Sanskrit and The Shastras

Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi a great votary of Sanskrit, in his opinion piece, in The Times of India (25 April, 2016) stated- “Ambedkar wanted Sanskrit as national language”. In fact, it was well-known that in the Constituent Assembly, Ambedkar supported Sanskrit as national language, but with a rider that English should be the official language, at least for 15 years… Read More Sanskrit and The Shastras

Revive Sanskrit

We reproduce below the full text of The Telegraph’s leading editorial on 2.3.2016 : The teaching of Sanskrit, in so far as it exists in Indian educational institutions of higher learning, has become a part of western pedagogy. But in the universities in the West that have a history of teaching and research in Sanskrit, there is emerging a different and remarkable… Read More Revive Sanskrit

Hindu Shipbuilding

Hindu wood has castes– The Hindu wood like Hindus have 4 castes– Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra. There are also Varnasankar or mixed woods partaking of the character of two or more different classes. Ship built of Kshatriya wood are specially suited to long and difficult voyages. One steamer was 180 ft. long, 90 wide, and 90 deep. Another steamer carried 700 passengers, the third… Read More Hindu Shipbuilding

Test for Yogi from Babasaheb book

The Telegraph, 15-5.2017, reported as follows : About 50 Dalit families in Moradabad have threatened to convert to some other religion if the Yogi Adityanath government fails to take immediate measures to stop attacks by the “saffron brigade” on their caste brethren. The statement of intent echoes a milestone protest over half a century ago when atrocities against Dalits had  prompted Babasaheb Bhimrao… Read More Test for Yogi from Babasaheb book

Water Crisis : Causes and Cure

In its ‘Make India Water Positive’ initiative, the Times of India addresses wastage and mismanagement of water. Subodh Varma| TNN | Updated: May 23, 2017, 01.57 PM IST reports the following under the caption India uses up more groundwater than US and China. In the ‘High Lights’ he mentions that 1) Agricultural production over the years has mostly been fueled by heavy use… Read More Water Crisis : Causes and Cure

Ganga and Yamuna, sanctifying rivers accorded living status

Michael Safi and agencies, report the following in the ‘The Guardian’ on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 under the caption “Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings”( world/2017/mar/21/ganges-and yamuna/)– The Ganges river, considered sacred by more than 1 billion Indians, has become the first non- human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people. A court in… Read More Ganga and Yamuna, sanctifying rivers accorded living status