For new readers ..

To get the big picture, new readers of this blog are encouraged to start with the posts labelled FAQs and in this order –

FAQs: Why this blog?
FAQs: Who is the target audience?
FAQs: Why now?
FAQs: Why this title?
FAQs: Why are you anonymous?
FAQs: Is this relevant for me?

I have tagged some posts as RedFlag to highlight people, initiatives or media outlets which I have personally found to promote the outsider view on Indian history and Sanskriti. Not everything that the RedFlag people have written or said may be problematic, but beware!

Also, I keep updating the post whenever I find new material or a different way of saying the same things. Even the title may change! So be warned if you plan to link to a post. But  check back frequently. 🙂


A wake up call for parents who read Devdutt Pattanaik to their kids

Finally! I have been hoping for a few years now for Rajiv Malhotra to expose Devdutt Pattanaik (DP). I had become suspicious of DP when he called Wendy Doniger his mentor because I knew the reality of Wendy Doniger from RM’s book Academic Hinduphobia.

The video is a conversation between RM and a Sanskrit scholar named Nityanand Misra who has studied DP’s work minutely, but from a Dharmic perspective. It is a rigorous hour-long critique. This is enough evidence for me to conclude that Devdutt Pattanaik is a quack.

This post is primarily addressed to parents who are using DP to introduce Hinduism to their kids.

Ok, so one more quack. What is the big deal? The big deal is that this quack is considered an authority on Hinduism by many, including some in my family and friends. One thing that stood out for me in this video was that most of the errors and distortions by DP are not that sophisticated. I was stunned by the अ vs आ error and the insidious definition of आस्तिक. One does not have to be a big pandit to pick these out. So more than exposing DP, this video exposes the ignorance of the people reading DP. The high popularity of DP shows how widespread this condition (of ignorance and confusion!) is.

Ok, let’s say DP is toxic. But I don’t see any good alternative to DP. I have actually heard that from a friend whom I told that DP might be toxic. First, this is a ridiculous argument. Would you take poison if you are hungry and food is not readily available? Second, this is a lazy excuse. There is plenty of good material out there. You just have to  seek it out. Lastly, you can’t preach something that you don’t practice. So before you try to teach hinduism to your kids, you should first learn. And I will be honest — for someone who has been preconditioned by the popular hinduphobic (pseudo) secular narrative, Hinduism is easy to appreciate. First you would do some serious unlearning. And then put in some serious time into reading authentic material and reflecting upon it.

Alright then, forget it. I will drop DP … and hinduism! Neither do I, nor my kids have the time for this.  The fact is that you are not dropping anything. You have ideas and opinions on everything, not only Hinduism but also every other religion. In fact, given how the world is changing you better know not only Hinduism, but also every other religion. For kids, this education is far more important than math and coding. I am not interested in converting anyone to anything. But if you are going to form opinions on Hinduism, do so based on authentic sources, not quacks like DP.

That is too big an ask. Still, let’s say I try educate my kids accordingly, can I tell if I am getting it right? There is actually a simple answer to this. While in school, as long as your kids don’t get the impression that all religions are the same, you might be fine. And by the time they are out of school, they should be absolutely clear as to why the Dharmic religions are fundamentally different from the Abrahamic religions. Note that I said different, not that any one is superior.

Sadhguru to NDTV crowd!

This conversation was pure music to my ears, not because of what Sadhguru was saying, as I had heard him say most of it before, but because he was saying it on NDTV!

NDTV is India’s equivalent of Fox news of US, but one who has successfully been pretending to be CNN. Most people, regardless of whether they like or hate Fox, are aware of the biases of Fox. It is amusing that “Fair and Balanced” used to be Fox’s motto until not too long ago! But many people are not able to see through the biases of the smooth-talking (pseudo) intellectuals on NDTV. And one has to admit that the decibel levels on NDTV are lower than other news channels of India.

Enough NDTV bashing. Now coming to this conversation. It is a must watch for the people who like to use cliches like all religions are the same, I am spiritual but not religious, all religions are irrational and require blind faith, all gurus are crooked, etc. The ones I like to call confused.

The host Arundhathi Subramaniam in the first few minutes says that she first approached Sadhguru 12 years back with a

.. certain measure of caution because the very word Guru seemed to be such a loaded one. It seemed so hierarchical, so authoritarian, so medieval in my understanding of it.

In other words – she was confused too! But not anymore. I should also commend her on how she conducted this interview. She asked all the questions that a typical confused person might have but in a sincere and respectful manner. She is skeptical, but not cynical.

While watching this video, note how the audience is reacting. Sadhguru is witty as usual and narrates some of his favorite anecdotes and metaphors to which most audiences, including in the west, applaud, but not this NDTV crowd. For example, there was an uncomfortable silence when Sadhguru said “in my mind secular means you are not screwed up in your head” around 17min!



Destruction of the Bamiyan Valley Buddha Statues is the right analogy for Medieval Muslim Invaders of India

Came across this article titled A Vandalised Civilisation (published 01 Dec 2017) by PR Ramesh on the destruction of Hindu symbols by muslim rulers during medieval times, particularly in north India.

The wanton acts of vandalism and desecration by conquering hordes in evidence across north India is reminescent of the 2001 demolition—under orders of the then Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar—of the globally-renowned Buddha statues at Bamiyan valley in central Afghanistan, 230 km northwest of Kabul.

This is the right modern analogy for the ruthless destruction of Hindu symbols in medieval times. Ironically, instead of acknowledging this as a fact of history ..

… the argument over this aspect of history has got sidetracked to whether claims of the count of Hindu shrines demolished by Islamic rulers are backed by evidence or have been overblown.

This is the power of narrative and the distortion that the leftists historians have propagated. The article is worth a read. Plenty of specific historical references for anyone to dig deeper on the Mughal period.

Starting from ancient times, history of India from every period needs to be revisited, but nothing is more relevant today than the British period. In that context, Shashi Tharoor’s book Inglorius Empire on the British Raj is a must read. In some places, Tharoor’s political leanings do seems to color his narrative, but the research is of RM standards.

The current State of Yoga according to Rajiv Malhotra

And “state” doesn’t just refer to higher states of consciousness but also the mundane stuff of the multi-billion dollar business of Yoga and the appropriation of Yoga by those from the Judeo-Christian camp as well as those from the “secular science” camp.

For a change, Rajiv Malhotra is not the interviewer, but the interviewed. He has said most of this in his interviews with other yoga Gurus (real and fake!), but it all comes together very well in this video. I don’t think anyone other than Rajiv Malhotra can provide such a 360 view of the current state of yoga world wide.

The video refers to many interviews done by Rajiv Malhotra. Following are some of them, along with some of my recommendations.

With insiders:

  1. Dr. HR Nagendra, President VYASA, Bangalore (link)
  2. Yogi Amrit Desai, Amrit Yoga (link)

With outsiders:

  • Brooke Boon, founder of Holy Yoga (link)
  • Dr. Ravi Ravindra on Is Templeton Foundation Digesting Vedanta into Christianity? (link)
  • with Stephen Siegel, a Neo-Jewish Pseudo-Hindu on Hinduized Judaism, Tantric Kabbala, & More (link)


Dr Mashelkar on The Turmeric Patent Battle and KSRI, Chennai

Very interesting interview with Dr Mashelkar, “aka the moniker of The Warrior of Haldighati who fought a 14 month long legal battle against US patent office.” US patent office accepted Sanskrit texts on Ayurveda as evidence of prior knowledge. Just one more reason why preserving those texts are important. This patent battle led to a creation of a database of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library by Government of India. From TKDL’s website:

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) is a pioneer initiative of India to prevent misappropriation of country’s traditional medicinal knowledge at International Patent Offices on which healthcare needs of more than 70% population and livelihood of millions of people in India is dependent. Its genesis dates back to the Indian effort on revocation of patent on wound healing properties of turmeric at the USPTO. Besides, in 2005, the TKDL expert group estimated that about 2000 wrong patents concerning Indian systems of medicine were being granted every year at international level, mainly due to the fact that India’s traditional medicinal knowledge which exists in local languages such as Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Urdu, Tamil etc. is neither accessible nor comprehensible for patent examiners at the international patent offices.

On a related note, watch this 2017 video of RM interviewing Professor Kameshwari heads KSRI (Kuppuswami Shastri Research Institute) in Chennai.

This is one of the most highly acclaimed centers for research on Sanskrit shastras as well as Tamil literature. This interview explains the vital importance of KSRI, its financial vulnerability today, and the strategic projects it can perform if properly funded. It is important for our community to support such precious institutions rather than let Western Indologists hijack them as they have been doing. Infinity Foundation & KSRI have agreed in principle to collaborate and specific ways are being formulated. Please watch and help us raise funds.






The quick brown fox .. of Sanskrit!

I saw this cool Sanskrit wordplay recently. I have not verified the references. So please let me know if there are errors.

भाषा का चमत्कार

संस्कृत की विशेषता

(1) अक्षरों की क्रमबद्धता से बनती रोचक काव्य पंक्ति।


ऐसा प्रसिद्ध वाक्य है। अंग्रेजी आल्फाबेट के सभी अक्षर उसमें समाहित है।

किन्तु कुछ कमी भी है :-
1) अंग्रेजी अक्षरें 26 है और यहां जबरन 33 अक्षरों का उपयोग करना पड़ा है। चार O हैऔर A तथा R दो-दो है।
2) अक्षरों का ABCD… यह स्थापित क्रम नहीं दिख रहा। सब अस्तव्यस्त है।

सामर्थ्य की दृष्टि से संस्कृत बहुत ही उच्च कक्षा की है यह अधोलिखित पद्य और उनके भावार्थ से पता चलता है।

क: खगीघाङ्चिच्छौजा झाञ्ज्ञोSटौठीडडण्ढण:।
तथोदधीन् पफर्बाभीर्मयोSरिल्वाशिषां सह।।

अर्थात्- पक्षीओं का प्रेम, शुद्ध बुद्धि का , दुसरे का बल अपहरण करने में पारंगत, शत्रु।संहारको में अग्रणी, मनसे निश्चल तथा निडर और महासागर का सर्जन करनार कौन? राजा मय कि जिसको शत्रुओं के भी आशीर्वाद मिले हैं। ”

आप देख सकते हैं कि संस्कृत वर्णमाला के सभी 33 व्यंजनों इस पद्य में आ जाते हैं इतना ही नहीं, उनका क्रम भी योग्य है।

(2) एक ही अक्षरों का अद्भूत अर्थ विस्तार।

माघ कवि ने शिशुपालवधम् महाकाव्य में केवल “भ” और “र ” दो ही अक्षरों से एक श्लोक बनाया है।


अर्थात्- धरा को भी वजन लगे ऐसा वजनदार, वाद्य यंत्र जैसा अवाज निकालने वाले और मेघ जैसा काला निडर हाथी ने अपने दुश्मन हाथी पर हमला किया। ”

किरातार्जुनीयम् काव्य संग्रह में केवल ” न ” व्यंजन से अद्भूत श्लोक बनाया है और गजब का कौशल्य का प्रयोग करके भारवि नामक महाकवि ने थोडे में बहुत कहा है:-

न नोननुन्नो नुन्नोनो नाना नाना नना ननु।
नुन्नोSनुन्नो ननुन्नेनो नानेना नन्नुनन्नुनुत्।।

अर्थात् :- जो मनुष्य युद्ध में अपने से दुर्बल मनुष्य के हाथों घायल हुआ है वह सच्चा मनुष्य नहीं है। ऐसे ही अपने से दुर्बल को घायल करता है वो भी मनुष्य नहीं है। घायल मनुष्य का स्वामी यदि घायल न हुआ हो तो ऐसे मनुष्य को घायल नहीं कहते और घायल मनुष्य को घायल करें वो भी मनुष्य नहीं है।।


Amish gets it!

Barkha Dutt’s new incarnation is as the host of a talk show #openmind. Ah, the irony of Barkha Dutt being associated with an openmind!

In this video she asks Amish all the usual libtard questions on caste, tolerance and women’s rights.

Amish gives quite thoughtful and well articulated responses with which I almost completely agree. He seems to get the idea of Indian Grand Narrative. Got to read his books.

He made one insightful remark on the secularism and tolerance debate

Indian society is and has always been inherently secular, but post-independence Indian state has never been secular.

Glad he mentions RTE and government control of temples as examples of state not being secular. Got to read his new book Immortal India.