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India & the Olympics

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As a lover and defender of India for a long time, my heart breaks when I see — once more — the pitiful show that the Indian contingent, after so much hep and hype – is putting-up at the Olympics. (Picture courtesy: AFP/ Chandan Khanna) The same people who tell you that it is all right for India to let go of Kashmir, will in the same breath, write that sports is of no great importance. But they are wrong: a nations’ progress cannot be only measured in terms of economy, politics and reform in society, but also on how well it performs in sports. It goes with power, whether it is capitalistic, as in the case of the USA, or socialist, like in the erstwhile Soviet Union and today’s Russia. India is on the verge of becoming a great and powerful nation: It is the fastest growing major economy in the world, expanding by 7.3% this year and it emerged on top of the foreign direct investment league table, overtaking China and the United States. Yet, India’s ranking in the world of sports is path…

Hindu power Part II

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Hindu power, often wielded in a (true) secular manner, by Chandragupta, King Harsha, or the great Shivaji Maharaj, was snatched away from Hindus for centuries, after the bloody sack of Vijaynagar. It came back 450 years later, with the election of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who bungled the chance, through sheer complacency. Then came Mr Narendra Modi…

Mr Modi, has done an outstanding job in the two and half years since he came to power: he has initiated economic reforms, such as pushing through the much needed GST bill, inaugurated a Clean India movement which is absolutely indispensable, given the present state, restored some of India’s international reputation by making a number of visits abroad and tried to streamline the bloated Indian bureaucracy. Yet, we now notice on the Social Media, specially after the Uri attack, a certain uneasiness on the part of some of those who voted for him, because they don’t recognize the outspoken, no-nonsense, tough Gujarat CM, in Modi the Prime Ministe…

Hindu power: Part 1

Once upon a time Hindus had power: emperors like Chandragupta, who was advised by the remarkable Chanakya, or Kautilya, possessed territories so vast, that they extended from Karnataka till the present day Afghanistan. His soldiers were feared by enemies – in fact, contrary to what western history books tell us, Alexander the Great, who had the most powerful army of this time, encountered tremendous resistance in India and had to retreat, dying from his wounds on the way back to Greece.  Yet, Hindu power had discrimination: battles were only fought betweenkshatriyas, during the daytime and the crops and lives of farmers were never touched. Hindu power could also be ‘soft’: contrary to Christianity and Islam, Hindus never sought to impose militarily their religion and way of life to other nations. Yet, Hinduism went peacefully towards the East and can still be seen today in Bali, Laos or Cambodia, witness Angkor Vat; and towards the West, where it had a great influence on the Greek an…