Fighting traditions were always there in Sanatan Dharma. When the Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century formed the Nagas as a Hindu army,  a new martial tradition was born. Of all the Hindu akharas, the Nagas were the most militarily equipped and fierce, and their retreats are still referred toContinue Reading

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