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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Obama made a pointed reference to Article 25

My article just got published in @SwarajyaMag: "Is Gandhi the Best Indian  Secularist Obama Could Find?"

Religous influence on social issues a concern for secular socitey, says Supreme Court

OBAMA'S MESSAGE : Indians should do some soul-searching. And Modi must act. My edit-page article in The Indian...

Akeel Bilgrami: ‘Hindu Right’s appropriation of svaraj is hypocrisy’ - The Hindu

Plurality in Hinduism Shouldn't be Used to Deny its Integrity

Uphold religious freedom, Obama urges India - The Hindu
India will succeed as long as it is not splintered along religious lines, U.S. President Barack Obama said here on Tuesday while addressing an audience of students and other invitees at the end of his visit to India.
His words, along with a pointed reference to Article 25 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees religious freedom, is seen as a strong statement against fundamentalism and extremism here and in the U.S. 
“Every person has the right to practise their faith as they choose, or no faith at all without fear or discrimination,” said Mr. Obama admitting he had often felt “treated differently” because of his background in the U.S.

Tweets: Obama devoted 5 mins of a 33 min speech to religious tolerance. 17% of his time, invoked Article 25. Quite significant

In the world of international diplomacy, often the gentlest of "proddings" are significant #Article25 #GharWapsi

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    However, holistically there is more substance to Mr. Obama’s 34-minute speech, set in the context of two emerging scenarios. First, the possibility that America can be “India’s best partner” in a whole range of activities including the ‘next wave’ of economic growth, and second, at a more personal level how India for Mr. Obama represents “an intersection of two men who have always inspired me” — Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi — in striving for equity and peace in a non-violent way.
    It is from this perceptual bedrock that the American President has sought to re-engage India on a much wider socio-political canvas of cultural pluralism and religious diversity under an overarching universal humanism.

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    This is the charge repeatedly brought against Gandhi — why did he not die for the “Akhandata” of Bharat, and why did he keep insisting that Pakistan be dealt with humanely? Written by Apoorvanand  Posted: January 30, 2015  
    Long after his death, the act of “disembowelling” Gandhi continues. The “abominable” part of him is being removed. We are trying to get rid of the Gandhi who keeps challenging us and want a Gandhi who, with his bhajan, would put us to sleep. But Gandhi was an eternal rebel. This rebellious Gandhi needs to be rescued. As a first step, we need to visit the moment of his death and gather the courage to face the ghost of Gandhi, who still wanders inside Birla House. The writer teaches Hindi at Delhi University - See more at:

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    Monday, January 19, 2015

    Promoting an inherent distrust of white women


    You are dodging the question after asking for evidence :-)

    As far as I can see, some are Hindu in external form only, while others are Hindu in spirit. There is a whole spectrum of approaches to Hinduism which need to be understood instead of using black/white categories to label someone as Hindu or not-Hindu.
    I won't digress from your main topic unless you want to continue this thread, but I had to ask my question since you seem to be promoting an inherent distrust of white women who turn to Hinduism which is not fair, because many of them are attracted to Hinduism after being repelled by rigidity of Abrahamic religions.
    This is unfair to white men as well, against whom you don't seem to have any issues.
    As far as the Mirra Alfassa is concerned, I have found that many Indian men (and in Sri Aurobindo's time, some of his male disciples as well) seem to resist accepting her spiritual stature after gaining cursory information about her. They eventually drop their inhibitions after learning more about her. Maybe some day you will undergo the same evolution.

    Sandeep I am not dodging th question; not in my character. I am raising questions to provoke some thinking even if the answers are not to our liking. Mirra Alfassa is not on my radar for anything except where she intersects with Aurobindo the political thinker. Post 1907 Aurobindo has no relevance to the freedom struggle. He distanced himself from the political turmoil and Gandhi happened. If anyone could have checked Gandhi in the early years of the 20th century it was Aurobindo. I will return to my question again. Can the Hindu nation afford to encourage the pernicious idea that all of us should have our very own subjective and personalised definition of 'Hindu'. Let us see where this danger has already led us. The Ramakrishna Mission declared they are not Hindu. If Sri ramakrishna was a Hindu religious leader and Swami Vivekananda was Hindu how can Ramakrishna Mission not be Hindu? And whatever their motive for making such a pronouncement can they retract ever? Why did the American disciples of Sri Sri Ravishankar say Art of Living is not Hindu? So what "Hindu" did Ramakrishna Mission and Art of Living have in mind when they said they are not Hindu? My Guru used to observe with great calmness - the truth of parabrahman cannot be negated just because I have no knowledge of it or just because I deny it; conversely the truth of parabrahman is independent of my belief in it or my knowledge of it. So when the fruits of a tree say they do not belong to that tree, I just wonder where these cults stand today. And yes, these are cults. We have no problem with cults which are legitimate as long as they do not claim independent existence or identity from sanatana dharma.

    Reports of women and children harassment put #AurobindoAshram under SC scanner

    @NekkantiR There are many other issues which need to be seen together.

    [Sri Aurobindo instructed Kapali to stick to his interpretation while continuing the work of interpreting the Veda.]

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    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Hindutva and Vivekananda are barriers

    Politics serves as an easy means of boosting self-esteem for the youth but Sri Aurobindo exhorts to work towards Evolution of Consciousness. Before turning inordinately proud of saving the country, the youth of India must learn about what the Veda ordains them, from Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo rescues from the deafening noise pushing Mythology and Medievalism to acquaint with Vedic modes of volitional Self-Evolution. Don't carry misunderstandings and prejudices imbibed from Indian tradition all your life and learn from Sri Aurobindo to enrich civilisation. Hindutva advising women to have 4-5 children proves that it's 4-5 centuries back in intellectual growth & must evolve.

    The youth of India must develop adequate intellectual muscle to wrestle with what Sri Aurobindo wrote hundred years ago in 1914 in the ARYA. Indian culture must unshackle itself from Medieval Hindutva & claim Sri Aurobindo's Judeo-Vedic Integralism to keep pace with Economic surge. Nehruvian perspective was okay for adolescence but the Nation must evolve into Sri Aurobindian maturity after a brief Hindutva interregnum. Nehruvian neglect of Sri Aurobindo's Knowledge Capital has cost the country dear and it has to pay the price by way of Hindutva backlash. Sri Aurobindo weans away from Vedic Ritual and initiates into Integral Self-Perfection derived from Psychological interpretation of the Veda. Savitri Era unveiled by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo has robust Philosophy and Psychology and steers clear of Mythology, Astrology, & Rituals. If Hindutva follows Congress example of ignoring Sri Aurobindo, it'd be a colossal loss of opportunity not only for India but also the world. With the aid of Sri Aurobindo, youth of India must be willing to defeat ill effects of Mythology & Hindutva and espouse Science & Modernity. 

    Most Hindutva defenders are hardcore Vivekananda disciples who have undertaken the burden to prevent Sri Aurobindo's teaching from spreading. Both Hindutva and Vivekananda are barriers to the sublime Knowledge source and path to Perfection unveiled by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Multiple wrong perceptions did penetrate the Indian consciousness through Gandhi, Tagore, and Vivekananda, and Sri Aurobindo rectifies them. Acolytes of Golwalkar, Savarkar, and Vivekananda must make up their minds to receive higher education and understanding from Sri Aurobindo. Winning Power after decades long struggle is bound to make Hindutva blind for a while but faultlines of its clash with Modernity will show up. Hoping to win successive elections through Hindu votes consolidation is a chimera as Democratic aspirations are likely to take precedence. Indian Constitution doesn't give any special weightage to any religion and hence all aggressive mobilisation of Hindus is counterproductive

    Present Indian scenario is not a tussle between the Hindu and the rest. It's between Modernity and Freedom vs. Medievalism and Superstition. RW is now on overdrive in growing some theoretical muscle but one substantial mistake they commit is to treat Hindu as a monolithic category. Resolve to protect Liberty and Modernity by rejecting Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals so that children always feel India as their own land. Prevalence of Mythology, Astrology, & Rituals forces many Indians to turn agnostic but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo offer a fascinating option. It's worth the while to get rid of victimhood & negativity and follow the Judeo-Vedic Savitri Era ushered in by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo wades through Mythology, Mysticism, and Philosophy to express his Prophesies through Poetry. Make his SAVITRI a daily habit. All educated Indians should keep a copy of SAVITRI with them to recite a page or two from it whenever they feel like.

    Hindutva privileges Mythology and promotes Ritualistic mode of religion while Sr Aurobindo presents an enlightened version of Vedic culture. Just because Modi was able to become PM doesn't exonerate Hindutva of its ills and make it trustworthy for future generations. Buyer beware! [TNM55]

    Friday, January 02, 2015

    History, Science, and Hermeneutics

    In a resolution passed in its three-day platinum jubilee session at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the IHC called for “defence of scientific method in history”.
    “Unfortunately, even the Prime Minister has suggested that in the hoary past, Indians had learnt, and then forgotten, plastic surgery of a kind going far beyond what is now possible. There is widespread belief that soon textbooks will be revised or rewritten, to inculcate such a strongly misleading and divisive brand of history among pupils in our schools,” it said, referring to Modi’s statement at a Mumbai event in October where he had linked mythology with medical science.
    “It also calls upon all members of the political establishment to refrain from making statements contrary to well-established historical facts. They should understand that loose or irresponsible statements of this kind tarnish the good repute of this country,” said the resolution.
    Underlining the importance of “scientific method in history”, the IHC expressed apprehension about “voices being raised in certain influential quarters on the need to rewrite Indian history through an abundant use of ancient mythology and speculative chronology, while fresh myths, like that of Indians originally peopling the whole world, are being created.” - See more at

    Minding the Modern:

    Modernity as a hermeneutic problem

    posted by Thomas Pfau
    What the book is not, and does not purport to be, is a linear and continuous narrative of social or even philosophical history. Neither is it a Rezeptionsgeschichte on the model of the Constance School, which traces the popular reception and dissemination of ideas. As Brad Gregory observes, “how ideas were received is not Pfau’s principal concern.” As an eminent historian of early modern Europe, Gregory understandably regrets that my narrative does not embed ideas more fully in their complex and often volatile historical moment. Similarly, Paul Silas Peterson would have preferred if Minding the Modern had focused on socio-historical contexts, such as tensions between popular religious culture and the late-medieval Catholic magisterium, ...

    To stipulate that we cannot appraise the thrust and significance of ideas and concepts independent of the historical context supposed to have generated them means preemptively to subordinate philosophical and theological hermeneutics to historical narratives. Yet such narratives don’t just write themselves but rest on myriad interpretive choices. The very labor of specifying and rendering intelligible historical contexts—both for those inhabiting them and for historians belatedly returning to them—actually presupposes conceptual frameworks (not necessarily explicit) on which all hermeneutic practice depends. Hence, if (as Brad Gregory points out) Minding the Modern mainly “deploys ideas as agents,” that approach should not be preemptively rejected as the spurious fruit of esoteric intellectualism or as a questionable heuristic fiction.
    Rather, my approach is shaped by the conviction that our inevitably fluid, complex, and often bewildering socio-historical reality will disclose its distinctive features, tendencies, and significance only where it is (pre-)filtered through various narrative and conceptual frameworks. It is true, of course, that in their very application to that reality, these frameworks themselves are in turn subtly and, on occasion, massively altered. Nonetheless, I maintain that such frameworks logically precede the historical situation to which they are applied. On rare occasions, conceptual and narrative frameworks may be rendered unusually explicit by the work of philosophical or theological reflection.