My Day At The 9th Tata Annual Lit Fest

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By Sunil Kumar Another day in the cross-currents of life. A literary sun is a different day, so yesterday found me at the inauguration ceremony of the 9th Annual Tata Lit Fest. After an understated beginning, attended by lesser people …

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What did Mrs. Indira Gandhi and Bhindrawale achieve and lose in the Punjab conflict/terrorism/destruction?

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By Sunil Kumar Today is an auspicious day in India, Bhaiya-Dooj in the North and Bhau-Beej in Maharashtra. So, spreading the good vibes of this festival and cheer is better. Somewhat inappropriate to dwell on the existential angst and suffering …

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How can I become an ISKCON devotee?

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By Sunil Kumar ISKCON is Srila Prabhupada’s gift to the modern world. Based on the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, it is open to all regardless of caste, nationality, gender or religion. Reading Prabhupada’s life, you are struck by the unmatched …

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Did Morarji Desai hate Marathis?

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By Sunil Kumar Truthfully – to some extent, yes, I think so. Most of what I’ve read about Morarji Desai gives one the impression that he was a strict puritan, a proud Gujarati and a follower of Gandhi. He’s also …

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Is the Mumbai Mirror pro-BJP or pro-Congress?

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By Sunil Kumar The Mumbai Mirror is a Bennett Coleman publication(i.e the Times of India group – firmly under the Jain family). Media coverage is dependent on editorial stance and owner pressure(their likes and dislikes as well as proximity to …

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Why did no one ever dethrone the Mughals despite the fact that Delhi was conquered so many times by the Maratha, Durrani, British, etc.?

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting question. I will attempt to analyze the three disparate forces mentioned here and possible reasons for why nobody ever tried to dethrone the Mughals. After the invasions in the early 11th century, the Sultanates starting from …

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What can be done to counter the atrocity literature developed against India by Western propagandists?

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By Sunil Kumar The answer to your question is very complex. A process of systematic denigration of India’s ancient traditions has been in motion for the past 200 years, since the conquest of the subcontinent by the British. For all …

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Is overpopulation the main cause of India not producing great mathematicians like Aryabhata, Brahmagupta, Sridharacharya and Ramanujan?

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By Sunil Kumar According to me; no. All of these mathematicians you mentioned were the product of a different cultural milieu. A way of life that prized learning above all else. The Greek philosopher/polymath Pythagoras acknowledged his debt to the …

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Is the Wodeyar dynasty of Karnataka (Mysore) an extension of Lord Krishna’s Yadu dynasty?

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By Sunil Kumar   A lot of kings, petty chieftains and politicians claim descent from the gods; or being Suryavanshi(the sun) or Chandravanshi(the moon). You should recognise it for what it is; an attempt to instil or garner respect …

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What is your view about Shashi Tharoor’s Hindu Pakistan remark? Will it prove the last nail in the coffin of Congress?

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By Sunil Kumar   Tharoor’s remark should be disregarded as it is in line with the Congress policy of minority appeasement which has become a template for most half-assed parties in the country; and political expediency. Worst deal for the …

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