Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
TopicBuddha

Topic: Buddha

Why Buddha would be frowning at Ukraine today, and why India got it right with Pokhran 1 and 2

Would it have been so simple for Putin’s Russia to crush Zelenskyy’s Ukraine if it hadn’t given up its nuclear stockpile in 1994? India was prescient to declare itself a nuclear-armed state.

Adi Shankaracharya was sent in response to Buddha to bring people’s faith back to god

In ‘Icons of Grace’, Nityanand Charan Das writes about how Buddha and Shankaracharya were both part of the same divine mission.

How Hinduism incorporated Buddha and then distanced the religion

In ‘Ancient India’, Upinder Singh tells readers to abandon simplistic stereotypes and instead think of ancient India in terms of coexistence of contradictions.

Diwali isn’t what you thought it was—It’s actually Deep Daan Utsav, a Buddhist festival

For Dalits, festivals are important to rethink history. Deep Daan Utsav belongs to Ashoka—what history missed out on.

Imran Khan praises Buddha of Swat, Pakistanis remind him of his Taliban ‘friends’

According to a report, the few Buddhists in Pakistan are facing extinction ‘due to unavailability of worship places, religious teaching and government patronage’.

From Nehru to Churchill, this poem about Buddha moved many in their youth: Jairam Ramesh

In ‘The Light Of Asia: The Poem that Defined the Buddha’, Jairam Ramesh writes on the influence of Sir Edwin Arnold’s epic poem, which he first read as a teenager.

Have we suffered enough? What Covid pandemic taught us about dharma

The Buddha gave us the four noble truths. But have we, the elite, suffered enough to attain a path out of misery this pandemic?

This is why Dalit women are singing Tathagata Buddha songs in UP

The growing popularity of Tathagata Buddha songs is all about the reach of Ambedkar’s conversion ideology in Uttar Pradesh.

Wear Che Guevara, Johnny Walker and Gandhi on your T-shirts, but it says nothing about you

In ‘Consumerist Encounters’, Sreedeep Bhattacharya explores how our relationships & representations of commodities like T-shirts have evolved in urban India.

Nepal now locks horns with India over Buddha, day after Jaishankar called him ‘Indian’

After External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar refers to Lord Buddha as one of the 'greatest Indians', Nepal Foreign Ministry says matter remains beyond doubt that he was born in Lumbini.

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(L-R) Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, and Narendra Modi | ThePrint

India has interests on both sides of US-China divide. Cold War holds clues for path ahead

India’s strategic balance is weighted towards the West and its economic balance is towards China. But it needs more to build a multipolar world order.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

20% of Agniveers in first-batch recruits will be women, says Indian Navy

Nearly 10,000 women have already registered for the online application process later this month; this is the first time that Navy is inducting women as sailors.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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