Saturday, July 24, 2010

VOXINDICA Five Years on, Moves to New Home

... ... ...Thirdly it attempts to analyse how a part of the intellectual community is subdued into endorsing their dominant political philosophy - which the politicos have perfected into the political equivalent of commercial sex work - by patronage or ostracism.

We are happy to inform you that VOXINDICA, five years on, moved to its new home,

VOXINDICA debuted on Thursday, June 30, 2005 with its first post, WHY VOXINDICA? In it we explained VOXINDICA’s raison d’etre:
India that is Bharat, like the Ganga that symbolises her, meanders on in spite of continuous assaults on her political, cultural and religious institutions. Firstly this website tries to show how political parties subsume national interest to their greed for political power. Secondly, it attempts to contrast approaches of India’s political establishment towards issues that concern the majority and minority religions and their cultures and traditions. Thirdly it attempts to analyse how a part of the intellectual community is subdued into endorsing their dominant political philosophy - which the politicos have perfected into the political equivalent of commercial sex work - by patronage or ostracism.
This was elaborated in the introduction of the blog, TAMASO MÄ JYOTIRGAMAYA:
For India’s ancient sages religion was an intensely personal belief. According to them rituals and worship were the means to attaining spiritual fulfillment and not the ‘be all and end all’ of religion. They prescribed codes of conduct to discipline body and soul, which may be defined according to one’s physical, intellectual and spiritual capability; but once defined, should be faithfully practiced.
The sages always sought to experience - not just to know or understand - the supernatural. They defined this as the attainment of primordial (adi – madhya - antha rahita, that which has no beginning, middle or end) consciousness. They saw in the beauties of nature a cosmic rhythm worth worshipping and all nature as a lyrical song. They therefore molded their way of life (Dharma) to conform to the laws of nature rather than following a codebook of ethics and adhering to a way of life.
The people, for whom their ‘way of life’ was to attain spiritual salvation, were able to look upon all human beings as brethren; they welcomed the Jesuit priests who came to India’s western shores to preach in the seventh century and made peace with the invaders who sought to conquer them in the tenth century.
The religion of the Vedic Indians was aptly summed up by A.C. Bose in his introduction to The Call of the Vedas. Eds. Munshi, K.M. and Diwakar, R.R. Bombay. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. 1970. p.2-3):
The Vedic Indians were a people who positively accepted the occurrence of life and death, life’s struggles and limitations; a people who were positive in the acceptance of ultimate values of truth, goodness and beauty; a people whose intense religiosity made them feel the living Presence of the Divine in the beauty and glory of the universe; a people whose souls had a strong urge to loving and giving; a people whose poetry was a fountain of spontaneous joy and radiant spirit overflowing with love of life and energy for action and looking up with serene faith to the Divinity for support and inspiration...
…Their wishes for the good things of the earth formed ardent prayers in the form of song and tried to reach the ‘Supreme Lover of the song.’ Their sages - who included women - placed themselves under the discipline of Satya (Truth), Rita (Eternal Order) and Tapas (spiritual order superseding animal life)...
They were “pure in their mental make up, dedicated to a pure way of life and were transported by spiritual exaltation and what they accepted as divine inspiration…
For them the “revelation in their souls of the inner truth” was ‘Väk’, the divine word, which they received “creatively”.
They sought to dispel darkness with light - Tamaso mä jyotir gamaya! The people who adopted such a way of life did not call themselves “Hindu” or by any other name. However they called their way of life the 'Dharma'. (We call it Sanätana Dharma meaning the ancient way of life)
The very catholicity and inclusiveness that is at the core of Sanätana Dharma militates against it and makes it easy prey for the machinations of self-proclaimed altruists. The aggressor can attack with impunity. Other nations have been striking back when attacked but India, the land of the Sanätana Dharma, the victim for over a thousand years of alien invasions and for over twenty years - of the new political dogma of religion, terrorism - only earned the epithet of a soft state for its inability to strike back.
…The politics of numbers at the core of democratic governance within decided otherwise. From outside increased secularization of societies in the west and reduced following of the Church, has been making Christendom to look at the vulnerable societies of the east to expand the numbers of its adherents by fair means or foul.
It was not easy to define a mission statement for VOXINDICA. On careful consideration and after discussion with a few likeminded friends MISSION - VOXINDICA was defined:
  1. Imbue a sense of civilisational pride in Indians.
  2. Project the grandeur of India’s ancient culture.
  3. Analyse issues objectively and present balanced perspectives.
We believe we have been able to conform to these objectives in our posts to a large extent although quantitatively they were few and far between. The posts mainly  focused on subjects like Hinduism and Nationalism, media studies, pseudo-secularism and national politics. There were a few in the category of creative writing. The full list of links is  on the left.

The logo we use as the masthead has been much appreciated. The underlying concept of it was that while it should reflect the various colours of our great nation it should also convey the greatness of its principle religion, Hinduism. What symbol does represent it better than the Sri Chakra? Pawan Kassiraju of dhatri who came up with the logo-gram in the header deserves special mention and thanks for his excellent conceptualisation.

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