Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christian Conversion Love and Love Jihad, a K. Balachander movie

Christian Conversion Love and Love Jihad...an age old phenomenon, a topic disucussed even in Tamil movies [Kalyana Agathigal by K.Balachander] way back in 1985...is it still possible in India today?

The Christian church and the Islamist wielded less influence and power than they do today. Today they will silence such open discussion under the euphemism of freedom of religion, facism, growing Hindutva, intolerance and some such drivel. I guess as a society we should openly discuss relgious conversion and Love Jihad and make people aware.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hindu Deities Worshipped in Japan!

A must watch documentary on the deep cultural roots India and Japan share!

Monday, May 22, 2017

David Mulford US Ambassador to India on the 'Rise and rise of India'

A must watch speech by former US Ambassador to India, David Mulford about rise of India and how Modi is changing India in a big way which will have very far reaching impact. Its very interesting to note that a foreigner and a former Ambassador has better understanding of India's economic growth, challenges, positive policy changes, governance in India than so called Indian arm chair experts. 

Acknowledgement of Pakistan attack on Indian Parliament, time stamp 00:8:00 min
Acknowledgement of Indian surgical strike, time stamp 1:00:00
On Pakistan being declared a state sponsor of terrorism, time stamp 1:02:00


Saturday, December 10, 2016


Media Mafia and Social Media

Fantastic speech by Vivek Agnihotri in 3rd India Ideas Conclave on Media Mafia and how Social Media is rocking the establishment boat.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Movie: Agora, Conversion template perfected in ancient Greece and Rome

Agora is a historical movie made in 2009 recounting true historical events and facts. The movie hit controversies when made. The Vatican demanded a preview of the movie before release and demanded many cuts and changes. It was also blocked at several movie fairs and movie festivals by the Church and organizers. Many progressive European countries outrightly banned it.   

The movie follows the life of Greek scientist and astronomer Hypatia. The movie is set in ancient Alexandria, Egypt, a great center of learning - Alexandria was home to scientists, philosophers, scientific thinking and probably the greatest and biggest library in the western world which housed scrolls and books of wisdom and science from ancient times. In 391 A.D. Christians clergy in their continuous quest to convert and impose their religion on people conspired to undermine ancient Greek culture and violently usurp power with the aid of neo converts and disgruntled slaves destroying the classical civilization of Greece and Egypt.

Agora is a movie which has special significance for Indians because we are at this moment witnessing such a conspiracy at various levels to undermine the ancient culture and civilization of India. Whether its through mass media, movies, Judiciary, religiously motivated political blocs India's ancient Hindu culture and civilization is continuously under attack.

Viewers will recognize the template which the Christians perfected nearly two thousands years back in Greece, Rome and Egypt. Its about deception, inculturation, undermining law and order machinery, undermining and influencing political decisions, campaigning against Hindu traditions in the name of progress and modernity is visible and exposed in this movie. Indians, especially Hindus should watch this movie and be doubly sensitized and aware to the Christian shenanigans. Their attempt to Christianize India is not purely through conversation but also by taking over the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature of the country to wield more power than their small numbers allow. Its a dark game, its a evil game played by the so called Devine Christian Church.

Link to movie Agora

Monday, August 8, 2016

Its time we put Country before religion!

MA Convent a school in Allahabad UP has banned the singing of the National anthem for the last 12 years. As per the school management the explanation for the ban is given below.

Source: New Indian Express
The Principal and 7 teacher's have resigned while the school management has stuck its position using religious tenets and injunctions to support the ban of the National anthem in the school. The school management has been arrested in the meantime. MA convent is not a Christian run school.


Source: New Indian Express
Indian government and political class for the past 68 years have been unable to separate religion from politics and have used religion as a tool for appeasement and votes. Constitutionally we have applied the label of 'Secular' but are far from practicing it. Secularism in practice is a burden only the Hindus has to bear, while the rest are exempt from it.

In India freedom to practice ones religion has been taken to the extreme level where religion has been put before the country and national interest. This has gone on for the last 68 years in the name of minority appeasement and vote bank politics.

1. Banning of Satanic Verses to appease Mullah's and making freedom of expressing a one way street. India was the first and only non-Muslim secular country do so.

2. Minority appeasement governing foreign relations, specifically with Israel


3. Shah Bano case and special Muslim personal law for Muslims was instituted which actually sanctions and approved Sharia. First non-Muslim secular country to do so.

4. Permission to use loudspeakers to call the 'faithful' to prayers 5 times a day 365 days a year, starting at 5:00 am is allowed in India, the only non Muslim secular country to do so. Never mind the fact that Supreme Court has banned use of loud speakers after 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. On this point I want to point out that people who want to go to the mosque to pray can always set an alarm, they dont need to wake up the rest of the country. In Bangalore where I live 3 mosques use their loudspeakers simultaneously right next to a very famous and large cardiology hospital. 


5. Travel subsidy for religious pilgrimage to Mecca and Jerusalem. Hindus dont get any such special treatment. In fact religious charity is a big concept in the Islamic and Christian religions, the rich among them should be encouraged to contribute towards religious pilgrimage rather than a secular government subsidizing religious travel.


6. India is the only non Muslim secular country which allows and even funds Madarsa's which have become breeding ground for terrorist and radical thinking.

These are just few instances that come to mind. There are many instances where minority appeasement which has lead to a situation where religious minorities have placed religion before the country without paying heed to the fact that its the Indian nation and the constitution which allows for such freedom.

Its time the government of India applies the uniform civil code and ensures a standard policies for all citizens of India irrespective of religious belief. If India is a secular nation then lets apply the principals of secularism uniformly and fully to all.

1. Ban all religious institution Hindu, Muslim and Christian. Government should allow only secular schools private or government. Religious teaching should not be institutionalized but rather make it the prerogative of the individual or individual religious groups. 


2. Wearing religious symbols or dress code to school and work place should be banned.

3. Government should standardize the curriculum and secularize the content not leaning towards any religious group.

4. All schools should be provided and drilled in secular model of conduct. The operation of the school which includes dress code, prayer code, National anthem, oath of allegiance to the nation of India and its constitution among other things should be included.

5. Basic and compulsory military training for all students which instills identity and discipline among the youth.

6. Revoke breaks in work day for prayers or religious activities. Work place should be devoid of religious symbolism. 

These are just a few recommendations, this list can be extended to all walks of life. I welcome additional points in the comments section.

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A further update from Tufail Ahmed article in Firstpost on how a secular govt. cannot and should not fund minority institutions dated 9/08/2016

Source: Tufail Ahmed, Firstpost


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mohenjodaro, the movie. Lost Opportunity

I just viewed the trailer of the much anticipated movie 'Mohenjodaro', it may be too early to judge but a movie trailer is supposed to be the executive summary that captures the essence of the movie in 3 minutes or less. The movie trailer normally gives a glimpse of the story line and theme along with technical aspects like historical authenticity, dialog, cinematography, action sequences, music, location, grand set etc. Going by these parameters, I found the the movie trailer of Mohenjodaro disappointing.
The Indus-Saraswati civilisation is regarded as the cradle of Indian civilisation and a contemporary to other ancient civilisations of  the world then. The cultural, religious and civilisational impact and significance of  the Indus-Saraswati civilisation on India and the psyche of its people is beyond description or imagination. No one has yet grappled with the enormity of the subject in any form let alone re-imagining it on celluloid. The subject needs a lot of contemporary research and delicate handling as any attempt to imagine a past in movie form will have a very lasting impact especially since this is the first attempt to recreate our hoary past. Any wrong representation will set in stone peoples perceptions which will be very hard to erase, especially for the lay man. As a case in point, the patently false Aryan Invasion theory (AIT) has played havoc with peoples imagination and has taken many generations to debunk academically yet finds currency among the masses. Many research scholars spent more time trying to prove or disprove the AIT than actually making forward movement in researching on the Indus-Saraswati civilisation.

Some of the glaring mistakes I could immediately identify are as follows... 

1.  Mohenjodaro: The word in Sindhi means ‘Mound of the dead men’, the general environs in modern day Sindh is called by this name. Does one really think, people who were inhabiting the city 4500 years back or earlier called their city ‘Mound of the dead men’! This for me is the biggest failure of the movie. How could a movie be titled on a modern term to identify the region and the characters use term coined many thousands of years later to refer to the city. We have not been able to identify the name of city with its real name though there have been some theories and names proposed, the director could have might as well created a fictional name for the city whilst placing it in that Indus-Saraswati era.


2.  Time markers: The trailer starts with …before the British, before the Mughals, before Christ, before Buddha…. there was Mohenjodaro! Note the timeline markers, none of them native till we arrive at Buddha. No Mauryans, no Gupta, no Adi Shankara, no Kautilya, No Krishna or Ramayana. Ok the director wanted to be secular and liberal, then better still would have been ‘…during the time Pharaoh ruled Egypt…!’ Another failure is using BC as a time market, why do we measure our time in Biblical timescale, even western historians don’t refer to BC anymore, they calculate backwards from CE (Common Era) which means the director could have easily said 5000 years back in India. How enslaved and colonial is our film making communities mind set?

3.  Stone tools: In an interview to the press Ashutosh Gowarikar says, Mohenjodaro civilisation did not know metal and used only stone or flint weapons. He in fact has shot action scenes with stone and wooden weapons in the movie. I am amazed at this claim. A little bit of research would have showed that Mohenjodaro was bang in the middle of the Bronze Age as seen here below taken from Wikipedia.
Moreover arrow heads and axe heads have been found on the site besides high quality bronze figurines. To substantiate further I have enlisted the support of documentation from John Marshall, Director General of the ASI involved in the first excavation of the site.
 He clearly states, spear heads and axe head made of copper and bronze were found aplenty. The director should have done better to research these important facts before embarking on such a important project, a movie of a lifetime.








The lack of information about the period troubled Gowariker and he decided that whenever he would get a story to tell, it will be depicted in the 2500 BC-Mohenjo Daro. On the film's plot, he was quoted as saying, "While the plot will follow the discovery of Mohenjo-daro and the culture and the vibe of the ancient civilisation, it will largely centre on a love story.

4. Story line: From the brief glimpse of the story line available through the trailer, the movie does not appear to be very different from regular, run of the mill Bollywood fare - boy meets girl love story, with a possible amnesia or rebirth angle. The story involves a girl called Channi who is possibly the towns virgin goddess forbidden to fall in love or marry but inevitably falls in love with Sarman the blue eyed protagonist. The antagonist is the cities lord named Maham, possibly also the father of the girl. Maham incidentally sports a horned head gear similar to the imagery in the famed Pashupati seal. Did Ashutosh try to draw a parallel between Pashupatinath, Bhagwan Shiva and the antagonist Maham, cant put anything past these liberal secular types in Bollywood? Sarman finally dethrones the evil Maham in a typical Bollywood hero vs villain fight and all lived happily ever after. Some strange artistic freedoms has been taken such as gladiatorial combat, no where in the unearthed sites has one found any fighting arena. Ashutosh confesses that he could not have made the movie without a love story which also exposes the lack of creativity and the boring linear movie making in Bollywood.

5. Religion and Culture: Sticking to pseudo liberal and secular credentials of Bollywood movie industry, Ashutosh Gowarikar has developed the movie in a religious and cultural vacuum. From the movie it is well nay impossible to make out what culture the people belong to besides vaguely alluding to Animism. Giving Ashutosh the benefit of doubt we have to wait for the movie release to confirm if he is trying to hint at early Vedic period which was predominantly Animistic - worshipping the elements such as Agni, Vaayu, Varuna, Bhumi, Pashu, Vriksha etc.

For all the historical backdrop, the story could have easily been placed in modern day India or in any other continent. I fail to understand how this movie has put the Indus-Saraswati civilisation at the centre of the story, the ancient city seems to be incidental to the boring worn out love and song dance routine. With once in a life time opportunity to create a path breaking movie on the Indus-Saraswati civilisation and showcasing the legacy of ancient India the Indian movie Industry fails in creating a meaningful narrative that brings to fore the Vedic roots of India and reinforces a strong sense of identity to a country wracked by colonial and socialist ideological conflicts. The people of India should reject such sterile narratives that helps reinforce defunct and failed historical theories or worse provide nothing meaningful and educative.                                                     

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Brahmins the evil force in India, secular story telling!


I came away impressed by the movie Bajiao Mastani, it was epic in scale comparable to Mughal-e-Azam only grander in design. 'Bhagwa' (Saffron flag, a Hindu religious colour) fluttering amidst shouts of 'Har Har Mahadev' and Maratha horse ploughing through enemy lines is unprecedented in Indian movie making. Historical accuracy notwithstanding, the movie cinematography was excellent with grand sets, accurate costume design and battle sequences. Song and dance routines played out at the drop of a hat but Sanjay Leela Bansali movies are known for beautifully choreographed songs, so no surprises there.

On the flip side, the story lacks narrative depth. Bajirao, Mastani's nor Kashibai's character were given much space to develop, victims to the time consuming song and dance routine. Even though being a love story, the movie did not exude the romance and tragedy like in 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', viewer never gets to experience how the two feel so deeply madly in love, the love story did not make the emotional connect.

Given the fact, Peshwa Bajiao was a great Maratha leader second only to Shivaji Maharaj the viewers were deprived of significant narrative of his persona and history, while a minor insignificant episode in his life was made larger than life. The story alludes to a great Maratha history but shies away from showcasing it in full. In truth the movie tries to be a love story while narrating half baked historical facts and ends up being neither. The truth is in the letter Bajirao sent to Chimanji Appa (his younger brother) after the campaign in Bundelkhand. He never speaks or alludes to Mastani or of a budding love. In the fast evolving political landscape, Bajirao sped towards Delhi and besieged the city for many months, this part has been ignored in the movie, showing Bajirao returning to Pune.

To cancel out any perceived anti Muslim bias, Sanjay finds enough time to build a anti Brahminical narrative to paint the Brahmins as the evil religious bigots who try to come between the Brahmin Peshwa and his love, plotting to kill Mastani and her toddler son Shamsher. I wonder how would it would have been if Bajirao was a Muslim and Mastani a Hindu, would the Mullah's and mother-in-law combine have been projected as tolerant, accepting and secular? I bet they would. Brahmins and Baniyas happen to be easy scape goats for any of India's multitude of problems past or present as was the case with Amir Khan movie PK.

Practically speaking second marriage especially among Brahmins is not allowed, more so in the case of Peshawa Bajirao as any second marriage and resultant offspring would have created a succession conflict which is best avoided, Chatrapati Sahu had made Peshwahi hereditary title in the Bajirao's family.

Bajirao-Mastani, though a bold movie in many ways and infinitely better than the pathetic apology Jodha-Akbar, Sanjay like many in Bollywood don't have the courage or the confidence to address historical facts and narrate history as is. Indian movie makers hide behind fake love stories and secular story telling. If someone decides to make a movie on Aurangzeb, I am sure they would find or cook up a secular episode because Indian movie makers don't have the courage to tell the truth while find it easy to paint the Hindus especially the Brahmins as evil. This should stop. If anything Maurya, Guptas, Vijaynagara, Rajputs, Maratha's became a military force and an empire mainly because of the visionary nation building guidance of the Brahmins starting with Chanakya, who recognised Bharat as a single cultural and political entity and strived to unite us as one nation.