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Hinduism – A brief overview by Dr. Swamy

| June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Hinduism – A brief overview by Dr. Swamy

In this video, Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, talks about Hinduism – a quick historical perspective and looking forward on what the challenges are.  Dr. Swamy was speaking at the launch of the book – Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines [Hardcover] – by Rajiv Malhotra and Arvindan Neelakandan

Buy the Book “Breaking India”

 

Book Description

Publication Date: 1 February 2011
This book focuses on the role of US and European churches, academics, think tanks, foundations, government and human rights groups in fostering the separation of the identities of Dravidian and Dalit communities from the rest of India. The book is the result of five years of research and uses information obtained in the West about foreign funding of these India-based activities. The research tracked the money trails that start out claiming to be for ‘education’, ‘human rights’, ‘empowerment training’ and ‘leadership training’, but end up in programs designed to produce angry youths who feel disenfranchised from Indian identity. Its latest manifestation is the ‘Dravidian Christianity’ movement that fabricates a political and cultural history to exploit old fault lines. This book explicitly names individuals and institutions, including prominent Western ones and their Indian affiliates. Its goal is to spark an honest debate on the extent to which human rights and other ‘empowerment’ projects are cover-ups for these nefarious activities.

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About the Author

Rajiv Malhotra is a public intellectual on current affairs, world religions and cross-cultural encounters between East and West. His career has spanned the corporate world as a senior executive, strategic consultant and successful entrepreneur in the information technology and media industries. His Infinity Foundation, seeks to foster a better global understanding of Indian civilization. Rajiv’s work argues that the dharma offers a complex and open framework for a genuine dialogue among diverse peoples, rather then a zero sum game. He shows the limitations of globalization when it is a parochial imposition of Western paradigms. He is well known as a speaker and writer for a wide audience and is frequently interviewed and invited to deliver keynote addresses. He serves on the Board of Governors of the India Studies program at the University of Massachusetts, and served as a Chairman for the Asian Studies Education Committee of the State of New Jersey. Aravindan Neelakandan has worked for the past decade with an NGO in Tamil Nadu serving marginalized rural communities in sustainable agriculture. He was awarded a junior research fellowship in cultural economics by the India’s Ministry of Tourism to research the economic potentials of the neglected ruins in Kanyakumari district, in southern Tamil Nadu. These experiences provided him with in-depth knowledge of the history and sociology of Tamil people. He is also a popular science writer in Tamil and a columnist with UPI-Asia, a leading news portal.

Here are 2 of the top reviews for this book on Amazon
By Koenraad Elst – Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a very important book. Full of well-documented facts, it outlines a problem seldom realized even by professional India-watchers, viz. the synergy of anti-India forces that have India in a stranglehold at the political, and to a far greater extent even at the intellectual level. Whereas Edward Said’s hugely influential book Orientalism (apart from being riddled with factual errors) focused on the Muslim world, Malhotra and Neelakandan do the same job for India: they prove the profound political corruptedness of Orientalism (“India-watching”, “South Asia Studies”), not just in the colonial age but even more so today. Of course established India-watchers will try to ignore or belittle its achievements, because it is their biased efforts that get exposed here, alongside the intrigues of the Churches, the State Department, the “secularist” chattering classes in Delhi and other forces interested in breaking India.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking India : Some Reflections 18 April 2011
By Prahalad Appaji – Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover

The book Breaking India (2011) is a landmark event in that it brings together a comprehensive account of the many forces that have in the past undermined and continues to try to undermine the national unity of India, called Bharat . The authors, well known intellectual and scholar in the Indian diaspora Shri Rajiv Malhotra and his co author Shri Arvindan Neelakandhan, have placed together under one roof the documentation and analyses gathered over a period of several years. This is the book’s strength. The documentation is meticulous and is provided dispassionately and honestly. The facts are allowed to speak for themselves.

There are 19 chapters to this voluminous work, along with detailed appendices and an impressive bibliography. Each chapter is written with care and attention. The information contained therein should capture the attention of every Indian who believes in the integrity of the nation and how this had been attacked in the past and may well happen again if timely discussion and action are not taken to prevent that happening.

The major thread in the balkanization of India process started with the emergent West’s desperate search for identity (in the early 17th and 18th centuries) and for colonizing the earth’s resources. The search for European identity began with European scholars appropriating India’s linguistic identity in the shape of Sanskrit to fulfull their own need for identity. Thus began the Aryanisation theory according to which Aryans invaded India, subjugated its indigenous population and instituted the caste system, whereby the Aryan invaders remained on top of the hierarchy. In due time they mixed with the indigenous people and gradually lost the purity of their race.

Whereas, in Europe they retained this purity. Alongside of this , the European Aryans integrated their new found identity with Christian doctrine which harked back to a Semitic identity. In order to eliminate this semitic identity Jesus now became the founder of the new religion of Aryan Christianity. The book shows many leading scholars lending credence to this dubious creation of European identity and both wittingly and unwittingly contributing to the rise of anti semiticism and the eventual holocaust in Hitler’s Germany. A similar process took place with regard to India. The many icons William Jones (the first translator of Kalidasa), Max Mueller, the Sanskritist, to name only two of those that Indians have habitually respected, are shown to have clay feet . . . .

Their aim was not simply the aims of scholarship.

The second thread (which the book does not go into) is the European search for economic dominance of the earth, its people and its resources. This aspect has been written about in detail by other scholars. But while these accounts generally restrict themselves to a type of economism , that is, looking only at the economic component of the phenomenon of colonization, this book provides the ideological underpinning of the colonization process.

For India, the significance of both aspects of the European drive for identity/dominance and colonization for resources resulted in its second major Occupation, the British Occupation,the first one being the Islamic, whose present day avatar is fundamentalism and terrorism.

One of the important contributions of Breaking India is that it shows the Western project to be an ongoing one. It is not a thing of the past. It has a new avatar as Eurocentrism and is being propagated in two ways : the ceaseless attempt at the Christianisation of the Indian population and the ongoing imposition of western models of academic enquiry.

The major part of the book is devoted to what is called the Dravidian-Christian nexus, which started with the pre independence British policy of divide and rule. India was divided into an Aryan north and a Dravidian south which allegedly had no real connection with each other, other than the dominance of the Aryan/Sanskrit north.
Likewise the tribal population was cut off from mainstream Hindu society by the British rulers. The present day Dalits (former Untouchables) are being co opted into an anti Hindu India project. This is being done with scant respect to the very real distinction between the varna-jati system and Untouchability. As is well known, Mahatma Gandhi endorsed the varna-jati system, while working tirelessly against Untouchability.

The nexus pays no attention to the very real and tangible efforts of the Government of India to enfranchise the former Untouchables by affirmative programs and by the banning of Untouchability in the Indian Constitution. It also ignores the efforts on the ground by NGOs and private organizations to eliminate Untouchability and the resulting return of many members of the Scheduled Castes to their original religion, Hinduism, from which Christian missionaries had lured them away. The book demonstrates with clear evidence that the agenda is to implicate India in human rights abuses. The malicious intent is to haul India to the United Nations as an offender. While the new found alliance with the U.S. precludes any immediate threat in this direction, the impact of evangelical Americans who want to use this particular stick with which to beat India, cannot be ignored. Nor can Indians ignore the malicious plans of some of their own fellow citizens to be part of this agenda.

The Dravidian-Christian project is founded on the misappropriation and misrepresentation of Tamil culture and literature in order to create a vacuum which can be filled by the Christian missionary agenda. Both serious efforts in this direction and the ludicrous ones such as L. Samson’s attempt to remove Hindu icons and themes from the famed Bharata Natya dance form are documented by the book. She is now the Director of the famed Kalakshetra in Chennai (Tamil Nadu)

In each case, the divide and rule policy not only helped to consolidate British rule, but it also paved the way for the introduction of Christianity. Lord Macaulay’s introduction of English education (1835) not only destroyed the previously flourishing Indian educational system but produced a new class of Indians who would actively co operate and collaborate with the rulers. This process continues even today, in independent India, with the entire educational system being subverted to destroy any remaining traces of India’s Hindu identity. Here, the Hindu Indians themselves are the willing accomplices, largely because they have been trained to inwardly despise anything Hindu, but also because they do not know better.

The book goes into great detail concerning the Indian and foreign establishments and agencies that are seeking actively to establish Western dominance on an ancient and great civilization that continues to `resist’ in many unseen and unnoticed ways. The book is a warning to all Indians regardless of their religion or ethnicity that things may not go on as happened in the past, meaning that somehow an ancient and great civilization survived the savage onslaught and will continue to do so in the future. The book warns against complacency by providing factual data.

A great and ancient civilization is caught in the crosshairs of the civilisational struggle between the West, China and Islamic fundamentalism. The concluding chapter of the book suggests that the on and off relationship with the U.S. and the European West has both its advantages and disadvantages, and it would seem that at present India has no alternative except to stick with it.

At the same time Indians should be vigilant about the many ruses and treacheries that characterized this relationship in the past and continues to the present. Navigating through the present, requires knowledge of what happened in the distant past and in the recent past.

Breaking India provides that knowledge and is a MUST read for all Indians.

Dr. Vijaya Rajiva

 

 

 

YouTube to launch Graphic India’s animated Mahabharata series

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
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NEW DELHI: Video-sharing site YouTube today said it has partnered with entertainment firm Graphic India and renowned comic book writer Grant Morrison to launch an animated web series on the epic Mahabharata titled ’18 days’.

The series is part of YouTube’s global event, Geek Week, and the first episode of the series will be available today, while subsequent episodes will be launched exclusively on YouTube, it said in a release.

The series will feature weekly episodes through the year and will be distributed exclusively on the Graphic India YT Channel and will be in English, Hindi and Tamil, it added.

“Mahabharata is an epic story and we are very excited to bring the animated version of this great Indian epic to YouTube users worldwide,” YouTube APAC Director (Content Partnerships) Gautam Anand said.

Partnering with Grant Morrison and Graphic India for this YouTube exclusive will set the bar for more such high quality web original series, he added.

The show’s creator Grant Morrison said a genre mash of superhero action and mythology grounded in the all too human passions of its warriors, villains and monsters, 18 Days will rewrite the rules of epic fantasy.

Morrison’s was behind DC Comics’ Animal Man, Batman, The Invisibles, and Marvel Comics’ New X-Men and Fantastic Four.

“18 Days takes one of the most enduring stories of the east, the Mahabharata, which is known by over a billion people, and places it in the capable hands of Grant Morrison, one of the greatest storytellers of the West,” Graphics India Co-Founder and CEO, Sharad Devarajan said.

Graphic India was launched recently and is owned by the US comic book company, Liquid Comics and CA Media LP, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG).

An exclusive trailer for the series was posted last week on YouTube to coincide with a over-packed panel at the San Diego Comic Con, global pop-culture event and exceeded over 150,000 views within a few days of release, YouTube said.

- The Economic Times

Sanskrit Language Teaching Through Video

| August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Samskrita Bhaasha Shikshanam,– Learn Sanskrit Through Video – Part 1 by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, www.sanskrit.nic.in,

Sanskrit Vedic Mantras In Buckingham Palace by English (British) Children

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sanskrit Vedic Mantras In Buckingham Palace by English Children

जब भारत के बाहर ये विदेशी बच्चे बकिंघम पेलेस मे वैदिक संस्कृत मन्त्रों का उच्चारण प्रस्तुत कर सकते हैं तो हमारे देश के बच्चों को किस बात की शर्म आती है उनके माता पिता को किस बात की शर्म आती है … लगता हैपहले इन अंग्रेजों ने भारतियों से सीखा और अब भारतीयों को इन अंग्रेजों से कुछ सीखने की जरुरत है .. !!

ॐ ॐ ॐ ॐ

What was the original name of Hinduism?

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

 What was the original name of Hinduism?

•Hinduism was originally known as Dharma. It is also called Sanatan Dharma; the word Sanatan means eternal.
Hinduism - FAQ

Hinduism – FAQ


 

 

This Q/A was taken from the book _Hinduism: Myth and Reality_ written by _Ajit Adhopia__ and published by _Inderlekh Publication_.

 

Is there a central authority in India to whom all Hindu temples in the world are accountable?

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is there a central authority in India to whom all Hindu temples in the world are accountable?

No, there is not. Hindu temples are independent and community-based. They are built with public donations, and are run by democratically elected management bodies.

Hinduism - FAQ

Hinduism – FAQ


 

 

This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.

 

Can a non-Hindu enter a Hindu temple?

| July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Can a non-Hindu enter a Hindu temple?

Yes, a non-Hindu may enter a Hindu temple, Hindu temples are open to people of all religions. However, devotees are guests are required to follow the same rules. Shoes must be removed at the entrance. Smoking is not allowed. One must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Hinduism - FAQ

Hinduism – FAQ


 

 

This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.

 

Does Hinduism prescribed a dress code?

| July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Does Hinduism prescribed a dress code?

No, however, many Hindus prefer to wear tradional attire when visiting a temple, performing   or attending a religious ceremony.

Hinduism - FAQ

Hinduism – FAQ


 

 

This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.

 

How can a non-hindu become a Hindu?

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

How can a non-hindu become a Hindu?

Any person voluntarily accepts Hindu beliefs and philosophy of life can consider himself or herself a Hindu. It us not mandatory to be initiated into Hinduism, to adopt a Hindu name or to be become a member of a Hindu temple.

Hinduism - FAQ

Hinduism – FAQ


 

 

This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.

 

How does Hinduism view religious conversion?

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

How does Hinduism view religious conversion?

Tolerance towards other faiths is cornerstone of Hinduism. It does not claim to be the only path to God.
“All religions are equal”, declare Hindu scripyures. Despite theological differences, all religions have the same goal to uplift the human soul and guide it to the sourse of its origin. Therefore, they see no sense in encouraging and promoting religious conversion. Hindus are often critical of proselytizing, foreing, missionaries who covertly prey on poor people in third world countries. They feel using material aid to lure poor people of other religions to conversion is unethical.

Hinduism - FAQ

Hinduism – FAQ


 

 

This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.

 

Are Hindus allowed to criticize their religion?

| July 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Are Hindus allowed to criticize their religion?

The freedom to express one’s thoughts and propagate them is enshrined in Vedas, the Hindu scriptures. Logical scrutiny, open discussion and investation of Hindu beliefs is not only permitted in Hinduism, but also encouraged and welcomed. Every Hindu has the freedom to question or challenge his or her beliefs and practices, without any fear of reprisal oraccusation of blasphemy. Hindus are very proud are very proud of this ancient tradition.

Hinduism - FAQ

Hinduism – FAQ


 

 

This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.