Author Archives: MW

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 […]

Sanatana Dharma is the best option for humanity – on YouTube

This is my first videographed talk. I accepted the invitation by Srijan Foundation not because I know more about Sanatana Dharma. Many among you know more than I, but because I grew up as a Christian and maybe can better appreciate the value of it. Also, I realised that many of you find it difficult […]

Where is God? I want an exact answer, no philosophy

This was a question on Quora. Here is my reply: I assume you mean by God That which is upholding this universe, responsible for it, the highest authority. So the answer is: God is everywhere, including in us. This answer is based on the insights of the ancient Indian Rishis and modern science also points […]

Quora question: Why is Dr Zakir Naik labeled as anti Hindu?

My reply: I assume this question is asked by a Hindu who does not quite know what Islam (and also Christianity) claim: Both claim that the Supreme Being (called Allah in Islam and God in Christianity) has revealed the full truth only to one person – in the case of Islam to Prophet Mohammed and […]

Why is Hinduism being denigrated in spite of being the most reasonable system of living?

This was a question on Quora to which I replied. Yet again, I got a message from Quora that “the question has been marked as needing improvement and will be in a restricted state until edited.” So I post it here because there is nothing wrong with the question or my answer. Here it is: […]