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

VOICES

 |   8-minute read

Terror calls for a hard martial response. And that should entail no guilt

A misguided interpretation of Hinduism has idolised non-violent retaliation or ahimsa. There is a far greater tradition of martial valour to protect the nation and fight for the just cause.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

How Tulsi Gabbard is prepping for the US presidential election in 2020

The first Hindu to run for the top job in the US is totally at ease with handshakes and namastes and floats around crowds, equally comfortable with hi, hello and Aloha!

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

MISA, Emergency, forced sterilisations: Why is Priyanka Gandhi resembling Indira Gandhi a good thing?

For many, the memory of Indira Gandhi is associated with a chaotic, violent, horror-filled time. Not something that would make them want to vote for her granddaughter.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Tulsi Gabbard first Hindu woman to run for US president: What this can mean for Hindus across the world

A vegetarian and a Hare Krishna follower, Gabbard had taken her Congressional oath on the Bhagwad Gita. She also presented the Gita to PM Modi in 2014. And she carried the Gita into the war in Iraq where she served her country, the USA.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Why hate crimes are rising against Hindus in the US

India's 'cow vigilantism' is much highlighted in US media. The other side of this story has been completely ignored in this process.

VARIETY

 |   4-minute read

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

 |   5-minute read

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

 |   5-minute read

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

 |   4-minute read

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.