Perception Of God

God is more than our mindset imagination of being a super human governing this universe. A simple and brief, but still far from complete, portrayal of God can be: the sum total of everything and every process in this universe and beyond is God. Everything, known or unknown that exist is what a universe is all about. (Excerpt from Hinduism Beyond Rituals, Customs And Traditions, Chapter 10: Rationalism And Sciences) Continue reading Perception Of God

Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

By Ashok Sharma Ashok Sharma, University of New South Wales, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy One has 32.9 million Twitter followers; the other has 31 million. When U.S. President Donald Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 26, Trump chose to draw attention to something the leaders have in common by saying “We are world leaders on social media.” Prior to the June 26 meeting, news analysts focused on how the U.S.-India relationship was strained over possible changes to the U.S. H1B visa program. Approximately 70 percent of these visas were issued to … Continue reading Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

Silence Is Deadly For Indian Democracy

By Promod Puri India is increasingly becoming a democracy of silent middle class, silent opposition, and silenced press. Under the ruling political domain, there is unscrupulous practice of silence as well. The environment of quietness encourages increased prejudice, hatred, violence, hardships and sufferings for the Dalits, the minorities, and the poor. Also, it can be the cause of their separation from the social, economic and political aspirations promised in a democratic system. Silence is not golden when it is strategically used to carry an evil political and religious agenda with dictatorial objectives. Silence of the ruling leadership can be interpreted … Continue reading Silence Is Deadly For Indian Democracy

Wonder Woman Too Western & Too White

Blockbuster movie Wonder Woman is too western and too white. With its sexualized image and unrealistic beauty, WW does not connect with millions of women around the world. It has commercial value only. It does not represent a feminist symbol of a strong and liberated woman. With multiple identities, women in contemporary society face multiple challenges. Wonder Women can’t be a role model for young women as it does not capture that diversity. Continue reading Wonder Woman Too Western & Too White

Dharma, Karma & Moksha

An outstanding feature of Hinduism is the doctrine of “purusarthas”, advocating four complementary engagements in an individual’s life. These are dharma, artha, kama and moksha.   Dharma seeks conscious conduct of life on moral values of honesty, compassion, truthfulness, and purity of body and mind. It is a behavior toward ethical living. Dharma involves austerity, saintliness, absence of anger and non-violence. Dharma-based actions, duties and responsibilities are the commitments toward a righteous living.   Artha means one should be working to earn enough wealth in order to achieve economic liberty or independence. Kama emphasizes on the need of pleasures and … Continue reading Dharma, Karma & Moksha

Progressive Hindu Dialogue

Progressive Hindu Dialogue is an initiative to explore, recognize and advance the rational, liberal and progressive nature of Hinduism. It is also a forum to debate the symbolic aspects of Hinduism’s rituals, customs, traditions and thoughts in an intelligent and prudent environment. In this dynamics the overall objective is to invigorate the continuity of Hinduism’s evolution with changing times. Read more https://progressivehindudialogue.com/2016/09/07/welcome/ Continue reading Progressive Hindu Dialogue

World Does Not need Forces To Defend Borders

By Promod Puri Do the countries of the world need armies, navies, and air forces any more to defend their borders when invasions to expand powers and territorial regimes seized to happen a long time ago. And even the ideological accessions by communists and democratic powers have receded in recent years after the lessons learned from Vietnam and Afghanistan takeover attempts. The contrary development emerging out lately is that several smaller nations are seeking adoptions by big and rich nations for better lives and management of their ruling systems. Example: Puerto Rico in a 2017 referendum overwhelmingly (95 percent) voted … Continue reading World Does Not need Forces To Defend Borders

Self-love – not bans – will bring an end to Africa’s bleaching syndrome

Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin. Shutterstock Ronald Hall, Michigan State University To be black in the world today is to be stigmatised for having dark skin. To be light-skinned, on the other hand, is to be celebrated in line with western beauty standards. Black people not only experience this stigma from outside of their “racial” group. The bias against dark skin has also been internalised by black people the world over and manifests as colourism within the black community. My research suggests that African-Americans consider light skin as the most ideal personal characteristic one … Continue reading Self-love – not bans – will bring an end to Africa’s bleaching syndrome

Trump is a political genius

It seems our desire for instant gratification has conquered politics. Voters are channel-hopping, snacking on ideologies and political styles, moving on as soon as they’re bored. In that light, Donald Trump is a political genius: His slippery, shifting positions on just about everything command attention and perfectly reflect the restless mood of the times. People are eager for something—anything—different, and damn any concerns about consistency. There is something to admire in this increased ideological flexibility, given how quickly our world is changing and how stale many parties’ platforms have become. But gratification isn’t satisfaction, and entertaining politics isn’t good government.—Jason … Continue reading Trump is a political genius

SEEKING WAY TO END TERRORISM

In recent weeks, there has been one major terrorist attack in Afghanistan where over 150 people died, and two such strikes in Britain killing innocent people. The terror surge is continuing, rather escalating over the years. The question is how far governments and security forces can go to protect their citizens. Every available procedures, technologies, and laws have been in force to their maximum levels at the cost of sacrificing basic civic liberties with the willing cooperation of citizens. Intelligence agencies are applying more sophistication and strategies to forewarn about the attacks. But failing most of the time. Seeking the … Continue reading SEEKING WAY TO END TERRORISM

MAN CREATED GOD OR GOD CREATED MAN

By Promod Puri God is the creation of man! Or man is the creation of God. Which one of these statements is right, and which one is wrong, or both right, or both wrong? One more question: if God is the creation of man, then is it an act of God as well? The creation debate has been around for quite some time. The basic reasons which aroused the dubious puzzle, are man’s ability to seek rationales, his perceptions, and capacity of understanding of the nature’s phenomena around him. The debatable topic is imperative to fathom the nature of God … Continue reading MAN CREATED GOD OR GOD CREATED MAN