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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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Google Gets Warned By Russia For Meddling In The Elections

Russia has long pushed for greater control of information published by Russian users.

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A Google logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

Russia on Tuesday said it has officially warned US internet giant Google against meddling in next Sunday’s local elections by posting opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s videos calling for mass protests.

Representatives of Russia’s electoral commission, the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the state internet watchdog at a meeting alleged Navalny uses Google’s services to disseminate illegal information and warned that the company may be prosecuted if it does not act to stop this.

A Google spokeswoman declined to give a specific comment, telling AFP in an emailed statement that the company “reviews all valid requests from government institutions.”

Central Election Commission member Alexander Klyukin said the commission had sent an official letter to Larry Page, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, regarding Navalny’s use of YouTube.

The fierce Kremlin critic has urged Russians to protest on September 9, when several Russian regions and Moscow elect regional and local officials.

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, wikimedia commons

Navalny is currently serving a 30-day sentence for violating public order laws during a protest earlier this year.

“Mr. Navalny buys the company’s advertising tools to publish information on YouTube about the mass political event on September 9, on the day of elections,” Klyukin said.

“We informed Google that such events on election day will lead to massive violation of the law” because political agitation is banned on election day, he said.

“Meddling by a foreign company in our election is not permitted.”

He called Google a “gigantic American company” and hinted that Washington uses it as an influence tool.

US officials have repeatedly warned about the dangers of Russian interference in upcoming elections and there is a full-scale probe underway into Moscow’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election which brought Donald Trump to office.

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Central Election Commission member Alexander Klyukin said the commission had sent an official letter to Larry Page, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet. (VOA)

‘Mouthpiece’ for illegal information

The deputy chief of Russia’s internet watchdog Roskomnadzor, Vadim Subbotin, accused “foreign internet platforms” of disrespecting Russian laws and serving as a “mouthpiece for disseminating illegal information.”

He said Google-owned YouTube “acts as a link in the chain for propaganda of anti-social behaviour during Russian elections.”

He said “over 40” YouTube channels “constantly call for violating Russian law.”

“Certain parties interested in destabilising the situation in Russia attempt to attract internet users to illegal actions by providing unlimited opportunities on foreign internet giants like Google,” he said.

If Google fails to respond to official complaints, this will be seen as “de-facto direct intervention in Russia’s domestic affairs,” he said.

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Russia Warns Google Against Election Meddling. Wikimedia Commons

The officials discussed their grievances against Google during a meeting at Russia’s upper house of parliament.

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Alexei Zhafyarov, an official from the Prosecutor-General’s Office, said it had sent an official warning to Google over the “inadmissibility” of violating Russian election law.

“This is a rather serious measure, after which they can be called to account,” including via criminal prosecution, he said.

Russia has long pushed for greater control of information published by Russian users on international platforms to curb political dissent and prevent terrorism. (VOA)