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Religion

Law Student who Accused Swami Chinmayanand of Rape is arrested for Extortion

A law student in Uttar Pradesh had leveled rape charges against a BJP leader, Swami Chinmayanand and had even uploaded videos for that.  Then she went into hiding [https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-girl-student-who-accused-ex-bjp-mp-swami-chinmayanand-of-harassment-goes-missing/337295] citing danger to her and her family.  She later resurfaced in Rajasthan [https://www.

25 Sep 19 3 min read
India

The monster that was Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama is often venerated by the liberals in India.  He has often been touted by this ignorant and Hinduphobics Secularists think.  And, they hold him in high esteem as the first “emancipator” of lower castes from Brahmanical tyranny.  Remember, he was the first Christian to establish power in

18 Aug 19 2 min read
Religion

Tathastu Vs Inshallah – Two Paradigms of Living

Except for the megalomaniacal jokers on this planet, no one has shown up saying he is god.  And no space probes have come across anyone with the name “God” or “Allah”  anywhere in the space between here and the next galaxy.  Actually, as far as the telescopes can see, no

15 Sep 18 3 min read
India

Evangelicals: Colonization by American Church by Breaking India!

Evangelicals have decisively bent the American polity towards a regressive path of anti-reason, anti-science, anti-harmony.  But they are not satisfied just by their control in the US.  Their sights are across the world – to become the new Colonial power in the coming decades and centuries.  We will discuss the extent

08 Jan 18 15 min read
India

Somnath Temple’s Tale of Desecration and Destruction

Somnath Temple is an expression of fire which renders beauty and luster.  You see, the idea of divine in all societies was a culmination of the culture and a way of life.  It was not the starting point.  Whatever a culture – based on the geography, local dynamics, the social values

29 Nov 17 4 min read
Religion

Pope Borgia and Sex Obsessed Vatican World

The world of Pope and the Vatican is intriguing as also controversial – whether in times of Pope Borgia or today. The power and the regressive nature of the Catholic Church was known to me from various examples that one can see everyday, but even I was shocked at the level

20 Nov 17 8 min read
AfPak

BRICS Declaration: Pakistan Soul Searching on Jehadi Terror

Pakistan is in a strange situation. On one side, its citizens are seeing their country move rapidly towards abyss, and on the other side, they – despite their opposition – cannot (or will not, at least completely) back the banishment and complete destruction of the Jehadi system. Jehad is not the product

09 Sep 17 7 min read
Religion

When is Supremacism Acceptable?

Idea of Supremacy did not take birth with KKK or Hitler.  Nor was it reborn in Charlottesville.  It has been as old as the Old Testament.  It is ingrained in Quran and the larger Christian scriptures.  It wasn’t the “love of God” that took the White man to Africa,

21 Aug 17 5 min read
Religion

A Muslim Rule is Worst for Muslims Because it IS Muslim!

In January 2016, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr – a Shi’a cleric was executed [http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/01/nimr-al-nimr-saudi-arabia-shiites/422670/] in Saudi Arabia for speaking out on behalf of his group. Shi’as constitute only 10-15% of Saudi Arabia’s population. And are mostly persecuted. As Mohammad Taqi

22 Aug 16 5 min read
Religion

Breaking Dharma: Vilification of Bhakt, Bhakti and Guru

Over the last few years, the left (and the their ideological allies, the Congress and its bedfellows the regional so-called secular parties) – in order to spite their political rivals, the BJP – have used a word pejoratively – “Bhakt”.  Which means devotee.  Clever ploy to use Dharmic terms in a negative way

10 Jul 16 5 min read
Politics

How Delhi’s heart mocks Secular ideals in India

Bodhan was a Hindu Saint.  A renunciate.  He lived in the kingdom of Sikander Lodhi.  In his great Secular moment, the renunciate said – Islam and Hindu Dharma are both equally acceptable to God if followed with sincerity.  Very secular and very fair it would seem to many.  However, Sikander Lodhi

01 Sep 14 3 min read
Religion

The Utter Nonsense of Secularism

Secularism is called the panacea for all the problems that religion has created.  Religion, as defined by the Abrahamic dispensations.  Religion, that is no more than a belief system predicated on following.  Someone’s edicts and utterings. If believing something that you have not experienced is sealed by an emphasis

26 Jul 13 4 min read
India

Destroying National Fabric: Govt mulls Fast Track courts to save “innocent Muslim youth” from jail

A very dangerous move is afoot.  CPI leader A B Bardhan went to Home Minister with a 14-point memorandum to create fast-track courts to expedite trial of “innocent” Muslim youth accused of terror acts.  Sushilkumar Shinde promised to look into it seriously [http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/govt-to-examine-muslim-community-s-demand-of-fast-track-courts_839289.

02 Apr 13 3 min read
Religion

White Smoke over Sistine Chapel; New Pope is here

It seems the new Pope has been selected.  The white smoke is ou [http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/cardinals-prepare-to-open-conclave/2013/03/12/7b75677a-8b0e-11e2-b63f-f53fb9f2fcb4_gallery.html#photo=1] t.  The new guy will soon be out to the cries of “habemus papam” on the balcony to the joy of 1.2

13 Mar 13 2 min read
Religion

Is Intoxication good or bad: Religions can’t decide.

Is intoxication good or bad?  Judgments are made in religions and in societies.  Some are clear, some aren’t. Image Credit: Marxchivist [http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom1231/]> For as long as drugs and alcohol have existed, society and religion have weighed judgment on their consumption. In ancient Egypt beer

01 Mar 13 2 min read
Religion

Iranian Girl Band to Kashmiri Girl Band, Pragaash: Our Mullahs not as bad as yours; we can do music!

It is always interesting when victims of one tyrannical society mock the helplessness of victims of another. In this case, an Iranian Girl Band has expressed shock [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Fatwa-on-Kashmir-girls-band-stuns-Iran-musical-group/articleshow/18358800.cms] , not only at how the Kashmiri Girl band was hounded into silence, but

06 Feb 13 2 min read
Religion

Burkha for Babies: Fatwa by Saudi Cleric

Close on the heels of one cleric raping his 5 year old daughter and then killing her by breaking her skull, back injuring and burning her, comes the news of another cleric in Saudi Arabia who has the right cure for such incidents.   Babies to wear Burkha. What’s next?

05 Feb 13 2 min read
Religion

Can religion prevent violence?

When tragedies happen like the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, the question of religion and its involvement often comes up. Does religion play a role in preventing and coping with such events? CNN’s Jim Roope examines the role of religion in our world with religious thought leaders in Los Angeles.

05 Feb 13 1 min read
Religion

Guaranteed Success formula for Protesting in India: Play Aggressive-Victim, Gather numbers, threaten to blow up the city with riots

The whole country was up and backing the protesters of Delhi Gangrape.  They were peaceful, persevering, and principled.  Yet, the Government went ahead and attacked them with water canons and a lathi charge injuring several.  Aggressive, derogatory statements and bullying by all and sundry from the Government and Congress party

29 Jan 13 2 min read
Religion

Pope wants Faithful to “convert” to Twitter

While trying to enter Asia to spread the “Christian Good News”, a euphemism for converting the local populations – while decimating the local cultures and myriad of belief systems and rituals as new “Walmartization” of culture happens – Pope now wants to enter a new territory.   Social Media. He has a new

27 Jan 13 1 min read
India

Tale of Two Losers: Javed Akhtar and Kancha Ilaiah

At the Jaipur Literary Fest, a tiff happened between Kancha Illiah and Javed Akhtar.  Here is a description of what happened: The tiff erupted after Akhtar, who was in the audience at a packed venue, interjected during the session on ‘God as a political philosopher: Dalit Perspectives on Buddhism’, saying

25 Jan 13 8 min read
India

By the way, why was Salman Khurshid the Defense Lawyer – and sympathizer – for SIMI, now Indian Mujahideen?

This was Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s remark on “Saffron Terror” and the BJP. > External affairs minister Salman Khurshid today backed home minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s statement on “Hindu terrorism” saying it was based “entirely on facts” made available by investigative agencies. He, however, said that terror has

24 Jan 13 6 min read
Religion

Does Bob Ingersoll’s Agnostic Message work today as well in America?

Robert Ingersoll, was an agnostic of the 1800s.  He was probably the greatest American Orator of that time.  Does his message resonate today?  An interesting discussion on On Point Radio [https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2013/01/17/robert-green-ingersoll-the-great-american-agnostic] with two guests: Susan Jacoby [http://www.susanjacoby.com/], author, “The

18 Jan 13 1 min read
Religion

What qualifies as a sin?

Sin has been used to screw the happiness out of people.  In Religion it has been used a lot to inject guilt for everyone.  But what is sin?  And what is the impact of sins in people’s life?

16 Jan 13 1 min read
Africa

Why I Chose Hinduism Over Christianity – Biola Ige

Biola Ige is one of Nigeria’s top actresses.  During her interview, she discussed how she has converted from Christianity to Hinduism.  Something that Julia Roberts announced some time back as well.  Here is her interview where she discusses her thoughts. Biola Ige, one of Nigeria's top actresses, dumped Christianity

07 Jan 13 2 min read
Pakistan

How the Pakistani Mullahs Motivate Suicide Bombers

This is how the Pakistani muslim youth are prepared as suicide bombers.  The guy seems to be suggesting that the Muslims are simply wasting their time here running after useless and dirty women, because there – in Jannat, or Heaven – they will have women who will utterly beautiful and available for

05 Jan 13 1 min read
Religion

US-wide survey of religions gives interesting stats on Hindus

An new study – “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS) [http://rcms2010.org/]” by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) – looks at the congregations and the religious adherents across the US.  The statistics for Hindus are very interesting. (link [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/

30 Dec 12 3 min read
India

Zakir Naik and Peace TV: the Jihadi Devil gets the boot!

Agniveer is a Hindu educational organization, which does detailed analysis of Vedas and scriptures.  It presents things in a very scientific way. It also spearheaded the campaign against Zakir Naik and his Peace TV. Thankfully Peace TV has been banned in India now!  Here is something that this website – Agniveer

22 Dec 12 3 min read
Creative

Confirmed: Kareena didn’t convert on marriage

For the Bollywood crazy country like India, Saif and Kareena’s wedding was a big event.  One of the most important question that remained in everyone’s mind was – if Kareena Kapoor had converted to Islam on marriage.  In Islam, this is mandatory so many thought it was obvious.  While

08 Dec 12 2 min read
Asia

Asia has no Religion, its a Western construct

Came across a very interesting article on Huffington Post: Why doesn’t Asia have Religion? [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-david-dubois/does-asia-have-religion_b_1031869.html] It is a point that is important to make and so difficult to do so in the current world, which has been contaminated by the very

01 Dec 12 3 min read
India

Drona and Eklavya story: Its NOT about Casteism at all!

A lot is said about how Eklavya – a tribal warrior – was deprived off of his archery ability by a Brahmin, Dronacharya.  It is showcased as an example of Caste system.  However, the details from Mahabharat suggest something totally different. Balaji V. sums it up very well, when he talks of

29 Nov 12 1 min read
India

Truth about “Islamic” countries

In Saudi Arabia, you can be jailed for observing Moharram (Shia festival).  In Pakistan, you are attacked!  In India, you are free to do it, even the Government gives you a day off!  If India had a Muslim majority, or a Muslim country, would the situation have been any different

25 Nov 12 1 min read
Religion

Why I have no sympathy for Palestinians

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has again fired up in Middle East and the violence is ever the more terrible.  The “intellectual liberals” around the world are projecting the strikes by Israel as “terrorism” and parading the casualties in Palestine of the men, women and babies as cruelty.  Of course, these sections

21 Nov 12 7 min read
Religion

Javed Akhtar – Muslim, Atheist, Rationalist, Writer, Brain and Mind Scientist – discusses Mind and Spirituality with Sadhguru

We had covered Javed Akhtar’s earlier rendezvous with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev ( Intellectual Nonsense, Javed Akhtar and the India Today conclave [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/intellectual-nonsense-javed-akhtar-and-india-today-conclave/] ), and how – ideologically inclined as Akhtar was, he just seemed to be arguing on things that (1) Sadhguru didn’t say and

16 Nov 12 10 min read
India

History of Islamic Genocide In India

Genocide is the worst crime against humanity. Girish Karnad once went after the author VS Naipaul at the Mumbai LitFest and argued why it was wrong to honor Naipaul with the Lifetime Achievement award. History of Islamic Genocide In India #Islam #Jihad [https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https%3A%

11 Nov 12 16 min read
India

For Kasabs to go, the cost of even Oblique interest in Jihad by ordinary Muslims has to be made exorbitant!

Kasab: Brainwashed Pawn or Young Sadistic Jihadi?Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab is suffering from fever – possibly dengue – and undergoing treatment [http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Kasab-down-with-dengue-being-treated-in-prison/Article1-954751.aspx] in the high security Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.  He currently lives in a bomb proof, egg-shaped cell in that jail.

04 Nov 12 2 min read
India

Do Vedas suggest eating beef? Detailed rebuttal by Agniveer

Agniveer refutes the contention by a lot of communists and anti-Hindu writers that beef was not only allowed but also regularly eaten as per the Vedas.  The article presents specific verses and translations and also issues an open challenge to cite any Vedic verse which says this clearly. Source Link:

03 Nov 12 1 min read
Religion

Saudi Govt demolishing 3 historic mosques in Medina

Masjid an-Nabawi in MedinaThree historical and religiously important mosques – dedicated to Abu Bakr, Umar and to the place where Mohammad offered his first prayers for Eid – Masjid Ghamama – are being bull-dozed. Do you see any burning of flags?  How about killing of the Ambassadors of the country doing it?  At

29 Oct 12 2 min read
Religion

Morality is a tool for Inter-group Conflict

Anyone who has read my blogs would know that I am no fan of the concept of Morality.  It is contextual and above all a pretense.  That is why I found the review [http://www.epjournal.net/articles/morality-binds-and-blinds-a-review-of-jonathan-haidt-the-righteous-mind-why-good-people-are-divided-by-politics-and-religion-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EvolutionaryPsychology+

29 Oct 12 4 min read
India

Radha-Krishna “love” and the idiotic myths

Is Krishna 10 years old here?In the movie “Student of the Year” Radha – of Radha-Krishna context – is called “Sexy”.  Some Hindu organizations are up in arms [http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2012/oct/221012-bollywood-Protest-against-Student-Of-The-Year-over-Radha-song.htm#EverythingHurtsReligiousSentiments] about it.  They want the movie to be banned etc. > Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

25 Oct 12 2 min read
India

Joint Indian-Israel stamp commemorates Diwali and Hanukkah

India and Israel commenced full relations in 1992.  It was in the time of Atal Behari Vajpayee that the relations between the two countries were taken to a new height. Now, both the countries have come out with stamps to mark the festive season and also strengthening of the ties.

22 Oct 12 1 min read
Pakistan

Please stop eulogizing Malala while the system rots!

On Tuesday (Oct 9), in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl from the Mingora town of Swat District in NWFP was shot by Taliban.   She has been fighting for women’s rights and specially girls’ right to education since 2009.  She had been writing a blog for BBC

12 Oct 12 3 min read
India

Jamaat-e-Islami wants to enforce dress code in Kashmir, Taliban style

Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir is a Cadre-based Islamic organization which is actively involved in Kashmir and is overtly anti-Indian.  One of its founders is Syed Geelani, the extremist who is the darling of the Indian anarchists like Arundhati Roy. Well, as the tourism in Kashmir increases, the Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir wants to establish

04 Jul 12 1 min read
Religion

The Dilemma of a Muslim Astronaut!

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Faiz KhaleedWhen all your religious symbols are related to a certain place on earth then you have a bit of an issue when you have to leave the earth and travel to space.  There is a reason why no Muslim country has a Space Program or

04 Jul 12 3 min read
Religion

Islamic Extremists have infiltrated US Military

Since Maj Nidal Hasan shot down 13 fellow soldiers, the US agencies have stepped up the surveillance of those related to US Defense.  It has now come to light that over 100 “Islamic Extremists” are being investigated within the military community.  This includes the active soldiers, but those with access

25 Jun 12 1 min read
Politics

Vatican’s Sex Parties used Emanuela Orlandi, missing for 30 years!

Emanuela Orlandi, daughter of a Vatican employee, went missing 30 years ago.  Now, Father Gabriele Amorth, appointed by Late Pope John Paul II as Church’s Chief Exorcist has now created a complete storm [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/9283407/Emanuela-Orlandi-was-kidnapped-for-sex-parties-for-Vatican-police.html] !  Missing of the girl

27 May 12 1 min read
Religion

Ram in Karbala through Morari Bapu

Morari BapuFirst Sri Sri Ravi Shankar went to Pakistan [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/sri-sri-visiting-pakistan-and-history-of-art-of-living-in-pakistan/] with his Sudarshan Kriya and the Art of Living, and now Morari Bapu will enter Iraq’s Karbala and shares the Ram Katha (story of Ram) with the people there. Karbala is the third

04 Apr 12 1 min read
India

The Only Temple Left in Afghanistan

Makeshift Asha Mayi TempleA great deal is made by Muslims about the discrimination they face in non-Muslim majority countries, say India or US.  But none of them compares that to the complete annihilation of others done with a vengeance in the Muslim majority countries. The stories in Bangladesh and Pakistan

10 Mar 12 2 min read
Issues

Male Warrior Syndrome: Religion, Persecution and Wars

Male WarriorAre men more prone to violence? The fact is that men commit 90% of the world’s homicides and have started all the wars. In an interesting article in the latest issue of “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society”, three authors – Melissa McDonald, Carlos Navarrete and Mark Van Vugt

21 Feb 12 3 min read
Religion

Dharma and Religion – the foundational difference

The RoseA rose was born in a lovely garden of marigolds and jasmines.  In his small lifetime that he had woken up, he was sad and despondent.  One day, a Sage happened to pass by and hear his crying. “What happened, O’ lovely one?”, the Sage asked. “Please don’t

13 Feb 12 3 min read
Religion

The Business of Death: Cremation vs Embalming

The Dead in a pot – Cremated.Unbeknownst to many who don’t live in the US, Death is a very lucrative industry. And if the Indians think that the Haridwar-based Sati-Ghat side Panda (pandit) is asking for too much when he demands Rs 2000 (~$40), then one has to look

27 Jan 12 3 min read
India

Rushdie won’t Die for Jaipur: even in Virtual form

The Satanic VersesPhysical appearance is one thing, Salman Rushdie, in an India which is a free democracy – is not even welcome in a virtual form [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Jaipur-Literature-Festival-Even-a-virtual-Rushdie-is-unwelcome-for-Rajasthan-govt/articleshow/11609354.cms] . > Salman Rushdie isn’t welcome at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) in any form, not

23 Jan 12 2 min read
India

Sikhs in Dubai have Magnificent New Gurudwara now

Sikhs in Dubai have something to rejoice.  A new Gurudwara has come up called Gurudawara Guru Nanak Darbar.  The Gurudwara has come up at a cost of $20 million and built on 25,400 square feet of land provided by Vice-president and Prime Minister of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

21 Jan 12 1 min read
India

Walmartization of Andaman Tribals by Tourists and Evangelists

India’s tribal people, even those who are at the risk of going extinct, are under threat from Tourists and Evangelists. Throughout history, mindless tourists – seeking exotic joy – and evangelists seeking numbers have devastated entire continents and washed them clear of rich and substantive cultures into a large Walmart of

18 Jan 12 2 min read
India

Christian Antagonism to Dharmic Spirituality

Yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”. So proclaims [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/8915691/Harry-Potter-and-yoga-are-evil-says-Catholic-Church-exorcist.html] the Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, Father Gabriele Amorth. He is known for many interesting

30 Nov 11 6 min read
Politics

Politicisation of Art: Indian Artists boycotting Israeli Art Show

Targeting the Jews and Israel, internationally (and Hindus within India) is a favorite pass time of most “intellectuals” and “liberals”.  Now, a group of Indian artists, who were invited to an art show in Israel have declined to go [http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5334421] there.

03 Aug 11 3 min read
Pakistan

Osama has bin laden!

Osama has finally bin laden.  Pardon the pun, but he has been finally laid to rest. The most notorious terrorist of the 20th century – the guy who carried out some daring attacks and inspired the sickest mindsets the world over of many a faithful, is dead [http://news.blogs.cnn.

02 May 11 1 min read
India

Farce of Stone Pelters of Kashmir

Kashmir and the situation there – all the way from how it is articulated to how it is portrayed and to how it is handled – is full of hypocrisy and wreaks of nauseating cliches with no basis in facts. In all this drama, the facts and fiction (which are probably now

27 Dec 10 2 min read
Religion

Ram Janmabhoomi Verdict

The verdict for the Ram Janmabhoomi High Court case is out.  It was a split verdict, where the majority of the bench ruled that the land under the case was a joint property of the three claimants: namely Hindu Mahasabha, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Central Waqf Board.  One of the

30 Sep 10 2 min read
Religion

A Tale of the Two 911s in US

911’s have a strange tryst with US. A hundred and seventeen (117) years ago one person came with a vision unparalleled of introducing to US a brand of spirituality that it had not since until then.  On the morning of September 11 in 1893 at the World Parliaments of

26 Sep 10 4 min read
Religion

Thank Goodness Ramadan is over!

Ramadan 2001, Iran, Tehran My friends and I were not fasting, hiding in our car in a quiet neighborhood close to our university and having our lunch before going to an afternoon class. We tried to be careful not to attract attention. Suddenly somebody started banging the car’s window

20 Sep 10 4 min read
Hinduism

Hindu in my veins

I grew up in the communist state of West Bengal. The only religion that the state advocated was loyalty to the Party. The ideology itself was bigger than nationality, any other fraternity or even humanity. It was hammered in people’s consciousness that going to a temple was blasphemy, mark

15 Sep 10 2 min read
India

Today's updates from Deganga

Interestingly the background of the situation in Bengal got coverage on Fox News with the serious comment that had not happened in any of the Indian media.  This is what Phyllis Chesler [http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/09/09/phyllis-chesler-hindu-human-rights-muslim-islamic-terrorism/] says in the article that is relevant to the

10 Sep 10 3 min read
India

Another one bites the dust

Adulteress to lover while enjoying post-coital smoke: “My entire life is a lie, and you are the only truth”. Noted journalist Udayan Namboodiri once said that Jyoti Basu lived such a life. I would like to say that all politicians in Bengal lead such lives today. Lives full of hypocrisy.

08 Sep 10 2 min read
Religion

Muslims run rampage in Deganga, WB during Ramadan

I have an issue with the national press of India.  They are biased and politically correct to the point of criminality. Deganga in North 24 Paraganas is in a mess with looting, killing and destruction of many temples.  Information from that area is being sent out in emails to people

08 Sep 10 5 min read
History

Astronomical Proof of the Mahabharata War and Shri Krishna: Part I

Why one more date based on the astronomical evidence quoted from the Mahabharata?  I have made this effort for the following reasons: * All the previous dates by various scholars are from misunderstood quotes, incorrect translations and incorrect conversions between the Gregorian calendar and the Indian astronomical calendar. These scholars here

01 Sep 10 7 min read
Religion

Kafir-ology, Pakistan, and Mankind

Tarek Fatah, a leading Pakistani journalist, who lives in Canada wrote a note on his wall titled “Why are most terrorists Pakistani? An insight into the Pakistanis’ obsession with ‘Kaafirs'”. That note was basically the article written by Amir Mir in Outlook India. Amir Mir, in ostensibly a well meaning

30 Aug 10 3 min read
Religion

Zakaria's GPS: Moderate and Fanatic Islam

Generally speaking, I like Fareed Zakaria’s GPS program aired on CNN every Sunday.  He addresses issues which are important with a depth that others don’t.  But on some issues – relating to Islam and Muslims – one can clearly see his bias and prejudice. Two things stood out on today’

09 Aug 10 4 min read
Religion

Bigotry in the name of Secularism

To understand how blatant bigotry is perpetuated in the name of “Secularism”, here is a news article which does a great job. The headline of the article says: “Rule book says officer must be a Hindu” – by which it is ostensibly implied that by naming a religion for an officer’

05 Jul 10 1 min read
Religion

Let us drive or we give our breasts to foreign drivers: Saudi women

In a recent ruling, the Saudi clerics had declared that women workers cannot work with men.  The only way for them to do so would be to breast-feed their co-workers [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/blog/saudi-clerics-call-adult-breastfeeding-co-workers] , a practice enunciated by Mohammad. Now, driving for women has been a

30 Jun 10 1 min read
Religion

Caribbean PM's oath on Gita and the future of Hinduism

Interestingly, Kamla Persad-Bisssessar – the new and first female elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobaggo has done a first of sorts.  In a ceremony to swear her in, she took oath on Bhagwad Gita, the ancient Hindu scripture. It is amazing and intriguing that a nation, where the Hindus were

28 Jun 10 1 min read
Religion

Americans and the Christ

An interesting poll from Pew Research Center says that 40% Americans expect Jesus to return to the earth in the next 40 years (by 2050).  Its difficult to say if that is because of their disappointment at how US is faring or the increase of religiousness amongst the people. The

26 Jun 10 1 min read
India

Indo-Pak partition, religions and the Minds

On my friend Ali Chisti’s wall, was posted this scene from Krantiveer.  Soon the conversation drifted to the partition, the two nation theory, the reasons for partition, the validity or otherwise of the theory.. etc.  Today, my comments came from a different place.  Here they are: great scene, but

23 Jun 10 2 min read
Religion

Sri Sri Ravishankar on the "Bullet incident"

Although, the interviewer could have done a better job at asking questions and been a little more probing and been more articulate, but Sri Sri’s answers were well articulated.  This is something that is worth looking at.  There is a prejudice that is coming up and it is perpetuated

11 Jun 10 1 min read
Religion

Saudi clerics call for Adult BreastFeeding for Co-Workers

Adult breastfeeding has been a controversial topic.  It has again been raised by the Saudi clerics who have issued a Fatwa. > two senior Saudi clerics today said that Saudi Arabia’s women should give their breast milk to male colleagues and acquaintances in order to safeguard the Islamic law that

09 Jun 10 3 min read
India

Curious case of Sri Sri's assassination attempt

One was shocked when the report of assassination attack on Sri Sri Ravishankar came in.  He is someone who has, at the very least, promoted goodwill and well being of people on a global scale.  He may not be the highest Yogi, but he is Saintly. Who will try and

01 Jun 10 2 min read
Creative

Shilpa wears Mangalsutra on her hand.

Mangalsutra has been the mark of a married women in India for centuries now.  Quite like a ring is in the Western men and women in the West.  It is made in a certain way.  It is usually a gold pendant strung from a yellow thread prepared with turmeric, a

15 May 10 1 min read
Creative

Mandira's Bedi's EkOmkar Tattoo

Mandira Bedi recently was at a dealers meet of Jaypee Cement at Zirakpur, near Chandigarh, which she attended with Sachin Tendulkar.  She was spotted wearing the Ek Omkar tattoo on her back (nape). Akal Takht, the Sikh Religious body is not happy and wants her to take it off as

15 May 10 1 min read
India

Activism of Indian Courts on Marriage and Religion

Marriage is a strange thing.  And the way the courts have been deciding recently in India, they seem to be doing a lot more activism than citizens of other countries may allow. Here are some of the interesting decisions that the Indian Courts and the Government have recently taken which

11 May 10 3 min read
Religion

When Boobs quaked the world!

A low-cut protest rocked the world this week.  The epicenter was the facebook page called “Boobquake” [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boobquake/115608248460905]. Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi had said recently that: “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in

28 Apr 10 1 min read
India

Now, why has Nithyananda been arrested?

So, today Nithyananda was arrested [http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_court-dismisses-swami-nithyananda-s-bail-application_1373965] in Himachal Pradesh on a “Non-Bailable” Warrant.  Now, for WHAT exactly?  That he had sex with an adult in their privacy? I don’t get the reason .. really.  Can someone explain to me?  Because none of those

22 Apr 10 1 min read
Religion

How to save Acceptance and Inclusivity in Societies?

In this day and age its important to see the societies the way they are. There are ONLY two types of societies: Inclusive and Exclusive. Exclusive socities and ideologies say “I am X, you are Y, and so you are my enemy.” Inclusive ones say “I am X, I don’

08 Apr 10 1 min read
Religion

Obama invited to Islam

You can fault these guys for anything, but for having nerves and being blatant. These guys are standing right in front of the White House and mouthing all sorts of stuff against US and Obama. And then they proceed to invite Obama into Islam because that will “save” him. It

31 Mar 10 1 min read
Religion

Death Rituals in Hinduism

In the last week, I performed the last rites of my Mother. Since most of us were not much knowledgeable in the sequence and the process, and nothing was available on the net, we had to keep on asking. Here is how we did and the notes on various steps,

02 Jan 10 6 min read
Love

Righteousness of Intolerance

I recently had a very interesting exchange on facebook.  Spirituality and Love, are concepts, that have been so bastardized by people and are handled on just the surface… the moment one tries to explore these concepts a little deeper one realizes that all that was said was said with a

11 Dec 09 11 min read
Religion

Swiss Vote against Minarets and the Three Narratives

Narrative of victimization is a very easy one to create and build upon and use it to unleash unilateral terror on the rest of humanity and claim equivalence with peace-oriented narratives of others.  Here is now it happens: Narrative # 1: Explicitly desire that you want to push your ideology on

29 Nov 09 4 min read
Religion

Disturbing traits of Nidal and its larger implications

Some new and disturbing news has come out about Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed his comradesin Fort Hood last week.  What one sees is very disturbing and wonders how come authorities did not get it before the shooting. But, what is even MORE disturbing to me is

08 Nov 09 2 min read
Religion

God as the "Creator"

An Old Testament scholar now seems to suggest that it is a wrong interpretation to believe that God created Earth when “He” created the animals etc. on it.  She, Prof Ellen van Wolde, believes that Earth was already there when the Animals and Humans were created.  The Judeo-Christian belief suggests

07 Nov 09 1 min read
Religion

The Mango Loving nation and the Trader

Once there was a nation whose people loved mangoes.  In their love for the fruit, they had found countless varieties of mangoes and rejoiced all of them.  You need not love or eat all of the varieties, but you could be assured that there was one for every taste.  None

05 Sep 09 2 min read
Religion

Are Americans becoming Hindus at their Core?

> एकम्  सत्, विप्र  बहुदा  वदन्ति Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names Is US a Christian nation or slowly becoming a Hindu nation?  Figures from recent polls suggest that whatever people may call themselves, the inherent

29 Aug 09 2 min read
Religion

Honor Killings and Islam

An interesting article here deals with the issue of “Honor Killings” and its sanction in Islam – since these killings are almost exclusively done in Islam only.  One of the verse from a Hadith that is referenced there is indeed very disturbing: > This tradition has been narrated by the game authority

25 Jul 09 1 min read
Religion

One Rule for Hindus.. another for Muslims?

Vir Sanghvi is one of my favorite analysts on the Indian scene.  Most like to get branded and then leave their principles.  They would change their arguments and principles because they are either right or left.  Vir Sanghvi is not like that.  The following really explains the point beautifully!! > Where’

11 Jul 09 1 min read
Religion

Sufism as a counter to Islamic Terrorism

In my analysis on Mumbai Attacks [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=blog/mumbai-attacks-complete-analysis-what-was-and-what-should-be] on November 30th, 2008 – while they were on-going – I had suggested 3 “Internal measures” that we, in India, need to take against Islamic terrorism.  They were: * Engage Muslims * Close madrasas and make secular schooling mandatory

28 Jun 09 7 min read
Religion

Woman, Burkha and Sarkozy

A woman walks into a store and sees trousers and short skirts.  Decides to buy both.  One for office and another for her party.  She has a choice.  Some guys see her in the trousers and admire her figure while some guys see her in short skirt on the dance

26 Jun 09 7 min read
Religion

Shahrukh Khan’s Comment on Mohammad and Al Taqiyyah

Shahrukh Khan is in trouble. Because the Muslims believe that he said something insulting about the Prophet. He was asked by a magazine “According to you who is the most impressive figure in history?” He replied “There are lots of them, some negative ones like Hitler, Napoleon, Winston Churchill and

19 Jun 09 6 min read
Religion

Jesus and Torture

Against, ostensibly, the tide of scriptural wisdom of the day – a frail but Saintly Jesus proclaimed: > Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee

01 May 09 1 min read
India

Pseudo-Secularism and Teesta Setalvad's Cooking up Skills

59 Hindus were returning from a pilgrimage in Ayodhya when on February 27, 2002; their train bogies were set to fire.  Men – young and old, women, and children were burnt alive.  Teesta Setalvad a self-proclaimed Secularist told Washingon Post (published on February 28, 2002).  The people were returning from Ayodhya

27 Apr 09 6 min read
Religion

Mohallel: a religion-sanctioned "One Night Stand"?

How ridiculous can customs get can be understood from this rather strange custom followed in Islamic societies based on some Islamic law. There is a clause in the religious laws on marriage according to which: if a man divorces his wife, he cannot marry her again unless another man marries

27 Apr 09 2 min read
Pakistan

Sikhs in Pakistan pay Rs2 crore in Jizya for their safety

The Shariat followers and the Islamic rulers (from Mughals, except Akbar, to Taliban) have always subjugated the non-Muslims.  Any discussion of Islamic “love” for non-Muslims somehow does not bear itself out in practice in practical governance around the world. Now, that Pakistan is under Taliban in the Swat and NWFP

16 Apr 09 2 min read
Religion

Case for Sufi Islam over Salafi/Wahabi Islam for peace

During the hours after the Mumbai Attacks, i had written an analysis [https://drishtikone.com/?q=blog/mumbai-attacks-complete-analysis-what-was-and-what-should-be] , where I had suggested that it is important for India to emphasis and promote Sufi Islam within the Muslim society.  For, I believe, it is entirely hypocritical on part of everyone to

19 Feb 09 2 min read
Religion

Ayan Hirsi Ali, Bill Maher on Islam

Here is a piece from the program of one of my favorite Bill Maher’s programs.  It has parts from other programs and films too… and is very interesting.  It simply begs the question, if you see something that inherently distinguishes between Us and Them, and calls Them as bad

14 Feb 09 1 min read
Religion

Wafa Sultan on Honor of Women in Islam

Here is an interesting clip [http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1993.htm] of Wafa Sultan talking about the Honor of Women in Islam (will need free registration [http://subscriptions.memri.org/content/en/member_registr_tv.htm.]).  As you can see, she is pretty strong in challenging the authorities

07 Feb 09 1 min read
Religion

Sikh called a "Terrorist" by UPS

An old Sikh man in California was waiting for his second package to be delivered, when he accidentally looked at the first package’s receipt on UPS website.  And what he saw was shocking!  Instead of his name in the “Signed By” section, he saw the UPS driver had entered

30 Dec 08 1 min read
Religion

Who is a Sikh?

Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has now defined who a “Sikh” is [1]: “a believer can not be a true Sikh, though born in a Sikh family, if one trims hair and beard.” So men and women who trim their hair, moustaches and beard are neither Sikh nor Sehajdari Sikh

30 Dec 08 1 min read
Religion

THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF SYMBOLS IN OUR LIVES

In order to benefit from the messages from our master within, from God, God’s  Divine Hierarchy and from Universal Natural Laws it is necessary to understand the basics of symbolism. This interesting study is a long term endevour because the more we study the more practical applications of knowledge

28 Dec 08 2 min read
India

Blind arrested in Nun Rape case in Orissa

There had been a big hue and cry on the Nun rape case in Orissa and how the Government wanted to catch the Hindu fanatics who had raped the Nun.  Well it seems now [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Blind_held_in_Orissa_nun_rape_case/articleshow/3842573.cms] , that

15 Dec 08 1 min read
India

Importance of Diwali – II

After I wrote the post on Diwali [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/importance-diwali/], a reader and I had a chat.. and she repeated the oft said characterization of Ravan. That he was just like Ram… so why was he considered inferior. And why is his killing considered victory of

31 Oct 08 1 min read
India

Detailed explanation of the Five days of Diwali

India’s greatest festival is held over a period of five days – the Five Days of Diwali.  Diwali’s celebrations start two days before the day we all do Lakshmi Pujan and go on two days after that as well. In total, throughout India 5 days are celebrated as part

29 Oct 08 6 min read
Religion

Sharia wholly incompatible with Human Rights: UK House of Lords

British society – despite the many allegations on it – one of those few societies in the West that has let other communities air their propaganda.  At times such propaganda has been racist, hate filled and down-right inciteful!  Specially the speeches of some of the Islamic clerics.  I have heard some and

24 Oct 08 1 min read
India

Swami UPAji: Ram Setu not integral to Hinduism

Personally – spiritually speaking – symbols do not mean much.  But to the religious they do. There are many who go around posing as “saviors” of some religion or the other.  Hinduism is no different.  There are the Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal kinds and then there are the zillions of Gurus

15 Oct 08 2 min read
India

Killing Christians would not make Hinduism great!

While atrocities by VHP and Bajrang Dal continue in Orissa (nun raped [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/I_can_identify_my_rapists_Orissa_nun/articleshow/3560622.cms] . raped and burnt alive [http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1195449]), the situation may be coming close to a President’s rule

04 Oct 08 2 min read
India

Congress and Leftist Hypocrisy

I was for a change going through the comments [http://messageboard.rediff.com/newboard/permapost/s/bnews2008sep18delblast2/congress_hypocrisy_ruin_them_in_next_gen_elections.html] on a rediff article when I saw this and thought this guy described it SO well! I could add many others here – but lets

18 Sep 08 1 min read
India

HYPOCRITE MF Hussain had pulled his Meenaxi out due to Muslim protests

I had said in my previous article about MF Hussain [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=blog/voyeur-mf-hussains-bharat-mata-work-art-says-indian-supreme-court] as to what a voyeur and HYPOCRITE he is.  Remember he made that movie – Meenaxi? You know it was pulled out of the theaters?  Do you know why??? There was a

13 Sep 08 1 min read
Religion

Higg's Boson: will it be the end of religion and God?

At the heart of all science and even spirituality is a simple question: How does the Infinite become Finite? or, how does energy become mass.  The building block of the entire universe and creation is the same energy wave that manifests as different subatomic particles.  Somewhere and somehow, the energy

10 Sep 08 1 min read
Religion

Monotheism…. really?

Islam is said to be a monotheistic religion.  But is it?  Look at these two verses.  They tell a totally different tale.  They essentially say that someone is asserting that “My God is better than Yours”.  There is no logic to it.. no way to qualify who is greater and

26 Aug 08 1 min read
India

Why Human Spirit has little future in India

This guy is one, who is the most loathed of the terrorists (if there could be a classification) by the Kashmiri Pandits. Why? You will know that automatically when you listen to this interview. Just listen to the answers and the information he gives to one of the most renowned

31 Jul 08 1 min read
India

And the world remained silent Part II

This is part two of the same movie. It is made by Ashok Pandit, a known film maker. Technorati : Pakistan [http://technorati.com/tag/Pakistan], Terrorism [http://technorati.com/tag/Terrorism]

31 Jul 08 1 min read
India

And the world remained silent! Part I

Sometimes it sickens me when certain communities keep justifying their “violent streak” on the difficulties and the “atrocities” they face. And in India, such a fantastic “business of sorrow” to reap violent harvests has become an art and a “right”. I have believed that two communities that our country needs

31 Jul 08 1 min read
India

Analysis of the Bomb terror in India

Three more bombs were found in Surat. With that the number of bombs found is now 23 and two explosive laden cars! There were 16 bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. At least 9 blasts happened in Bangalore. So, around 50 bombs were used at least! Now, behind each bomb is at

31 Jul 08 6 min read
India

Now, Ahmedabad attacked!

Indian Mujahideen The IB believes the outfit was floated by youth from Hyderabad, as a faction of the Students Islamic Movement of India. With the arrest of SIMI’s top leaders in Indore, the Indian Mujahideen has been given the responsibility of carrying out terror strikes. Although the outfit is

26 Jul 08 4 min read
Religion

Bangalore attacked!

Nine serial blasts took place in Bangalore (Bengaluru). Two people have died and 6 got injured. The blasts reportedly took place within about 12 minutes at around 1-30 pm, that is after the Friday’s mid-day namaz in the local mosques. The blasts took place in two intervals of one

25 Jul 08 2 min read
Religion

Saudi Curriculum – fanaticism at its worst

No commentary on this one.  The attached doc says it all.  And this is the improved version of the curriculum.. Why can’t someone talk to such idiots? – “The Jews and Christians are enemies of the believers, and they cannot approve of Muslims.” – “The clash between this [Muslim] nation and

24 Jul 08 1 min read
Minorities

Rape of Minors and official + religious sanction?

Two minor girls are kidnapped in Pakistan aged 12 and 10. They are Christians. The kidnappers convert them to Islam forcibly and “marry” them (euphemism for rape). The Muzaffargarh District Court [http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2084] holds the marriage and conversion valid …. and, this is amazing.

24 Jul 08 1 min read
Religion

2009 World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne, Australia

The next World Parliament of Religions is in Melbourne, Australia in 2009. Here is the link [http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm?n=8&sn=10]. Here is a picture from the first one (1893) Swami Vivekananda is in the center and His Holiness H. Dharmapala (Buddhist delegate from India)

23 Jul 08 1 min read
Philosophy

Was Proto-Indo-European religion really the Vedic religion?

Budh in the Celtic languages is the name given to Mercury meaning wise [http://cura.free.fr/xv/11ellis1.html#Ref13]. Guess where have you heard that before? > Boudi and the stem budh appear in all the Celtic languages. It means – all victorious, gift of teaching, accomplished, exulted, virtue and

23 Jul 08 5 min read
India

Religions of East and West: How it all took a different turn

“As other discovered texts proved, the Hittite pantheon was in fact borrowed from (or through) the Hurrians.” A particular treaty, between the Hittite King Shuppilulima and Mattiwaza, king of the Hurrian kingdom of Mitanni circa 1350 BC, however, listed among the divine witnesses “Mitra-ash, Uruwana, Indra, and the Nashatiyanu gods,

22 Jul 08 8 min read
Religion

Men give in to sexual temptation easier than women

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mcgill-logo.png] Image via Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mcgill-logo.png] A research study [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/2303955/Men-give-into-sexual-temptation-easier-than-women%2C-scientists-say.html] from Montreal, Canada’s McGill University [http://www.mcgill.ca/] claims that men give into sexual [http:

19 Jul 08 1 min read
India

Should Pan-Islamic agenda trump National Interest??

[http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:TerroristAttacksAlQaeda.png]There is this joker – a rebel Samajwadi MP [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Member_of_Parliament] Munnawar Hassan [http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/jul/18upavote5.htm].. he is going to vote against the Nuclear deal and his reason: > “I will defy

19 Jul 08 2 min read
India

Lies and falsehoods on Amarnath

This is from Wikipedia. If you have any other source and evidence that this is not correct, please let me know. But for me, it is not at all surprising that the Kashmiri separatist Muslims and their secular friends in India are creating use-less myths about Amarnath Shrine. It is

09 Jul 08 6 min read
Religion

Obama and Hanuman

In the last few years, Indian-Americans have become great fund raisers for the Presidential elections.  For example the NY Resturanteur Sant Singh Chatwal has raised millions for Hillary Clinton.  So, a lot of smart politicians in the US want to do business with the Indian-Americans and have them on their

29 Jun 08 1 min read
India

Peace loving and violence: a dialogue of Kashmiris

“Stop talking of Kashmir, if you do not know what happens there!” burst out Khurshid.  He had been listening to the self gloating talk of four guys who had been praising how the Indian Government was handling the situation.  He had seen how his younger brother’s bullet ridden body

17 Jun 08 3 min read
Religion

"The Third Jesus" book review by Ashish Samuel

I had asked a friend of mine – from High School – to review Dr. Deepak Chopra’s book “The Third Jesus”.  He obliged despite his busy schedule.  Please share your views if you have read the book? ********  ********** Deepak Chopra’s book, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore” Chopra attempts

24 May 08 1 min read
Religion

What do a Billion Muslims think?

Since Muslims behave or tend to associate with each other (and expand) with a Pan-religious mindset, it probably makes sense to have a global poll that could understand the thoughts and aspirations of many amongst them. Most of the Muslims point to the several “hurts and insults” to their religious

18 May 08 3 min read
Religion

Islam is the largest religion – Vatican newspaper

Vatican newspaper [http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/03/080331-AP-islam-largest.html] says that Islam is the largest religion in the world.  17.4 % of the world population is Catholic while Muslims are 19.2%.  So there is some kind of despair. > “It is true that while Muslim families, as is

16 May 08 1 min read
Religion

How easily the Hindus are made to get hurt!

True to their name – Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK), the people of this organization keep peeking for Katchis or women’s underwears!  Honestly. First it was Shriya [https://drishtikone.com/?q=content/shriya-sivaji-and-protests-hindus-katchis], who was merely wearing a white dress.  Now it is Mallika [http://www.screenindia.com/news/Now-Mallikas-dress-hurts-Hindu-sentiments/304547/

04 May 08 1 min read
Religion

God – the Impotent, Schizophrenic, Glorified Waiter

1000 Dalits [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/1000_Dalit_Christians_to_reconvert_to_Hinduism_in_TN/rssarticleshow/2948006.cms] are being reconverted to Hinduism from Christianity.  I am sure many Christians would be sad and many Hindus will be happy.  Although none of those sad Christians can say how this

12 Apr 08 3 min read
Religion

Youtube, Idol Worship and Fanaticism

Pakistan’s government [http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9877614-7.html?part=dht&tag=nl.e703] does not want its people to watch Youtube.  Why?  Because it has some videos on the Prophet cartoon story.  So, they think their youngsters shouldn’t be seeing anything on thevideo site including some of

26 Feb 08 2 min read
Humour

Saving our So(u)le!

Isn’t he the guy who should be on the pulpit….And those guys with white and black robes in his place??  At the very least he is honest in what he promises! 🙂

19 Feb 08 1 min read
Religion

Is US of today where Persia was yesterday?

Like I said earlier in the post, Religion colors everyone’s logic and rationale.  Whatever one could see through easily, is lost to him when the extra layer of religion comes through. I had discussed in this post (Two Millenia of India’s Economic Journey [https://drishtikone.com/?q=content/

19 Feb 08 2 min read
India

A Singer and his Religion – who competes?

This week Aamir Hafeez was eliminated from Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.  It created a very sad and avoidable situation.  His brother and family went on a rage rant accusing other participants of not being good singers and also bringing in the example of Musarrat, Amanat Ali and Raja Hasan

17 Feb 08 3 min read
Creative

Blind Man Painting: Blasphemy of thought to creation process

There is usually this controversy or thought in many religions/traditions that physical representation of God or deities – commonly termed “Idol Worship” – is blasphemous or looked down upon (Islam and Arya Samaj, for example, are two such traditions). – But is the physical representation any different from mental representation? – Is seeing

13 Feb 08 1 min read
Religion

God and the Mathematicians

Mathematicians are more religious than their scientist brethren.  A survey [http://www.thestar.com/News/article/297564] by National Academy of Science shows Mathematicians are 2.5 times more likely to believe in God than Biologists (14.6% Mathematicians vs 5.5% biologists). Well, that is a lot of people

28 Jan 08 1 min read
Religion

Cutting the woman for her attraction…

In the Islamic world, circumcision is common, both for men and women.  The women are circumcised as it will control her libido and make her attractive!  The men because it will save them from disease!  The practice of circumcision is useless in many ways, but the female circumcision is specially

20 Jan 08 1 min read
Pakistan

Where is Pakistan headed?

Bhutto’s death was a watershed and terrible!  But what is happening thereafter is even worse… and under the radar of most media. On Wednesday hundreds of militants – those who had a decade ago fought along with the Pakistan Army – used rockets and powerful ammunition to kill 8 soldiers, while

19 Jan 08 1 min read
Religion

The complete nonsense of religious values!

I went to the blog of Joseph Thomas [http://jocalling.blogspot.com/2007/12/open-letter-to-mar-joseph-powathil.html] (Jo calling) who had challenged the call by an Archbishop to the Christians to send their kids to Christian schools only.  Jo laments how the Christian schools are just into money and how he

18 Jan 08 4 min read
Religion

Things that Offend the Muslims and Tolerance

Interesting compilation of things that offend the Muslims.  And it is not just that “I dont like this, but you do, so be it” type of a deal.  It is like “You like this, I dont, so I will not let you live peacefully with it” kinda thing!  Like in

21 Dec 07 1 min read
Religion

Things that Offend the Muslims and Tolerance

Interesting compilation of things that offend the Muslims.  And it is not just that “I dont like this, but you do, so be it” type of a deal.  It is like “You like this, I dont, so I will not let you live peacefully with it” kinda thing!  Like in

21 Dec 07 1 min read
Corruption

Qaddafi wants 200 French women in his Tent

For all the talk against adultery and severe – actually inhuman – punishments in Islam and specifically carried out in Arab states, the Arab men are remarkably adulterous!  Everyone knows about the Sheikhs from Saudi Arabia and other countries – how they travel to Asian countries to satisfy their urges. Now, here is

17 Dec 07 1 min read
Corruption

Qaddafi wants 200 French women in his Tent

For all the talk against adultery and severe – actually inhuman – punishments in Islam and specifically carried out in Arab states, the Arab men are remarkably adulterous!  Everyone knows about the Sheikhs from Saudi Arabia and other countries – how they travel to Asian countries to satisfy their urges. Now, here is

17 Dec 07 1 min read
Education

Indian Muslim Girls and Co-ed

This is finally a good indicator.. when the leaders amongst the Muslims come forward to move the girls’ education ahead! > THE NATIONAL Commission for Minority Educational Institution’s (NCMIM) recent view that Muslim girls should stay away from academic institutions where boys are studying has not found favour among elite

14 Dec 07 1 min read
Education

Indian Muslim Girls and Co-ed

This is finally a good indicator.. when the leaders amongst the Muslims come forward to move the girls’ education ahead! > THE NATIONAL Commission for Minority Educational Institution’s (NCMIM) recent view that Muslim girls should stay away from academic institutions where boys are studying has not found favour among elite

14 Dec 07 1 min read
Religion

The Tribal Mentality of the Catholic Church

The religions coming out of the Middle East – specifically Islam and Christianity – had a terrible inferiority complex.  To get over that, they resorted to their tribal mentality.. as that is the best they knew at the time.  So, the mindset went – The more people I have in my fold and

14 Dec 07 2 min read
Religion

The Tribal Mentality of the Catholic Church

The religions coming out of the Middle East – specifically Islam and Christianity – had a terrible inferiority complex.  To get over that, they resorted to their tribal mentality.. as that is the best they knew at the time.  So, the mindset went – The more people I have in my fold and

14 Dec 07 2 min read
Religion

Selling his soul this Christmas

This Christmas this guy is going to sell his “soul” to bidders with bids starting at $1 million [http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1296961,00.html?f=rss].  Well thats fairly silly and useless aint it?  What is someone discovers that there is no such thing as a

14 Dec 07 1 min read
Religion

Selling his soul this Christmas

This Christmas this guy is going to sell his “soul” to bidders with bids starting at $1 million [http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1296961,00.html?f=rss].  Well thats fairly silly and useless aint it?  What is someone discovers that there is no such thing as a

14 Dec 07 1 min read
India

Nurturing the Extremist Monster

Just found this article on TOI site by Swami Aiyar.  It explains the genesis, life and end of Khalistan mess very well and paints parallels with the situation in Pakistan.  I agree with him completely!  Whenever anyone has raised monsters, you ultimately get eaten up by it.  Indira Gandhi, Rajiv

14 Nov 07 2 min read
India

Nurturing the Extremist Monster

Just found this article on TOI site by Swami Aiyar.  It explains the genesis, life and end of Khalistan mess very well and paints parallels with the situation in Pakistan.  I agree with him completely!  Whenever anyone has raised monsters, you ultimately get eaten up by it.  Indira Gandhi, Rajiv

14 Nov 07 2 min read
China

China: You need Legal Permission to Reincarnate!

This August China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs announced Order No. 5 [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/11/opinion/11zizek.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin] , a law covering “the management measures for the reincarnation of living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism.” This “important move to institutionalize

25 Oct 07 1 min read
Politics

There's nothing to be happy about Bobby Jindal!

I was thinking of saying this myself .. but when I read this at Eternalsoul’s site I finally came to the point of writing about it! Every one in the Indian media is gloating over the victory of Bobby Jindal [http://hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=e6d9fcc0-bbf3-4179-99b4-9b35f7a0b5dd&&Headline=Arise%

22 Oct 07 3 min read
Religion

Ajmer Sharif: Take my Blood…

This is Arshad – 8 years old – who died at Ajmer Shareef. A poem from another angle of this entire terrorism game…. but the sentiments seem equally true here as well! Death Poem > By Jumah al-Dossari > Take my blood. Take my death shroud and The remnants of my body. Take photographs

12 Oct 07 1 min read
Religion

Terrorist Strike at Ajmer Shareef!

This is really sad – this shrine is revered by all – Hindus, Muslims and others as well. To have a terrorist strike [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/oct/11ajmer.htm] here is just downright pathetic! Would be intrigued as to who the potential protagonist is? > Terror struck the highly reverred

12 Oct 07 1 min read
Religion

One religious fundamentalist to another!

It is interesting when one fundamentalist accuses other of being intolerant and preaches “restraint” and “love”! The Roman Catholic Church has had one major agenda – that of converting people from other faiths and hues. They followed it in Africa and are on the go in Asia! Now, Vatican wearing a

10 Oct 07 1 min read
Religion

Secularism, tolerance and Love for Christ

After reading the post on Tolerance [http://desicritics.org/2007/10/02/082919.php] and specifically the replies and comments of commenters like SeemaD and Ledzius – it became clear to me how thoroughly out of date some Indians are about the Western "Secularism".  The traditional Secularism in West is the

09 Oct 07 1 min read
History

Myths of Islamic "Sciences" and its history

A very interesting blog from Global Politician, Islam, the Greeks and the Scientific Revolution, part 1, [http://globalpolitician.com/articledes.asp?ID=3559&cid=3&sid=9] by Norwegian blogger Fjordman. Here he argues that Islam and the Arabs may have transferred knowledge, but they didn’t contribute much of

08 Oct 07 3 min read
Religion

Taliban hang a kid for possessing US Dollars!

Are we seeing a return of the Taliban fundamentalism – a revival of the 1980-90s era??  With Iraq now a quagmire.. and Iran being brought into the equation by the US, and Afghanistan back to its old times (Bamiyan Deja vu), the world threat from the idiots in the US administration

02 Oct 07 1 min read
Religion

The Guy who sold his soul on ebay!

Can one’s soul be sold?  Well, those who cheat are often accused of that.  But here is a guy – Indian Jain – who put his soul up for sale on Ebay.  And got a bidder. For $504.  Rather cheap soul huh!!?  This was his modus operandi [http://www.beliefnet.com/

27 Sep 07 1 min read
Religion

Fallacies of God, Force, Matter, Space and Time

God is a matter of faith.  Faith that things "work" even though in a manner not always according to our wishes and "equitably" (as we define the word).  Yet, it seems to be so.  Random world would leave no room for any hope.  No reason to do anything or make

25 Sep 07 3 min read
Issues

Presenting…. a Pakistani Army officer as a suicide bomber!

Pakistan’s situation worries me.  I am amazed it worries not many people around the globe. Until now, they exported terrorism unabashedly.  Then terrorism started hurting them itself!  But until now, however much fundamentalist the Pakistani Army was they would use the poor and brain-washed as cannon-fodder.  Now an incident

22 Sep 07 1 min read
Religion

What is responsible for Diversity of India?

In one of my discussion on desicritics.org, with someone called "Jay [http://desicritics.org/2007/09/15/000800.php]", I had this discussion on what makes India – the diverse India.  My viewpoint is that the "Hindu"/Vedic ethos is what provides the medium in which diversity thrives.  Diversity is

22 Sep 07 3 min read
Issues

Is Islam really a religion of peace?

Now, I am not an expert on any religion, but the refrain that we often hear is "Islam is a peaceful religion".  And it does not want to hurt anyone who is not a Muslim.  Is it?  Here is an incident that happened in presence of the Prophet and was

20 Sep 07 1 min read
Religion

Another Mohammad cartoon Issue

There is another Mohammad "cartoon" scandal and issue.  This time the cartoon appeared in a newspaper in Bangladesh – Daily Prothom Alo [http://www.prothom-alo.com/].  Thanks to Rezwan [http://rezwanul.blogspot.com/2007/09/bangladesh-yet-another-muhammad-cartoon.html] for the blog post on this one. The cartoon says the following: > * Boy, what

19 Sep 07 1 min read
Religion

Morality is a Mask of the Selfish

You must do “good” – every pastor, priest, mullah, god-head, Prophet and Saint advises us. Is “good” a qualification of an action? Or is it a judgment on the result? Let me ask it in another way – When does an Action become a “Good” action? When one is convinced that it

16 Sep 07 3 min read
History

Today's Ram never Existed!

I often wonder if it is time that God be abolished from the public life?  The personalities that fill up the pantheon of "Gods" around the world are USED shamelessly by everyone. In the US, when a politician or a pastor rapes young boys as a gay and he suddenly

14 Sep 07 4 min read
Religion

Religious sentimentalism in the US!

Something is going terribly wrong with the religious sensibilities in the US.  And its not just the right-wingers, but the so called liberal media as well!  Humor and critique is not as free as it used to be in the US not long ago. Kathy Griffin [http://news.yahoo.com/

11 Sep 07 1 min read
Issues

How has Osama survived the last six years!

It has been six years today after the 9-11 attacks on the US by Al Qaeda.  Yet Osama is out at large.  How did he escape arrest?  It is a tale of carelessness and apathy on part of the US and some smart maneuvering on part on part of Al

11 Sep 07 3 min read
History

Indian History – finally someone talks sense!!

The Indian pseudo-seculars, the Indologists, and the Indian "historians" have long claimed nonsensical stuff in the name of Indian history.  Their claims were as credible as Snow-white’s story is.. with at times hardly any basis.  Never have any scientific methods been used in learning from history by this "intellectuals"

11 Sep 07 1 min read
Education

Islam and Science – a detailed analysis

There is a widespread belief in the non-Muslim world that the Islamic world has been in the throes of illiteracy and even when education is discussed it is only in context of Quran and Islamic education.  Secular education – specially science based – is frowned upon and indeed termed as Anti-Islamic.  It

07 Sep 07 5 min read
Religion

Does Religion Cause Harm? Yes, say the Brits!

Most logical people believe so.. but British [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article2368534.ece] have finally said it: > The YouGov poll commissioned by John Humphrys, the broadcaster and writer, found that 42% of the 2,200 people taking part considered religion had a harmful effect. > “One reason

04 Sep 07 1 min read
Religion

A Ball that cannot be kicked!

My friend, Vish [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6964564.stm] sent in: The American troops in a friendly gesture decided to distribute Soccer balls to Afghan people.  In the Spirit of the International presence in Afghanistan, (unlike Iraq, there is NATO presence there) the Soccer balls

26 Aug 07 1 min read
History

Jehad, Economics and the Structure of Islam!

> "Interestingly, we’ve found that the vast majority are not inspired by jihad or hate for the coalition or Iraqi government – the vast majority are inspired by money," said Captain John Fleming of the navy, who is spokesman for coalition detainee operations in Iraq. This is the conclusion of this

26 Aug 07 2 min read
Education

Islamists bomb Girl Schools in Pakistan.

Again.. this time the Islamic radicals are not only content with saying girl education is unIslamic…. they are actually moving on to BOMB the schools as well in Pakistan!!  That should help their man-hood a bit.. wouldn’t it? > In what appears to be an escalating spree over the last

25 Aug 07 1 min read
Religion

Girl Education is unIslamic

This guy Anwar Syed [http://dawn.com/2007/08/19/op.htm] writes in Dawn – a Pakistani daily – that a Maulana (Islamic cleric) has pronounced that Girl education is un-Islamic and asked the parents to withdraw girls from public school.  Syed says that this is untrue from the religious scriptures

19 Aug 07 2 min read
Politics

Vatican and CIA make changes to Wikipedia secretly

Sometimes state and God – both need an extra hand.Vatican and CIA are busy trying to do their bit to put some color into the information available around the world via Wikipedia [http://www.Wikipedia.com]. > A US hacker’s homemade program to pinpoint origins of Wikipedia edits indicates that

19 Aug 07 1 min read
India

When Dharmendra converted to Islam

Though many people knew this but hardly everyone talked about this until Dharmendra filed for his elections candidacy in 2004.  He was married – after conversion to Islam – to Hema Malini (named as Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty).  His name is Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn.  He was 44 years and Hema Malini

14 Aug 07 1 min read
Politics

Taslima Nasreen and Pusillanimity of Indian Secularism!

Taslima Nasreen is in India. She went to Hyderabad and was roughed up [http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=90650]. In fact, that isn’t all – in secular India – where attacks on MF Hussain were condemned and no one ever even talked of his hurting the “feelings” of the

12 Aug 07 1 min read
India

Muslims and Freedom of Education: my experience.

Rubab [http://www.pak-times.com/] from Pak-times.com asked that it is important to know why a secular country "denies" the Muslims the right to education?  I think to an outsider it is a fair question to ask.  But lets look at it a little deeper.  I have discussed a

12 Aug 07 2 min read
Education

Poverty amongst Indian Muslims and the Reasons

Indian Muslims are the second largest community on religious basis (over 20% of India’s population is Muslim).  Now, of course, to an outsider a Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim.  But is it true?  No!, says Mohib.Here [http://indianmuslims.in/things-people-do-and-stuff-journos-make-up/] is why: > Also, Sunnis are not

10 Aug 07 3 min read
Religion

Epidemic of Rape of Unveiled Women by Muslim Immigrants

There is an "epidemic" of sorts in Europe (and Australia).  More and more Muslim men are being convicted of rape (often Gang-rape) of European women who dare to stray into Muslim dominated areas unveiled or less than veiled. This barbarism is not just a European issue.  Remember Australia’s highest

25 Jul 07 5 min read
History

Vande Matram the Controversy – my thoughts

There was a huge controversy in India over Vande Matram – the National Song of India.  The issue was that it praised a Goddess and that was against Islam because of its monotheism and there were also discussion on the intent of Bankim Chandra’s novel as one that perpetrated hatred

21 Jul 07 5 min read
India

Story of Rape and Murder from Dera Sacha Sauda

Anonymous [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=the_dera_sacha_sauda_akal_takht_mess#comment-2505] wrote in this comment about the CBI inquiry and possible arrest of Baba Gurmeet Singh of Dera Sacha Sauda.  I am posting that news item [http://in.news.yahoo.com/070712/211/6hzej.html]

15 Jul 07 1 min read
Religion

The Shameless Blackmail by Muslims in Dannish case!

> ”Until now nobody has had to answer for insulting our prophet. We have no choice but to ask for a fatwa,” says Kasem Ahmad, spokesman for Islamic Society, referring to the publication of the 12 cartoons of Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten September 30, 2005. .. writes Flemming Rose [http://pajamasmedia.com/xpress/

14 Jul 07 2 min read
Politics

Pakistan Army or Group of Mercenaries?

I never had any doubt that the Pakistani Army was highly unprofessional.  But this assertion [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/US_renting_Pak_army_for__100_million/articleshow/2202810.cms] from a top US diplomat in South Asia regarding the payments being made to the Pak Army and “RENTING” it for

14 Jul 07 1 min read
History

History of Religions in 90 seconds

This is a rather interesting map of the spread of religions in the world.  Rather amazing to see how the different protagonists were born and died and how the religions spread around the world. Powered by Qumana [http://www.qumana.com/]

13 Jul 07 1 min read
Politics

Sin, Prostitution and Republican party's Pet God

Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana has a wife and four children.  His phone number was found in the diaries of the "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey.  Just read his "apology [http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/09/dc.madam.ap/index.html]".  These republicans have made a mockery of

10 Jul 07 1 min read
Politics

Terrorism, Iraq and the Enemity of Abrahamic followers

Here is an article [http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=180755e9-4f3b-4ccd-a446-24b042e38cd3] by Thomas Friedman – which I think captures the issue of mess in the Islamic world in the best possible manner.  I think it strikes at the root of the issues. > In the past few years, hundreds of Muslims

10 Jul 07 2 min read
Religion

How a Muslim-turned-Hindu was tortured in Malaysia!

This is a rather bizarre case [http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2007/07/06/821177-muslim-born-woman-seeks-life-as-hindu] .  A girl in Malaysia born to ethnic Indian Muslim parents was named Siti Fatimah.  She was registered as a Muslim.  However, she was raised by her grandmother as a Hindu!  In 2001, her name was

06 Jul 07 2 min read
Politics

Rebellion in Pakistan

This is a watershed event in Pakistan.  A lot has happened in that country… but this is the first time that its capital has seen such indigenous fighting at such a scale!  Here is the report from Pakistan’s leading national daily – Dawn.  I think the picture on the right

04 Jul 07 5 min read
Religion

Jesus is the Slave of Allah

I once met this mid-east guy who said to me that "Islam came 400 years after Christ so Muslims had to work harder at conversions and make up the time!  That is why it was the fastest growing religion in the world."  Hmm.. so it is all about winning the

27 Jun 07 1 min read
Religion

Hate mail on Editorial pages of Pakistani Daily.

You would hope that a nation’s national daily would have some intelligent stuff on the editorial page – like the "Letters to Editor" section.  I was amused and surprised when I saw this letter [http://www.nation.com.pk/daily/jun-2007/27/letters3.php] in "The Nation", one of Pakistan’

27 Jun 07 1 min read
Religion

The Real Ramayana

Here is a very interesting interpretation of Ramayana by a commenter [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jun/22inter.htm] ("Johny Dayal") on one article about the Government action on Rama Sethu between Indian and Sri-lanka.  It is worth a read: > Rama is the Indweller in every Body as Atma.

23 Jun 07 1 min read
Creative

Rig Veda is now a World Inheritance..

The oldest living document in human-kind of such exceptional quality finally gets its due….UNESCO has now included the Oldest Veda [http://www.ibnlive.com/news/rig-veda-becomes-world-inheritance/top/43311-3.html?xml&news=Rig%20Veda%20becomes%20%60world%20inheritance%60&pubDate=Thu%2C+21+Jun+2007+03%3A29%3A14++0100&keyword=

21 Jun 07 1 min read
India

Human Skulls Factory in India for Buddhist Monasteries!

Jaigon is a small town in India on the border of Bhutan.  It also had a factory of human skeletons [http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070619/india_nm/india303804]!  Hundreds of human skulls were found there.. which probably came straight from Benaras – the city where Hindu dead are cremated.

21 Jun 07 1 min read
Religion

Vatican's 10 "Commandments of Driving"

Papal authorities in Vatican are concentrating on new stuff – Driving!  They say it takes a lot of lives and so is a concern.. and also that Bible had a lot of people "on the move" like Mary and Joseph – Jesus’ parents.  So, Vatican’s office of migrants and itinerant people

20 Jun 07 1 min read
Environment

Hindu Dead burn 50 million trees a year!!

We Hindus cremate our dead.  It is ecologically useful.. presumably.. and psychologically better.. but I could never think of the environmental ramifications [http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=9354014&fsrc=RSS] that it could create?  Every year 8.5 million Hindus (and Sikhs, I presume) die in India.

19 Jun 07 1 min read
India

Terrible Scenarios in Pakistan that could become reality!

In this very interesting analysis [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jun/14guest.htm], Col. Athale now talks about the scenarios that can unfold pretty soon given the tense situation in Pakistan.  With Musharraf in jeopardy, Osama still at large, and religionists still pushing… chips could fall in any direction!

15 Jun 07 1 min read
History

Shiv Sainiks: the losers!!

Can someone tell these ultimate losers that cyber cafes do not CREATE websites!!  Cyber Cafe just offers services to access the web!  And most of the folks surf in their homes!  Most importantly someone in the Hindu community should shove some sense into these idiots’ minds.. either they get their

03 Jun 07 1 min read
India

The Dera Sacha Sauda-Akal Takht Mess

There is a lot of issues going on with the Akal takht and the Dera Sacha Sauda.  Now, I don’t care if the Baba or Guru at the Dera Sacha Sauda is a good person or Guru or not but the Sikh leaders have made a complete mockery of

29 May 07 3 min read
Religion

Is Jesus against kids?

Is Jesus against kids?  Weigh in on this topic on this forum [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=uieforum&&c=showthread&ThreadID=12&page=1#12] .

24 May 07 1 min read
History

Indology Nonsense from Univ of Chicago's Martha Nussbaum!

Martha Nussbaum is the Professor at University of Chicago for Philosophy.  Here she is talking about the Gujarat riots after Godhra.  It is amazing the way the Leftist view is taken and the history is made a mockery of!  Let me deal with her points – in italics here. First, Aryan

17 May 07 4 min read
Politics

Pakistan: a Rapist Paradise, sanctioned by Allah!

There is something terribly wrong with the basic structure of Islam as it relates to the women. This fight over the bill in Pakistan [http://dawn.com/2006/11/23/top1.htm] to alter the mischief of Hadood Ordinance is one such example. Here is the description of Hudood Ordinance

23 Nov 06 2 min read
Europe

When Millions Should be Killed to Mourn a Few Thousands!

It has become so fashionable to talk of peace these days and blaming the World.. yes.. actually the West and the others in the world for all the mess in the Islamic world and the direct connection between Poverty and Terrorism that it nauseates me no end!! This argument of:

16 Aug 06 1 min read
Issues

Intolerance in Islam and the Various Arguments

Based on my entry Allah vs Other Gods: Tolerance in Islam [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/1935] I got some interesting comments on desicritics post [http://desicritics.org/2006/07/10/060856.php]. Here are some: > what about: guru nanak. he was later, so no. buddha. was

11 Jul 06 6 min read
India

Torturing of Soldiers by Islamic Jehadis!

The remains of the two American soldiers [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5498870] have been found in Iraq.  Apparently, they were tortured before they were killed.  It is not quite apparent what kind of torture they underwent.. but it would have been fairly brutal. > The military

21 Jun 06 2 min read

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