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Hinduphobia in pop culture – Vamsee Juluri

There is a low-intensity cultural war raging against Hindus in popular culture in India and outside. Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, explains the mechanics of this phenomenon.

Insight #4: Systematic Destruction of Hindu Heritage

Indians seem to be impervious to the fact that their priceless heritage is being trampled under the feet of inefficient bureaucracy and an indifferent government. The 2000-year-old Adikesava Perumal temple in Kanyakumari is a case in point.

Clear-cut with J. Sai Deepak

We discuss the state of electoral politics in India and why we must bring civilizational issues to the forefront of national politics.

Advocacy

Padmanabhaswamy Temple – How the Indian State is destroying our sacred institutions

The state interference in the management of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple has caused tremendous damage to its precious heritage and also makes the temple wealth susceptible to organised loot aided by corrupt state officials.

Why the Ram Temple at Ayodhya must be built ( अयोध्या में राम मंदिर क्यों बनना चाहिए )

Is the Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya a case of ‘Land Dispute’ or does it relate to wider civilizational aspirations and national ideals?
What were the real motives of Babur when he destroyed the temple in 1528 CE?
How have the communist intellectuals played the devil with the peaceful resolution of the issue?
Why should we ask political parties to resolve the issue through a legislation?
Shri Bharat Gupt, former professor at Delhi University, explains the case for Shri Ram Mandir in this short yet succinct video.

Set India’s temples free

J. Sai Deepak, the legal mentor of the Indic Collective Trust, makes a fervent appeal for the autonomy of Hindu temples that have been taken over by the Indian State.

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Not all exclusion is discrimination: Revisiting Sabarimala

Shilpa Nair, one of the leading voices behind the #readytowait campaign, which articulates the sentiments of millions of women devotees of Lord Ayyappa, lucidly explains the position of devotees in the controversy over the recent verdict that allows women inside the shrine. She challenges the unthinking imposition of modern dogmas on a tradition that has nothing to do with them.

Analysis

Hinduphobia in pop culture – Vamsee Juluri

There is a low-intensity cultural war raging against Hindus in popular culture in India and outside. Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, explains the mechanics of this phenomenon.

Can we trust EVM-based elections? (Hindi)

The myth of EVM hacking is as old as the use of Electronic Voting Machines for conducting elections in India. But is there any truth to the allegations raised by the losing side after the declaration of results every time?

Gautam Buddha was every inch a Hindu

A popular meme of 20th-century caste politics in India is the image of Gautama Buddha as some kind of a social reformer. However, a serious study of Buddhist texts reveals that the political rhetoric around the Buddha is very misleading. Dr. Koenraad Elst shows that far from being a rebel, the Buddha was conformist par excellence.

How India became poor

How India – the richest civilisation throughout the documented history of the world, became poor in the last few centuries? In this eye-opening video, Dr. Raj Vedam, Director of Indian History Awareness and Research, walks us through a disheartening phase of Indian history.

Marxist Treason in India (मार्क्सवादियों का देशद्रोह)

Communism in India has had a strange history. The ideology never captured the imagination of Indians unlike it did in some other countries. Yet communists have wielded a great influence on the public discourse in India by infiltrating educational institutions. Here Dr. Shankar Sharan provides a brief history of communism in India titled ‘Marxist treason in India’.

Is the Indian state really secular?

Secularism demands that the Government of India and its various arms maintain an equal distance from all religions. However, in practice, the state actively favours a set of religions at the expense of one. This practice has its roots in the Constitution of India, specifically in the articles 26 to 30, the source of anti-Hindu bias of the Indian state. Kanu Agrawal, a young advocate at the Supreme Court of India, provides a forceful critique of these articles in this video.

Abridged

Direct Action Day and the birth of Pakistan

Among the most consequential events leading to the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan was the call for Direct Action, code for a violent assault on the unsuspecting majority community. It serves as a reminder that tolerance of intolerance leads to horrific consequences.

Insights

The Central Government must act now to save Sabarimala

Kerala is burning and the devotees are looking towards the Central Government for justice

Kashmir – A civilisational battle

January 19, 1990 – A day that serves a grim reminder that the Indian civilisation faces a one-sided assault… in Kashmir and outside.

When will India learn?

The first step towards resolving a problem is to state it honestly.

Pinpoint

Democracy in India – Is there a way to make it work?

If you wonder why politicians keep breaking their election promises and are still let off the hook, the answer is in the very structure of democracy. In this episode of pinpoint, we discuss the universal rules of politics and explore how they apply to India.

War, Peace and Intellectuals

In the second episode of Pinpoint, Ashish Dhar deconstructs the pompous hypocrisy of intellectuals in matters of war (and peace).

The curious case of Kashmir

This is not a done-to-death primer on the political history of Kashmir. It is an investigation into why a citizen of India would wage war against the Indian state?

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