Thursday, May 31, 2018

BJP has always tried to demean the influence of Jugantar and Anushilan

Pakistan Observer-17 hours ago
Sri Aurobindo had once said, “The spiritual aspiration is innate in man; for he is, unlike the animal, aware of imperfection and limitation and feels that there is ...

THE WEEK-26-May-2018
The term Free Progress was first used by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother (his most prominent French disciple Mira Alfasa), while explaining the philosophy of ...

Financial Express-12 hours ago
... Lala Lajpat Rai, spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo, Vallabhbhai Patel, Peshwa Bajirao and Maratha general Bajirao Ballal, fearless Rajput king Maharana Pratap, ...

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Whenever caught doing a wrong, BJP leaders are used to pointing out that the Congress had done it too.

~@AbhinavAgarwal reviews Urban Naxals - The making of Buddha In a Traffic Jam by @vivekagnihotri

How paid news phenomenon has surfaced again and again, and how it's been brushed under the carpet. @paranjoygt reports.

Thanks YY for sharing this. The subject is very important not just for the media but for society as a whole. Corruption in the media undermines democracy.

'The great divide of our times is not Left vs Right, but True vs False'

How Do I Define My Nationalism? via @livewire

Not using right spellings for proper names, we disrespect, and perpetuate ignorance. Let's use diacritics: will equalize scripts. Czechs, Poles and other free people do.
Not Raman रमन् Effect but Rāman.
Cauvery is कौवेरि;  so Kāverī.
Can't we rationalize spellings?

Sorry, Hindiwalas, we are tolerant towards Hindi pronunciation, but strictly, it is deviant. The whole world says "yoga" (& "Buddha" etc.) because that is the Sanskrit original. Fussing against this is proverbial Cow Belt provincialism.

Sorry, Dr. Elst, the world might pronounce Yoga, Veda, Rama as yogA, vedA, rAmA, buddhA- but that tendency of ending with the long and tense “A” consonant is as if not more deviant (from Sanskrit).
In Sanskrit, the terminating sound for these is (ः) - rAmaH, yogaH etc., and...

Although RW stalwarts keep on denigrating Secularism and Liberalism, their own value system owe much to these all pervading ideals. Sri Aurobindo brought out hidden meanings of Vedic deities which proclaim a progressive attainment of lofty ethical goals by the mankind as a whole.

Sir secularism in itself is what we should ideally practise.religion should only be internal,mystic in nature.but we have made religion an external display of ritualistic discipline.and moreover, religion shld never be a tool of power projection,state shld be strictly secular.

None of the revolutionaries from Bengal find place in the NCERT revision, except Aurobindo Ghose. Nothing further on Netaji and INA either. Modifications by BJP GoI.
Dear @MamataOfficial BJP GoI’s revisions to NCERT books seems to have no augmentations on Bengal revolutionaries and the INA (except Aurobindo Ghose, not sure how much of his revolutionary past mentioned). WB GoV need 2 demand change

BJP has always tried to demean the revolutionaries of Bengal as well as the influence of Jugantar Samity and Anushilan Samity. 
Congress has done the same. I am not sure how much the state board history syllabus is updated as well.

CPIM subtly undermined Bengal revolutionaries too, as none of the revolutionaries of Bengal emerged from their ranks (revolutionaries joined CPIM after being forced to end their revolutionary activities due 2 long persecution in British jails)

In our Dharma column
Making ahimsa non-negotiable was one of the biggest blunders ever made in Hindu society

NCERT has only added portrait oF Kittur Chennamma& NONE of southern hindu kings including glorious vijayanagara empire, Musunuri Nayakas,Cholas,Pandyans, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas,Nayakas of Ginghee etc whose involvement in saving dharma were 2nd to none have found place either

Christopher Nolan, a Hollywood elite intellectual director. Shows how world is ignorant of Sri Aurobindo Mother.

[In 1808 August Schlegel (1772-1829) published his famous book titled "on the Language and Wisdom of the Indians." Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866) made a name for himself with the translation of "Mahabharata" legends. Goethe, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche also mention Sanskrit works.]

Exciting: #Hegel in the #Arab World: #Modernity, #Colonialism and #Freedom
Hegel haunted the Arab world as well as being himself haunted! (Hegel Haunted by Indian Spirit via @thewire_in)
@lorella_ventura @HegelianNews @Palgrave_

Who is 'us' here? Speak for yourself. My English is as good as, if not better than Tharoor, and I studied in a Marathi medium government school in a village in Goa. English is just a language, not a measure of your intelligence!

Beside feeding on the propaganda media and hate mongerers, try getting news from normal sources.
You will also come to know of many things.
Renaming and marketing and claiming credit is an ART.....that this govt has mastered...and nobody in the WORLD can beat them in this
Anybody...just anybody....OTHER than Swarajya/Opindia/Shefali/Sonam/Anshul/Govt Departments/Ministers etc
Entire Social Media other than the IT cell has gone against them.... for stagnant GDP growth and exports, job scenario and no progress in their pet projects like

Many fears about Modi have proved to be unfounded during the last four years. Democracy has surely climbed a few notches above with his "performance" complete with costumes. Not economic indicators but the chaos factor (Irani in HRD to one paisa relief) is a pointer for freedom.

Most of us know of the famous zoologist who perhaps, a little prematurely, thought he had "arrived" at the far shore of Biology & began to spend the rest of his time charging at windmills & destroying strawmen. Did any worthwhile philosophy of science come out after the Blind Watchmaker & the Selfish Gene, one wonders. Anyways. 
The ancients oft said that even those rare prodigies who directly reached "the culmination of knowledge" & found no use for the steps which got them to that point had likely acquired the supporting knowledge in earlier births
Perhaps actions cud b compared to a raft. The raft ferries one across the river of life to the far shore. So 1 is ever thankful to the raft. Of course, 1 shouldn't get more attached to the raft than the far shore itself, but doesn't mean U prematurely jump off the raft midstream!
Rowing the raft day in and day out is certainly not glamorous work. Just like most day-to-day science - endless hours of observations & painstaking data gathering! But that alone ultimately culminates into real science & some day into the philosophy of science. It is only logical

Study: Hindu-Originated #Yoga & Kirtan Increases Memory Better Than Brainy Mind Ga #alzheimer #ancientyoga #health

"Repetition of a Mantra has a mysterious power of bringing about the manifestation of the Divinity, just as the splitting of an atom manifests the tremendous forces latent in it."
- Swami Sivananda
The Power of Mantra: Science & Spirituality

A Savitri Study Class in Hindi with Dr Alok Pandey (AUDIO).
"Savitri has reached the stage of individual...

On this day in 1909, Sri Aurobindo gave his famous Uttarpara speech in which he talked about his communion with God during a jail sentence he served during India's freedom struggle.

Favorable Influences in the World to Support the Growth of the Idea of Internationalism

Marketime: Enlightenment itself has often been illiberal @NathTusar @blog_supplement
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo ("SAVITRI")

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Enlightenment itself has often been illiberal

The Asian Age-25 minutes ago
BJP and other right wing organisations claim that these were collectively and deliberately forgotten by the country and include Sri Aurobindo and Swami ...

Swarajya-3 hours ago
... and spiritual leaders Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda. These icons have either been added to the History textbooks or have been given more space.

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Mark my words:  #RSS covets the secular label & will appropriate it one day while continuing to be thoroughly against a secular state.

In the last four years, Prime Minister @narendramodi has successfully introduced structural reforms in virtually all areas.  So wide has been the range that only highlights can fit in a newspaper column. My article in ToI today:

Gotta love Minoo! Lets re-start the Swatantra Party--party of social and economic liberals, led by the "wisest man in India" C. Rajagopachari

Minoo Masani was not only a liberal but also a free market advocate of Capitalism that Modi ji claimed he would usher in before he plunked for Nehruvian socialism & state controls.

The replacement of the traditional and classical education system by the Anglicized education destroyed the literacy rates of India #IndianHistory

Book Club: The Code [Robot] Economy 

Here is what @OneFish_2Fish & I think, commodities & energy will catapult India into a developed nation. 1st step will be from low income to middle income. The cultural side effects of this will be immense political & economic clout for India & Hindus in particular
The church has always been a tool for imperialistic western powers. Hence, the mobilization flock to attack the copper plant. Just like Kudankulam
This protest has nothing to do with pollution but a successful attempt by foreign powers to derail the emergence of strong economic middle income India. That's really it actually. Pretty damn obvious. Thank you again @OneFish_2Fish for the great insight

Across Western Europe, the church’s once mighty footprint has faded. Church attendance has plummeted, parishes are merging, and new priests and nuns are in short supply. 

#OpenMinds2018: prasoonjoshi_, Poet and Censor Board chairman - Sober Influence.

Pollock's interpretation of the Ramayana is demeaning and highly political, regardless of his translation. Please read that as well. He rejects the spiritual and yogic background of Sanskrit and turns it into a form of caste oppression.

Just got hold of “Republic of Caste: Thinking Equality in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva”, the #NewBook by Anand Teltumbde. Reading this today, looks like another impressive work (his earlier book “Mahad” is a masterpiece). #ambedkar #Equality #caste #Hindutva @Buffaloeskissin

'Empowerment has to be well informed & self-assured. Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I’m to be given special privilege. I need to earn it'
Nimrat Kaur @NimratOfficial says at #DemocracyWall, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong

“Big companies have been continuously influencing state administrations to grab multi-crore contracts without paying much attention to quality and palatability of meals for children.”

If Those in Power Have No Conscience, What Future Can India Expect? via @thewire_in

A good wake up call for the Indian media. Don’t go down without a fight. A must read piece by @svaradarajan

People, not the state, the greatest hurdle to free speech in India

Politics #Guardian I was born behind the iron curtain: it’s vital to protect the right to speak out | Sofi Oksanen

The hippies were religious and incontrovertibly hip at the same time

Conflict Theory and Biosphere Annihilation

"“Down Syndrome is the last thing that comes to our minds while raising her” -  a lovely interview by @mehas1 with @KavitaKaktwan on parenting through #adoption:

Peterson | Pinker: Productivity and Winning the Lottery of Life

‘Copy our data privacy policies too’: Snapchat CEO hits out at Facebook

#Mass #Conversions in #India - Destroying Cultures and Families #charities #christianity

What globalisation with Chinese characteristics means for the world

Asia Reborn: A continent rises from the ravages of colonialism and war to a new dynamism
Do read the book, and then tell me if I have done justice to Sardar Patel’s role in the making of India. Vithalbhai Patel also deserves to be remembered, as do CR Das, MM Malviya, Lala Lajpat Rai, Lokmanya Tilak, Aurobindo Ghosh

Saeed Mirza interprets the political history of India and the world through personal stories

India Should Move To An Authoritarian System

The monotheistic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism have been particularly bothered by the Problem of Evil

The Bhagavad Geeta and Its Perennial Message #bhagavadgeeta #bhagavadgita

sir specifically I am no fan of their  lack of flexibility either,they take the gaudiya vaishnavism too literally.but at the same time,this rigour also helps in preserving the original scriptures and traditions intact.
demands and needs of his era, Chaitanya Prabhu invented some novel concepts like kirtan or even ghar wapsi of nonhindus back to GaudiyaVaishnavism. specifically the mass casteless kirtan concept surely had sent waves of positivity in an otherwise caste ridden hindu society.
the advantage is that,when the seeds are sown braving all odds in new unknown terrains/nations by iskcon,sooner or later,other hindu orgs and individuals can take the work forward from there on.and if iskcon does that even with a bit of institutional rigidity,thats still ok.

See the words 'cloudless blue'. From this imagine the 'unnatural fog' that blinded the Germans n allowed the cornered Anglo french 2  escape from Dunkirk and humanity was saved from then on. @raptor_fossil @viryavaan @pronam_bharat @Auro_Mere @Sanjays81301051 @CLINGTOTRUTH

Right sir,Dunkirk is a military and historical mystery till date,as to why the german panzer battalions ,which could have converted the city to dust in 3-4 hours,chose to leave few lakh enemy soldiers mercifully. Dunkirk invasion would hv  been a decisive setback for britain.
When Dunkirk saga was happening,British military establishment was in a bad shape.their ordnance factories and ammo reserves were not even upto the mark to counter German invasion on their own soil,leave alone France. It was only after Dunkirk that they felt the need

Can we find a better theory to replace liberalism?

I've not read Pinker's new book but here we have an evisceration of it by the English philosopher Gray. I think discerning H will find points of great interest in Gray's essay.

Many Enlightenment thinkers have been avowedly or implicitly hostile to liberalism. The link between the Enlightenment and liberal values, which Pinker and many others today assert as a universal truth, is actually rather tenuous. Instead of acknowledging that the Enlightenment itself has often been illiberal, Pinker presents a Manichean vision

Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda, Lala Lajpat Rai and Vallabhbhai Patel, Peshwa,Bajirao, Jat king Suraj Mal, Rajput icon Maharana Pratap and Chhatrapati Shivaji, hv either been introduced or have more space dedicated to them in the new History textbooks
Aurobindo was removed & matter on Vivekananda reduced during UPA. Now changed again.

The best way to go beyond politics is to spread the message of Sri Aurobindo. Because he is no more a political element wanting to take power; there are only his ideas and ideals. And of course if people could understand and realise his programme, the country could be very strong

"The experience in the practice of Asana is not that of a cessation and diminution of energy by inertia, but of a great increase, in-pouring, circulation of force." -  Sri Aurobindo

Downside Risks of Attempting to Implement an Idea Before Its Time

Marketime: Intellectual justification for Extremists is mainstream @NathTusar @tufailelif
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo ("SAVITRI")

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Intellectual justification for Extremists is mainstream

Dear Sabhajit,

I agree that the fundamental requirement for a physics (scientific in general) theory is agreement of the model with (sensory) experiments. But I will point out that both the questions you raise do come up in physics. Idea of underlying reality is usually forced on physicists by experiments. For example, overwhelmingly large number of physicists believe in local but non real quantum world because of wave particle duality and Bell type experiments. “why are there things rather than nothing.” comes up in cosmology and even though the universe is supposed to come from vacuum, it is not nothing as imagined by common man. It has quantum fields built in! So a physicist has to worry about definition of “nothing” also!!

Best Regards.

May 28, 2018

[PDF] Modern western and indian drama; the need for a comparative focus
DRS Yadav - International Journal of Current Research in Life …, 2018… Indian drama in English has come a long way since the poetic plays of Sri Aurobindo, symbolical plays of Rabindra Nath Tagore, mythological plays of TP Kailasam, and lyrical plays of Harindranath Chattopadhyaya which …

Of Saffron Flags and Skull Caps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India ZU Salam - 2018

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New article by me: "When I was a schoolboy in the 1960s I was taught that Indians have no “sense of history” and did not record history".... read on
The specious claim that Indians are “ahistorical” needs to be rejected in the knowledge that our past as recorded in our narratives or smritis is what makes us what we are rather than the cooked up history that has been forced down the throats of Indians from the pre-independence period till today. An incurable patriot, Dr. Shivsankar Sastry is a surgeon by profession; and a historian, thinker, sociologist and military aviation enthusiast by choice
Government of India : Save Sri Aurobindo Bhawan Kolkata - Birth Place of Sri Aurobindo - Sign the Petition! via @Change

I don't understand what they mean by restoration.. Do they want to convert the birthplace into a Bangladesh museum?.. If so, this is a disastrous proposal!
But this is much bigger than Mamata and Hasina.. Even if the masses don't understand the true worth of Sri Aurobindo, he is at-least regarded as a national hero.. What audacity to even discuss such a proposal!
So much noise about Ram Janma-bhoomi and Krishna Janma-bhoomi.. How can people so casually talk about Sri Aurobindo's Janma-bhoomi?

As Sterlite plant shuts down in TN, a slightly dated but prescient piece by @arvindneela on the how neo Luddite ecofascism is the modus operandi of ‘Breaking India’ forces represented by Church- Porali coalition

I am sure you will be able to write what you want. I write what I feel is important to me, not necessarily what you expect. If I could write what others expect me to write, there would be no need to write.

Nobody is neutral. Anyone that calls themselves 'neutral' are either dishonest or stupid for not realizing own leanings.

The tragedy is that even the doctors we consult have not suffered from a single disease that the profess to treat. How can they know? More seriously Pollock,s statement is bollocks.

Do we need to flirt with someone else's wife too, to prove our Nehruvian capabilities?

Extremists are always fringe. But intellectual justification for them is mainstream. Lots of learned people, including numerous TV anchors, justify them using #whataboutery and #monkeybalancing.

#Whataboutery -- "The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue." You mean to say that YOUR EVIL is justified?

Feelings of sweet revenge after so many decades! However, no need to fall in the trap of anti-Modi rhetoric of Congress and the Left. Each party is infested by the fascist virus and hence Modi must be examined with much care as his four years' record has been of such moderation.

Earlier, we judged on impressions, projections, and prejudices but now enough of pure data to base our views otherwise all future scrutinies will be skewed. This is incumbent upon all those who are independent.

A lot of hue and cry over Karnataka but it's nothing. SC intervention was unwarranted; politics should have been allowed to follow its natural course. I'm not a Modi supporter but he deserves a second term. We must switch to American system of two terms. Odisha must get a new CM.

Many ardent fans of Modi are now critical of him. While he has disappointed the Hindutva hawks unequivocally, his possible occupying of the mainstream space is terrifying opponents. This vindicates Vajpayee and Advani following the Kulkarni Doctrine (Goa musings) @SudheenKulkarni

One of Modi's strategy is to cultivate intelligent criticism like Shourie & Sinha duo on the one hand and Rupa, Dhume, and Tufail on the other. He also encourages his joker, jumla, or feku images to float. But what is true about Modi is that he admires Lohia and understands India

Modi govt has taken many hard steps and faced many difficult situations during the last four years. We have been opposing it from the very beginning on various counts but the overall picture at present doesn't warrant any harsh criticism. The govt needs a second term for results.

Difference between you and @vakibs is that you have read Sri Aurobindo. So, we expect more critical scrutiny from you than mere pleading or glorifying the past. Considering the human species as a whole instead of the Hindu block is also important. Thanks.

Happy to see my short piece on Dancing the Pandav Lila in Garhwal #Himalayas now out @epw_in

What can a famous airport bestseller teach you about realpolitik? Lots, says Rakesh Gupta:

@pbmehta: ‘The media has gone from being the saviour to democracy to being one of the principal threats to it.’
@pbmehta: ‘sections of the media think they can use the fig leaf of a market to essentially subvert market values. We matter neither as citizen nor as consumer.’

The Weakness of the Ideal of Internationalism in the Present Status of Humanity

Marketime: In a secular state, there is no such thing as minority @NathTusar @Pragyata_
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo ("SAVITRI")

In a secular state, there is no such thing as minority

The Hindu-11 hours ago
Sri Aurobindo Study Forum: Discourse on Sri Aurobindo's 'Life Divine' by Subramany, Nithyatha, Auro Lab, Veerapanjan, 10 a.m.. Divine Life Society: Satsangh ...

The Hindu-29 minutes ago
Row over Hasina's offer to restore Aurobindo Bhavan ... a proposal to give access to the Bangladesh government to restore Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, the birthplace ...

The Asian Age-26-May-2018
At present the address houses Sri Aurobindo Ashram. We want to locate the museum there if the Bangladesh government allows it,” she added. Ms Banerjee ...

The difference between Buddhism (Shunyata) and Advaita (Brahman) is not really as wide as it may appear to be on the surface. Ironically, some scholars even consider Adi Sankaracharya to be really a Buddhist in the guise of a Hindu. Here is a very interesting attempt to reconcile these seemingly opposing views:
Best, Kushal.
Kushal Shah @ EECS Dept, IISER Bhopal

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Dawkins Syndrome (Read)

The good news is that once times get difficult again, atheism will again recede in both quantities and virulence. The bad news is that we are going to have to try to treat people born with what I suggest we call "Dawkins Syndrome" with a little more sympathy, since they probably can't help their lack of belief or behavior much more than those born with Downe's Syndrome.

How fortunate that those born with Dawkins Syndrome are so highly rational and inclined to put perfect faith in science. Surely they will accept these new scientific discoveries about their condition with grace and aplomb.

Why we have a perception that we are richer than we think we are

#OpenMinds2018: #ReetikaKhera, Economist - Identity Crisis.

#OpenMinds2018: @doctorsoumya, Paediatrician and clinical scientist - A Healthy Life.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar: He admired Hitler and other lesser-known facts about him – The Indian Express

Nutty comment. Savarkar wasn’t heroic by any stretch of imagination. He was a fascist who admired the worse kind of European nationalism.

Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger via @TheWireScience

A point blank piece by @surajitdasgupta tearing liberals for peddling their politically correct pomposity into science & knowledge. It's counter-intuitive to think that a versatile & highly adaptable species like Humans could've originated only in Africa 

"In a secular state, there is no such thing as minority. I have got the same rights, status and obligations as anybody else. I wish those who consider themselves as the majority community would forget that there is any minority today in this country.”

Campus activity, real word protests, etc, have become mere adjuncts to what’s happening online. You can’t understand what’s going on unless you spend a substantial part of your time immersed in the online conflict.
In short: The current political climate is a structural feature of the internet. It’s not going away. It might calm down as money and expertise flow in, but the basic structure will remain. The key goal of anyone seeking influence is now mobilisation.

With attention shifting from traditional mediums to online platforms, actors are now more open to trying their hand at content on video streaming firms.

In Good Faith: The task for the political philosopher via @IndianExpress #indian #politics #Theory #philosophy #newbooks @RoutledgeAsian @booksconnect @ROUNDTABLEIND #ambedkar @routledgebooks @MRogers097 #cpt #india #philosophy
The model that I would propose in order to achieve this is inspired by the intellectual labour of BR Ambedkar, as opposed to the thick conception found in the works of contemporary revisionists such as SN Balagangadhara and others.

Open Letter to Pope Francis From India By @mariawirth1

#Reincarnation in the #Vedas #hinduism #upanishads

New Book Revisits The Life Of Krishna – Not As God But As A Gifted Human Being

Review of Life Over Two Beers by Mayuresh Didolkar in Swarajya magazine:

When you see two book launches in quick succession, Sanyal's Life Over Two Beers, and Agnihotri's Urban Naxals, one fiction and the other non-fiction , a literary challenge to the carefully-built Left citadel of publishing seems to have arrived.

Yes, “core” was not paid explicit attention to, but some of it was quietly addressed. Enforcing just the rule of law vis-a-vis foreign contributions to NGOs blunted the rice-bag-conversion industry’s edge, for example.
The ecosystem used the usual trick up its sleeve, which it will continue to do so: use fake news media to create controversies & heat (church attacks, cow vigilantism) and demand that the PM speak on them. He handled them all deftly, ceding no advantage to Con.

The constant ‘instantisation’ and projection of own views, insecurities, and preferences camouflaged as expert analysis of electoral math have made politics a spectator sports on social media. @c_aashish

I wonder why we don't get heroes with the full force of creative imagination to fight for Dharma. May be, because the anti-heroes are so crap. Not worth Indra or Vāyu to get down on earth.

You somewhat echo Sri Aurobindo here. He devoted many lines to this. Gist being: Modern Europe trusts machinery and society too is a machine(system) for it. It views humans as collections of  billions of animalcules and thus ppl aim to be animals. He wrote

We return to lists today! Coming up, a list of books that guide the reader to the writings and thoughts of some eminent Indians. Approved and recommended by Prof Makrand Paranjpe 
1. "Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader"...
"Essential Writings of Dharampal" - compiled and edited by Gita Dharampal

“Hogwash. This is saffronization of history. You are a sanghi. Nehru did a lot for Indian science and our scientists.”
“India’s first science Nobel laureate CV Raman on Nehru.”

Extremist Hindutva forces rewriting India’s history and it should worry any free-thinking individual. via @dailyo_

Don't expect such light comments from you. The first revolt against Gandhi under Sri Aurobindo's blessings is a landmark event which inspired many subsequent political developments like RSS, CPI, HSRA, RSP etc. So, we need to be careful about who was on the Evolutionary side.

Amazing coincidence of history. Subhas Chandra Bose’s last public speech was on 15 August, 1945. His last message in it:”There is no power on earth that can keep India enslaved. India shall be free and before long. Jai Hind” pp. 409-410, Vol 12, Netaji Collected Works.

Empty cases of the two bombs Bhagat Singh and B K Dutt lobbed in the Assembly on April 8 1929 in Delhi.

First Martyr for Human Rights? #Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji #1675 #brahmins #hindus #islam

The Advent of the Concept of Internationalism

Sri Aurobindo on Free Thought and Speech in a World-State

Marketime: Internet is driving us apart @NathTusar @amitvarma @loveofallwisdom @mekansara
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo ("SAVITRI")

Monday, May 28, 2018

Internet is driving us apart

Van Norden, Taking Back Philosophy... the widely read New York Times article that Jay Garfield and Bryan Van Norden wrote two years ago, calling for the study of non-Western philosophies in philosophy departments. Van Norden has now expanded the article's point into a book, Taking Back Philosophy. by Amod Lele

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Reality is indescribable, as it is manifold and infinite. We can have only partial knowledge of it. Better we remember this plurality of reality and limits of our knowledge to comprehend it. This acceptance makes us more open, plural, tolerant and humble. #Philosophy #Metaphysics

Think that our interpretation of reality have psychological shades of emotions irrespective of materialistic becomes difficult to differentiate reality from fiction due to faithful thinking over rational thinking... metaphysics should avoid mystic in its structure...

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Dr. @anirbanganguly, Director @spmrfoundation, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party at the #SCO Political Parties Meet in China.

Sheikh Hasina’s offer to restore Sri Aurobindo Bhavan faces social media backlash..
Ms. Banerjee extensively discussed the issue of restoration of the building with the Bangladesh Prime Minister. “The place was with them [Hasina’s family] for a long time. Now it is Aurobindo Bhavan, perhaps under the Ashram [trust]. They [Sheikh Hasina] want to restore it. Both the countries will talk about it [and] find out if they [the trust] agree and accept land elsewhere,” she said on Saturday. The Chief Minister’s comment sparked controversy.
The comment did not go down well with social media users.
“I am strongly condemning this unethical proposal,” said Biswadeb Raychaudhuri, an advocate at Calcutta High Court, on social media. Many supported Mr. Raychaudhuri. “It is a national treasure and cannot be handed over to another country,” was another of the remarks.

Modi rule more purposeful than most other Govts via @TheDailyPioneer

#TheDailyFix: Does the Modi government expect to win 2019 by becoming Inauguration Sarkar? | @rohanv

‘Inventors’ are trying to rewrite history, says Hamid Ansari

"Why is @narendramodi hated so much by journalists? Why is the Modi-hating journalist number so high? Let me tell you frankly. 60-70% of journalists have been members of [Communist] SFI, AISF, AISA. There is Talibanism in journalism," says @jgopikrishnan70.

Do read this hard hitting piece by retired IPS officer and Padma Bhushan awardee Julio Ribeiro. Oped lead in @timesofIndia via @TOIOpinion

How Gandhi hoped that Indian democracy would be based on a stable two party system (a hope still unfulfilled ): my column in @ttindia

Frankly, women in combat roles is a fantastic idea. But it is an idea. The reality of it is potentially extremely different.

Crippled by massive vacancies, universities rely on underpaid ad-hoc teachers @S_kritika and @DhingraSanya report:

Weed Out Evergreen Patents | Live Law via @livelawindia

What did Jawaharlal Nehru do for us? Brilliantly written by @saliltripathi

The battle of 2019 will be between #Godse’s idea of India represented by the RSS-BJP versus Gandhi and Ambedkar’s idea of India represented by secular and democratic forces #4yearsofModi

You see Subramania Bharati's face across Tamil Nadu, and almost nowhere else in India. Why? | Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Every Indian Muslim will welcome the Hinduism that we hear of here on Twitter from Rahul Eswar and Sri Sri. We all must reject extremism propagated by the likes of VHP and Bajrang Dal and many other such Senas associated with RSS.

The perception problem is worsened because 1) there is no symmetry in the real world anyway, but 2) the mind needs a baseline to make a judgement. Who do you think would be equivalent to a Couto for Hindus? What would you respond when Tufailures tell you it is, say, Sri Sri?

Q& A session of Amit Sharma's talk "Life Journey of Adi Shankaracharya and the Time of His Incarnation", which was held at INTACH, New Delhi. #SrijanTalks

Arvind Sharma applies the Saidian lens in analysing the British and Muslim rule over India and the distortions they inflicted

Analysing Savarkar’s mercy petitions without looking at his life before and after them would be gross injustice to the freedom fighter. #Replug #VeerSavarkarJayanti

[Archives] On Veer Savarkar's birth anniversary, here is how Rahul Gandhi is trying to mislead people about Veer Savarkar by calling him a ‘traitor’

Life Story of Veer Savarkar excerpts from a book by Dhananjay Keer. #Savarkar @VikasSaraswat @alokbhatt74

George Orwell Reviews Mein Kampf: "He Envisages a Horrible Brainless Empire" (1940)

#OpenMinds2018: The Jewish experience as an existential rite, writes @prasannara, #PhilipRoth, @RothSociety

Poetries Based on the Bhagavad Gita #bhagavadgita #bhagvadgita

Kumbhakarna & Kleine-Levin Syndrome - A New Theory about the Ramayana

Why was the central deity of the Vedas, Indra, sidelined in favour of Puranic gods such as Shiva and Vishnu? It has to do with shift in cultural more here:

Read all about the glorious Age of Empires in India --

The internet was supposed to bring us closer together -- but is it instead driving us apart?
In ep 70 of The Seen and the Unseen, I discuss Online Conversations, & what they reveal about society and human nature, with Reddit moderator Nikhil X:

Have Pollock and his friends not even heard of Girish Nath Jha, Heeraman Tiwari, Balram Shukla, Parmanand Jha, Jeevan Sharma, Govind Prasad Sharma, Baldevanand Sagar who between them have published many books, poetry, articles, and even machine translation tools? 

Congratulations for this audacious & detailed critique of & the suspicious funding by Pierre Omidyar. I have personally faced Scroll’s defamation & failure to publish my rebuttal. Is GOI afraid of Omidyar? @pierre

@scroll_in  is silently poisoning and distorting every incidence and history against Indian grand narratives, through every social media possible, even they managed to position themselves in the top of google search for news and other stories.

Retweeted IndicToday (@indictoday):
Mayuresh Didiolkar @freentglty on occasion of his new book Nagin speaks to @indictoday on his professional writing career, art of writing fiction & non-fiction & much more

#OpenMinds2018: @ShashiTharoor, Scholar Politician - The Hindu Way.

Hi! @TheWeekLive is doing a cover on alternative aka progressive education in India. This is the lead article:
#Education #schools #educhat #edchat
The term Free Progress was first used by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother (his most prominent French disciple Mira Alfasa), while explaining the philosophy of integral education.

In real sense the first three books of Savitri tells us a lot more about Si Aurobindo than all the biographical details that are available. For example, there are questions like what was Sri Aurobindo' doing for 40 years in Pondicherry even  after he had acquired

Marketime: Nationalism for Tagore was a code word for imperialism @NathTusar @MakrandParanspe
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo (SAVITRI)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Nationalism for Tagore was a code word for imperialism

Fundamental Need for Human Sacrifice by Abrahamic Religions
A Judge - 2018
Vital prerequisite for sustainable global civilization?
Need for enemies: There are a number of studies of the deep-seated need for enemies presumably of relevance to the Abrahamic religions:
In the case of the Abrahamic religions, this need is readily transformed into a framing of each other as "evil". Somewhat ironically recent research offers related insights from mathematics -- notably on why complex society may depend on occasionally murdering innocent people

assorted tweets for general information:

Modi’s four years: A mixed bag @rvaidya2000 

7 reasons why Modi has an upper hand in Modi-versus-all

Shivam, great collation of actual data compared to Modi Gov’s claimed project implementation figures. Lack of capacity & not will is the problem.

Why Modi’s grand ideas don’t deliver grand results, writes Shivam Vij @DilliDurAst

Of the nine ‘completed’ reforms, six came in the Modi government’s first year in office. via @BloombergQuint

Why we need more BHUs

Modi govt has taken many hard steps and faced many difficult situations during the last four years. We have been opposing it from the very beginning on various counts but the overall picture at present doesn't warrant any harsh criticism. The govt needs a second term for results.

Last 4 years, Modi has resolutely focused on development. It is Con & its domestic helps in the  intellectual-media ecosystem that tried desperately to stoke identity wars & play up a phony Hindu threat, but Modi stayed the course. Some of his voters aren’t happy about it either!

Sir, please read my take on this in Among other things, "nationalism" for Tagore was a code word for imperialism, a spirit-killing expansionist machine, not the svadeshi samaj that he himself advocated, akin to "Hind Swaraj" of Gandhiji.

Dumeels pronounce that Hindus are not thamizhs, call them aariya vandheri, while embracing Thamizh Christians and Thamizh muslims. If you think you can tell them that AIT has been debunked, I would suggest you bang your head on some granite rock instead.
Anti-Brahminism is their lifeline, so much so that they even denigrate a brutally murdered victim’s whole family.
Most of these Dumeels are educated by Kollywood movies and memes/forwards based on those movies. Most of them would be the fans of Ilaya-thalavali Vijay

I get goosebumps when I read Sitaram Goel's Macaulay Putra definition & their charecterstics as written 50+ years ago. It still holds good for the garden variety shallow liberals you see in your everyday life. Read to appreciate Goel's foresightedness.

It was a great talk by @ARanganathan72 where he pitched for Ambedkar as the father of the nation. While I don’t agree with ‘father of the nation’ concept itself but if there is to be one then Ambedkar any day deserves it more than the mediocre charlatan that Gandhi was.

#Nehru bashing is often a symptom of an inferiority complex. He can be criticised or praised on specific issues, but sweeping abuse, innuendo and broad swipes come from those who confuse hearsay with history.

You are right; Nehru was a cosmetic freedom fighter who spent more than 10 years in jail; average scholar who wrote great books instead of mocking and abusing his rivals, whose Cong incl powerful CMs. Twitter chhodo, itihaas padho!

How did Hinduism spread from North to South India and how did South India reframe Hinduism dramatically? My answer:

Told by a scientist, these stories of our genes are not the scripted versions we have heard before

Reviving the past: A literary collective is translating 100 classic novels across Indian languages | @BhavyaDore

Erich Fromm’s Six Rules of Listening: Learn the Keys to Understanding Other People from the Famed Psychologist
To understand another means to love him — not in the erotic sense but in the sense of reaching out to him and of overcoming the fear of losing oneself. Understanding and loving are inseparable. 

For both Plato and Aristotle, knowledge of the eternal and of truth lay where words stop

One is reminded of Subramanya Bharati's 'Kannan Paattu' - where KaNNan-KrishNa - is his friend, mother, father, servant, king, disciple, supreme teacher, child, play-mate, lover (both male & female), husband, lord, family deity - a collection unparalleled!

Why is #Kali dancing on Lord Shiva?! #goddesskali #hinduism

There are less than 4000 psychiatrists in India: Is medical education to blame?

Sathya Sai Baba and Mother Teresa: #Saint or Sinner? #albanianun #antihindubias

53% children faced one or more forms of sexual abuse: 2007 govt survey in 9 of 13 states surveyed, more cases were reported among boys than girls. We talk to filmmaker & social activist @insia_dariwala on stigma surrounding discussion of child sexual abuse

forget the Rothschilds, @VitalikButerin. it’s time to dig deeper into the rabbit hole of the #BreakAwayCivilization 🍿😎🍺 vía @RichDolan #NotAllConspiracyTheoriesAreCreatedEqual

How an Indian woman made Irish vote to legalise abortion
Ireland overturns abortion ban: Justice in Dublin comforts a father in Belgaum

In a liberal society with no social pressure/oversight, there is no compulsion for men to settle/marry. trends in marriage/divorce rates are a clear indicator for this. plus look at the bloody laws, penalize men at every step .

"Girls are to blame for getting raped."

A great article, urban naxalites poison our minds, support violence  romantically in guise of freedom, need to be exposed. FOE can never be freedom to espouse violence, support violence, violent overthrow of State; these should be ostracized

The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online: Read Essays by Michel Foucault, Alain Badiou, Judith Butler & More (1972-2018)

"What is Indian Political Theory?" Lecture 3 (GIAN) @IITIndore
#Indian #Political #Theory #IIT #lecture #books 
@Routledge_Phil @routledgebooks @RoutledgeAsian @Outlookindia via @YouTube

Centenary: P.C. Vaidya, a Gandhian physicist who laboured in India's shadows via @thewirescience

Sat, Chit and Ananda are the reflection of the Ananta (Infinite) along the three divisons of Prakṛti: Bhūh, Bhuvah and Suvah. The lotus is an apt metaphor for all the three. Aravinda means a lotus. What an apt name his parents chose for Sri Aurobindo. :)

When asked about certain aspects of Vaishnava Bhakti and how it is a new concept and not in the Vedas, Sri Aurobindo said: I don't understand this obsession for antiquity. Truth is Truth, whenever it maybe found.

We are continuing to post "Meditations" by Anilbaran. The Mother made this selection from Anilbaran’s prayers offered to her. She termed the collection a “Spiritual dictionary”.

Weekly Readings in Savitri with Dr Alok Pandey  (TEXT).
"Evolution is neither a freak nor a chance accident that has somehow occurred within the boundaries of Space and Time. In truth,...

THE PATH OF LATER ON - a video based on a story written by The Mother at the age of twelve. Produced by Nava Vihan, Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

The Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity and War and Self-Determination by Sri Aurobindo

Marketime: How long the men string them along before giving the ring @NathTusar @NishkaK
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo ("SAVITRI")