USB Phones in Ancient India

You know we've reached a tipping point in craziness when a conversation like this happens on a news article about planes existing in the vedic age.   I can totally imagine this poor woman's face right now: … [Continue reading]

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When someone offers to help you save your dying child for a price, show some gratitude. Having the choice doesn't leave you worse off than you were before. And if you have a problem with what Christian missionaries do, then get off your ass and offer to help them yourself. <br></br>
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Christian Missionaries – Show some Fucking Gratitude

Recently, an article in the Huffington Post really pissed me off. It talked about how Christian missionaries are doing terrible things in India by...offering to pay for your kid's life threatening illness. Wait what? Here's the scenario. Your … [Continue reading]

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There is nothing wrong with accepting money to change your religion. Everyone knows that brands can offer incentives to promote their products. So what is wrong with religions tempting people with money, food, or education to join their club? <br></br>
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What is Wrong with Religious Conversions for Money?

I see nothing wrong with organizations like the RSS and VHP paying people to convert (or reconvert) back to Hinduism. This "Ghar Wapsi" project is exactly what they should be doing. As long as there is no force or physical coercion involved, paying … [Continue reading]

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Rape isn't an accident that *just happens*. It requires careful consideration of risks and a lot of planning and forethought. Can we finally stop pretending that rapists *lose control* and that they're a victim of circumstances? <br></br>
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Uber Case – Rape is Not a “Mistake”

India labors under the misconception that rape is something that "happens" as much to the criminal, as to the victim. Remember the Shakti Mills Mumbai gang rape involving a photojournalist? The mother of the perpetrator said "What was my son supposed … [Continue reading]

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Sex is not something taken from a woman in exchange for marriage. Holding a man responsible for cheating a woman by reneging on a promise of marriage simply means that you view marriage as nothing but glorified prostitution.<br></br>
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Should “Cheating” a Woman Be a Crime?

Rape is a very serious crime. But is it rape when a man backs off from his promise to marry a woman? I don't think so. Rape is a very specific crime - sex without consent or with invalid consent. Anything else is consensual regardless of the … [Continue reading]

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Learn Sanskrit in your spare time if you want, no one is stopping you. Or take private tuitions - no objections. But that's for your own pleasure alone. Sanskrit is dead and isn't coming back - ever. So stop trying to force people to waste their time, and let them select whatever interests them. Sanskrit is no longer an Indian language. How can it be, when no one speaks it?!<br></br>
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Sanskrit – Why Waste People’s Time with It?

Languages grow and die. Get used to it. Latin is the progenitor of modern romance languages. But do you hear of governments shoving it down people's throats crying "Oh, its's our culture"? No. To be sure, there are schools that teach Latin, but that … [Continue reading]

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If someone doesn't care about politics, you can't MAKE them care. That's what freedom is about - you can choose to stay away, or participate. And of course, trying to make voting compulsory is completely impractical and idiotic. Especially in a country like India. <br></br>creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by Yogesh Mhatre: http://flickr.com/photos/mhatrey/6886404209

Compulsory Voting in India – What a Joke!

The latest lunacy - Forcing people to vote! So politicians can abstain from voting in parliament and who need not even attend parliament. Politicians, who like Jayalalitha are released from jail after spending 18 days in jail, have no responsibility … [Continue reading]

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Haider's worst fault is that it's boring. It isn't anti-national

“Haider” – A Response to a Soldier’s Letter

A lot of people are calling the movie "Haider" anti-national. In fact, an ex-armyman has given his perspective on why he thinks that way. This is a response to that letter. To start off with, I didn't like Haider. It was boring as hell. I haven't … [Continue reading]

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Hilarious Internet Comments #5 – Paranoia Taken to New Heights!

It's amazing to see how paranoid some loonies are. According to this "defender of Indian culture", when we're advised to cut down on Firecrackers in Diwali, here's is what's really happening: Yes bro, even Americans use firecrackers during 4th of … [Continue reading]

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There are thousands of undertrials languishing in Indian jails for years without ever appearing before a judge. And somehow Jayalalitha <strong>gets bail after being convicted</strong> within 20 days! And this after it took the courts <strong>18 years</strong> to convict her in the first place. This is messed up.<br>
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Jayalalitha – 18 Years to Convict. 20 Days to Get Bail

I must be missing something. The SC just granted Jayalalitha bail. Yes, yes I know this doesn't mean she's off the hook. But hey - can you blame me for wondering how long it's going to be before she's back in again? Let's see. Last time, it took a … [Continue reading]

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