer? No. […]Read More Is the Caste System an Inherent Feature of Hinduism?
I would like to share a story with you: I was once in a junior debating competition in Bangkok, representing my school (which is based in Dubai). After the main event, I had the opportunity to converse with hundreds of speakers from over 80 different countries over dinner. On my dinner table aside from myself, […]Read More Fellow Youngsters, Why Demean Your Religion?
The supreme court of India, correcting its earlier order, said that patriotism is not something one needs to wear “up his sleeve” and that “You don’t have to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic”. As a student and an Indian, I have enormous respect for the Indian courts and the judiciary […]Read More What Does Standing up for Your Anthem Mean