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Who is Hindu? What is Hinduism? Is the Hindu Right Wing different from Communists?

Looking at the way some extreme right Hindu groups are behaving after that BJP minister's speech on Taj Mahal, calling it a blot on India's history, I wonder if the Indian right wing is actually right. It seems more of fanatic nature to forget the past many years' history and fighting to bring back an era 1300 years old. They are giving a whole new meaning to Hinduism. I too feel confused now. Is Hindutva different from Hinduism? Aren't they all encompassing nature of Hindus? What are Hindus? Is Hindu a religion? If it is a religion, it should have at least one prophet or mesiah. Whom do we have? Who started Hindu dharma, if at all anyone did so? The name, Hindu, was given by rulers of Middle East. Likewise, West called them Indians. Hindu never was or is a religion. Some people imposed some rules and Sanatan Dharma was born. That too, due to people who wanted power over masses. Nay, the guys who think Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, etc are symbols of o

Were Mughals not Indians?

Dunno what I will be labeled for saying this... I am not too sure how to put it but let's try. When we spend our childhood or a significant part of our life at any place, that place owns a part of us. We go live our early career years in the USA only to acquire part of its culture. A foreign student who studied in Benaras Hindu University, will keep coming back for those ghats, temples, and culture. Based on the above deduction, I think it is alright if Mughals ruled India for 800 years. Maybe Babar was an outsider but he settled here in India, his following generations were born here and thus, are part of Indian culture. They did force people to convert and many converted. But forced conversions still happen. Besides, we love Mughal structures - Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Mughlai cuisine - Biryani, Haleem, etc. So what's the point in hating them? I think it's time we stopped seeing Mughals as outsiders and accept them as part of Indian culture. There

Pollution issue in India: Polluting the minds of innocent

BAN CRACKERS? I didn't want to comment on that, hoping for greater good. But when our very intellectuals make it a communal issue, one is forced to talk. Why is it that Supreme Court interferes only with Hindu festivals? In his tweet (see screenshot below), Shashi Tharoor says goats are lesser beings and that Muharram processions hurt only themselves. Then why did Supreme Court set the dahi handi height limit? Wasn't that to stop people from getting hurt? Basically, the followers of Lord Ram are supposed to stop using water on Holi. Diwali is something a kid waits months in advance and now he can't use fireworks and crackers because fireworks cause pollution. 1. If it is really pollution, install dust collectors all over Delhi? 2. What about illegal factories operating from residential colonies all over Delhi? 3. Why are old vehicles still on roads? 4. Why can't government use permanent remedies instead of pushing a particular community to the corner?

Next Operating System from Microsoft might be completely cloud based

Microsoft is right now racing in the cloud computing scenario. Though Satya Nadella said it would be "mobile first" for Microsoft, emphasis is clear on its cloud systems. It (Microsoft) is promoting and receiving a tremendous response for all its cloud based products, especially Office 365 & Azure. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is currently leading the cloud market with Microsoft and Google close at its heels. We had earlier observed that not only is Microsoft neglecting mobile phone market, it isn't showing much interest in Windows 10. Incidentally, Microsoft has now made it official that Windows phones won't receive any more support (budget). Probably, it is working on a cloud based operating system - OS as a service. The concept would be to boot up local devices using firmware and connect to the cloud operating system. We are already seeing a shift in Microsoft offerings - from local to cloud. Could it be that Microsoft is focussing on cloud before going ba

Sons of Lord Rama - Was Kusha born to Lord Rama?

It is well known that after being exiled by Lord Rama, Sita was offered shelter by Rishi Valmiki. Sita stayed in Rishi Valmiki's Ashram and gave birth to Luv. Only one child. But we know there was Kusha too. And that both Luv and Kusha were twins. So how did it happen that Sita gave birth to a single child and yet there were twins? This article has been moved to Powercut Online . Click Sons of Lord Rama to read it.

How to get motivation?

How to get motivation? In my honest opinion, there is no such thing called motivation. All those motivational quotes and posters are BS. If your brain is good enough to be charged with a quote or two, you don't need any motivation. On the contrary, if you are a tired soul, nothing can motivate you - except circumstances. There may be motives behind every action or inaction. But thinking that going through a few quotes, watching a movie, or reading a book, will give you necessary strength is stupidity. It's not motivation. It's the strength you already have. This strength is within everyone. Motivation is "I have to do it." If there are no other options and you have to do it, it is motivation. In other words, motivation is awakening your strength and getting down to work in either of these cases: 1. You seriously (desperately) want to do something - in which case you don't need any external motivation 2. You are left with no options; you have to d