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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Amish

Religious differences are there, but India is no communal tinderbox

The country has had communal riots. But it is unlikely that it is going to sink into a morass of religious violence like Syria or Iraq. It seems that scare-mongering about religion suits the purpose of our ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ extremists, writes bestselling author Amish.

A government’s job is to govern, not represent the views of all people

This is regarding the point that some establishment intellectuals have been making these days: That since the NDA has garnered 38.5% of the vote (and the BJP 31%), its victory is somehow incomplete/illegitimate. Amish writes.

Go ahead, be a rebel

A rebellious India is a precursor to a great India. But, a rebellion without a sense of personal duty and purpose often leads to chaos. Amish writes.

To make money is glorious

Those who preach that money is impure in today's Age of Money are being as irresponsible as those who preached non-violence in the Age of Violence. Amish writes.

The centre doesn't hold

There is an overriding and all-pervasive atmosphere of pessimism today. Even though it carries the risk of violence and chaos, a messy, decentralised and politically divided country could be the right catalyst for innovation. Amish writes.

In God’s own country

Religious extremism will only be defeated by religious liberalism, not by secular homilies that are often quoted by the nation’s elite, writes Amish.

A spiritual lesson learnt on a scientific quest

The ‘strong-interaction’ force does not weaken, no matter how hard you try to pull particles apart. There is a spiritual lesson in that, writes Amish.

The other side of ‘ideal’ icons like Lord Ram

Sadly, it has become almost fashionable in liberal circles to criticise Lord Ram. In Hinduism, we are encouraged to question: Lord Krishna very clearly states this in the Bhagavad Gita.
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