When Caste was not a bad word

Re-published courtesy: http://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/When-caste-was-not-a-bad-word-1.aspx     Were caste equations always as bad as they are today? Not quite. There were always castes but they were not…

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indias-conjured-caste-conundrum-by-raghbendra-jha

Original article at: https://medhajournal.com/indology/256-indias-conjured-caste-conundrum-by-raghbendra-jha.html Please follow and like us: Raghbendra JhaCo Authors :

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India’s Caste System and Pluralism

India’s Caste System and Pluralism M. Lal Goel Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of West Florida www.uwf.edu/lgoel; [email protected] Original Article at: https://medhajournal.com/indology/1061-indias-caste-system-and-pluralism.html Please follow…

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Aditi Banerjee’s Critique of HAF Report

Editor’s Note: This critique was issued in the form of an open letter (to Mihir Meghani, HAF President) in the immediate aftermath of the report…

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The political implications of HAF on Caste and Hinduism-Prof Gautam Sen

Editor’s Note: This critique was issued in the form of an email to HAF in the immediate aftermath of the report that was published late…

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Ram Sidhaye’s Critique of HAF Report

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Kamlesh Kapur’s Critique of HAF Report

Editor’s Note: This critique was issued in the form of emails to HAF in the immediate aftermath of the report that was published late Dec…

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Rakesh Bahadur’s Analysis of HAF Report

Editor’s Note: This critique was issued in the form of open letters to HAF leadership in a series of emails in the  aftermath of the…

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On Corruption and Karma

“The great seers of ancient India saw so far ahead of their time that the world has to wait centuries yet to appreciate their wisdom, and it is this very inability on the part of their own descendants to appreciate the full scope of this wonderful plan, that is the one and only cause of the degradation of India.” Swami Vivekananda Selections from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Kolkata: Advaita Ashram, 1986, pg.466-7.

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Speculations regarding Jyotish

Introduction

Jyotish is a controversial subject in Indian English language press. On the one hand, it is usually denounced as bogus by self appointed secularists. The usual reason for denouncing Jyotish is that it is impossible for inert material bodies like planets or eclipses (Rahu and Ketu) to influence anything. On the other hand, its popularity remains undiminished even when eminent astrologers make contradictory predictions. I would like to discuss here the relationship between Jyotish and Hindu dharma, the existence of various planetary Deities, speculate on the principles underlying Jyotish and the reasons for failures in prediction.

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