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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Power, poetry, and plurality

Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are ...“We wanted to explore how something so fundamental as power might elicit changes in the way a voice sounds, and how these situational vocal changes impact the way listeners perceive and behave toward the speakers.”

Grammarly doesn't do all it claims to do - Grammarist
Last month, we put banners advertising Grammarly in the sidebar of some of our pages. We made this choice because we guessed that Grammarly, described ...
What about different varieties of English? How does Grammarly evaluate words spelled differently in American and British English? What about words that can be pluralized in multiple ways? What about new words, colloquialisms, idioms, and words that are changing meaning in real-world usage? What about redundancies and wordiness? And what are Grammarly’s style policies when it comes to, say, the Oxford comma, capitalization of titles, and the hyphenation of phrasal adjectives? If Grammarly has policies on these matters, how do they accommodate differing views?

Erotic poetry will make you a better person

There is a bit in U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel Samskara about a young brahman who listens to his teacher’s description of Śakuntalā and gets so hot and bothered that he runs off and jumps into the river, where he meets and Continue reading 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Odia Mahamanch, a Section-8 Company


About Odia Mahamanch

Odia Mahamanch was registered on 21 February, 2014. Odia Mahamanch's Corporate Identification Number (CIN) is U93000DL2014NPL265167, Registeration Number is 265167.
Their registered address on file is D1/20, FIRST FLOOR SANGAM VIHAR, NEW DELHI, 110062, New Delhi - 110062, Delhi, India.
Odia Mahamanch currently have 3 Active Directors / Partners: Ajay Kumar BeheraGobardhan DhalManoj Kumar Nayak, and there are no other Active Directors / Partners in the company except these 3 officials.
Odia Mahamanch is currently in Active Status.

Company Name
Registration Date
Registeration No.
D1/20, FIRST FLOOR, SANGAM VIHAR, NEW DELHI, 110062, New Delhi - 110062, Delhi, India
Company Status
Active Directors
Director Name
Ajay Kumar Behera
Gobardhan Dhal
Manoj Kumar Nayak

Friday, July 25, 2014

Harbans Mukhia, Meghnad Desai, & Koenraad Elst

Mahatma Gandhi's English roots - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer 
In his youth, Gandhi was influenced by Jain and Vaishnava saints, but as an adult, he mainly took inspiration from Christian writers like Leo Tolstoy and befriended Westerners like architect Hermann Kallenbach. The Mahatma’s ‘Englishness’ has largely been ignored in post-Independence India.

Between history and mythology - Harbans Mukhia, The Hindu-Jul 16, 2014
This dichotomy also places them in a hierarchy, with history being ... Positivism had, during the eighteenth century and down to much of the ...

History wars - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express 
Dr James Ussher was a very famous Bible scholar. Counting the generations listed in the chapter of Genesis, he calculated that God created the world in 4004 BC. He was accurate in his calculations with the Bible, but wrong about history. Even to this day, those Christians who deny Darwin cite Dr Ussher.

The most interesting part about last Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final match was that the winning German team’s critical goal was made out of a pass hit by one of its three substitute players, and even the strike that put Germany on the top was by yet another substitute. In fact, Germany had three substitute players in that game.

Globalisation, nations and taxes - Deepak Lal, Business Standard 
In his Imagined Communities, the political scientist Benedict Anderson identifies four waves of nationalism. The first was the "creole" wars of liberation in North and South America, prompted by the policy of the European powers of barring the entry of the "creole" elite to higher official and political office in the metropole, even as the "peninsular" had access to high positions in both the colonies and the metropole.

Civilisational truths about India - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer 
India’s biggest neighbour is re-thinking its own identity. In this context, Zhang Weiwei’s path-breaking book, The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State (World Century, Shanghai 2011), deserves to be discussed in detail and with respect to its China-centric purpose: To give China’s remarkable progress an ideological consistency and justification.

On the politics of ‘Hindu History’ - Koenraad Elst, CentreRight 
One of the first important nominations by the Narendra Modi government is the appointment of the retired History professor, Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, as head of the Indian Council of Historical Research. As I could see from spontaneous comments appearing in my mailbox, Hindu-minded historians and intellectuals tend to be very disappointed by this. To them, this nomination amounts to the waste of a beautiful and rare opportunity to achieve an overhaul of the apparently never-ending Marxist dominance in the sectors concerned with Indian history. They consider Rao unfit for the job: too old to provide the dynamic leadership that is needed to affect real change (the RSS gerontocrats clearly wanted to reward one of their own kind), and especially, too associated with the caricature version of “rewriting Indian history”.

Tweets: SEP - The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj (May 4, 2010) via @amazon

CC - Hugely enjoying the intellectual range and depth of Sudipta Kaviraj's The Enchantment of Democracy and India

Ram Guha - My column in @ttindia on history beyond Marxism and Hindutva:

KR - ICHR controversy and undermining history  by Mukul Kanitkar via @NitiCentral

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yogendra, Natwar, and Katju

The fallacy of autonomy - Yogendra Yadav, Hindu 
The recent controversy about continuing the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in Delhi University (DU) reminded me of my days with the University Grants Commission (UGC). I remember ploughing through a thousand pages of agenda papers for each meeting, looking for crucial information buried under innocuous appendices. Read Full Article››
Delhi's pragmatic policy-making - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer 
Straws in the wind, and forceful ones - Gautam Mukherjee, Pioneer 
Delhi doesn't really need a government - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times 
Will Rahul get his mojo back? - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times 
India treading the wrong course at WTO - Ashok Gulati & Anwar ul Hoda, FE 
Welcoming FDI in news - Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Business Standard 
Modi must prioritise three things: Execution, execution, execution - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times 
Return of gurdwara politics - Virender Kumar, Indian Express 
The fallacy of autonomy - Yogendra Yadav, Hindu 
Yes to the people, no to populism - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer 
Japan, India and the balance of power - K Shankar bajpai, Hindu 
BJP eyes repeat of LS victory - Kumar Vikram, India Today 
Mandal vs Kamandal yet again - Badri Narayan, Mint 
BJP & Shiv Sena: Their marriage on the rocks - Kumar Ketkar, Economic Times 
BJP may prefer president's rule - Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi, Economic Times 
PMO, Bhardwaj were involved: Centre - Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindu 
Row rages as Katju adds fuel to fire - Harish V Nair, Mail Today 
Indian Railways - nostalgia and reality - Agnikalam, Business Standard 
Spectrum sharing won't fix telcos' problems - Sounak Mitra, Business Standard 
TCS first Indian firm to top Rs 5 lakh cr in m-cap - Shivani Shinde Nadhe, Bus Std 
What the budget didn’t say - Bhaskar Dutta, Indian Express 
Redefining the idea of world trade - R Srinivasan, Business Line 
Dismantling food inflation - Indira Rajaraman, Business Standard 
Land-shackled - II - Devesh Kapur, TV Somanathan & Arvind Subramanian, Bus Std 
The Neighbourhood/World
The Europe syndrome - Indian Express 
A jobless future awaits, no matter what govt do - Vivek Wadhwa, Economic Times 
Modi’s WTO opportunity - Sunil Jain, Financial Express 
Time for a SAARC bank - Arvind Mehta, Financial Express 
Pakistan: If the generals have changed their mind - Husain Haqqani, Indian Express 
Jaya opposes setting up of buoys on IMBL - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer 
Did Dodd-Frank work? - Joe Nocera, NYT 
A new beginning with Nepal - Rakesh Sood, Hindu 
How to avert another MH17 - Brahma Chellaney, Times of India 
When Modi goes to Kathmandu - Yubaraj Ghimire, Indian Express 
Time is ripe to conclude FTA talks with Canada - Amitendu Palit & Douglas Goold, IE 
ISIS: A fantasy enterprise - Farrukh Dhondy, Hindustan Times 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Honesty, personal integrity and sacrifice

In other words, according to Dr. Elst, Indic studies by westerners during the colonial period must not always be viewed through a jaundiced political prism... Therefore, to an extent I do agree with Dr. Elst when he says that there were quite a few Indic scholars who had truly gone native and whose views on Hindus and Hinduism were far from being uncharitable.

The most exciting and polished work of scholarship I’ve seen in this new way of thinking is Andrew Nicholson’s excellent Unifying Hinduism. Nicholson’s book is a study of Vedānta, the Indian philosophical tradition that sees itself as expounding the Upaniṣads. He turns a close and critical eye on nineteenth-century scholars like Richard Garbe and A.E. Gough, pointing out their misrepresentations of Vedānta tradition and how many of those misrepresentations endure today (especially with respect to Vijñānabhikṣu, the main subject of his study). But he also points out the continuities of these Orientalists with the earlier tradition.
  1. Jeffery Long:
    This is brilliant, Amod. I am very fond of Nicholson’s work, and wrote a glowing review of Unifying Hinduism which can be found on James Madaio, a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, who presented on a DANAM panel on Swami Vivekananda at the AAR this past November (Baltimore 2013), is doing work along similar lines, showing that excessive claims about discontinuity between the Vedanta of Swami Vivekananda and “classical” Advaita Vedanta rests on identifying “classical” Advaita with Shankara and ignoring the millennium of commentarial literature linking Shankara and Vivekananda. Of course, Vivekananda was certainly an innovator in many ways (as, arguably, was Shankara). But the point is that there is both continuity and discontinuity between the contemporary tradition and what was there before. To say that Swami Vivekananda simply cobbled together his Vedanta out of western influences is at least as wrong (and wrongheaded) as to identify him simplistically with an unchanging Vedanta going back to the Upanishads. At last, we are getting some balance in this conversation!
    I made a similar point–essentially a manifesto calling for this kind of approach–in my first book, A Vision for Hinduism. But Nicholson (and Madaio) deserve the credit for actually doing the work of digging into the Sanskrit sources and making the case on solid historical grounds. Rajiv Malhotra makes a similar case in his latest book, albeit in the controversial, confrontational fashion for which he has become known. But it is an important point to make, and hopefully we are seeing yet another generational shift, where we post-Baby Boomers make another course correction toward a ‘middle path’ between the earlier generation and the radical skepticism of our more immediate forebears.
  2. Amod Lele:
    Thank you, Jeffery. Sorry I missed your comment earlier. I think we’re in agreement here. I realize that after my previous interactions with Rajiv Malhotra I now tend to cringe instinctively at the thought that I’m agreeing with him on anything, which is ironic because I share his broad goal of getting the substance of Indian traditions’ ideas taken more seriously in academia. Did you ever see this old post of mine on the topic?

“There is an important role,” Sen said, “for a clear-headed, pro-market, pro-business party that does not depend on religious politics.” ... Liberalism stresses the primacy of the individual as an economic and ethical agent -- and, therefore, emphasizes individual power and responsibility, as well as a reduced role for government in making decisions for society. But, as Kaviraj points out, one of the prominent peculiarities of India's democracy is that it was introduced to the nation without a prior historical process of social individuation, as in the West, or “a prior tradition of liberal political thought.”

AAP's guerrilla warfare: Its extraordinary tactics have brought it limited gains and more losses - Economic Times-Jan 23, 2014 By G R Gopinath, TNN 24 Jan, 2014
Being an ex-army officer, i couldn't help thinking that the Kejriwal-led AAP siege of Delhi was classic guerrilla warfare, in which a small group of combatants use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics and extraordinary mobility to fight a larger and less mobile, traditional army. Guerrilla warfare usually succeeds only when the cause is just and the guerrilla leader leads his band of irregular fighters fearlessly and selflessly.

The ideological vacuum Times of India (blog) ‎- by Santosh Desai 26 January 2014 
The AAP's woes continue. The admonishments keep flowing in and suddenly it seems as if the same party that had fired so many imaginations can do nothing right.