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Is the fake narrative of Hindu terror meant to whitewash Islamic terror?

I remember the autumn of 2008 painfully well. Only a few years earlier I had started to follow politics more closely and had subscribed to the Times of India. Several bomb blasts had happened in different Indian cities over the recent years which had claimed many fatalities. The suspected perpetrators were affiliated to Islamic organizations. […]

My Interview by the Center for Indian Soft Power

June 4, 2019  Aparna Sridhar  Interviews Maria Wirth is a German who has managed to put her finger on the pulse of India’s spirituality, much more than perhaps many Indians themselves. In her book ‘Thank you India – a German woman’s journey to the wisdom of yoga’, she shares her experiences living as a foreigner in […]

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 […]