I am listening to a debate over Tirumala Temple row as I type this. The tone of the debate is sickening. On one side is a TTD official and on the other side, is Ramana Deekshitulu (the force-retired chief priest of Tirumala Temple). The sort of aggression is unwarranted unless something is seriously amiss. Everyone ganged up against the Chief Priest and this reminds me of what KPS Gill said on the suicide of SSP AS Sandhu. All men are heroes in a time of peace. But those who are heading the self-righteous witch hunt against the officers and men of Punjab police today should ask themselves where they were … [Read more...] about Tirumala Temple Row – Need for Overhauling?
Two days ago, I was in Simhachalam. That was my second visit to the temple. Because it was a Saturday and Panchami, the rush was massive in the temple. We decided to have a Darshan through the 100 rupee Special Darshan. It was a very big mistake. It took almost half an hour for us to understand where the line starts. Walking all around, irritated, when I asked in the reception, they pointed me in a direction, while there is a door just beside the reception through which you can join the line. And when I entered the door which was suggested to me, there was a board there, on the wrong wall, but with no directions … [Read more...] about Simhachalam Temple – Need for Course Correction
The story of a trigger happy Delhi police spraying bullets on agitating protestors, on the order of then Prime Minister ‘Indira Gandhi’. And the curse that seemed like a prophecy, ultimately fulfilling itself with Indira Gandhi’s assassination. curse on congress Background: Indira Gandhi, in fear of her popularity getting diminished and hence losing power, did seek blessings of Swami Karpatriji Maharaj. Maharaj ji blessed her success but also requested the total ban on cow slaughter, which Indira accepted at that time. But later with passing days into months it became clear that she had no intent of keeping … [Read more...] about Untold story of a Sage, Indira and the curse
Hindutva has become a hot and most debated topic since the present central government came to the power. Current ruling party BJP has spun the context of its entire political persuasion around the Hindutva. Several times this party has been alleged to promote Hindutva agenda by opposition parties. Opposition has gone to very low extent and they have termed ‘Hindutva‘ as a terrorist ideology. Some new terms were also discovered in this endeavour like ‘Hindu-Terrorist’ ‘Bhagwa-Terrorist’ or Saffron-Terrorism etc. But the question is, what does the word ‘Hindutva‘ stand for? In this article we’ll try to find some … [Read more...] about What Hindutva Means.. Short Analysis
It looks a peculiar question when asked in context of India, a country with majority of Hindus. But if we look back through the years, we find many such incidents, which will direct us towards this question. There have been many organised campaigns and trends on social platforms to demonise Hindu culture and traditions. Disapprobation of Hindu festivals and rituals has become a regular trend now. Hindu traditions are targeted on every festival and ritual, be it Diwali, Holi, Karwa Chauth, RakshaBandhan or Durga Puja. They have some bizarre logics behind their arguments which contradict themselves. On Holi they … [Read more...] about Demonization of Hinduism