Shanti Parva

After the Great War that has waged all around me over the past year, and now as it draws to a close, it is only proper that we have a few words of peace now, of closure, and of rest. A sort of ceremony one could say, that in the best circumstances, should bring peace…

Writing a History of India – I

I have by now expended all of the things that I wanted to write about, and that were easy to write about. I now want to embark on something far more ambitious, something much much larger in scope that what I have attempted so far. I now want to do a series of blog posts…

The Nature of the Rebel

If I have to make a rebel out you, I must first ensure you have the right personality type, the right frame of mind, the right attitude. And thus, this post. The worship of heroes is a very common theme in human civilization. Countless fables, stories and mythologies have all originated from real-life heroes and…

Understanding Rebellions

Almost everyone has heard of some or other story of rebellion. And by rebellion, we mean not the teenage angst we have all gone through at some point or the other. Rather, we are talking of men and women like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony and others. People who started with nothing, but…

Take A Risk!

Hindus are generally not risk takers. But it was not always like this. In ancient times, they had empires across Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, extending as far as the island of Bali in the East, and in the West, as far as Ukraine – Vishnu Idols are regularly found in the river Volga, for one…

What is a Miracle?

Even in his times, Maharishi Dayanand was opposed by many Hindus and Brahmins, who accused him of trying to impose his own preferences on Dharma. The fact is that all Hindus without exception have the greatest faith in the infallibility of the Vedas, and all Hindu scripture claims to only clarify or explain further the…

Against Miracles

The Arya Samaj is a Hindu revivalist movement founded by Rishi Dayanand in 1875. At a time when India was in its darkest hour – the rebellion of 1857 had ended in bitter defeat, and in all of India the British were paramount, the Rishi chose a very Indian way to rouse a rebellion –…