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Nothing has changed. The centerstage of the theatre of Jihad-fuelled carnage largely remains the same. Only that its side wings have jutted out and continue to expand westwards — from West Bengal to Uttar Pradesh…that other theatre of the same carnage located at the near-extreme north-western India, Punjab, was lost more than seventy years ago to…but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Nothing has changed and nothing that’s happening even as we speak was unexpected. Quite the contrary, it was merely a question of when.

India as a nation and Bharatavarsha as the last non-Abrahamic bastion-cum-guardian of what can truly be…


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Ramesh Chandra Majumdar’s life is one of the glowing showcases of a full life lived productively, usefully, in the devoted pursuit of an ideal: knowledge and national service. It reminds us of D.V. Gundappa’s evocative line in his magnum opus, Mankutimmana Kagga: “ghana tattva ondakke dinaratri manasotu…” (surrender yourself day and night to a grand ideal…). He spent his ninety-six years-long life dedicating himself to the freedom struggle of a far profounder and intensely penetrating sort: rediscovering and recovering the true history of Bharatavarsha’s actual greatness. …


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Few writers are as fortunate or lucky as Eric Arthur Blair to find their life’s calling when they are just five or six years old. Even luckier are those who stick to it throughout their life. Eric Arthur Blair admits this in so many words in his highly-underrated, Why I Write in a revealing passage that in many ways characterises his body of work.

from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued…. I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I…


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The term “fake news” in itself is a contradiction and an oxymoron. It’s like saying “cold ice” or “hot fire.” If it’s fake, it’s not news. As for corporate media, it has always existed and is pretty much as old as journalism itself.

Only, the sort of toxic and pervasive collusion that we’re witnessing from say the last two decades between media, corporates, and government and political parties has exploded publicly in an unprecedented fashion thanks largely to the Internet and social media.

True press freedom has never existed at any point in the history of democracy in any country…


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Introduction

The conception, origin, evolution, and development of temples as physical, architectural, and later, artistic structures is perhaps as old as the dawn of human civilisation as we know it. Temples embody one of the finest, deepest, grandest, and most profound expressions of the Human Spirit of awe, wonderment, and a timeless yearning for spirituality, philosophy, art and creativity etched in stone, wood, and other vehicles. The inner longing for the spiritual can never be fully expressed; it transcends space and time.

When we notice the various forms of temples from the earliest of civilisations — Minoan, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Mayan…


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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. (A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens)

It was with some disgust that I recently finished reading “Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India” by Times of India journalist Akshaya Mukul. Perhaps the only saving grace about the book…


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Maoists and Naxals are national security threats. Discursive confusion arises at the precise moment one forgets this basic premise.

Look at what’s happening in the immediate aftermath of the well-deserved and long-pending arrests of the five Maoists: Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira. Look what the premise is in this case: these illustrious disgraces whose long careers are populated by scores of instances of waging a multi-pronged war against the Indian nation have been arrested for plotting the assassination of the Prime Minister of India.

But how has the discourse been spun ever since the…


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An unforgettable experience of my stay in Delhi occurred on 6 December 1992. The Babri Masjid structure in Ayodhya was brought down by the crowd of people assembled there…The next night at around 8 when I was still in office, the world-renowned expert archeologist S P Gupta from Delhi visited my room. He had brought copies and photographs of an inscription that had been recovered when the structure had fallen. He insisted that I read the inscription right then. It was dark but it was possible to read some alphabets with the help of the electric light.

It was a…


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Nothing excites our Red-drenched comrades, now masquerading as liberals, as much as large-scale suffering. Larger the scale, greater are the swirls of the romantic and dreamy ideological mists that sway like diaphanous, tantalising curtains before their eyes.

Their excitement is almost sexual, a heady tumescence anticipating a bloody revolutionary release.

The latest occasion for this joy: the tragic Kerala floods which have devastated the state on an unprecedented scale. And even as Kerala reeled under this backlash of nature’s fury, our comrades erupted in a mass frenzy of ideological orgy. …


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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

In adversity, he was a unifier, in victory, magnanimous, in defeat, equanimous, and in exit, gracious.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

This is his finest hour.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Celebrated Speech in the Parliament on 27 May 1996

Mesmerising Orator

A late rainy monsoon evening, 1991. The familiar venue of the National College grounds in Bangalore was overflowing, throbbing with energetic anticipation awaiting the climactic speech of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Murli Manohar Joshi and L K Advani had finished thundering to endless applause by a drenched crowd, the lucky ones holding chairs above their head trying to shield themselves from unstopping…

Sandeep Balakrishna

Writer. Contributing Editor: Prekshaa Journal. Author: 1. Tipu Sultan: The Tyrant of Mysore. 2. Seventy Years of Secularism. Translator: Aavarana: The Veil.

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