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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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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Aditi Banerjee’s Critique of HAF Report

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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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Vedas are open to all

Introduction

The story of Janasruti in Chandogya Upanishad (Ch. U.) is largely unknown to the vast majority of Hindus. It should be widely known, however, since the story suggests that the Upanishads and the Vedas are open for study to all Hindus. If this is true then why is it that most Hindus are today convinced that the Vedas support discrimination against Shudras? The answer to this question will be answered in this article.

 
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