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Book Review: ‘The Sabarimala Confusion: Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’ By Nithin Sridhar

The whole issue of menstruation and related matters came to the fore during the recent Supreme Court Judgement which allowed women of the reproductive age to enter the sacred hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala in the state of Kerala. The self branded liberal intellectuals viewed this judgement as a step towards the ‘empowerment’ and ‘emancipation’ of Hindu women. Women, especially those hailing from Kerala itself showed great resentment towards this judgement and initiated the ‘Ready to Wait’ Movement which was a clear indication that the Hindu women of the menstruating age had patience to visit the Sabarimala Temple after crossing this stage. There were a lot of misconceptions- many of them deliberately generated by the so called liberals about the Hindu view of menstruation and the entire issue of Sabarimala Temple Entry came to be linked to menstruation alone. Against the background of such rampant misconceptions Sri Nithin Sridhar’s book titled ‘Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’ has been published at the opportune moment to give a fitting reply to the wrong ideas …

Flight Of Deities: A Tale Of Dharmic Resistance

प्रतिष्ठायां सुराणां तु देवतार्चानुकीर्तनं | देवयज्ञोत्सवं चापि बन्धनाद्येन मुच्यते || One must know the true nature and power of divine murthys while consecrating them; By worshipping such images through utsavas and yajnas, one obtains liberation from this world – Matsya Purana Meenakshi Jain’s latest book “Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples, Episodes from Indian History” is an extraordinary narration of an unfortunate part of Hindu history. It documents the struggle and, in some cases, survival of Bharata’s splendid temples and their revered deities. It is the product of a painstaking effort on the part of the author to gather information from primary sources and observation of the remnants of the heroic struggle of the Hindu community to protect their temples and murthys in the wake of centuries of attacks by Islamic invaders and other non-dharmic civilizations. By covering every part of the country, the author highlights how the problem of iconoclasm affected every nook and corner of this great civilization and brings forth an interesting truth about how a common zeal and belief bound …

Book Review: 26/11 Unforgiven

जैसा कि पुस्तक का शीर्षक अपने आप मेँ अभिव्यक्त करता है कि 26/11 का बर्बरिक आतँकवादी हमला अक्षम्य है| लेखन की विधा एक कहानी की तरह है| कहानी का मुख्य पात्र एक भारतीय है जो सँवेदनशील,घोर पारिवारीक और कोमल हृदय का है| नायक के पिता की सैन्य पृष्ठभूमि उसे सेना के उस स्वरुप की अनुभूति करवाती है जो एक सामान्य नागरिक की कल्पना से परे है कि सेना के अधिकारियोँ और सैनिकोँ के बीच किस तरह का पारिवारीक सूत्र बँधा होता है| कहानी का नायक विक्रम अपने परिवार अपनी पत्नी कीर्ति और बेटी मेघा को 26/11 ताज पर हुए हमले मेँ खो देता है| विक्रम 26/11 का प्रत्यक्षदर्शी है| यह कहानी नायक के जीवन मेँ घटित इस घटना के बाद उसके भीतर चलने वाले कोहराम और उसके जीवन मे घटित घटनाओँ के बारे मेँ विस्तार से समझाती है| मूल रुप से पुस्तक अँग्रेजी मे लिखी गयी है| पुस्तक की भाषा बहुत सहज, सरल और निर्बाध गति से बहने वाले गद्य की तरह है, लेखन की शैली पाठक को कहानी के पात्र से जोडे रखती है| …