Padmavati, Karni Sena and the crisis of Hinduism

By Saswat Pattanayak The outrage against Karni Sena is entirely misplaced. These hooligans will eventually be forgiven by their gods because they know not what they do. The real dangerous elements however are those who claim to know better, and yet fervently endorse Padmavati – whether as a fictional character, a historical figure, or as a movie script awaiting screening. In all shape, way, and form, Rani Padmini legacy is a textbook instance of Islamophobia. If the practice of Sati was/is justified by the Hindus as the chaste wife syndrome, the practice of Jauhar which Padmini was said to have…

Matter & Consciousness: Revisiting Lokayata

Lokayata did not deny the consciousness so much as it complicated it. Instead of acceding to an assumption that consciousness could be a peculiarity of the spirit, it depicted consciousness as an attribute of the body. This occurred, according to them, because whereas the material elements comprise the living body, consciousness is produced in it.

False Accusers

Three of us are posing an eternal threat To ninety seven of you believers Our reasonable questions unsettle your fate While your hands are soiled with bloods.   You seem disturbed by our immorality While your prophets, popes and seers Continue in the name of immortality Rape culture of glorified gory scriptures.   Our short skirts and no bras disturb your tranquility While you gloat over subjugating women in your fiefdoms Our demanding rights for the victims of your atrocity Provoke you to uphold your carefully protected sexist laws.   While you continue to claim the Queer do not exist …

On Einstein’s Acceptance of Communist Russia and Rejection of Zionist Israel

by Saswat Pattanayak With the “God Letter” recently auctioned for over $3 million, the world has started taking a renewed interest in Albert Einstein’s core philosophies. In the most conservative estimate, he has been described as the father of modern physics; and by most liberal counts, the most intelligent human being in history. But despite tremendous biographical sketches, Einstein has remained largely unknown as an activist, or terribly misunderstood as a statesman. Many dimensions of his life have been deliberately suppressed, some grossly exaggerated, and quite a few entirely concocted with blatant lies. This is quite natural considering the ruling…

I Will Wait

For the time of victory Of the good over the evil   Good being the invisible Downtrodden, oppressed Outcasts, racial minorities The Dalits, the tortured  Women and children The students with loans The teachers without jobs The atheists everywhere    Good being the physically  Emotionally, financially Challenged, the slow learners The unemployed poets,  The crazy philosophers, The ones who never were  Featured on television nor Paid respect anywhere    Good being the one who never Was called an intellectual Or a scientist, a statesman Nor a grand prize winner Coveted with glory or fame Featured on magazines And never knew…

Children

You who surrender your children to the gods Have you wondered about the repercussions? Those that grow with heads bent to authorities How will they conceive of unfettered revolutions?   When will the children question your scriptures Of dangerous myths and needless sanctities? When would they combat your unfounded claims How to break the cycles of plutocratic doctrines?   You who gift your children to miseducation system Have you wondered about lifelong consequences? Those that shape up worldview with falsified histories How will they challenge their status quo semblances?   When will the children demand empowering knowledge Schools where seeds…

Hindu Terrorism :: Scriptures & Roots

In officially denying institutionalized racism, Republic of India has been glorifying its source: Hinduism. Heralding the philosophy as a peaceful way of life and a non-violent religion, the Hindus have largely repudiated charges of casteism, misogyny, and terrorism. Each instance of terror and injustice perpetrated by the Hindus upon oppressed minorities are eagerly dismissed as handiworks of tiny fundamentalist elements within the religion. Handful of opportunistic regional parties and disgraced cultural outfits proudly don the mantle as the revivalists, while the majority of Hindus cautiously tread away from being labeled. Religious fanatics are everywhere, and in extremely small numbers. In…