Friday, December 23, 2016

In every reactionary there lies a bit of Don Quixote

Blogged my old critique of Vivekananda that I wrote in 2012 on Rajiv Malhotra's discussion form.

The Conflict between Tradition and Modernity in #India
It is rather the modest, concrete, worldly, intellectual...

It has a big piece by me on the Brahmins of Varanasi #theinterpreters A foretaste of the new book #thetwiceborn

Insightful article by @AatishTaseer Does India’s Right Wing Have Any Ideas?

Unable to defend a fabricated history on scholarly grounds, the Hindu Right turns to another response
AUDREY TRUSCHKE | Wed, 26 Oct 2016
Hindu nationalist ideology rests heavily on a specific vision of Indian history, and that version of history is transparently false.
Hindu nationalists claim that India’s past featured the glorious flourishing of a narrowly defined Hinduism that was savagely interrupted by anybody non-Hindu, especially Muslims. However, the real story of Indian history is much more complicated and interesting.
There is no single accepted narrative of India’s past. But nearly everywhere we look in Indian history, traces emerge of the diversity and syncretism that the Hindu Right wants to wash away. Especially problematic for Hindu nationalists is current scholarship on Indo-Islamic rule, a fertile period for cross-cultural contacts and interreligious exchanges. This vibrant past is rightly a source of pride and inspiration for many Indians, but the Hindu Right sees only an inconvenient challenge to their monolithic narrative of Hindu civilisation under Islamic siege.
Not everything in Indian history is rosy. The Hindu Right is happy to underscore the violence and bloodshed unleashed by many Indo-Islamic rulers, but they erupt with fury to historical work that undermines their imagined golden age of Hindu civilisation. Foremost here is research into social inequalities associated with the caste system and the exclusionary edge to some forms of Sanskrit discourse.
In contrast to the detailed work of academics, the Hindu nationalist vision of India’s past stands on precarious to non-existent historical evidence. As a result, the Hindu Right cannot engage with Indologists on scholarly grounds. 

@AudreyTruschke Best wishes. You might be interested in the just published Hegel's India. Thanks. @LangaMahesh

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And so, the clash of Sanatan Dharma with Abrahamic religions may not be a conspiracy, but a conflict between two universes
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@yugaparivartan Yes Nava-Hindutva sounds good. S.R. Goel & Ram Swaroop's critique of the RSS-Sangh shld be an aspect of it I feel.

@dikgaj True. But if we are going to question the Nehru Gandhi narrative of the INC, why avoid re-examining the Tagore narrative?
@manuakula I am quite unpopular with some sections because I do criticize him for parts of his universalism. Done it elsewhere.:)

Read about the collusion of Indic mercantiles  with foreign Invaders with a new author's note:

Shakespeare, economic theorist. His work was shaped by the market. And that work, in turn, influenced the… #News

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On sentience, sapience and speciesism Finally managed to write this, after a lot of deliberation and reading.

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[some of Noam Chomsky’s recent views are also problematic in the perspective on fascism I am trying to develop.] ~NM
Mind and Resistance: Everybody Loves a Good Fascist--Part VI

[In every reactionary there lies a bit of Don Quixote, pining for the Golden Age—and making a fool of himself.] ~ML

[How should we teach critical thinking? Peter Ellerton, Lec in Critical Thinking, University of Queensland] via @wef

[unrealistic assumptions such as the belief in a perfectly rational, utility-maximizing, autonomous individual.]

#India’s sorry performance in international tourism – “Incredible India” is getting no one…

The world's top 20 #cities are home to 75% of the largest companies. @wef
Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters.
As Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of growth, political stability, and attractiveness for foreign capital. In other words, connectivity matters more than size. 

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Sri Aurobindo devoted his life towards transformative yoga

The Quint-8 hours ago
A new play on Sri Aurobindo is in the works. Led by West Bengal Tourism minister Bratya Basu, the play questions Sri Aurobindo's motives for leaving the ...

India Today-11 hours ago
Aurobindo Acroyd Ghose was supposed to lead a European lifestyle, as per his father's wishes. Instead, he went on to form select revolutionary groups and ...

The complier of this article is expected to present the factual information to the reader.

Sri Aurobindo did not spend his life under police vigil in Pondicherry which was under the French government. He devoted his life towards transformative yoga which he called the 'Integral Yoga'. Also, Sri Aurobindo himself gave the consent to start the Ashram in 1926 - it was not set up by his followers.

Dear friend,
I refer to an article on Sri Aurobindo in India Today’s online edition:  “Remembering Indian philosopher and yogi, Sri Aurobindo: The journey from revolutionary to spiritual guru”.  The link to the article is is

 I draw your attention to the following paragraph:
11.  He addressed the people of India in his famous Uttarpara Speech, where he declared his transformation from a rebel to a person in quest of spiritual salvation. In April 1910, Ghose moved to Pondicherry where he spent the rest of his life under police vigil.

The line is highly misleading.  Sri Aurobindo was not under police vigil in Pondicherry.  As it is, the overall tenor of the article is not in conformity with the status of the Master.  I request you to open the article by clicking on the link mentioned above, read the article and then leave an appropriate comment on the article, at least telling India Today to correct the fact. I have already done so.  My comment to the article is as follows:

You Write: "In April 1910, Ghose moved to Pondicherry where he spent the rest of his life under police vigil."

 This is incorrect information.  Sri Aurobindo moved to Pondicherry which was under French rule to avoid harassment at the hands of British Indian Police.  In Pondicherry he was never under police vigil.  Morover, to write that he spent the 'rest of his life' under police vigil considering that India got its Independence in 1947 and Sri Aurobindo attained Mahasamadhi in 1950 implies that he was under police vigil even in Free India!  Of course it cannot be so.  Please correct your facts.
Arun Naik, SAS Noida 

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17 hours ago - Who by Sri Aurobindo. comments.In the blue of the sky in the green of the forest Whose is the hand that has painted the glow When the winds were asleep in the womb of the ether Who . Page.

Millennium Post-02-Dec-2016
The play also focused on the much disputed role of Sri Aurobindo in the movement lucidly on stage, played by the thespian Debshankar Halder. The biopic of an ...

Duration: 22:02
Posted: 7 hours ago
Installation of Sri Aurobindo's sacred relics, Matrusadan ...
Ramakant A. Sinari - 1991 - ‎Snippet view
The Ontological Structure of Man R.A. SINARI From the point of view of both the inner structure and the outer expression there is nothing more ... Man's knowledge of himself, and of course of the world, is shrouded in an ocean of ignorance.