Being a Hindu and a still modern, rational student of the 21st century, who interacts with people from all communities and cultures on a day to day basis, what is my stance on the caste system? Will I go to the extent of defending the injustices? Will I try and justify oppression of millions? Short answer? No. […]Read More Is the Caste System an Inherent Feature of Hinduism?
I would like to share a story with you: I was once in a junior debating competition in Bangkok, representing my school (which is based in Dubai). After the main event, I had the opportunity to converse with hundreds of speakers from over 80 different countries over dinner. On my dinner table aside from myself, […]Read More Fellow Youngsters, Why Demean Your Religion?
The supreme court of India, correcting its earlier order, said that patriotism is not something one needs to wear “up his sleeve” and that “You don’t have to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic”. As a student and an Indian, I have enormous respect for the Indian courts and the judiciary […]Read More What Does Standing up for Your Anthem Mean
A couple of years ago, I was conversing with a British student of my age who was asking me all sorts of questions on the Hindu Dharma and what he believed were ‘illogical’, right from the caste system, to having ‘Many Gods’. At some point, as expected he raised the question, “Are cows God […]Read More Cows: Special or Overrated?
Indus Valley civilisation, Aryan-Dravidian Theory, half a page on the Mauryan Empire, one case study on the Cholas, followed by a direct leap to the Delhi Sultanate, an extensive coverage of the “brilliant” Mughal Empire, The British rule in India, The Indian independence, abolition of “regressive Hindu norms” and finally, the formation of a “sovereign, secular, […]Read More My View on the “Indian History” that CBSE has taught me