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Deliberate suppression of Vivekanand’s views on conversions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFzCcbKkbtY?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 Swami Vivekanand had said, when one Hindu converts to Christianity or Islam, then not just one Hindu reduces but one more enemy of Hinduism gets born. Just this one line explains the complete philosophy, our duties. It’s been a 117 years since his death, but what have we done about

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British reports on Indian Education system during 1800s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obVouUw1KIs   While on a visit to London, Dharampal came across extremely significant archival material - a series of surveys commissioned by the British government in the 19th century to assess the level of indigenous education in India. These surveys were conducted meticulously in various parts of India by the British and

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Why should Indians learn their past heritage?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12qJ2fOqe1w   A large number of Indians seem to have a tendency to conveniently brush the past under the carpet. They don’t see the need to study history. They don’t understand the need to know our past. They talk of concentrating on the present, on what can be done today. They talk

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Why did the British impose English on India

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbcKs9dDxB8 Why did the British impose English education on India? There were many reasons, the foremost of which was convenience as it was difficult for them to learn so many Indian languages. It was far simpler to have English-speaking menials to help them govern the millions of unwashed masses. There was, however,

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Knowledge transfer from India to China

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OCO41T_lHM Not many Indians are aware of the tremendous amount of knowledge transfer from India to China in ancient times. Not many know that a large number of Sanskrit manuscripts were carried to China by either Chinese scholars or by Indian scholars hired by Chinese kings. Translating ancient Sanskrit manuscripts into

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Nalanda according to Chinese Students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_DdHPQqPpY&t=27s   I also visited this place and then the only way we get to know what it looked like is when you read the autobiography of Huan-Tsang and I-Tsing, so what Huan-Tsang said is that, it was the most beautiful campus he had ever seen. It had a huge gate all

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How did Hinduism led Indians to Science

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqeTF_6oyRg   Rishi Kanva’s ashrama was not a single ashrama, it was a collection, an assemblage of hermitages of which he was the presiding rishi. So, a student would go to one in ashrama and specialize in one subject underthe Guru, then go to another ashrama, adjoining ashram, and get specialization in another

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‘Auto da fe’ and torture methods of Goa Inquisition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Kj89dL38g   Charles Dellon has described that the palace of Inquisition was a dreaded, imposing building, that contained about 200 prison cells, many of which were dark and windowless. According to Dellon, the 2 inquisitors had their living quarters as well as their chapel in the palace. All inquisitors were nominated by

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Inquisition System in Goa – Its structure, purpose and functioning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2iYryABHbA   How was the Court of Inquisition formed? The Court of Inquisition had 2 inquisitors, both were answerable only to the King. They were appointed only by the King of Portugal. They were not answerable to the Archbishops of Goa. They were not answerable even to the Viceroy of Goa who

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European testimonials for the forced conversion of Goan Hindus

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xA1iawkw2o   So along with the systematic persecution of Hindus, the Portuguese embarked upon aggressive proselytization. But most people converted out of violence, avarice or fear. Richard Burton, the famous British traveler who had visited Goa during that time, had said that “fire and steel, dungeon and the rack, the rice pot

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The religious oppression faced by Hindus under Portuguese colonial rule

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPxUV5lEtxw   Then in 1620, the Viceroy issued an edict that no Hindu could marry in the Portuguese territories. Hindus were forced to either cross the river and go to the main island in Adil Shah’s territories to marry. They couldn’t even cremate their dead. They had to cremate their dead in

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Policies adopted by the Portuguese colonialists to convert Hindus to Christianity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8mrMoxzDKw&t=16s   So the Portuguese had two kinds of policies. One was to make life so difficult for Hindus that being Hindu became a huge burden, a remaining Hindu became a huge burden and on the other hand if you became a Christian you had all sorts of incentives, you had financial

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Hindu Temple destruction by Portuguese invaders in Goa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN1QQC6Oa-Q&t=44s   And this is also the time Miguel Vaz actually went to Portugal, because he realized, even the proselytization was happening in Goa, it was not happening fast enough for his comfort. So he actually went to Portugal. He convinced the King and he got a diktat, saying that, “the regime should

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Appropriation of the Indian Knowledge by the Westerners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YttpuDIZdJg   I would like to talk to you about transmission of this knowledge to Medieval Europe. In Toledo, if you remember there was a Christian Spain and Muslim Spain. Muslim Spain Cordoba was the capital; in the Christian side Toledo. At Toledo there was a monastery whose only job was to

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The Greeks borrowed Indian Mathematic wisdom in the ancient past

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es5mva8sfnI   I would like to talk about Hipparchus and Trigonometry. Before that Surya Siddhanta contains chord tables. Aryabhatta composed, there should be only one ‘t’ over here, I apologize, it is a mistake, composed sign tables in 3.5° segments the Gian sine and cosine. Pingala and Chandasastra in 400 BCE worked

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Pythagoras and his connection to Indian Wisdom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfsYksCadmY&t=38s   Pythagoras who lived in this time frame, these gentlemen who are all westerns, Albert Burki and A. N. Marlow and G. R. S. Mead, each of them says that Pythagoras went to India where he learnt his philosophies, knowledge and other things. These are not Indic people saying this. These

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Brahmagupta, Bhaskara-I, Madhava Samgramagrama – Three pearls of Indian Astronomy and Mathematics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTQn7x0cL6w   A collection of some of our greats, Brahmagupta who studied the works of Aryabhatta, Latadeva, Varahamihira and others. He wrote the Brahmasputa Siddhanta and Khanda Katkaya transmitted by the Arabs. I’ll show that later. Solutions of linear and quadratic equations and the rules for zero operations, positive and negative numbers.

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Indian discoveries in Astronomy – A Talk by Raj Vedam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCKIhREdoiI   Some selected discoveries. Rigvedic calendar 360 days, 12x30, but average is 365 days over 6 years because of correction month. Jyotishya Vedanga records astronomical data 4000 BCE. Sage Yajnavalkya 3000 BCE, propounded the heliocentric model. Satapata Brahmana, he measured the distance from earth to sun, earth to moon at 108

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When did Kaliyuga start and the comment about Abhijit in Mahabharata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1flVV3bSoyM&t=5s   I would like to talk to you about the start of Kaliyuga. People at this point wonder what on earth am I doing, why am I talking about Kaliyuga? Well, it turns out that Kaliyuga is an absolute marker for all the Indian calendars. So, for example Aryabhatta gives his

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Keezhadi and Arikamedu excavations indicate that South Indian Civilization is older than 500 BCE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9B7Vfq16W4   In recent times we have been told about the story of Keezhadi. Keezhadi has got an exciting story behind it. Archeologists had wanted to dig in Madurai. However, Madurai is like any other Indian city; settled, very expensive land, no place to obtain land for archaeology and so on. So

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Stephen Oppenheimer’s model of Human Migration from Africa

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW-hLl1TXfM   I would like to talk to you about the work of Stephen Oppenheimer who in 2003 worked on the maternal mitochondrial DNA in an effort to establish who are we as a people, the homo sapeins. His story begins somewhere in 150,000 years ago but I prefer to start the

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Rajasvala Paricharya – DO’s and DON’T’s during menstruation according to Ayurveda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVjUHQP7R4c&t=19s Ayurveda prescribes a series of Do’s and DON’T’s during menstruation called as Rajasvala Paricharya. Paricharya is the lifestyle. What lifestyle should women adopt during their three days of monthly periods? Charaka Samhita summarizes this and says, on the onset of menstruation for 3 days and nights the woman should observe celibacy,

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Tridosha Concept – The Ayurvedic Rationale and elements in the Menstruation Practices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNXjaKQ4Heo&t=5s?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 In fact, even the people who practice this menstruation practices, they have forgotten there is an Ayurvedic rationale, Ayurvedic element to most of the menstruation practices that is mentioned in Vedas, Dharmasathra-s or any other texts. Ayurveda recognizes menstruation as a physiological process governed by the Tridosha-s. I spoke about

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Which deity presides menstruation in Hindu Dharma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w56PbxY0_1o So, these practices give a positive perceptionand add to this the fact thatThe Hindus consider their goddesses has menstruation and celebrate festivals in honour of them. There is a festival Kamakhya, well known festival in Assam. The Kamakhya festival, I think Ambubachi, it is called where the goddess undergo yearly menstruation for three days

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The five layers of Individuality according to Hinduism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN-aVw1mCTw?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 Today, most of the, all our understanding is based on modern science. We say, we have a physical body and even our mind is denied an independent existence. They say the brain activity makes us think, but this is not how our Hindu tradition understands. This is not how our

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The importance of Birth and why abortion is considered in Hinduism as Brahmahatya?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO434gqkEt0&t=4s Why is giving birth important? In our entire Hindu tradition, giving birth is considered very highly sacred, very highly punya, the Dharmic activity which is enormous merit, why? Because, birth is not just making babies as we call it today. It’s not making babies just that. It is a giving

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India should give shelter to all persecuted Indic communities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUtgxFOSGJk&t=58s   I am not going to make the argument that because we don’t have enough resources and it’s already an overpopulated country, let’s not take more people on board. Sorry, I won’t take that position at all, for a very good reason because I am in favor of giving shelter to

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Assam – How the Illegal Migrants Determination by Tribunal (IMDT) Act made deportation very difficult

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGpMo3KfCKw&t=1s   So, the issue of protecting the ethnic identity of Assam is something that has always been an issue ever since its accession to the Union of India and therefore you had one of the first legislations to come out after the Foreigners Act OF 1946, was the Immigrants Expulsion Act

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The standard operation procedure for handling refugees in India

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUaafEK0tSI&t=5s To say that we do not have a law as far as refugees are concerned, we perhaps have what is known as a standard operating procedure that came out in I think 29th December 2011, and the NDA government has subsequently applied same standard operating procedure. I will just read

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The Principle of Non Refoulment does not only mean ‘invite the refugees, settle and rehabilitate them in India’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdl3gy0RvJA&t=4s When I have this example, which has received the endorsement of the highest court of the land, in three successive judgements. I wish to understand what is it that I am saying, which is not supported by facts and law? Now they say, no, no. Even if there is no

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The number of illegal immigrant population in India and Assam state

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwtf-XYeveA&t=1s In fact, they should be held to higher standards. Any statement that they make, they cannot withdraw. You make a statement, you think through that statement and make that statement. Then what they do is, so we just discussed the Foreigners Act, we discussed the IMDT Act. Now you have

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India as a Nation and the fake arguments of Rohigya supporters to demean it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0bqgeIgRtg&t=1s Now, before that there is one thing we need to address. We live in a nation state. If we live in a nation state, certain assumptions and presumptions go along with the concept of a nation state, which means I am entitled to protect my borders. So, I have the

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Why Rohingya issue is not judicial prerogative

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRYbDpoZOB4?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 If you are a democracy, I hope that rule of law is one of the necessary concomitant, that flows with democracy, that is consistent with democracy and democratic values and constitutional values. Therefore, I just need to ask myself before a court of Law, Is my position wrong in Law?

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Origin of Rohingyas and why are they not an ethnic minority?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dn0-n50xmE?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 Now the point is, there are two issues that I wish to address as part of illegal immigration in India as on date. Obviously, the immediate news peg is Rohingya, but something that has been simmering and festering for a very long time, at least since 1960s or even the

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The Last campaign of Aurangzeb and His Ultimate Defeat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otbQzK3VSnQ&t=10s So, this point of time Aurangazeb decided, I'm going to embark on the last campaign, going to take all the Forts and established Mughal rule in Western Maharashtra. And as a result, in 1700, at the age of 85, Aurangazeb embarked on his last campaign of his life. It was

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