Long Reads

A Brief Introduction of Puranas

It’s obvious that being an Indian, most of us have come across this word Purana. Books, television, internet, general talks, banners, public gatherings, temples and what not, word Purana is …

A Voice For All Seasons

M.S. Subbulakshmi, India’s much loved musician, embodied all that is great about India, and she showed us that one does not have to be apologetic about anything Indian. As we …

Arthashastra – Origin, Tradition and Veneration

नीतिशास्त्रामृतं धीमानर्थशास्त्रमहोदधेः l समुद्दध्रे नमस्तस्मै विष्णुगुप्ताय वेधसे ll (कामन्दकीय-नीतिसारः 1.6) [ Salutation to that wise Vishnugupt, who was proficient and also prudently collated the nectar in form of Niti-shastra from …

Misconceptions About Advaita

The Allure of the Direct Path Advaita, which refers to the state of non-duality of the Self and God, can easily lend itself to all sorts of misconceptions. Indeed one …

How Buddha was turned Anti Hindu

(Originally published in Hindu Human Rights, London, 9 August 2013) Orientalists have started treating Buddhism as a separate religion because they discovered it outside India, without any conspicuous link with …

Racing Towards Brahman

Participate in a 1000 km car rally through the heartland of Karnataka, with pit-stops at Hoysala temples, fuelled by dance and music, with the Heritage Trust and Indica. Creative ideas …

What Our Temples Can Teach Us

Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy says temple inscriptions provide invaluable insights on how to deal with mankind’s perennial quest for identity, conflict resolution and security In the heat and dust of Thanjavur …