Intellectual Dishonesty and Lost Arguments – A Discussion over Non-Vegetarianism and How it Spun Off into a Caste Based Atrocity Narrative

I was having an interesting discussion yesterday, which, being unpalatable to the person with whom I was discussing, led to me being blocked by her on Twitter. That, this discussion is still on her mind can be seen from this single tweet. As is my practice, I will shade out all the names except mine. And… Read More Intellectual Dishonesty and Lost Arguments – A Discussion over Non-Vegetarianism and How it Spun Off into a Caste Based Atrocity Narrative

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Indian Narrative – Why Things Work the Way they Work?

When Lord Krishna was about to come to Hastinapura and when the Kuru court was deliberating how to receive him, Duryodhana in no mean words says, Krishna shouldn’t be accorded the honour he deserves – it’s not because he doesn’t deserve it(rather, he deserves much more than what we can give him) but because he… Read More Indian Narrative – Why Things Work the Way they Work?

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Chinese Dynastic Changes – Social or Political?

In some book I was reading, the author gave China an expiry date of 2040. I don’t know about it, but the reason which he gave was captivating. China is an export oriented economy. Wherever the raw materials are located and whereever the products are finished, they are sold primarily through sea. Because of this, the coast… Read More Chinese Dynastic Changes – Social or Political?

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A Bovine making a case of it for slaughter – Douglas Adams

Probably, this is the best and most famous piece over vegetarian terrorism. Douglas Adams wrote it in Restaurant at the End of the Universe and in this, a bovine approaches a table in a restaurant and lists out the culinary features of various parts of it’s body. I would rather say, not for non vegetarians. A… Read More A Bovine making a case of it for slaughter – Douglas Adams

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Bahubali – Morally Correct and Politically Correct – Which should take Precedence?

Though analysing a movie this much seems a bit out of the nature, the reality is that what transpired in Bahubali is how kingdoms are made and unmade. Take the case of the senior – Amarendra Bahubali. His father was made the king in preference over his elder brother, Bijjaladeva, who is physically handicapped. But,… Read More Bahubali – Morally Correct and Politically Correct – Which should take Precedence?

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If Brain is a Dustbin – A Review of Bahubali 2

What garbage is this? There are no non-Hindu elements in the movie and is outrageously Hindu in character, characters coming out of an Amar Chitra Katha comic, hero always better than heroine, support for Jallikattu and finally, a verdict that the movie is a box office flop, the verdict, broken as the article was being written… Read More If Brain is a Dustbin – A Review of Bahubali 2

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The Retreat of the Persians – the Need for Better Research

In the onslaught of the Arab armies, Persian Empire collapsed. What do you mean by collapse? Defeat of field armies and their destruction, civilian areas open for Arabs to occupy. All this is fine. What happens to the armies? Either they surrender or they are annihilated. Surrender can be absolute, but annihilation? Is it possible?… Read More The Retreat of the Persians – the Need for Better Research

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Delhi Media Is Hurting Brand India With Distortions – Mohandas Pai

From NDTV. A powerful read and I was expecting at least one such article for a long time. This is the view of a person who hates the prominence given to Delhi and to some extent, the Hindi belt. Very rarely, a positive word is written about something which is not from North India. This, reminds… Read More Delhi Media Is Hurting Brand India With Distortions – Mohandas Pai

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The Wrong Economist Won – Robert L. Pollock on Amartya Sen’s Nobel in Wall Street Journal

Interesting read, but doesn’t it reek of the regular Caucasian snobbishness and outrage at recognizing someone who isn’t a Caucasian White? Updated Oct. 15, 1998 12:01 a.m. ET We’ve grown used to seeing the Nobel Peace Prize go to terrorists (like Yasser Arafat) and the Nobel Prize in literature to Marxists (seemingly every winner). But… Read More The Wrong Economist Won – Robert L. Pollock on Amartya Sen’s Nobel in Wall Street Journal

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PETA Chief’s Letter to Yasser Arafat

Can there be anything more absurd? I don’t care if people die but, don’t hurt donkeys. Is this lady mentally competent enough to run a company and define it’s guiding philosophy? That month, Israel itself saw 20+ deaths; god only knows how many Palestinians died. February 3, 2003 Yasser Arafat, President Palestinian National Authority Ramallah,… Read More PETA Chief’s Letter to Yasser Arafat

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I was Fired for just being there at my Position – Nirmalya Kumar’s Blog Post

Nothing can be more apt than the Swahili proverb regarding the Tata episode – When two elephants fight, its the grass which gets trampled. What happened and who is wrong, who knows. But, being a part of the GEC and a bit close to Cyrus Mistry was the reason for his fall and the retrospective… Read More I was Fired for just being there at my Position – Nirmalya Kumar’s Blog Post

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Tom and Jerry – Tom strikes back – India and Pakistan at UNGA

Nawaz Sharif, UN General Assembly on 22 Sep 2016 Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen. We congratulate Mr. Peter Thomson on his election as President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. We agree that implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda should be the focus of this Session. We also pay tribute… Read More Tom and Jerry – Tom strikes back – India and Pakistan at UNGA

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Tolerance and Respect for Economic Progress – Convocation address by Dr. Raghuram Rajan at the IIT Delhi October 31, 2015

A very mature and balanced lecture. And given to students just passing out, let’s hope this is going to be effective. Thank you very much for inviting me back to the Institute to deliver the convocation address. I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering 30 years ago. I was overly anxious then about what… Read More Tolerance and Respect for Economic Progress – Convocation address by Dr. Raghuram Rajan at the IIT Delhi October 31, 2015

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Statement on the Nature of Race and Race Differences – UNESCO’s Attempt to Define Race

This document was prepared in June 1951 in an attempt to define race by UNO. Obviously, the need for this arose from Nazi atrocities. The original was prepared in 1950 and this is a revised version over it. The reasons for convening a second meeting of experts to discuss the concept of race were chiefly… Read More Statement on the Nature of Race and Race Differences – UNESCO’s Attempt to Define Race

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James Blair, an Epitome of British Imperialism

The son of a small village businessman, John Blair’s uncle, Lambert Blair left his slave plantations in Berbice, Demerara and Surinam to John Blair and his cousin John MacEamon. He married Elizabeth Catherine before he left to his uncle’s estates in 1815. He returned to Britain in 1818 and entered the Parliament from the Rotten… Read More James Blair, an Epitome of British Imperialism

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A Times of India Article over Maldives

LONDON: Three years ago, Mohamed Nasheed had the dubious honour of appearing on David Cameron’s guestlist for a hypothetical “dream” stag weekend. After naming Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy during a magazine Q&A, the PM added: “My new best friend is the president of the Maldives. He’s great. That’s a weird mixture, isn’t… Read More A Times of India Article over Maldives

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A discussion in The Mouse that Roared over the current nature of war

The scientist’s power of life and death is over his fellow human beings as well as over what you call the lower orders. Ours is only over plant life. The scientist’s work, when turned to war, enables one group of people to obtain the mastery over another. That is well enough, I suppose. But now… Read More A discussion in The Mouse that Roared over the current nature of war

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A failed spam message

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Letter from IIT faculty federation to the Prime Minister over the common CET including IITs and all the colleges

Restore IITs autonomy by officially seeking ratification / acceptance from the various IIT Senates on the CET decided by IIT Council: Since the Council / MHRD has announced officially the new CET, each IITs should now be given the following choices: (a) accept the proposed CET as it is, (b) accept the proposed CET with… Read More Letter from IIT faculty federation to the Prime Minister over the common CET including IITs and all the colleges

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A communication I had with Michael Witzel a few years ago

Balakrishna Chadalawada ——————————————————————————– BalaKrishna Chadalawada Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 3:20 PM To: witzel@fas.harvard.edu I hope these references do not counter your perception of an illiterate ancient India which absorbed everything from outside but knew nothing of it’s own http://www.telugutanam.com/telmunlanguage.htm Writes Pococke, an authority on India’s influence on Greece: “At the mouth of the Indus… Read More A communication I had with Michael Witzel a few years ago

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Stages of Love

It’s that simple!!! That’s why we don’t find any other stories in Telugu or Hindi movies. See a girl from afar, like her Worship her from afar Declare passionate devotion Get rejected Don’t care whether you are rejected or not, go ahead as if nothing happened with increased vigour Moans of approaching death from unsatisfied… Read More Stages of Love

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The supposed communication between Yazdegird and Caliph Omar

This, most probably is fiction, but the argument is sufficiently thought provoking. From: Omar Ibn Al Khatab Khalifat Al Muslemin To: Yazdgird III Shahanshah of Persian Empire Yazdgird, I see not a fruitful future for you & your nation unless you accept my offer & commit Bei’at (Joining with Khalifat & bringing Islam). Once upon… Read More The supposed communication between Yazdegird and Caliph Omar

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The Tree of Diderot and d’Alembert or Detailed System of Human Knowledge

Understanding Memory. History. Sacred (History of Prophets). Ecclesiastical. Civil, Ancient and Modern. Civil History, properly said. Literary History. Memoirs. Antiquities. Complete Histories. Natural history|Natural. Uniformity of Nature. Cosmology|Celestial History. History. of Meteors. of the Earth and the Sea. of Minerals. of Vegetables. of Animals. of the Chemical element|Elements. Deviations of Nature. Celestial Wonders. Large Meteors.… Read More The Tree of Diderot and d’Alembert or Detailed System of Human Knowledge

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