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Following its own culture and language will make India a powerful nation: Koenraad Elst

The only way India can be a powerful nation of the 21st century is to follow her own culture and language and not be an Anglo-Indian, says Dr. Elst

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By Arnab Mitra

New Delhi, Feb 6,2016: “The only way India can be a powerful nation of the 21st century is to follow her own culture and not be an Anglo-Indian”, said Belgium philosopher Dr Koenraad Elst in a seminar titled ‘Vedic Religion and Buddhism’ organized by Wider Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) and Human Advancement Institute in New Delhi on Saturday.

Elst referring to countries like Russia, China, France and Japan, said India must also follow its own culture to become a powerful nation.

He said, “language and culture is like a mother of any race and she cannot be compared with the mother-in-law, so the the original culture cannot be substituted with a foreign one. Indians will have the subservient attitude if the system remains same.”

He recalled that before Muslim rulers invaded India it was propagated that “Hinduism is the problem and Buddhism is the solution”. However, he further noted that with Islamic rulers, Islam took the place of Buddhism.

But the true story is Hinduism is much a large concept, claimed Elst, adding that there was a time when every tribe and pagan Indian was considered a Hindu. Even at the initial level the Buddhists were Hindus, he mentioned.

So Indians, by definition are Hindus and the Sikhs, Buddhists and any other religion in India have originated from Hinduism except Islam and Christianity, said Elst.

“In India, every language whether it is Bengali or Oria, all originated from Vedic Sanskrit and it is a very vague concept that vernacular language cannot be implemented in a diverse country like India which has a plethora of cultures,” said the philosopher.

The dialect changes with every 10 kms in most big countries but only in India it is noted that the culture and language take a backseat when they are replaced, he regretted.

 

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Compulsive and strong requirement via local language is understandable to store the knowledge in the language of dreams which is a mother`s language.What stands blocked is how to transform the collective piles of English/French/Dutch in any colonial country with sources of books and admin rules in the mother tongue of several communities.Is local language really a step to become powerful or is it still a vehicle towards India`s power ? What about culture when language was missing or was not in use ? What about the misuse of Sanskrit promoters who bashed Tulisidas wanting to rewrite Ram charit manas in local language ? This good coverage remains incomplete if the full text or vedio is not published of this event missed by several including me.

  • Rangaesh Gadasalli

    Mughal rule and British rule which buried all that was good about Sanatan Bharath was the root cause for the domination and a feeling of superiority of Abrahamic religions over Dharmic religions. Even after 1947 Nehru and Congress openly allowed religious conversions of back ward class Hindus to Christianity and Islam hurting the Hindus immensely. Now for Asian religions to survive and spread the universal truth of tolerance practiced by Hindus, Sikhs Jains and Buddists is to UNITE against assaults by Abrahamic religions, particularly Vatican which has billions and thousands of NGOs to influence against Sanathan dharams. Look at the way Amnesty international, a vatican supported organization taregeted the Hindus and Indian govt for human rights violations and gave a free pass to all Terrorists who attacked india and killed hundreds of people. Any atrocity on Hindus never does not get publicized in the press and TV.

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Compulsive and strong requirement via local language is understandable to store the knowledge in the language of dreams which is a mother`s language.What stands blocked is how to transform the collective piles of English/French/Dutch in any colonial country with sources of books and admin rules in the mother tongue of several communities.Is local language really a step to become powerful or is it still a vehicle towards India`s power ? What about culture when language was missing or was not in use ? What about the misuse of Sanskrit promoters who bashed Tulisidas wanting to rewrite Ram charit manas in local language ? This good coverage remains incomplete if the full text or vedio is not published of this event missed by several including me.

  • Rangaesh Gadasalli

    Mughal rule and British rule which buried all that was good about Sanatan Bharath was the root cause for the domination and a feeling of superiority of Abrahamic religions over Dharmic religions. Even after 1947 Nehru and Congress openly allowed religious conversions of back ward class Hindus to Christianity and Islam hurting the Hindus immensely. Now for Asian religions to survive and spread the universal truth of tolerance practiced by Hindus, Sikhs Jains and Buddists is to UNITE against assaults by Abrahamic religions, particularly Vatican which has billions and thousands of NGOs to influence against Sanathan dharams. Look at the way Amnesty international, a vatican supported organization taregeted the Hindus and Indian govt for human rights violations and gave a free pass to all Terrorists who attacked india and killed hundreds of people. Any atrocity on Hindus never does not get publicized in the press and TV.

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Tech And Entertainment Industries Chase After Realistic Face Masks From Japan

Kitagawa said he works with clients carefully to ensure his products will not be used for illicit purposes.

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REAL-f Co. President Osamu Kitagawa holds a super-realistic face mask at his factory in Otsu, western Japan. VOA

Super-realistic face masks made by a tiny company in rural Japan are in demand from the domestic tech and entertainment industries and from countries as far away as Saudi Arabia.

The 300,000-yen ($2,650) masks, made of resin and plastic by five employees at REAL-f Co., attempt to accurately duplicate an individual’s face down to fine wrinkles and skin texture.

Company founder Osamu Kitagawa came up with the idea while working at a printing machine manufacturer.

But it took him two years of experimentation before he found a way to use three-dimensional facial data from high-quality photographs to make the masks, and started selling them in 2011.

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Super-realistic face masks are displayed at factory of REAL-f Co. in Otsu, western Japan. VOA

The company, based in the western prefecture of Shiga, receives about 100 orders every year from entertainment, automobile, technology and security companies, mainly in Japan.

For example, a Japanese car company ordered a mask of a sleeping face to improve its facial recognition technology to detect if a driver had dozed off, Kitagawa said.

“I am proud that my product is helping further development of facial recognition technology,” he added. “I hope that the developers would enhance face identification accuracy using these realistic masks.”

Kitagawa, 60, said he had also received orders from organizations linked to the Saudi government to create masks for the king and princes.

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Face off: Realistic masks made in Japan find demand from tech, car firms. 

“I was told the masks were for portraits to be displayed in public areas,” he said.

Kitagawa said he works with clients carefully to ensure his products will not be used for illicit purposes and cause security risks, but added he could not rule out such threats.

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He said his goal was to create 100 percent realistic masks, and he hoped to use softer materials, such as silicon, in the future.

“I would like these masks to be used for medical purposes, which is possible once they can be made using soft materials,” he said. “And as humanoid robots are being developed, I hope this will help developers to create [more realistic robots] at a low cost.” (VOA)