This question was asked on Quora and the questioner had added: “RSS and BJP say everyone living in India is a Hindu. Then who are actual Hindus? Is Hinduism really a religion?” I have expanded my original answer: Whether Hinduism is a religion depends on how religion is defined. Most people probably would say that […]

I wonder who influences whom: the Indian mainstream journalists the foreign correspondents or the other way round, as they always hold the same view. Or is there even a directive from the top of the media houses about who must be protected and who can be abused? Obviously, Hindus can be abused. I recently checked […]

When I was in high school in Germany, I had a recurring phantasy. I imagined that some fine day the anchor in the news broadcast announces that science has found proof that God exists. This was at a time when doubts started creeping in whether it was true what I had believed so strongly in […]

The fear of lone wolf attacks has changed the atmosphere in Europe. Especially women feel insecure while walking alone, but even men are not keen to go out alone at night. The security business is booming. Pepper sprays and other articles for self-defense are sold out. More security, more police is seen as the solution […]

„Would you like to come to some villages around Chamba?“ a friend asked. I happily said yes. He wanted to visit the kin of former servants of his family and bring them gifts before Diwali. After buying boxes of sweets and drawing money from an ATM, three of us set off from Mussoorie. The air […]

It seems truth cannot be told anymore. I had written an answer to the above question on quora, but after over 11k views it was taken down, allegedly violating the “be nice, be respectful” policy. I cannot see anything objectionable in my answer. Why would they let it ‘collapse’? Here is the text: Hinduism or […]

Intellectual integrity and truth are obviously unwanted in our times. These have been displaced by political correctness. Why this happened is a mystery, but mainstream media and other agencies vehemently enforce the politically correct opinion. They drum into us powerfully what we should think even if it goes against common sense. Let me give an […]

This is the translation of my last post “A reply to Dr. Zakir Naik” into Marathi by Sri Manohar Railkar सामान्यतः अन्य संप्रदायांवर हिंदु कधीही टीका करीत नाहीत. उलट, ख्रिस्ती आणि इस्लाम संप्रदाय हिंदुधर्मावर नुसती टीकाच करतात असं नाही, तर ते त्याची निंदाही करीत असतात. डॉ. झाकीर नाईक, म्हणजे असल्या प्रकारात मोडणारं उदाहरण होय. भारताबाहेर […]

Hindus generally don’t criticise other religions in spite of the fact that Christianity and Islam not only criticise, but demean Hinduism badly. Zakir Naik is only one example. Do Hindus know what is preached in the innumerable churches and mosques across India? I know for sure that Hindu gods are called devils by Christian missionaries. […]

There seems to be some “defect” in Hinduism, because worldwide, it is clearly not as respected as Christianity and Islam. Hindus struggle to get a fair representation for Hinduism in the media or in textbooks whether abroad or even at home. This is hard to understand, because Hinduism has the best philosophical basis of all […]