On the eve of Jawaharlal Nehru’s death anniversary, putting forth my personal impression/assessment of Nehru.
This will somewhat include Nehruvians as well - unavoidable.
Nehru’s public life has to be divided into 2 large phases.
- The Pre-Independence Phase
- The Post -Independence Phase
For Power, changes the greatest of human beings and a lesser man like Nehru would be no different.
Nevertheless, a set of summary first.
May 25 • 18 tweets • 4 min read
Still coming to terms with the Enormity that is -
The Story of “Sengol” - The “Dharma-Danda”
Historically, Politically, Symbolically, Culturally - most importantly from the Sacred Energy stand-point this must stand out as a top story of our times.
Much more than a story.
Firstly, Naman to C Rajagopalachari. His Vision, Civilizational Clarity, Thoughtfulness, use of opportunity saved the day.
He almost played the role of Sage Narada - guiding Prahlada while in the womb of Kayadu.
Thus a Bhakta was born to the Bhayakankara Hiranyakashipu.
Dec 22, 2022 • 37 tweets • 7 min read
A short thread on the impact of #Avarana novel of SL Bhairappa in Kannada.
Published in the year 2007 it immediately created a huge wave, became a significant turning point in Kannada literature.
Never expected it’s national impact, but over many years, much later - it did.
To understand this - lets step into the literary history of Karnataka.
1880-1960 - Navodaya (Culturally Rooted)
1960-1980 - Navya (Modern, Western Influence)
1970-2000 - Left Wing, Bandaya & Dalit (The Rebellion)
1 & 2 were literary/cultural. 3 was literary/political.
Dec 7, 2022 • 23 tweets • 5 min read
How has Bharatavarsha come to be known for #Diversity? What is the nature of #Tolerance Hindus have? How do we view ‘Other’ #Faiths? Do the Bharateeya societies need to be managed from outside such as ‘Secularism’ so that we dont persecute others?
Recent posts on Twitter on Dr. Vasudeva Sharan Agrawalla has filled me with concern about our engagement with the past.
A Civilization distinguishes itself in
- Thought, Concepts in evolves
- Translating that into material life.
Thought simply does not accumulate. It flows, evolves, morphs into something else. Every generation passes its Past into the Future in two ways
- Pure Conceptual Unchanging Thought
- How it applied to specific times and how it can flow into the Future
Its a Relay.
Nov 8, 2022 • 29 tweets • 5 min read
Summary of my reflection on some recent controversies, outbursts, concerns, escalations.
The central concern is what is the Vedic Tradition, the bedrock of our Civilization? And how do we protect it.
Way forward is not clear. But reflections are very essential.
First, what are the Vedas? What is the Category to which it belongs? What is the Value it brings to our Civilization?
How do we protect it? Who must protect it? How must we indulge in it?
More than anything else, what do we do given where we are?
Nov 2, 2022 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
Was in #Ayodhya for 3 days last week. Will gradually collect myself for a detailed writeup.
Some quick material updates that will make people like me happy.
Vishnupurana is a major Purana consisting of 7000 verses. Modern Historians date it between 400BC to 900AD. Even if you average it out, it is pre-Gupta.
It has 6 Amshas (large Parts). The first 3 Chapters of 2nd Amsha - are illuminating. Our Concern here is the 3rd Ch.
Oct 2, 2022 • 17 tweets • 3 min read
On the eve of #GandhiJayanti , I am settling into my own assessment of his contribution and importance.
This thread is a reflection of my own assessment based on what I have read about Gandhi - through his own writings and others.
Will begin with Positives & then Negatives.
1. His understanding of the Indian past. Among the few who had no inferiority about the Tradition.
- Actively defended the Kula-Jati-Varna aspect of the Society
- Held the Indian Kings in great esteem.
- Understand the functional mechanics of the society, spoke its language
Jul 1, 2022 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
When Draupadi was disrobed and thereafter, we must remember the way each responded in the Kuru Sabha.
1. The general Sabhasada-s were shocked in horror but did not have sufficient courage to respond.
2. Dushyasana was the performer. He obviously derived a vulgar pleasure.
…But he would not have had the courage but for the authority of Duryodhana.
3. Shakuni was serving Duryodhana. He was the enabler but would never have been the performer. Not that mindless. Ever-ready to join the chorus. A very predictable behaviour.