Avatans Kumar

OPEN TO OPINION

English   |   Bangla

A graduate of JNU and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Avatans writes on the Indic knowledge tradition, culture, history and current affairs.

VARIETY

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Sardar Patel got a raw deal from the Congress, his Statue of Unity will set things right

Be it real political power or receiving the Bharat Ratna, Sardar Patel always came second for the Congress. The resentment over his statue shows this again.

LIFE

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Lots in a name: The real significance of renaming Allahabad to Prayagraj

The name 'Prayag' evokes a centuries-old Hindu civilisation with all its rites, rituals and sacred geographies. 'Allahabad' didn't erase those memories, but the original name makes sense

VOICES

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Why Kavanaugh Vs Ford has deepened the American chasm

Whether Judge Kavanaugh makes it to the highest court of the land remains to be seen. But the questions raised in this process will haunt America.

VOICES

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A case for Bharatiya Bhasha Diwas, a celebration of the Hindi language

Despite Hindi’s Constitutional status in India, there is plenty of loathing towards Hindi and its speaker.

VOICES

 |   7-minute read

Elitist, arrogant and exclusionary: A former JNU student laments what the esteemed university has turned into

One of India's premiere liberal institutions of learning, JNU now runs the risk of closing its mind rather than widening it.

VOICES

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The success of World Hindu Congress shows Hindu unity is a reality. Anti-Hindu forces can go eat crow

The alternative narrative that emerged is based on dharma and is as modern as it is scientific, progressive and liberal, but firmly rooted in Indian culture.

VOICES

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Why the World Hindu Congress in Chicago, to be the largest gathering of Hindu leaders to date, is important

The Conference seeks to understand the challenges facing Hindus globally and collaborate on possible solutions to those challenges.

POLITICS

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India's Trump Card: Why inviting the US President to Republic Day is a good idea

This is simply a move to smooth India-US relations. And no, it has nothing to do with India's 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

VARIETY

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Why liberals are so quick to mock ancient India's 'test tube babies' or 'plastic surgery'

Indians created great science well before the West. Mocking inventions by sages, philosophers and physicians only shows the ignorance of liberals.