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Being Hindu in a secular India. A deep-dive into culture and politics in India. Bi-weekly podcasts with the latest developments and in-depth analysis of the happenings in a country trying to perfect democracy while managing insane degrees of diversity.

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Being Hindu in a secular India. A deep-dive into culture and politics in India. Bi-weekly podcasts with the latest developments and in-depth analysis of the happenings in a country trying to perfect democracy while managing insane degrees of diversity.

    Letter 13: Indian state's continuing assault on Hindu festivals, language wars in Tamil Nadu temples, temple demolitions and secularism of Jharkhand assembly

    Letter 13: Indian state's continuing assault on Hindu festivals, language wars in Tamil Nadu temples, temple demolitions and secularism of Jharkhand assembly

    This podcast covers everything about being a Hindu in secular, socialist India. We publish a new letter here on alternate weeks discussing the intersection of culture and politics in India from a Hindu perspective. If that’s something you are interested in, please subscribe to this podcast.

    In this letter, continuing assault of Indian state on Hindu festivals, this time it’s Ganesha Chaturthi and Diwali; how the country remembered Malabar Hindu genocide; language battles in Tamil Nadu have reached temples in that state; Jharkhand assembly has established a new ideal for secularism; there is a pandemic of temple demolition; and Assam government comes face to face with illegal infiltrators.

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    Letter 12: Partition horrors remembrance day, Periyarist government's assault on temples in Tamil Nadu, a deep-dive into Malabar Hindu Genocide

    Letter 12: Partition horrors remembrance day, Periyarist government's assault on temples in Tamil Nadu, a deep-dive into Malabar Hindu Genocide

    This podcast covers everything about being a Hindu in secular, socialist India. We publish a new episode here every week discussing the intersection of culture and politics in India from a Hindu perspective. If that’s something you are interested in, please subscribe to this podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts.

    In this episode, we discuss the partition horrors remembrance day, Taliban take over of Afghanistan, yet another assault on Hindus in Tamil Nadu by the Periyarist government in that state and a deep-dive into what happened during Malabar Hindu genocide exactly a 100 years ago.

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    Letter 11: August 15, is it really Independence Day for Hindus in India?

    Letter 11: August 15, is it really Independence Day for Hindus in India?

    In this letter, I ask the following question. Is 15 August a day that deserves to be celebrated by Hindus in India as Independence day? To be able to answer that question, we need answer to another question. What did we gain independence from on August 15, 1947? The immediate response that comes to mind is, from the colonial rule of the British. We secured an ability to make laws for ourselves and an end to being treated as second class people in our own country. So, the question really is, have Hindus in India experienced any of these in the last 74 years? By the end of this letter, I will answer that.

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    Letter 10: Right-wing, left-wing and Hindus in India

    Letter 10: Right-wing, left-wing and Hindus in India

    In this episode of letters from the basement, we examine the idea of right-wing vs left-wing politics and ask if this political dichotomy is relevant in the context of Hindus living in India.

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    Letter 9: The Hindu rate of growth

    Letter 9: The Hindu rate of growth

    In this 9th letter from the basement, we cover 


    the celebration of Ramayanam month in Kerala 
    Supreme Court of India tries to prevent 3rd wave of COVID in UP but not Kerala
    Indian judiciary doesn't believe justice delayed is justice denied
    Modi government’s sabka saath policy on full display 
    Kerala's 80-20 formula for distribution of minority scholarships
    a deep dive into what is called the Hindu rate of growth.

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    Letter 8: Dear Hindus.................a letter from Palghar

    Letter 8: Dear Hindus.................a letter from Palghar

    In this letter from the basement, we go back a year to look at the gruesome lynching of two sadhus and their driver in Palghar District of Maharashtra and examine what message that incident and what happened after that convey to Hindus living in India.
    On 16th April 2020 hundreds of people armed with sticks, rods and other weapons assembled and brutally lynched to death two sadhus belonging to the Juna Akhada, Kalpavriksha Giri Maharaj and Sushil Giri Maharaj. Along with them their driver Nilesh Telgade was also killed. What makes this incident even worse is that it happened as the police simply stood by watching, like spectators. The police didn’t just fail in their duty to protect the sadhus. They in fact handed them over to the blood lusting mob. What happened in Palghar on that day is emblematic of how Hindus have been treated in India since 1947. We have been mobbed from every side by hostile forces. And the Indian state that we had empowered to give us equality and security has not just turned a blind eye but has become an active participant in our discrimination.

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