There are many similarities in the histories of India and Israel. Both are much more ancient civilizations than Christianity and Islam, yet they have been victims at the hands of twin barbaric religions. Both have hostile neighbours who hate their very existence. Both gained their independence in the late 1940s.Continue Reading

Kashmiri historian Jonaraja recorded the destruction of temples in Kashmir by Sultan Sikandar Butshikan in the 1390s. There was no city, no town, no village, no wood, where the temples of the gods were unbroken. When Sureshavari, varaha and others were broken, the world trembled, but not so the mindContinue Reading

Women’s bodies have always been part of the terrain of conflict  In ancient India, women enjoyed equal status with men in major fields of life and received the same education and rights as men. Many tribes and communities, like the Nairs in Kerala and the Khasis and Garos in Meghalaya,Continue Reading

During the period of 1315-20, Rinchan, a Buddhist prince from Ladakh, revolted against the ruler of Ladakh who happened to be his uncle also. Rinchan was defeated soundly and was forced to flee to Kashmir. He was subsequently given asylum by Kashmir king Suhadeva and due to his abilities, hadContinue Reading

The genesis of the current Manipur conflict is in the incessant conversions of tribals and Hindus in the region. The two Middle-Eastern cults cannot live at peace with others and even among themselves. Their philosophy is rooted in violence, and they enjoy it; and at times, it becomes their businessContinue Reading

In ancient times, it is said that Nagas came from China and settled in the hills of Nagaland. The name Naga is derived from Burmese Naka (pierced ear) and has no connection with Naga Sadhus or Naga (snakes) whatsoever. During the 18th century, Ahoms rule in Assam began to waneContinue Reading

I watched “The Kerala Story” with my family. For the first time, it was the first day, the first show for me. And what a hard-hitting film, shot intelligently with admirable clarity and unflinching focus, with no silly songs and dream sequences. The filmmakers truthfully displayed everything which happens whenContinue Reading