Buddhism’s great comeback into India

But today, unobtrusively, Buddhism seems to be making a stunning comeback in India through the Vipassana movement of Shri Goenka, who learnt the technique in Burma from a great Master and brought it back to India in the late sixties. The remarkable Vipassana meditation is originally a Vedic technique, which had been lost and which Buddha rediscovered again.

Exodus of Kashmiri pundits

Even as it is 25 years now that the Hindus were chased out of the Valley of Kashmir by the Muslims, there is a lot of misconception in people’s mind, both Indian and western, that Kashmir did not always belong to India, or that it is a “disputed area”. This is why FACT chose to do an exhibition, which was shown with a great success all over the world, including to the US Congress in 2006 (http://refugees-in-their-own-country.blogspot.in/)

The Tyrant Diaries: From the memoirs of a French adventurer about Tipu’s court

In December 8, 1988, an old trunk was discovered in the attic of the house of Elaine de la TailleTretinville, who died at 91 in her 14th flat in Paris.  She was a descendant of the family of Les RipaudMontaudeverts. Among the contents was a manuscript that starts with these words (in old French): “I, Francois Ripaud, am old today, but I want to tell you the true story of Tipu Sultan.”

The three great disinformation on India

A civilization is like the human soul: it has a childhood, where it struggles to learn; an adolescence where it discovers – sometimes painfully – the hard facts of life; an adulthood, where it enjoys the fruits of maturity; and an old age, which slowly leads to death and oblivion.

The lost history of Lumbini

A civilization is like the human soul: it has a childhood, where it struggles to learn; an adolescence where it discovers – sometimes painfully – the hard facts of life; an adulthood, where it enjoys the fruits of maturity; and an old age, which slowly leads to death and oblivion.

India’s self-denial

Why is it that Indians, particularly its elite - the intelligentsia, the journalists, the writers, the top bureaucrats, the diplomats - hold an image of themselves which is often negative, and have a tendency to run down their own country? The self-perception that Indians have of themselves, is frequently detrimental to their self-confidence.

Negationism and Islamic conquest

Belgian scholar KoenraadElst, explains that negationism, which means in this context "the denial of historical crimes against humanity", is not a new phenomenon. In modern history, the massacre by the Turks of 1,5millions Armenians, or that of the 6 million Jews by the Nazis, the several millions of Russians by Stalin, or again the 1 million Tibetans by the Chinese communists, are historical facts which have all been denied by their perpetrators.

Prithviraj Chauhan and Mohammed Ghuri – Modern day version

Mr Narendra Modi is going to become India’s next PM. Will he, like a good Hindu, like Prithviraj Chauhan, forgive Mrs Sonia Gandhi, who has been mercilessly going after him for the last ten years, ruthlessly & shamelessly using the armsof the law, the CBI, the IB, the judiciary, compliant judges, the Election Commission, etc. ?

What is Indian-ness and & why it is absolutely needed for India to innovate again

Nowadays, Narendra Modi’s mantra to entrepreneurs, or for that matter for the whole of India, is simple: Innovate… This is easier said than done.

Hindu power part 3

“Hindus are cowards and Muslims bullies,” the Mahatma Gandhi once famously said. And this seems to be fairly true: today at the least sign of trouble, Hindus stay home, shy from confrontation, or outright run away.