The Strange Case of Vijaya Rajiva’s Back Seat Attacks

A few months ago, Rajiv Malhotra published his groundbreaking book, Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism. “Being Different” elucidates certain fundamental differences that…

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We inhabit an age of unprecedented access to information. We get news about anyone anywhere in the world moments after an elapsed event. We watch closely, and are watched in return. References, analyses, opinions, and revelations are instantly absorbed through the osmotic interaction of fingers and keyboard.

One would think these spectacular advances in communication technology would do wonders for mutual understanding. But the opposite is often true, for one basic reason: Most people want to be transmitters, not receivers.

Misunderstandings escalate with each successive reaction that springs from a rush to judgment and the haste to be heard. Stereotype- and prejudice-driven assumptions grow from self-absorbed dervishes of circular thinking to gale force xenophobia.


Divisiveness In The Name Of Defending Dharma

Medha Editor’s note: For those needing more background on the divisive antics mentioned here by Dr Kalyanaraman, please read this piece at Sulekha:

Update: Also see

Executive Summary

Libelous and malicious comments from Sandhya Jain and Radha Rajan (against RSS, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha (HDAS), Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Jyotirmayananda and others)

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So Who Was Really Responsible For India’s Partition?

Jaswant Singh’s latest book has raised a fresh controversy on who was responsible for the partition of India. Some think it was Jinnah while others say it was Nehru/Patel. The truth is that the seeds for Partition were sown atleast eighty years before partition actually took place.

This article seeks to share some insights and is not meant to be an exhaustive piece on the reasons for partition or the events that led to it. It covers:

•    Former foreign J N Dixit’s views on partition.
•    Cause for 1857 Mutiny in brief.
•    Status of Muslims around 1857.  
•    Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and the two nation theory.
•    Role of British principal of Aligarh Muslim University in encouraging Muslim separatism.
•    Was the idea of a separate nation conceived after 1935 or when? Impact of the Khilafat Movement.
•    Why Dr B R Ambedkar suggested that Hindus concede Pakistan?

{Medha Editor’s Note: A highly condensed version has just been published on Click HERE to read that. For full article, read on…}

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A Terrifying Existence

Why this silence on organised anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh?

Reports began trickling out of Bangladesh this spring about an anti-Hindu violence in the heart of its capital carried out in three stages: March 30, April 17, and April 29. A community of approximately 400 Hindus was reportedly going about its business when “hundreds of Muslims” suddenly descended on them and demanded they quit the homes where they and their families had lived for the past 150 years. Witnesses also report that police watched passively while attackers beat residents and destroyed a Hindu temple.

And although every Hindu, as well as the international community, should have reacted with horror and outrage, neither did.

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Hindus, Jews and Jihad Terror in Mumbai

{xtypo_dropcap}S{/xtypo_dropcap}ixty hours of jihadist terror depradations throughout India’s financial capital, Mumbai — during which nearly 200 innocent victims were murdered, and 300 wounded — apparently ceased this Saturday, November 29, when Indian commandos slew the last three gunmen inside a luxury hotel, while it was still ablaze. Mainstream media coverage of these rampaging, cold-blooded murderous acts of jihad terrorism — perpetrated by a self-professed "mujahideen" organization (i.e., "The Deccan Mujahideen ") — consistently ignored the clear ideological linkage to Islam. Simply put, "mujahideen" are Muslim jihadists, "holy warriors," because there is just one historically relevant meaning of jihad, despite present day apologetics.

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The question of Azadi (Freedom)

I don't usually visit Sulekha much these days. Today, during lunch I had some spare time and decided to see the "latest" developments on Sulekha.

Beside the fact that Sulekha looks even more cluttered than it's previous incarnation, I was pleased to discover that they had re-introduced their Columns section. Now at least the more serious writers will get some better "air-time" and all the stuff that accompanies it.

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Valuing the Feminine


Sex ratio drops in many parts of India due to female foeticide/infanticide
Woman burnt alive due to dowry
Infant girl abandoned next to a dust bin
Educated professional women finding it difficult to find husbands
Sex crimes against women on the rise

All of us are familiar with the above headlines. They repeat with sickening regularity in the

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The Global Warming Monotheism

There are very few among us who is not aware that Global Warming (GW) has become one of the most talked about issues for the last few years. GW talk has reached a crescendo in the last few months, the pattern of which is not too different from the way stocks behave just before the market crashes. This article seeks to list both sides of the issues, and present a third viewpoint from an individualist perspective.

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How the West defines India – 2


In the first part (How to West Defines India – I ) I had discussed the role the West plays in every aspect of Indian life today and how it influences our cumulative (as a nation and society) self-image. Now let us try and delve further into the specifics of this “Struggle between the Left and the Right” in this Indian context (who seem to be at constant loggerheads vis-a-vis their stand on the West).


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