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.
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

Why Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is considered as symbol of knowledge in the world ?

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's educational qualifications:
  1. Matriculation, 1907, Elphinstone High School, Bombay
  2. Inter 1909, Elphinstone College,Bombay
  3. B.A, 1913, Elphinstone College, Bombay, University of Bombay, Economics & Political Science
  4. M.A, 1915 Majoring in Economics and with Sociology, History Philosophy, Anthropology and Politics
  5. Ph.D, 1917, Columbia University conferred a Degree of Ph.D.
  6. M.Sc 1921 June, London School of Economics, London. Thesis – ‘Provincial Decentralization of Imperial Finance in British India’
  7. 8. Barrister-at- Law 30-9-1920 Gray’s Inn, London Law
  8. (1922-23, Spent some time in reading economics in the University of Bonn in Germany.)
  9. D.Sc -1923 Nov London School of Economics, London ‘The Problem of the Rupee – Its origin and its solution’ was accepted for the degree of (Economics).
  10. L.L.D (Honoris Causa) 5-6-1952 Columbia University, New York For HIS achievements, Leadership and authoring the constitution of India
  11. D.Litt (Honoris Causa) 12-1-1953 Osmania University, Hyderabad For HIS achievements, Leadership and writing the constitution of India.
Books Written by Dr.B.R.Ambedkar
  1. The Annihilation of Caste
  2. Who were the Shudras?
  3. The Buddha and His Dhamma: A Critical Edition
  4. Riddles in Hinduism
  5. The Essential Writings of B. R. Ambedkar
  6. Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development
  7. Pakistan Or Partition Of India
  8. The Untouchables: Who were They and Why They became Untouchables?
  9. Words of Freedom: Ideas of a Nation: B.R.Ambedkar
  10. Against the Madness of Manu: B.R. Ambedkar's Writings on Brahmanical Patriarchy
  11. The Problem of the Rupee: its origin and its solution
  12. Buddhist Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Ancient India
  14. Waiting for a Visa
  15. Writings And Speeches
  16. The Decline And Fall Of Buddhism In India
  17. Thoughts on Pakistan
  18. Thoughts on Linguistic States
  19. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Man and His Message: A Commemorative Volume
  20. Social Justice And Political Safeguards For Depressed Classes
  21. States & Minorities
Any Many more....
He has written 38 books in total
Especially he was head among Authors of our Constitution, which is far dynamic than manu's laws.
Does this qualifications enough to be credited as Symbol of knowledge or do you need more of his credentials to accept him for that title.
Being born in sudra, with no strong financial aid, with not much moral aid, Under lots of humiliation....
He didn't suicide like a trepid, instead he stood, fought and finally he became aid to many dalits...

                                                                                                                     BY SAI SIDDAHARTH

If Dr B. R. Ambedkar was alive today, would he support reservation in India in its present state?

Looking back Dr Ambedkar would have regretted the following.

a) Pune Pact for reserved constituency: This has resulted in true representatives of dalits such as Mayawati who got 4% of popular vote left without a seat in the parliament. With separate electorate, true dalit representatives would have been elected instead of the dummy ones who are approved by the upper-castes.

b) Not having compulsory education: This has resulted in reservations not being effective as enough dalits are not coming out of schools to enjoy the protection of reservations. He would have implemented some sort of reservations in schools as well - something like the RTE act. He would have provided mandatory funds to be allocated for education sector.

c) Setting the time-limit for reservations: Instead of time based, he would have come up with results based termination clause.

d) Not implementing womens reservations: If only he had implemented women's reservations in the first round itself, he could have changed the course of India and saved millions who die of female infanticide. Ambedkar couldn't have possibly anticipated the genocide that happens in India since the invention of the ultrasound sonography. He would have shown more urgency to implement reservations for women more than dalits.

e) Not asking the state for separate institutions for oppressed people - Ambedkar couldn't have anticipated the backlash of the upper-castes. If he did, he would have asked for a separate parallel institutions such as schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, police and courts for dalits. Just like we have muslim colleges, women's police station etc.

He would have regretted the precious time lost along with generations of people's lives.

                                                                                                                 BY  MOHAN VANAMALAI

Monday, July 3, 2017

Made in India

RSS/BJP's hidden plan to make India a Hindu Rashtra (Hindu Nation) by 2023
It has become clear recently that the RSS/BJP is making its agenda open. The agenda is to make India a Hindu nation by 2025 to mark 100 years of foundation of the RSS. One of the outfits of the RSS, Hindu Janajagriti Samiti (HJS), the offshoot of infamous Sanatan Sanstha founded by Pandurang Athawale is holding a seminar to this effect with 150 organisation : the point of discussion is how to make India a Hindu country by 2023. They see Adityanath's coming to power in UP as the beginning of the Hindu Rashtra. The readers who might be unfamiliar with Sanatan Sanstha should know that this is the terrorist organisation that gunned down Dabholkar, Pansare, and Kalburgi. It claimed the responsibility of the killings. This organisation brainwashes the youths and makes them terrorists.
How would the Hindu Rashtra look like?
When the RSS/BJP talks about Hindu nation, they ultimately talk about the rules of the Smriti, particularly Manu Smriti. They abhor the idea of India for all. For them, India belongs to the Brahmins, it was a dying wish of Tilak that he wanted the rule of the Brahmins back. He opposed the rights of the OBCs and SCs tooth and nail. The Hindu Rashtra will be run by the deep state in the form of RSS. Actually, though on the papers India is not a Hindu Rashtra, in practice, it is a Hindu Rashtra. The RSS is right at the centre of all powers. It is running the Government and it provides a steel frame to further its hidden agenda.
Why is Hindu Rashtra an impossibility?
The concept of the Hindu Rashtra is not tenable and it will lead to civil wars in India. The single reason behind it is that the Hindu society does not exist as a society. The HIndus are divided by the caste and they are less likely to united as the Hindu to make one community and one society. However, the greatest advantage the RSS is having is in the form of creation of Hindu Political consciousness. This consciousness has been systematically created by the RSS and elites in the Congress fold that there is a "Hindu Political Class". In reality, the Hindu political class also does not exist, but because of the party and election systems, the Hindu Political Class emerges. The Hindu political class do not emerge endogeniously (from within), it appears exogeniously (from without). As it cannot appear from within, it has to emerge from without. This process is very important to understand. The externality that creates the Hindu Political class is the Islam. That is the reason the Hindu fundamentalists pose Islam as anti-national and anti-Hindu. Given the history of Indian Islam, the trends is unique and that most of the Muslims in India are converted from the lower castes to escape the tyranny of the caste Hindus. The polarisation went so much further that India got divided into three different nation states.
The newly emerged state of Pakistan was a nation-state in transition and they needed a fairly simple equation to forge the nation which will keep the hegemony of the elites intact in Pakistan. They came up with the simple equation:
Pakistan=Islam + Urdu
Though Urdu was only spoken by 7 percent pf the Pakistani people then and Islam was not as radicalised as it is today. The democratic Pakistan would have shifted the power in the hands of the popular majority, in that case, the Bengalis. But we know what happened to Pakistan and it has become very fragile state because of these contradictions. Thanks to the greatness of Babasaheb Ambedkar, he came up with an entirely different equation and that is:
India= Justice + liberty + equality + fraternity
In this equation, India becomes truly people's republic and it has power to remove all the contradictions in India. India survived and will continue to survive with this equation. But the RSS/BJP have an entirely different equation which can keep the powers at teh hands of the Brahmins and India will remain a perpetually underdeveloped nation. Only developed community in India will be the Brahmins. The public equation of the RSS/BJP is:
India = Hindu + Hindi + Hindustan
If we compare the equation of the Pakistan and that of RSS, the pattern is the same. There is no difference in their approaches to keep the power at the hands of the elites. But, it is impossible to forge Hindu society, because the moment Hindus unite even as the Hindus as a community that will be the doom of Brahminism in India. The Brahmins in India only want Hindus as the political class, they do not want Hindus as a community to come into being. The consolidation of Hindus breaking all the caste barriers will destroy the hegemony of the Brahmins. Hence, in Hindu Rashtra, the caste system must survive and therefore the constitution must be replaced by the Manu Smriti.
So a real Hindu Rashtra can never come into being, what will come into being is a dictatorship if the Brahmins directly when the state is controlled by the RSS and its affiliates directly.
What will save this country?
Only Buddha-Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar's movement can save this country from falling into perpetual civil wars like conditions. It is this movement only that follows the equation:
India = Justice + Liberty + equality + fraternity
Only this movement can make this equation a reality. Only this movement has a potential to make India into a community, not based on caste, not based on religion, not based on gender, but based on the fact that all human beings are born equal and they have equal rights to live and not just live, but live with dignity.
The RSS/BJP's core is poisonous and anti-India. We have to stop it before it destroys our country which our forefathers built sacrificing so much.

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