Downside of Using Woke Jargons for Hindu Narrative

Whenever I oppose the attempt of Hindus to be a participant in the identity politics madness of Western world which emanates from the fusion of theories and concepts emerging from the broad fields of Literary Theories, Postcolonial Studies and Postmodernism, I get a predictable response along the line of turning the existing concepts on theirContinue reading “Downside of Using Woke Jargons for Hindu Narrative”

Physis and Nomos: The Building Blocks of Political Philosophy

The beginning of Western Political Philosophy starts with an important distinction between two aspects of the world – nature (physis) and convention (nomos). This was the conception of Classical Greek Philosophy which shaped how the field of political philosophy will evolve in the future. But why do we start with that distinction in the firstContinue reading “Physis and Nomos: The Building Blocks of Political Philosophy”

The Conundrum of Sanskrit ‘Non-Translatables’

Rajiv Malhotra’s recent book ‘Sanskrit Non-Translatables’ has kindled important discussion on the problem associated with translation, especially in the context of concepts. This book has the stated aim of Sanskritizing English as the author believes that translation of Sanskrit words into English results in loss of authority for Sanskrit. I won’t go into the statedContinue reading “The Conundrum of Sanskrit ‘Non-Translatables’”

Sri Aurobindo on Nirukta of Yaska

When I read ‘The Secret of Veda’ by Sri Aurobindo around 5-6 year ago, I had not read Nirukta of Yaska then and accepted his assessment of etymology of Yaska. However, after studying Nirukta, when I revisited the same text again, it became apparent that Sri Aurobindo was being unfair to Yaska in his assessmentContinue reading “Sri Aurobindo on Nirukta of Yaska”

Marxism: The ‘Atheistic’ Religion

The key of understanding Marxism is to recognize that it’s an ‘atheistic’ religion which fills the void for people who were either disillusioned with the religion or didn’t have any religion at all. Raymond Aron quite succinctly observed that Marxism fills the void of the religion. By religion, it should be understood strictly in AbrahamicContinue reading “Marxism: The ‘Atheistic’ Religion”

Denigration of Hindu Deities, Atheism and Liberal ‘Right’

Armin Navabi on Twitter started abusing Hindu goddess Maa Kaali few days ago for the very simple reason that as an Abrahamic, this is how he was supposed to denigrate Hindus but he did it with the cover of atheism. But the response of Leftists pretending to be the friend of Hindus (commonly known asContinue reading “Denigration of Hindu Deities, Atheism and Liberal ‘Right’”

Modernity, Fundamentalism and Traditions

Preserving and adhering to traditions as the core of our life from traditionalist viewpoint throws an interesting challenge of identifying what can be constituted as tradition while what can’t fall in this category. This conundrum is rooted in the fact that society has to adapt and evolve at every stage giving birth to the newContinue reading “Modernity, Fundamentalism and Traditions”

Why Hindus Shouldn’t Call Themselves Pagan

With the revival of pre-Christian religious practices of Europe and America by modern pagan movement, there is increasing tendency of use of pagan word by Hindus to identify themselves. This is also a result of growing contact with the universal terminologies and seek common cause with them. Ram Swarup, one of the finest Hindu thinkersContinue reading “Why Hindus Shouldn’t Call Themselves Pagan”