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If you don’t click and read this article, your left eye will swell and hurt

We are in unique times. We have officially entered the age of unwanted misdirected online hyperventilation. People literally read the headline of an article and start outraging without reading the content and applying their mind about whether what is being done is good or not.

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posted on 26th April 2017

Daaru pe Dialogue: what I told my right-wing Hindu friend about removing 295(A)

Last night I committed the cardinal sin. I had a discussion about politics/social issues over beer with a friend, who identifies himself as a “Right Wing Hindu”.
It all started thanks to this tweet by former AAP leader Prashant Bhushan where he had said, “Romeo loved just one lady, while Krishna was a legendary Eve teaser.Would Adityanath have the guts to call his vigilantes AntiKrishna squads?”

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posted on 3rd April 2017

The ‘right wing’ faces the danger of becoming the mirror image of the ‘left wing’

Social media has fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. There is not even a single day where we don’t get up in the morning and shout and scream digitally about something or the other. Outrage has become an integral part of lives. Where there is news, there is outrage.

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posted on 22nd February 2017

The leftists labelled me ‘Sanghi’ and why I’m fine with it

There was a time in our childhood where words carried a meaning. Words conveyed some beliefs, some feelings, some identity. If you labelled someone, that person would be bothered by that label; they would try to explain why they are not that person.

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posted on 10th January 2017

Tolerance vs Mutual respect – How India should treat its immigration policy

The Government of India is considering a few amendments in regards to the Citizenship Act of 1955. The government has already set up a joint committee of parliamentarians who are examining the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which will look into the matter of granting Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Christians and Buddhists from our neighbouring countries who have been living in India for a minimum period of six years. You can check The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 here (pdf link).

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posted on 20th October 2016

The Talking Human Indian Coconut

Usually, when I decide to write on a particular subject, it is because of an incident or occurrence in my personal life. This blog is no different :-) I refuse to call my city Mumbai. To me, it will always be BOMBAY uttered the innocent, well-meaning Indian Coconut. Now in case you’re wondering and don’t know what a Talking Human Indian Coconut is, let me explain it to you. The definition of the Talking Indian Human Coconut is:
” An Indian Coconut is a person aspiring and trying very hard to be white but he/she/it is trapped in a brown body. FYI they don’t know about it. In fact, if pointed out, many of them simply refuse to acknowledge it. ”

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posted on 16th August 2016

The Tragedy of the Digital Dharmic Commons

We are all products of the digital age now. A significant chunk of our population is connecting to each other via Social Media. Social Media has truly democratised the discourse worldwide as it does not have any gatekeepers. In a way, we all are gatekeepers in the digital world. Every individual tries to connect and synergize with other like-minded folks around the world. If there is a single community/set of people that have benefitted from social media it has to be Hindus (aka Internet Hindus). For long, a large chunk of the Hindu community has felt that the mainstream media has stifled their voice. Digital mediums like Facebook and Twitter have given these Hindus the much-needed platform to express their opinions to a larger audience. But ironically it is this very unfettered freedom that has now subjected Social Media to what I call ” The Tragedy of the Digital Dharmic Commons. ”

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posted on 16th May 2016.

Third Wave Feminism & The Death of Marriage

If there is one word that brings a huge smile on the faces of urban English-speaking middle-class Indian women it is Feminism. The mere utterance of this word makes them feel elated and empowered. You will constantly hear young girls pronounce with great pride that they are Feminists. Now on the face of it, this seems to be a very laudable thing. After all, we live in the 21st century and any modern society should aspire for gender equality. In fact, I would go a step further and say that if a society wants to call itself modern & liberal one of the most important benchmarks would be the status of women in that society.

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posted on 5th May 2016

Left Liberals Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

As a Dharmic Skeptic, I have always been someone who has questioned the fundamentals of religions/ideologies/darshanas. As someone who believes in Freedom of Expression, I have always sided with everyone who has tried to push the boundaries set by society. I may not agree with their views on every occasion but, they have the right to share their views and that according to me is the real Dharmic way.

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posted on 20th April 2016

The Left Liberal assault on Intellectual Diversity in India

A few days ago I saw a Facebook post on Babasaheb Ambedkar which spoke about how he hated Hinduism, and how the evil that is Hinduism needs to be eliminated completely from Indian Society. I normally don’t indulge in online debates, but this time, the temptation got the better of me and I tried to share a contrarian point of view with this individual. My comments led to a barrage of personal insults and abuses. It was obviously a very bad idea.

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posted on 15th April 2016

It’s all in the Name

The Haryana Government has recently announced its decision to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram. In the recently concluded “Global investors summit” at Gurgaon, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave an explanation in regards to this decision. Gurgaon’s name change is an outcome of a proposal by the municipal corporation in 2012. A committee was formed to address the issue and the resolution to change the name has been passed thrice. A member of the committee has been quoted in the Indian Express saying “Most of us feel the city should be renamed Gurugram to emphasize the fact that this is where Guru Dronacharya used to live. Not many people are aware of it and there is nothing wrong in renaming it,”

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posted on 13th April 2016

The Unhappy and Angry Left Liberal Brigade

A few days ago I was at a Café with a friend of mine. As we were chatting we couldn’t help but overhear the conversation of the folks to our left. These people were constantly complaining about how horrible our society is and how we need to break free from these shackles. The tone would always go from how the “ Hindu Right “ in India is bigoted, to the only solution to all of this is complete “ revolution “. Now I want to clarify, I did not place them purposely to my left; it was just one of those things that happen sometimes:-). But what struck me about this entire conversation was the amount of hate and contempt these guys had for the prevailing state of affairs.

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posted on 11th April 2016

The Reactionary and Over Emotional Right

” Jaago Hindu Jaago ” are the words you will often read if you are a regular visitor on Facebook and Twitter. In fact if you do a Google search of these words you will see a huge number of search results showcasing a wide range of subjects. Sometimes they will mention the diminishing population of Hindus in Bengal or the activities of Christian Evangelists converting Hindus in different parts of India. Now on the face of it, these seem to be absolutely genuine grievances if one is going to look at it from the point of view of a Hindu. But there is a common factor in all these searches. I personally tried to check the entries presented in the first 6 pages of the Google search and all the entries were basically complaints. They were random Facebook and Twitter handles complaining about how the Hindu society is under siege. But a very important question needs to be asked. Once they identify the problem what are they doing about it ? What is the way forward ? And this is where the problem starts. This is the defining feature of the entire Hindu movement. It is full of complaints with over emotional and reactionary supporters.

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posted on 29th March 2016

Dharmic Nationalism

If you are an "Urban English Speaking Middle Class Indian" there is a very high probability that sometime in your life you will hear some friend / acquaintance of yours saying ” Dude I am really worried, ever since the BJP / RSS has come to power it is increasingly trying to make India into a Hindu Theocracy “. To make matters even more interesting you will hear some journalist / public intellectual write an article or give a byte on television sharing their concerns over how India is slowly becoming a Hindu Theocracy.

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posted on 17th March 2016

Standard Operating Procedure of Regressive Left Liberals

I am trying to identify certain patterns/symptoms that I have observed while I have debated Regressive Left Liberals. In the last few years of my life while I have been active on Facebook and Twitter I have seen a very interesting pattern that emerges when someone tries to debate a Regressive Left Liberal. I have to clarify one thing, though. The term “Regressive Left Liberal” used by me is referred to a certain group of people you find on social media who associate with a certain set of regressive values and are usually supporters of AAP and Congress. I am not trying to brand all the supporters of AAP or Congress in this category as I personally know some of them to be very reasonable. But for lack of appropriate words available, I am sticking to this generalized category. In fact, if someone spent time with me and started taking my views on a variety of issues they would probably end up branding me as a “liberal” too:-) (Although I personally call myself Dharmic and reject the liberal tag completely).

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posted on 7th March 2016

Reversing the gaze at Rohan Murty from my Peanut Gallery

I am trying to identify certain patterns/symptoms that I have observed while I have debated Regressive Left Liberals. In the last few years of my life while I have been active on Facebook and Twitter I have seen a very interesting pattern that emerges when someone tries to debate a Regressive Left Liberal. I have to clarify one thing, though. The term “Regressive Left Liberal” used by me is referred to a certain group of people you find on social media who associate with a certain set of regressive values and are usually supporters of AAP and Congress. I am not trying to brand all the supporters of AAP or Congress in this category as I personally know some of them to be very reasonable. But for lack of appropriate words available, I am sticking to this generalized category. In fact, if someone spent time with me and started taking my views on a variety of issues they would probably end up branding me as a “liberal” too:-) (Although I personally call myself Dharmic and reject the liberal tag completely).

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posted on 3rd March 2016

A Surah Wise Summary Of The Quran

Surah Al Fatihahbr

This is the first Surah of the Quran. This was revealed at Makka. It is called ” The Opening “. In laymen terms it can be called a preface. This Surah is called the first complete Surah of the Quran. A short Surah of just 7 verses, it is a prayer that Allah has taught his believers who want to start their journey of studying the Quran.

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posted on 13th April 2015

An analysis of the Bible from a Dharmic person

Genesis

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. It explains the creation of the world and the actual events which lead to the origin of life. Genesis describes the Lord God, who is infinite and all-powerful, he has created everything that exists by his spoken word out of nothing.

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posted on 28th May 2015

Is making new Schemes & Policies our national obsession.

Yesterday evening I happened to be at an event held at a high-end South Mumbai restaurant where some esteemed panelists were discussing “how today’s youth is actively building a career within the political framework and disrupting the traditional construct of bureaucracy to create real impact”. The main Tag Line for the event was “Empowering Youth, Creating Change with the Government”.

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posted on 28th May 2015

Hindu Theocracy is an Oxymoron You Moron

If you are an ” Urban English Speaking Middle Class Indian ” there is a very high probability that sometime in your life you will hear some friend / acquaintance of yours saying ” Dude I am really worried, ever since the BJP / RSS has come to power it is increasingly trying to make India into a Hindu Theocracy.

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posted on 26th March 2016

I am going to watch Bahubali-2 because it is annoying some annoying people

So Bahubali-2 has released. From whatever I have heard from my friends and family, it seems that the movie is amazing. I am not a desi movie buff. I don’t go out of my house and watch Hindi or for that matter any kind of cinema when it is released. I have lost my will to go and sit for 3 hours and watch a movie. But I have a feeling that this time I will be breaking that habit. And there is a good reason for that.

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posted on 3rd May 2017

The selective outrage of the left and right over free speech, and how it hurts everyone

The assault on free speech in India is now a consistent phenomenon. We have had two attacks on freedom of expression in a matter of few days. In the 1st case, we have a 17-year-old student in Baduria, Bengal who has been arrested and jailed for some “objectionable” comments he made on Facebook. Not only was the boy imprisoned, but post that we have had reports of violence from mobs belonging to the Muslim community in some areas of Bengal.

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posted on 16th July 2017
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