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15 Jan, 4 tweets, 2 min read
It is good to acknowledge the roots of this crisis in man-nature seperation, seeing nature as inert etc.
But from there he leaps into a territory to cite native American indigenous peoples as inspiration. Why only them? Why can't he cite Hindu genius instead? For once?

Why not talk about this.
Isn't this an equally sophisticated way (if not better) of seeing man-nature relationship, human non-human etc?

अन्नाद् भवन्ति भूतानि पर्जन्याद् अन्न-सम्भवः ।
यज्ञाद् भवति पर्जन्यो यज्ञः कर्म-समुद्भवः ॥ १४ ॥

All living beings are born of food grains, which are produced from rain. Rains fall because of the performance of sacrifice, and sacrifice is born of the performance of prescribed duties.


It is easy to bad mouth caste system and absolve oneself of talking about Hinduism on such topics and then gloat about indigenous peoples, Buddhism etc. That sells. Gets the liberal stamp of approval.


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14 Jan
I am not a practicing traditionalist in the sense that I don't participate in ritual and worship aspects of religion as much as I should be doing. I am trying to correct it. Like everything else it is a journey.

However I am a self-identified traditionalist otherwise as far as my reading interests go and as far as my opinions on most contemporary topics go.

Everytime i participate in elaborate rituals it feels like magic. I get this ethereal feeling when I participate in annual ancestral rites. There is nothing "rational" about this process. There is something else at play in that it continues to be very "real" even if irrational.
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14 Jan
Full support for your analysis on colonialism and environmental crisis as a reader of your book Nutmeg's curse.
No support for your disdain for your country's pre-colonial past though.


Come out of your Mukul Sharma inspired/induced "eco-casteism" lens for a bit.
I understand your liberal credentials will be at stake unless you take such cheap shots at caste system (with no substantiation whatsoever ofcourse).

There is absolutely no evidence in our pre colonial past for this phenomenon you are attributing to upper caste environmentalism - craving for pristine nature and treating 'adivasis' as intruders, lowest rung etc.

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31 Dec 21
One of the topics that has interested me this year is the treatment meted out to the Shamans of the indigenous peoples in Siberia by the then Soviet communist state.

The tussle between Christianity and Communism back then is well documented. But this part of history is not as well known. Atleast no one told me.

The famed telugu Marxist objective historians and authors seem to have ignored atleast two pieces from the Soviet chapter as they took inspiration from communism and perpetrated their hegemony in the telugu literature world

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30 Dec 21
Our education system reminds me of తాంబూలాలు ఇచ్చేశాం ఇక తన్నుకు చావండి.
Now that the betel leaves have been exchanged the wedding is solemnised and it can't be called off. What you do afterwards is your problem. We are done with our part of the deal.

At best the state can ensure education of some kind. What happens after that is between the invisible hand of the free markets and the individual. Some get jobs some don't.

If some folks don't get jobs perhaps they aren't good enough. May be they lack merit. They should re-skill, upskill, fight it out. State is not your father or mother to provide for you. There is no free lunch.

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29 Dec 21
Reminds me of Ananda Coomaraswamy:

"How can there be either arrogance or snobbishness where there is no social ambition? It is in a society whose members aspire to “white collar” jobs, and must “keep up with the Joneses” that these vices prevail"

This is a very modern day predicament. Not many understand this.

We live in the age of free will (atleast on paper).
"Go to a good school. Find out your passion. Work hard. Sky is the limit. The world is yours to conquer"

That advertisement is very different from reality. But we don't blame the sales pitch. We tend to blame ourselves.
"I am unhappy or not rich enough or unable to make it big because I am not good enough"

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28 Dec 21
What do people do if they need to look for translation of a particular Sloka from Mahabharata?

I didn't realise even this simple task can be challenging.

I don't do this usually. But am trying to tap into wisdom of the crowds here.

Am reading the below from महाभारत - शान्तिपर्व .

Looking for a good English translation of these Slokas. Any help appreciated.

जात्या च कर्मणा चैव दुष्टं कर्म न सेवते
जात्या दुष्टश्च यः पापं न करोति स पूरुषः

जात्या प्रधानं पुरुषं कुर्वाणं कर्म धिक्कृतम्
कर्म तद् दूषयत्येनं तस्मात् कर्म न शोभनम्

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