The Making of Chanakya: Episode 3: Rajiv Gandhi and the Doordarshan Bureaucracy

This is the third episode of a multipart series of interviews with Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the creator of the Chanakya Television Series that aired on Doordarshan between September 1991 - August 1992. The hallmark of a classic work of art is an innate...

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NOTES ON CULTURE

A Portrait of an Epigraphist as a Cultural Role Model

An unforgettable experience of my stay in Delhi occurred on 6 December 1992. The Babri Masjid structure in Ayodhya was brought down by the crowd of people assembled there…The next night at around 8...

The Incurables who are Chopping Hindu Traditions and Temples

Prologue I distinctly recall an anecdote a veteran scholar once told me. The incident in the anecdote occurred sometime in the 1960s, the nascent stages of the era of spurious spiritualists and that class of...
Pattadakal

The Cultural Weakening of India and the Hindu Civilisational Continuum

What is common to the two avoidable events that occurred recently, viz, the so-called #MeToo dog-and-pony show, and second, the pushback against and persecution of the lakhs of Sabarimala protestors? In a line, the common...
Dipotsava

The Ayodhya Dipotsava Diaries: An Introduction

Preface Nothing prepares you for Ayodhya. Nothing. Not even when you go there bearing in mind such lofty slokas as अयोध्या मथुरा माया काशी कान्ची अवन्तिकापुरी द्वारावती चैव सप्तैता मोक्षदायिका: ॥ Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, and Dwaravati. These...
T M Krishna

The Destruction and Christianization of Carnatic Music Might Occur Sooner than Anticipated

As expected, it has happened. There’s a proverb in Kannada which roughly means, “light up your beedi from the fire that is burning down your neighbour’s house.” The thoroughly agenda-driven #Metoo charade has hit the...

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How the Dravidianists Invented Kalabhras and Poisoned Tamil Public Discourse

For a backgrounder, read the following essays: How the Dravidianists Ravaged the Tamil Heritage and Gifted Tamil Nadu to the Global ChurchAn Encounter with a 55 BCE Lemurian alias Dravidian alias Periyarist Among the enduring myths in which the...

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How the Dravidianists Invented Kalabhras and Poisoned Tamil Public Discourse

For a backgrounder, read the following essays: How the Dravidianists Ravaged the Tamil Heritage and Gifted Tamil...

How the Dravidianists Ravaged the Tamil Heritage and Gifted Tamil Nadu...

The Tamil country stands tallest among all Indian regions that swallowed the missionary and colonial propaganda of the Aryan Invasion Theory in...

An Encounter with a 55 BCE Lemurian alias Dravidian alias Periyarist

The name of Dr. BGL Swamy might perhaps be unfamiliar to a lot of folks even in Karnataka today. One introduction is...