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When Did We First Celebrate Makar Sankranti?

Author: Dr. Raj Vedam Press Release:  https://swarajyamag.com/science/when-did-we-first-celebrate-makar-sankranti SNAPSHOT If Makar Sankranti indeed celebrates the Winter Solstice, how far back in time did we develop the knowledge to understand the significance of the event? Here, Dr Raj Vedam uses knowledge from astronomy, scriptures, paleobotany and other disciplines to arrive at an answer. The widespread celebration of […]

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How India Went From World’s Education Capital to Depths of Illiteracy – Part II

Author: Sahana Singh Press Release: indiafacts.org/india-went-worlds-education-capital-depths-illiteracy-part-ii// We continue our series on the universities of ancient India, which imparted a multi-disciplinary education to students of advanced learning. In this second part, we look at India’s temple universities, graduation ceremony, funding of scholars and the saga of transmission of knowledge outside the frontiers of mainland India. Previous Part […]

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Understanding Modi’s Sanskrit Epithets – Part III

Author: Dr. Jayakumar Srinivasan Press Release:  indiafacts.org/understanding-modis-sanskrit-epithets-part-iii/ This article will explain the significance of the two Sanskrit phrases ‘Sarve bhavantu sukhinaḥ’ and ‘Tena tyaktena bhunjītha̅ḥ’. With a desire to unlock the meanings of Sanskrit phrases often quoted by India’s Prime Minister Narendara Modi, in Part I of this article series, I had provided some background – what […]

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Understanding Modi’s Sanskrit Epithets – Part II

Author: Dr. Jayakumar Srinivasan Press Release:  indiafacts.org/understanding-modis-sanskrit-epithets-part-ii/ This article will explain the significance of the two Sanskrit phrases Satyameva Jayate and Ahimsa̅ Paramo Dharmaḥ. Have you noticed that Modi’s speeches are sprinkled with many phrases that are not in Hindi? Here is an occasion, worth watching, where he quoted several verses in succession, as his Idea of […]

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How India went from World’s Education Capital to Depths of Illiteracy –I

Author: Sahana Singh Press Release: indiafacts.org/india-went-worlds-education-capital-depths-illiteracy/ Just a thousand years ago, India was dotted with universities across its length and breadth where international students flocked to gain credentials in advanced education. But in the last 200 years, the connection with age-old knowledge streams has been severely disrupted. In the first part of this new series, Sahana […]

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Pakistan’s Zero Sum Game – Some Historical Perspectives – Part II

Author: Dr. Subroto Gangopadhay Press Release: indiafacts.org/pakistans-zero-sum-game-historical-perspectives-part-ii/ In the concluding part of our series, we describe Pakistan’s role in Khalistan and continuation of Operation Tupac, beginning with the theocratic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus, all the way upto Uri massacre, with the major events in between. Pakistan is consistent in its goals and India’s response equally […]

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Pakistan’s Zero Sum Game – Some Historical Perspectives-1

Author: Dr. Subroto Gangopadhay Press Release:  http://indiafacts.org/pakistans-zero-sum-game-historical-perspectives-1/ Pakistan and India fought the first Kashmir war between October 1947 and December 1948. At the time of independence, the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir was independently ruled by Maharaja Hari Singh, of the Dogra dynasty. The ruler had the option of remaining independent, joining India or Pakistan. Jammu and […]

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Why is the world so obsessed with India’s caste system?

Author: Sahana Singh Press Release:  http://indiafacts.org/why-is-the-world-so-obsessed-with-indias-caste-system/ There is an obsessive tendency to project the caste system as a form of social exclusivism found only in India. Clearly, not enough attention is being directed to the history of social hierarchies and exclusions in the western world, nor is the peculiar development of India’s social stratification under British colonialism […]

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Understanding Modi’s Sanskrit Epithets-I

Author: Dr. Jayakumar Srinivasan Press Release:  indiafacts.org/understanding-modis-sanskrit-epithets-i/ Have you noticed that Modi’s speeches are sprinkled with many phrases that are not in Hindi, like “Ahimsa Paramo DharmaH”?  Most of these are in “Samskritam”, or “Sanskrit” in Anglicized form.  What do these quotes mean? During my years working in the USA, I could not but notice the pride […]

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How Hinduphobia Rears Familiar Head In American Academia

The gatekeepers of American academia have struck again. This time, the gate has been slammed on the face of Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF), a California non-profit that aimed to promote the multidisciplinary study of Dharma at accredited institutes of higher education. “We were motivated by the desire to advance an integral and transformative approach to […]

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What Hindus can learn from Batra vs. Doniger

Recently, after four years of engagement, Penguin agreed to an out-of-court settlement to voluntarily withdraw and pulp all copies in India of the book The Hindus: An Alternative History. Wendy Doniger, Distinguished Professor of History of Religions in the Divinity School of University of Chicago, is the author of the book.

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Response to New York Times Denigrating Ganesha

Two weeks ago, it was Gardiner Harris, South Asia Correspondent of the New York Times (NYT) bemoaning the rise of Narendra Modi in India (link). A week later, it was Ellen Barry, again of NYT, troubled by the immense display of faith to the most popular deity, Ganesha, of the oldest living non-aggressive tradition of […]

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Befriending a Stranger

HOUSTON: The 29th annual Houston Interfaith Thanksgiving service was held on Thursday, November 21 at the Houston’s Rothko Chapel in the museum district. Every year, an independent committee selects a new topic for the representatives of various religions to reflect on through their religious worldview. This year’s topic was “Befriending the Stranger”. Representatives of 9 […]

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Global Nexuses Undermining India

Rajiv Malhotra addresses the audience Successive governments in the United States have supported evangelism in India, and it is a fatal foreign policy blunder, says Rajiv Malhotra, noted author and scholar, based in New Jersey. Malhotra, who has co-authored the book “Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines,” with Aravindan Neelakandan, addressed a […]

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