Hari Ravikumar

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The writer is a musician with a deep interest in Hindu scriptures, South Indian classical music, and education. He is the co-author of The New Bhagavad Gita. He is presently working on a translation of selected Vedic hymns for the modern reader.

ART & CULTURE

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Mint article on bhakti movement reeks of ignorance about Indian culture

This piece is an unfortunate result of someone who understands neither heritage nor the very concept.

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LIFE

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The ultimate lesson from Ganesha's story

The deity is deeply connected with the life of the agricultural people.

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POLITICS

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Rise of right wing in Europe means Islamophobia is here to stay

It might not be all that strange if one foresees a Third World War as Crusades 2.0.

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LIFE

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How Indian art can help you achieve short bursts of moksha

Its spiritualisation by our ancients also seems to have a practical value.

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POLITICS

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Is Mahishasur really a villain?

Freedom of speech is not unconditional. There will be restrictions.

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LIFE

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Hinduism promotes freedom of expression and dissent

It was responsible for creating an ecosystem of debate and honest inquiry.

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LIFE

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What a butcher can tell us about slaughter and non-violence

This illuminating story of Kaushika and Dharmavyadha covers some of the most fundamental truths of life.

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LIFE

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How different religions view homosexuality

Far more than religious reasons, it has been seen as a taboo because of our cultural mindset.

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LIFE

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Why we must be wary of modern babas

While we can be respectful of gurus who help make a difference, we must be careful not to deify them.

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LIFE

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Sanskrit literature was as good as internet for ancient India

A human lifetime is insufficient to read them all even if that was the only thing we did.

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