Showing posts with label indian history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label indian history. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quick notes: Rs 300 Cr baggage, Sundar Pichai...

  • Evangalical baggage: Thanks to Jairam Ramesh, the Modi government will have to shell out Rs 300 crore — over the next two years — and deal with a society registered in the UPA regime packed with “eminent persons” (mostly Church Activists) which include members of Sonia Gandhi’s NAC.

  • Sundar Pichai: The Most Powerful Man in Mobile

  • India can use: Type an SMS message in English and receive a text back with its Spanish or Chinese translation.

  • Weavers became beggars: For at least two centuries the handloom weavers of Bengal produced some of the world's most desirable fabrics, especially the fine muslins, light as "woven air", that were in such demand for dressmaking and so cheap that Britain's own cloth manufacturers conspired to cut off the fingers of Bengali weavers and break their looms. Their import was ended, however, by the imposition of duties and a flood of cheap fabric – cheaper even than poorly paid Bengali artisans could provide – from the new steam mills of northern England and lowland Scotland. Subsequently, India became the exporter of raw materials and foodstuffs – raw cotton and jute, coal, opium, rice, spice and tea – rather than manufactured goods
  • Colonialism lives on: We won't give up on multi-brand FDI say retail MNCs

  • pSecularistan:

  • Aereo: Finished?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Quick notes: Air we breathe, Dosa special...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Discovery of Dwaraka

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hitler Has a Following in India

To the extent that German history is taught it’s in the context of “the view that had Hitler not weakened the British Empire by the Second World War, the British would have never voluntarily left India.” 

The country’s Jewish community—some 5,300 people—is one of a few in the world to have never been persecuted by their countrymen.  Solomon Sopher, president of the Baghdadi Jewish community in Mumbai, agrees: “We have never been persecuted by any caste or creed. Not even by the Muslims.” He adds that Indians are prone to “hero worship” of strong military leaders. 
Business Week: Hitler Has a Following in India

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos duonos

  • Lithuanian: dievas dave dantis; dievas duos duonos
  • Sanskrit: devas adat datas, devas dasyati dhanas

God gave us teeth, God will give us bread. (Not sure who found this Sanskrit proverb but shouldn't teeth be danta in Sanskrit too? Again, is it bread or grain?)

Perhaps their geographic isolation helped the Lithuanians retain their Sanskrit connection more than any other people.

1st --- as-mi --- 'I am'
2nd --- asi --- 'thou art'
3rd --- as-ti --- 'he, she, it is'
es-ù --- (older es-mi)
es-ì --- (<*es-si)
ẽs-ti ---'there is'
s-vah --- 'we two are'
s-thah ---'you two are'
s-tah --- 'they two are'
ẽs-ava ---(older es-va)
ẽs-ata --- (older es-ta)
s-mah 'we are' (more than two)
s-tha 'you are' (more than two)
s-anti 'they are' (more than two)
ẽs-ame --- (older es-me)
ẽs-ate --- (older es-te) ——————

As someone said, "a Sanskrit scholar could understand and be understood by a Lithuanian farmer".

Sunday, October 18, 2009

NYT/IHT journos interview of Shourie at Harvard

Audio transcript of Arun Shourie's interview at Harvard recently.
Worth hearing in its entireity -- the man, as always, is super articulate and super sharp.
Hear him demolish some of the usual canards about oppression, muslims etc.

This guy is truly a titan among nationalists!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Indian Inbreeding, Genetic Risks, Aryan Invasion Theory

Medical research results show a particular genetic past that has resulted in unique genetic risks specific to an unmixed tribal-dominated society:
The researchers' work also has surprising and important medical implications. They discovered that many groups in modern India descend from a small number of founding individuals, and have since been genetically isolated from other groups. In scientific parlance this is called a "founder event."

"The finding that a large proportion of modern Indians descend from founder events means that India is genetically not a single large population, but instead is best described as many smaller isolated populations," said Singh. Thangaraj continued, "The widespread history of founder events helps explain why the incidence of genetic diseases among Indians is different from the rest of the world."

Founder events in other groups, such as Finns and Ashkenazi Jews, are well known to increase the incidence of recessive genetic diseases, and the new study predicts that the same will be true for many groups in India. "It is important to carry out a systematic survey of Indian groups to identify which ones descend from the strongest founder events," said Reich. "Further studies of these groups should lead to the rapid discovery of genes that cause devastating diseases, and will help in the clinical care of individuals and their families who are at risk."


To shed light on genetic variability across the Indian subcontinent, the research team analyzed more than 500,000 genetic markers across the genomes of 132 individuals from 25 diverse groups, representing 13 states, all six language families, traditionally "upper" and "lower" castes, and tribal groups.

These genomic analyses revealed two ancestral populations. "Different Indian groups have inherited forty to eighty percent of their ancestry from a population that we call the Ancestral North Indians who are related to western Eurasians, and the rest from the Ancestral South Indians, who are not related to any group outside India," said co-author David Reich, an associate professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and an associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
On the other hand, it validates the Aryan Invasion Theory, that says invaders came down from the north into the subcontinent, which was already inhabited.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Rise of Indian Game Developers

There's a new racing game coming out, called "Streets of Mumbai":

The game's developer Trinegames also has other titles in the works, like Legends of Great India:
"Legends of Great India” is a Real Time Strategy Game that captures the epic stories and characters of Ancient India. Players will be able to experience the power of heroes and Gods such as Arjuna, Hanuman, Ganesh, Ram, Shiva and many more. With their help you must save the future of India from all evil, including Ravan and all else who desires evil. The goal for the game is to have the Indian people discover their inner gamer. By creating an interactive world filled with the stories and cultures that the Indian people have grown to love and cherish. The Game is set to be as epic as all the traditional stories, utilizing great godly powers, and commanding hundreds of troops. Legends of Great India has completed pre-production phase and the game production is currently going on.
Some narrow-minded people will no doubt protest these delightful new products from Indian mythology, but I think they'll re-acquaint and re-popularize such mythological tales with the young masses.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Let us remember the amazing tale of the Rajivayana.

Once upon a time there was a young prince from a powerful royal family, who confronted a demon tyrant who ruled from the island of Lanka. The young prince was quickly blown up by an agent sent by the demon king, splattered to oblivion. His widow Sita Maino had to take over the reins of power after his death. She ordered her obedient fuzzy-faced servant ManmoHanuManmohan to secure the kingdom and lead the fight to victory over the demon king. The demon lord's forces were soon reeling from a prominent defection, sealing his fate. But questions were being asked of the princess, and whether she was pure and faithful to her departed husband. Since she may not pass an Agni Pariksha, let's hope she decides to hop on the next flying chariot to return to her mother soil.

As they said on Battlestar Galactica:
  • "oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tát savitúr váreniyaṃ"(O Creator, May we attain ultimate glory through your strength)
  • "All of this has happened before, and will happen again."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hanuman: the Videogame - for Playstation2

While the look may be a little dated, it's still alright for an early attempt.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Koenraad Elst: review of Srikant Talageri's new book

a very readable review and synopsis of Srikant Talageri's latest assault on the assorted Aryan Invasion/Migration/Tourism theories.

the gist - chronologically, the later parts of the Rig Veda correspond to the earlier parts of the Avesta - thus showing that the vedas pre-date Avesta. if AIT is right - it would be the other way round and the avesta would be the earlier text; but sadly for Witzel, Frontline editors and assorted Indian Marxists like Romila Thapar - it is not so.

I was unable to get through Talageri's previous books - they were too specialised and academic. this is one project that could really use a popular, HistoryLite retelling- the sort of stuff that Doug Brinkley or Stephen Ambrose put out in America.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

That argument can be simply stated. Rigveda and Avesta have a lot in common—names of people, animals, meters, geography. However, the Early Books of Rigveda have very little in common with Avesta, while the Middle Books have a little more. But it is the Late Books of Rigveda that have a lot in common with Avesta, pointing to a period of contemporary development.

I have not read the latest Srikanth Talageri book - but it looks like he has once again nailed the AIT non-sense and conclusively proved that the migration was outward from India to the Northwest i.e. the Out of India theory.

of course - Michael Witzel and his Christist loving fans (like The Chindu) will simply make this disappear by magically editing wikipedia.

both of Talageri's books need to be watered-down for the layman - perhaps a dumbed down version can be serialised in popular magazines - or on the net. this is one project crying out to be funded!