Author Archives: MW

Again one of my replies removed by Quora. Why?

I was informed that my reply to the question, “Is India becoming the most hated country?” violated their “be nice, be respectful” policy. In fact some months ago, I had been asked to remove the last sentence of my write up. I didn’t remove it, because it is not disrespectful, but true. So the whole […]

Book Review: Maria Wirth’s ‘Thank You India’

During the release of my book “Thank you India” at the Dehradun Litfest last November, I met Hemant Kumar and his wife Monica. Meanwhile he read the book and sent me his review. It is very well written. I post it here:   A German stops over in India on her journey to Australia, gets […]

Putting secularism into perspective

Like before the last election in 2014, this time too, there are voices by so-called intellectuals that “secularism is in danger” if BJP comes to power again. Though Indians are generally highly intelligent, when it comes to secularism, most intellectuals, media and politicians get the concept wrong. Since secularism is a western ‘invention’, I would […]

A frank talk with Sri Pushpendra Kulshreshta

Last December, Sri Pushpendra Kulshreshta made an interview with me for his public 24/7 channel. He is a very outspoken, well known media person with numerous worthwhile talks on YouTube. I post here the link. It’s in English, as unfortunately I am still not able to freely talk in Hindi.

Nobody should be persecuted BY a faith.

Media is not anymore about giving information. It probably never was. It is about influencing opinion to further the agenda of certain interests and lies are apparently an accepted tool. Lies are often disguised as surveys or even research. Nobody would believe lies if they were too obvious. Yet when a World Watch List for […]

Why India’s amazing soft power doesn’t have the impact it deserves

Recently, there was a conference in Delhi on the many different aspects of India’s amazing soft power – like cuisine, Ayurveda, crafts, languages, dance and many more. Spirituality is in all likelihood India’s most important soft power because it gives answers to the basic questions of human beings regarding the meaning of life, and most […]

My contribution at the conference on India’s Soft Power

India has an amazing potential of soft power yet it doesn’t figure among the top 30 countries with the greatest soft power. Of course the methodology can be rightly questioned, as the countries at the very top are UK, France and Germany. I am from Germany and would have never guessed that Germany ranks number […]

My Question to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

I was recently at a conference on India’s soft power in Delhi organized by India Foundation and the Center for Soft Power. On the first evening, after the inauguration by the Vice President of India, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was in conversation with Professor Subhash Kak and answered question on varied topics. The plus points of […]

My book “Thank you India” is published

My book got ready just in time for the Dehradun Litfest. If you like my articles, I am sure you will also like the book. It has 46 chapters and some 30 b/w photos in the text. I will copy the table of content after the links. It’s available in India for Rs 499. Signed […]

Where is ‘extremism’ in India and where in Pakistan?

How confused, uninformed and maybe mischievous the discourse on religion and extremism has become, was obvious again at the recent General Assembly of the United Nations. A Pakistani diplomat, in his reply to the speech by Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, lambasted the “unabashed Hindu extremist Yogi Adityanath”, the chief minister of UP, for “advocating […]