Historical Negationism and Sanitized Image of Ashoka and Buddhism in India

Divyavandana is the earliest source from which Indian neo-Buddhists claim massive prosecution of Buddhist monks by a king identified as Pushyamitra belonging to Brahmin lineage who usurped the last Emperor of Chandragupta’s Maurya dynasty. Later exaggerated narrations of our time assert Hindus went on some kind of killing rampage that wiped out Buddhism from the…

Threshold of Expertise

I love to learn two sides of the coin. What if my opinion is wrong? How much I have grasp over the subject? Out of many labels, Political Left and Right are kicking around everywhere on the internet, with more and more radicalization, even in everyday life. Very interestingly I observe people who identify themselves with a…

A Vanishing Heritage: Prehistoric rock shelter at Naraj

Cave arts and old inscriptions are fascinating. Makes us wonder what will people of the future think about the graffiti we leave behind. We don’t know whether these were graphic communication among themselves or the inclination to conserve beyond a single moment in time, it’s certain humans have always had an innate drive towards art….

Kshatriya dominance in Nāstika Sects

There’s a popular misconception that “Buddhism is an anti-caste religion” persists among Neo-Buddhists in India who consider themselves of a modern sect Bhimyana that even rejects the petty concepts of Buddha’s teachings like four noble truths for their own timid interest. On the other hand, the Buddhists on foreign lands who have devotedly studied their…

The Founding Father of the Indian Constitution

In the year 1947, Indian got its political freedom yet the Nehruvian consensus kept the colonial state machinery they inherited from British raj intact for its convenience in course of seven decades. The country’s education system was handed over to colonizers and thereafter to their Marxist slaves who poison young minds even today. This neo-colonial…

Curious cases of Socio-Economic Heritability and Equity

Last week an Indian newspaper published a brief report investigating the people who topped the central board exams between the years 1996 and 2005 and what they are doing in life now. The journalist Ritika Chopra commented on the stats that there lies a connection between academic achievement and privilege as none of the 86…

Not just a Tale of Cosmic Romance

Every known society comes up with entertaining stories that introduce society’s norms and mechanisms of the communities to the succeeding generation, not necessarily as prescriptions but at least as descriptions of that period. Along with traditional themes, careful use of characters and hyperboles is made to engender a particular effect in terms of moral narratives…

A tradition beyond the religious identifications

Under prolonged the Muslim reign and pre-existing Hindu culture in Odisha, eighteenth-century experimented with composite cultural relations amidst communities. A relatively strange ritual ‘Satya Pir’ puja is observed, which is in fact the alternate name for ‘Satya Narayana’ Puja. The origin of the ritual in Odisha, however, traces back to the tale of Gajapati Ramachandra…

Cuttack City: In the light of Monastic Tradition

Holding a wide stretch of history, Cuttack proves itself as a high-intensity epicenter of culture throughout the timeline. The city is upright heterogeneous in nature when it comes to the religious aspect. Numerous temples, Mathas, Masjids, catholic structures across the city provide evidence the city was in fact a city of sects. Such religious communities…