Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What facts will completely change your perception about Dr B. R. Ambedkar ?

Shabrish Nair

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pali is as old as Chalcolithic age

भाषा से इतिहास को पकड़ा जा सकता है। जब लोहे की खोज नहीं हुई थी, तब लोग ताँबे को लोहा कहा करते थे। जो लोह रंग का हो, वह लोहा है। जिसका रंग लोहित हो, वह लोहा है। जिसका रंग लहू जैसा हो, वह लोहा है। पालि में आज भी ताँबे को लोह कहा जाता है। मतलब कि पालि तब की है, जब ताँबे को लोहा कहा जाता था। निष्कर्ष यह कि पालि की जड़ें ताम्रयुगीन हैं

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dronacharya

द्रोण का जन्म पत्ते के दोने से हुआ था। इसीलिए उसका नाम द्रोण हुआ। भारद्वाज ऋषि ने घृतार्ची को गंगास्नान करते देखा, कामवासना से वह स्खलित हो गया। उसने अपना वीर्य एक दोने में रख दिया। दोने से वह वीर्य द्रोण के रूप में निकल आया।

द्रोण ऐसा अवैज्ञानिक चरित्र है जिसकी कोई माँ नहीं थी। सिर्फ पुरुष के गुणसूत्रों से पैदा हुआ पात्र महाजातिवादी चरित्र के रूप में स्थापित है। उसके नाम पर सरकारी पुरस्कार दिया जाना शर्मनाक होने के साथ-साथ उसके अवैज्ञानिक जन्म तथा कुकृत्य को मान्यता देना है।

-Mahendra Yadav

Friday, October 20, 2017

Unbeliveable in Mahabharata


The Sex.
It’s unbelievable because the hullabaloo about ‘our culture and moral values’ seems to be so silly when put against the mature and confident way our epics handle sex scenes.
I’ve written this same answer over here, but I’m writing it again because everyone needs to read it, I think.
If you read a decent translation, it reads like a mix of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Some examples from the Ramesh Menon translation:
  1. Two female sexual advances.. (free from judgement or negative connotations)
    "One morning when she was in her fertile time, Queen Girika came to her husband and asked him to make love...wearing the sheerest robe"
    "Adrika saw how radiant he was and lusted after him..[her plan being that] seeing her naked body he would make love to her"
  2. One instance of masturbation..
    "...with Girika's lush body before his mind's eye..."
  3. One oral sex/bestiality..
    "...darted forward and swallowed that seed..."
  4. One visible erection (this is subtle)..
    "Parashara's presence and dignity, which now suffered not a little for his visible excitement..."
...which ends in coitus.
These are some of the events leading to the birth of Vyasa, the mythic poet extraordinaire who composed the entire epic.
And, dear reader, we have not even begun chapter one.
Another rather funny part was when Urvashi offers her favors to Arjun, who refuses:
From Wikipedia - Urvashi reached Arjuna’s room one night. But Arjuna did not have any intentions of making love to Urvashi. Instead he called her the “mother” of the Kuru race. Because once Urvashi was the wife of king pururavas the ancestor of Kuru Dynasty. Urvashi felt insulted.. and hence lays a curse (you know what that was) on Arjun for a year.
For all those in India who get upset about teaching sex-education in schools, and our Anti-Romeo squads, let me emphasize most strongly - you need to know more of your own culture, and its lack of guilt/fear towards the human body.

                                                                                       Coutesy : Soumitra Bhoyar

Monday, September 18, 2017

Was Dr. Ambedkar really a genius ?

I was reading The President’s speech delivered on the occasion of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture 2014. and I was quite impressed by its content. It is very well written and I believe that if you are interested in knowing more about Baba Saheb Ambedkar then you should go here and read it in full. On a side note, I do also feel that there is an urgent need to reclaim Dr. Ambedkar’s legacy as more than the messiah for the schedule castes only. He was a lot lot more. A messiah, if at all, for the whole of India. The ‘if at all’ is because I have certain concerns on the term ‘messiah’ which makes demigods out of humans putting them in some sort of an unachievable pedestal but I am clearly digressing here and we need to go back to what I am writing this for.
To quote The President,
Dr. Ambedkar’s legacy and contribution to India can be seen in many fields. His PhD thesis of 1923 titled “The Evolution of Provincial Finance in British India” provided academic basis for the Finance Commission of India which was subsequently established through Article 280 of the Constitution to address problems of vertical and horizontal imbalances in finances. Similarly, the Reserve Bank of India was conceptualized based on the guidelines presented by Dr. Ambedkar to the “Royal Commission on Indian Currency & Finance” in 1925. Commission members found Dr. Ambedkar’s book “The Problem of the Rupee- Its Problems and Its Solution” an invaluable reference tool and the Central Legislative Assembly eventually passed these guidelines as the RBI Act 1934.
Further,
As Labour Minister in the Viceroy’s Council, Dr Ambedkar successfully led the struggle for reduction of work from 12 hours a day to 8 hours in 1942. He contributed the idea of setting up of Employment Exchanges in India. He was almost single handedly responsible for establishing the Central Technical Power Board, the National Power Grid System and the Central Water Irrigation and Navigation Commission. Dr. Ambedkar played an important role in the establishment of the Damodar Valley project, Hirakud project and Sone river project.
Here’s the thing: a PhD thesis leads to the creation of the Finance Commission of India. A set of guidelines conceptualize the Reserve Bank. A subsequent book then becomes its Act. The Employment Exchange, the National Power Grid System, the Central Water Irrigation and Navigation Commission, the Damodar Valley Project and so on: if this man wasn’t brilliant I don’t know who else will qualify.
All of this before he even began his most important contribution to the Indian nation: that of the Constitution itself. I have been reading some excerpts of the Constituent Assembly debates and he is legendary. You have to respect genius when you see it. Thus:
Baba Saheb, I bow, in respect, to thy genius!
Here, I believe I need to make this clear: this respect is not hero worshiping. If one was to read of him, he himself cautioned against this. This is just admiration. Think of it as the Japanese or the Korean form of greeting. Standing and bowing in respect. Not laying down and doing a dandvat. It’s important not to.
                                                                                                                    BY  ASHISH PATIL

Are Ramayana and Mahabharata myths or reality (history) ?

I don’t believe that Ramayana or Mahabharatha are historically facts.
I also don’t believe that the stories of Lord Rama or Krishna are purely a work of fiction.
I believe that the reality lies somewhere in between.
It is quite possible that great kings with the names of Rama or Krishna existed in reality.
However, what we read about them in Ramayana and Mahabharatha are highly exaggerated and appears to be a work of fiction.
For example, I don’t believe that:
  • Rama had weapons that could perched the sea
  • Ravana had Pushpaka Vimana or Airplane that was used to bring Ram and Sita from Lanka to Ayodhya
  • Hanumana lifted the mountain and flew for Sanjeevani booti
  • Lord Krishna lifted the mountain as a child to protect the people of Vrindavana
  • Lord Krishna gave the sermon of Gita in the battle field which was heard by Sanjay sitting in the palace of Dhritrastra
We don’t know how much of the stories are true and how much are false.
However, millions of Hindus believe these stories and follow the ideals shown by Lord Rama.
Such a belief has created common Indian values which are keeping the society united.

                                                                                                           BY  AWDESH SINGH

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