Monthly Archives: September 2016

How is Brahmin-Varna determined based on one’s birth?

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By Sunil Kumar Vedic society was generally non-stratified into a rigid caste system unlike later(a myriad of castes with Vivekananda famously describing Kerala as a madhouse of caste in the late 19th century); but it was based mostly on kin, …

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Who were Horus and Anubis?

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By Sunil Kumar Horus was one of the most significant Egyptian Gods; worshipped from prehistoric times; until Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. The most commonly encountered family relationship describes Horus as the son of Isis and Osiris, and he plays a …

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How was Rahul Gandhi as a student?

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By Sunil Kumar Rahul Gandhi was an interesting student. Here’s the official version; Due to security concerns; he was home-schooled; and obtained degrees in international relations and development studies at the Universities of Rollins and Cambridge. Born in 1970; he …

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What is the history of the Upanishads?

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By Sunil Kumar According to traditional Indian religious understanding, the Upanishads are part of the knowledge portion, or Jnana Kanda of the Vedas. They are eternal, and came out of the mouth of Hiranyagarbha, or Brahman. So no date can …

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Who won the Mahabharata war really?

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By Sunil Kumar The Mahabharata war was won by the Pandavas; but symbolically; it’s only dharma vs. adharma, the whole thrust of the Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna knew that the Kurus were destined for annihilation; and it was supposed to …

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What is written in the Vedas?

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By Sunil Kumar The Vedas are among the earliest literary compilations on the planet; and were probably composed on the banks of the Saraswati river. There are 4 Vedas and 108 Upanishads currently.(1180 originally). They have been regarded as “apaurusheya”(revelations, …

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What are some fascinating facts related to the rise of India’s BJP?

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By Sunil Kumar The BJP(Bharatiya Janata Party), founded on April 6, 1980 was an offshoot of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, established in 1951 by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. After the first non-Congress government dissolved in 1980; erstwhile members of the Sangh; …

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How was Cleopatra related to Alexander?

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By Sunil Kumar Cleopatra VII was from the Ptolemaic dynasty who ruled Egypt for 275 years; from 305 to 30 B.C. Ptolemy, one of the seven somatophylakes(bodyguards) serving as Alexander’s generals and deputies was appointed satrap of Egypt; after his …

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What are personal relations like between Maneka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi?

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By Sunil Kumar The world’s largest democracy; and its most chequered and celebrated family; the two main Gandhi women; are as different as chalk and cheese. Although; they share the same profession; politics; their long history and relationship with the …

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