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Why Nationalism?

A new post in Current Events<p>Lately in India it has become fashionable among some self-styled intellectuals and their unthinking proteges and admirers …

Hinduism

Kanyakumari Comes Out In Huge Numbers Against Luddites

Snapshot<p>No more stalling of development – that is the refrain in Kanyakumari.<p>For 60 long years it has been the cherished dream of the people of the …

India

The Vedānta Booklist

India’s greatest gift to the world is perhaps <i>Vedānta</i>, the science of reality, which can be hailed as the crown-jewel among the various treasures that …

Spirituality

Ursula K Le Guin And Her Love Affair With A Seductive Ascetic From South India

Ursula Guin’s fantasy and science fiction worlds were animated with her profound understanding of Indic spirituality

Spirituality

Sinhgad: The Astonishing Escalade of Tanaji and His 300 Marathas

On February 4, 1670 in a stunning act of daredevilry, 300 Maharashtrian soldiers led by Tanaji Malusare, one of the ablest commanders of Maratha king …

India

Meet Capt Pradeep Arya, the IRS officer who won the Shaurya Chakra

Not many would be surprised if an army man receives the Shaurya Chakra, India's third-highest peacetime gallantry award. But an income-tax officer? …

India

So What Happened To The ‘Unambiguous’ Genetic Evidence Of Aryan Migration?

Snapshot<p>Joseph’s article appears to be not so much an attempt at demystifying the science for the general reader but to prepare the ground for a …

A textbook case of Indian history howlers

Introduction<p>As a nation, we often take pride in our history, yet in my decade-long interactions with Indian students and teachers, I have rarely …

Hinduism

JNU and the Historic Hoax of Mahishasura Martyrdom day

[In this article, I use 'Asur' to refer to a tribe in Bengal and Bihar. I use 'asura' to refer to the Hindu mythological beings]<p>Summary-<b>The article</b> …

Hinduism

Indic Knowledge Systems and the Emerging Worldview – I – Physical Sciences

Global Perspectives

The Indian Spirit and Indian Education – Part 1

Author: Beloo Mehra; Published in the Annual Issue (2016-17) of Sri Aurobindo’s Action, West Bengal, pp. 85-105.<p>An important churning is taking place …

Dead Peoples Tell No Tales

Locating Doniger in the discourse of power<p><i>“I set out to grasp the mechanisms of the effective exercise of power; and I do this because those who are</i> …

Kerala political killings are symptomatic of communist regimes' propensity to use violence as tool of state machinery - Firstpost

Shyam Prasad, a 26-year-old Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parsihad (ABVP) activist was ruthlessly murdered on Friday in Kerala’s Kannur district, while he …

The Darkening Age: how Christians won the brutal culture war against Rome

Catherine Nixey asks what caused this violence, pain and upheaval, when polytheism had apparently been working perfectly well for centuries?<p>In 312 …

Ancient History

Hero

A Poem for Sri Aurobindo.<p>This wasn’t Hera’s son, Achilles by name<br>Shield and sword of immortal fame.<br>Nor Arjunā of the famous five <br>Indra’s son, shield …

Beginnings

A Sonnet for Pongal/Sankaranthi/Lohri<p>Today it turns the cycle of planetary dance<br>To face once more our sphere to a Sun glance.<br>A yearly toil to a …

Jananāntara-sauhṛda: Towards an Understanding of Rasa Theory

Slaying of the <i>rākṣasa</i> Kabandha is one of the fascinating episodes in <i>Ādikavi</i> Vālmīki’s <b>Rāmāyaṇam</b>. This oft-quoted episode appears at the end of the</i> …

On pata~njali And His Works

<b>|| namaH bhagavate pata~njalaye ||</b><p>“…we know little about the yoga author Patanjali. We know of Patanjali the grammarian and have good reason to date …

Aryan Invasion Myth: How 21st Century Science Debunks 19th Century Indology

The Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) needs no introduction. It is the bedrock upon which Indian history has been written. Its central thesis has three …

Hinduism

Book Discussion: Rasas in Bharatanatyam | Indic Civilizational Portal

<b>Introduction & Book Summary</b><p>Bharatanatyam artist <b>Prakruti Prativadi</b> recently published a book ‘Rasas in Bharatanatyam’. ICP’s daughter portal shared an</b> …

The Stranger and Aja

A Play.<p><i>Somewhere in the tracts of muddled time, where the seemingly abandoned sons of God labour to a goal unknown, with no apparent method, no</i> …

Economics of Culture - Using Soft Power To Become An Economic Power

Soft power, it is important to understand, doesn’t necessarily flow from economic and military heft,

India

Revisiting ‘Chatrams’: The Indic Dormitories That Were More Than Just That

Snapshot<p>It is time to realise the cultural capital, actively pursue the cause of the endangered cultural assets that Chatrams are and if possible …

A Vandalised Civilisation

VS NAIPAUL WAS among the earliest to pronounce the widespread prevalence of Mughal-era structures throughout north India—many built on the ruins of …

India’s own sacred ecology

The creation of a sacred geography for India was always a major instrument of her cultural integration. Not only the countless teerthas, but also the …

The Wonder of Kanchi Kailashnathar

The magnificent Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is the oldest temple in Kanchipuram, built in the Dravidian style during 685-705CE by Pallava king …

Jauhar-Shaka: When The Enemy Was At The Gate

When the enemy was at the fort gates, when rations ran out, and when defeat was certain, Rajput kingdoms, especially in northwestern India followed a …

Book Review: Being and Becoming | Indic Civilizational Portal

‘<i>Being and Becoming</i>‘ is the title of a contemporary fiction novel by Indian-American author <i>Phalgun Prativadi</i>. Set in the background of the US …

Lachit Borphukan: Remembering The Ahom Hero On His Birthday

The Mughal empire expanded to its zenith under Aurangzeb, who pushed its boundaries to the farthest extent. And yet, paradoxically, the seeds of the …

World History

Lachit Borphukan

The Mughal empire expanded to it’s zenith, under Aurangzeb, who pushed it’s boundaries to the farthest extent. And yet paradoxically, the seeds of …

India