Research Articles

Abhinav Gupta (~950 to ~1015 AD) – a Scholar from Kashmir

28 May 2022

Date: 6 May 2022 The runaway success of “The Kashmir Files”, a movie based on real-life incidents concerning the plights of Kashmiri pandit community, has re-ignited debates and discussions centred on Kashmir in India and elsewhere. Maharajah Sir Hari Singh, the then ruler of Kashmir, signed the Instrument of Accession on 26th October 1947. As …

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The Lost Upanishad – Patanjali’s Book on Yoga

28 May 2022

Date: 28 Feb 2022 Patanjali is one of the central figures in all yoga traditions. Well-documented evidence on his life does notexist but he possibly lived in the 2nd century BC. His “Yoga Sutra” has been a near inviolable foundationof yoga for several centuries. Yoga enthusiasts worldwide, especially the ones who are familiar with theasana …

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GyanvapiMasjid

Historical Evidence from 16th & 17th Centuries on the Gyanvapi Masjid

27 May 2022

Date: 20 May 2022 This brief article aims to point out some factual inaccuracies and to fill in the gaps in the well-presented BBC article titled “Gyanvapi masjid: India dispute could become a religious flashpoint” that was published on May 18, 2022. The article states that “A 1991 law called the Places of Worship Act …

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Understanding “Namaste” and its contemporary significance

27 May 2022

Date: 14 Jan 2022 Although in May 2021, the state of Alabama lifted the three-decade-long-ban on teaching of Yoga in schools, the word “namaste” and chanting of “om” is still barred in classrooms (See Guardian article of 21 May 2021). According to the article, Becky Gerritson, Director of Conservative Alabama Eagle, claimed that “Yoga is …

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