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Pluralism in Ilā’s city

Pluralism in Ilā’s city

My speech at the Allahabad conference on Vedic pluralism  (On 16-18 February 2016, the Sanskrit Department of Allahabad University hosted an international conference on the Rg-Vedic verse Ekam sad viprā bahudhā vadanti. I was invited to participate in the opening ceremony, before the serious work began. My talk strikes a lighter note but nonetheless makes [...]

March 1, 2016 Dr Koenraad Elst World Focus 0

The Guilt of the “eminent historians”

The Guilt of the “eminent historians”

Last week a few marginal media reported that archaeologist KK Muhammad had a startling revelation on the responsibility for the Ayodhya controversy and all its concomitant bloodshed.   Young people may not know what the affair, around 1990, was all about. Briefly, Hindus had wanted to build proper temple architecture on one of their sacred sites, [...]

January 26, 2016 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights, Archives 0

Dissecting Hinduism : The Curious Case of Dr Christopher Wallis the Tantrik

Dissecting Hinduism : The Curious Case of Dr Christopher Wallis the Tantrik

Among the many attacks on Hindus and Hinduism  comes a whole movement to dissect away many Hindu practices like Yoga and now Tantra  as ‘non’ Hindu . Dr Koenraad Elst debates with Dr Christopher Wallis on this dissection in the following interactions ‘ HHR editor > In the Indian media, I once saw a beginning [...]

August 28, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights 0

Learning from the Rajiv Malhotra affair

Learning from the Rajiv Malhotra affair

Now that everybody had had his say on the “Rajiv Malhotra plagiarism affair”, we can better discern the larger context that explains the different forces at work here. Plagiarism The trigger was the discovery that seven passages in Malhotra’s work, mainly in his book Indra’s Net, had been lifted verbatim from unacknowledged work by others, [...]

July 23, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights, Archives 0

Aum in or out for International Yoga Day ?

Aum in or out for International Yoga Day ?

As a member of the Dutch-speaking Belgian Yoga Federation, I received a copy of the booklet the Government of India issued for the United Nations’ first-ever Yoga Day. It falls on 21 June, Summer Solstice, a day of mixed feelings: it is the longest day, alright, but it is also the start of the sun’s [...]

May 15, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights, Archives 0

A Hindu Government and the Minorities

A Hindu Government and the Minorities

The united minorities are waging a no-holds-barred campaign against Narendra Modi or against whomever is or can be pictured as a pro-Hindu power-wielder. One of their lines of attack is the blackening of the ruling party, the BJP, in the eyes of public opinion and of the world. An impression is being created that the [...]

March 30, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights, Archives 0

India’s Intellectuals

India’s Intellectuals

From a lecture by former JNU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Kapil Kapoor before the Indore-based India Inspires Foundation, I have to relate a particularly relevant part, viz. about our Indian “intellectuals”. Any mistakes in my rendering are of course mine. These intellectuals are to be distinguished from Hinduism’s traditional men of knowledge, or Rishi-s. The Rishi-s were [...]

March 25, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights 0

The Dharma Civilization Foundation’s Strategic Retreat

The Dharma Civilization Foundation’s Strategic Retreat

On 5-7 February 2015, the Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF) organized a brainstorm conference called “Strategic Retreat” in SVYASA outside Bengaluru. Coming in the first year of the reputedly Hindu government of Narendra Modi, it could not but serve as an occasion for guiding and correcting the thought informing the present policies. The organizers themselves had [...]

March 18, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst World Focus 0

Defeat in Delhi : Wannabe Secularism Don’t Work for the BJP

Defeat in Delhi : Wannabe Secularism Don’t Work for the BJP

The BJP’s thundering defeat in Delhi was not due to any sudden merits of the Aam Aadmi Party, but to several problems inside the BJP itself. That much is not controversial. The debate is all about what exactly were the mistakes made. Campaign strategy – We need not spend many words on the poor campaign strategy, contrasting [...]

February 15, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights 0

Down with Decolonization

Down with Decolonization

(Speech given at the Dharma Civilization Foundation’s Strategic Retreat, SVYASA, Jigani/Bengaluru, 5-7 February 2015) A knife is sharpened by shaving away all the superfluous material that makes it dull. A sharp knife is a live case of “less is more”: less material means more sharpness. At an action-oriented “strategic retreat”, our knife should be sharpened [...]

February 11, 2015 Dr Koenraad Elst Analysis/Insights 0