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. 🙂
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.
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।
अंग्रेजी में THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER A LAZY DOG.
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।।
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.
Sounds familiar? I have heard this from many a gurus and (confused) Hindus. Below is Rajiv Malhotra’s response in 7 min. For a rigorous response, read the Gita in Sanskrit. Or if you don’t know Sanskrit, follow an authentic interpretation, for example, from Arsha Vidya Gurukulam :
Just like the Aryan Invasion Theory, this conflict between Hinduism and Buddhism is one of the myths manufactured by western indologists that just refuses to go away. The videshi narrative is that Buddhism was a much needed social reform movement to free the masses from the clutches of caste-ridden, superstitious, ritualistic and regressive Hinduism that was rampant during the times of the Buddha. The conflict between Hinduism and Buddhism is often equated with that between Islam and Christianity.
All this is nonsense.
How so? Watch the below talk by Prof Koenraad Elst at the second swadeshi indology conference at Delhi in Feb 2017. Buddhism naturally fits in the bigger tent of Hinduism. It borrows many core ideas like Karma and rebirth from the Vedas. As Prof Elst says, Buddhism should be considered a sect of Hinduism, just like, say, the BhrahmaKumari sect, just much more successful and more international. There is NO conflict. I am quite convinced by the data and arguments that Prof Elst presents.
Hinduism vs Buddhism is another Breaking India fault line that needs to be healed. In fact this fault line was partly responsible for the terrible civil wars in Sri Lanka as explained in chapter seven of Breaking India. So we better take it seriously and do our part to bury this myth and unite the dharmic forces.
We should realize a lot of theories of the western indologists are based on fabricated or cherry picked data and flawed arguments. You may wonder then as to how such falsehoods survived for long enough that they have now become the default narrative and part of our popular culture. A good example is a new TV series Aarambh on Star Plus which is based on the Aryan-Dravidian divide! Rajiv Malhotra spoke about it a while back and there is now a petition against the show with lot more information.
The reason these myths have survived for so long is because the alternative swadeshi perspective was deliberately suppressed by the British before independence and the Congress-Left nexus after independence. High time we set the record straight now. Do check out other talks from the swadeshi indology conference.
Indian embassy in Washington DC kick started their Third International Yoga Day (2017) celebration with the below lecture by Rajiv Malhotra. The main theme of the talk was appropriation and digestion of Indian ideas and techniques by the west. It charted the developments in Mind Sciences in the West since Swami Vivekananda’s trip to the west. In one-hour Rajiv Malhotra mentioned all the people (in yellow), institutions (in red) and techniques/ideas (in blue) in the image above! That should be reason enough to watch the lecture!
Every time I hear RM speak on this topic, I realize something that I was overlooking earlier. Digestion clearly violates the ethics of academic and scientific research since the references are not properly cited and acknowledged. By weakening Indian culture and tradition, digestion also facilitates various Breaking India forces. I appreciated all this earlier.
However, all that is a problem for the Indian government and Swadeshi scholars. Should the aam aadmi care? How does it matter whether one gets the authentic version of a technique or the digested one? In other words, should it matter whether you learn Vipassana or it’s digested version of mindfulness; yog nidra vs lucid dreaming, Transcendental meditation vs relaxation-response? Rajiv Malhotra argues that it does matter because the digested versions are usually just a small subset of the source body of knowledge, and often are also substandard. He mentions that authentic Vipassana is much more advanced than mindfulness, yet mindfulness is projected as the “new and improved” version and is all over the town today! In a few generations, people may not even know that something called Vipassana even existed. I can easily imagine this. Indian scriptures and rituals can be very complex with many layers of meanings and symbolism. Same idea can often be interpreted and implemented in many different ways and combined with other ideas in numerous different ways. Once the source has been reduced to one or two digested forms, such experiments will no longer be possible. Paraphrasing from the talk:
digestion effectively plucks the fruit on a tree and leaves the tree behind to atrophy thereby eliminating the possibility of future harvests.
Another thing I realized is the difference between the way rest of Asia treated knowledge from India and how the west did it and is still continuing. Buddhism spread to China, Japan and south-east Asia over millennia and steadily became less prevalent in India. Yet, Buddhist scholars and practitioners in those countries even today respectfully acknowledge their Indian roots. Western appropriators, on the other hand, go out of their way to avoid crediting India. RM gives a powerful analogy to illustrate this point:
it is like you run 100m faster than any one before and the credit goes to the guy with the clock who timed you and reported it to the world!
RM mentioned that he is writing seven books based on this talk. I can’t wait for it!
Watch the below speech of PM Modi on the occasion of 1000 year birth anniversary of Sri Ramanujacharya, one of the great philosophers of Hinduism, in the same league as Ādi Shankaracharya and Madhvāchārya.
PM Modi presented a biography of Sri Ramanujacharya most of which I was not aware of. Particularly interesting was the fact that Sri Ramanujacharya’s guru was a non-bhrahmin! This was a big deal then. Removing caste-based discrimination was one of the big themes of Sri Ramanujacharya’s life. And this was duly acknowledged by Ambedkar in an editorial to which PM Modi heavily refer to in the speech. [Readers, if you find the soft copy of Ambedkar’s editorial, please share.]
So, two points: