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”(https://www.theguardian.com/ 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

Saudi Prince on a Mission to Veganize the Middle East

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed grew up in a 460,000-square-foot palace in Riyadh, the son of one of the world’s wealthiest people. He ate meat, wore animal skin, and slept under goose down blankets. He also went on a trophy- hunting excursion in South Africa. The experience of killing those animals is something that he has never forgotten, and he now calls what he… Read More Saudi Prince on a Mission to Veganize the Middle East

Floored, Spanish director to ‘unveil’ Durga Puja to world

Leandro Blanco, the acclaimed filmmaker with National Geographic who was in Kolkata to experience and document the Durga Puja, says it surpasses all festivals and carnivals he has witnessed around the world. Blanco told TOI the festival evoked the joy of celebrating life. “I have travelled all over the world and been to many celebrations, fiestas and rituals. But I have never… Read More Floored, Spanish director to ‘unveil’ Durga Puja to world