November 8, 2008

Being ‘Anti-Muslim’

‘I wonder why you write such a column replete with hate and vengeance’ alleged a protagonist, who calls himself as a ‘secularist’, on reading my previous columns. But when I asked him to aid me in finding those words of ‘hate and vengeance’ he wasted no time to enjoin ‘I […]
November 1, 2008

Obama’s tryst with Islam

If you think Obama’s full name is ‘Barack Obama’ then you are half right. His middle name, which is hardly flashed in the media, is ‘Hussein’. Thus his complete name is ‘Barack Hussein Obama.’ Now the question that would certainly follow is: ‘Does he, or not, have a Muslim background?’ […]
October 25, 2008

An Uneven Ado

By U. Mahesh Prabhu Muslims today are being looked upon with strange skepticism. And conditions are certainly getting worse for even those Muslims who are nowhere near the ideas of the fundamentalists. Without doubt, the situation is absolutely frustrating for Muslims. But how can we ever free the Muslims from […]
October 18, 2008

Anti-Brahmanism: A Case Study to Indian Muslims

By U. Mahesh Prabhu The Great Uprising of 1857 unnerved the British, though for a while. Within two or three years of quelling it, and with great ferocity, they set to work putting together a version of the incident that would suit their ends. ‘The uprising was confined to just […]
October 14, 2008

Understanding and Reviving the Muslim Psyche

By U. Mahesh Prabhu Orthodoxy and fanaticism is found in every religious group, not just Islam. But in Hindu and Christian societies, there emerged a class of reformers who rejected such dogmas outright. There was, of course, a reason for this. Their religions were subjected to assaults and molestation as […]
October 4, 2008

Indian Muslims v/s Muslims of India

Once in the US, it so happened that a lady was being chased by a dog. She ran until the dog was stopped and made to run for its life by a brave young man. Looking in awe, among the spectators, was a young journalist. ‘You are a brave guy. […]
September 21, 2008

The Political Side of Mangalore’s Mayhem

Last week, an untoward incident happened in Mangalore. The proselytizing center of ‘New Life’ Christians was ransacked by Bajarang Dal activists and, in the confusion, the Catholics too were targeted, thus leading to chaos. There were two reasons that led to the attack by infuriated Bajarangees: first, the denigration of […]
September 14, 2008

Nationalism – A Concept Alien to Islam

As an egalitarian nation, India has the constitutional obligation to guard the religious liberties of every citizen. Hence, recently, when Mohammad Zubair, a corporal with the Indian Air Force, was ordered to shave off his beard to maintain uniformity, he took no time in moving the country’s judicial system. ‘A […]
September 6, 2008

Tactics and Propaganda of Proselytization

Ours is an era of capitalism—an era marked by financial prowess, controlled by financial czars, and ruled by corrupt politicos. The greatest weapon of our times is not one that kills the body’s power to breathe, but the one which kills the mind’s power to reason—propaganda. Any person or institution  […]
August 29, 2008

Notion of ‘Azadi’ and ‘Kashmiriyat’

Much is being written about the current state of affairs in Kashmir. The ‘Azadi’ of Kashmir and independence to ‘Kashmiriyat’, is being spoken of. But what Azadi are they dreaming about? And which Kashmiriyat are they talking of? Have Hindus no share of that Kashmiriyat, on the basis of which […]
August 23, 2008

The Rise and Reign of Shiekh

With the objective of perpetuating their rule on the vast Indian subcontinent, the British made two things the foundation of all their political activities. First was the ‘divide and rule’ diplomacy and secondly, the arrangement of able agents and even stooges for implementing this appropriately in the political setup. The […]
August 16, 2008

Islamic Fanaticism—Not Economic Backwardness

It’s almost a month since Jammu began, what seems to be, an insuppressible agitation against the Governor and the pro-partisan and Muslim-appeasing politicians on their refusal to re-allot the land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for providing facilities to Hindu pilgrims visiting Amaranth. The depth of resentment is evident […]
August 10, 2008

Constitutionally Recognized Separatism

By U. Mahesh Prabhu During the time of India’s partition, in the year 1947, all the states of the subcontinent were given the rights, under the Indian Independence Act, to accede either to India or Pakistan. Displaying his grand statesmanship the then Indian Union Home Minister, Sardar Patel, succeeded in […]
July 5, 2008

Nuclear Deal & National Polity

By U. Mahesh Prabhu Congress led UPA government is in chaos. It is now living amidst fright of loosing its majority in parliament after the row over Indo-US nuclear deal. The intimidation to the Congress, in specific, doesn’t seem to be easing down – in any way. And it is […]
June 29, 2008

Islam & Peace

Over the internet I have come to know of a very interesting group of people who have with them but one agenda: of convincing masses of ‘Islam is a religion of peace’. Frankly I have had no issues with them, whatsoever, initially. As a firm believer in mutual co-existence and […]
June 22, 2008

Reactionary Hinduism

It’s virtually impossible to describe the word ‘Hindu’. You can define Muslim, Christian and people of other faiths quiet accurately, but not Hindu. Many deem that all Hindus are idolaters – that’s certainly not true. Arya and Brahma Samajis are also Hindus, but are completely critical of Idol Worship. If […]
June 1, 2008

Behind the Gujjar-Meena fracas

The 1857 uprising, though for a short time, unnerved the British. After the event, to ensure that this never occurred again, Britons began commencing a series of real politick measures. The Bengal army which had shown alarming camaraderie during the mutiny was disbanded. Calumny against the Brahmins, for having presented […]
May 21, 2008

Break the walls

When I met MJ Akbar (MJ) for the first time at his office in Green Park, New Delhi, we had a very transitory interaction. Though not much noticeable happened, in the last minutes of discussion, however, he made a statement which was to make a lasting impression on me – […]
May 15, 2008

After arrack went off the rack

Father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, had no place for alcohol in his grand vision for India. In prompt compliance to this ‘vision’, his condemnation was written into the constitution. All the states, according to it, are supposed to be making it gradually more complicated to obtain alcohol until none […]
May 6, 2008

Karnataka Elections: So who will loose?

The election campaigning is going on in full swing in Karnataka. The destiny of the state polls will also decide the next Lok-Sabha (LS) elections due next year. It is well anticipated that if BJP is to be triumphant Congress is sure to put off the early elections. If not, […]
April 21, 2008

Seed of hatred begets nothing but destruction

Hate looks like a paltry four letter word. To say ‘I hate…’ may seem natural. ‘It’s common’ many may say, and agree. It is also a ‘natural human tendency’ that which is imbibed in a person ‘since birth’. But once born hate often dies hard. Leaders are the men who […]
April 15, 2008

Threat that can be severe than Terrorism

By U. Mahesh Prabhu Do you think Islamic terrorism is the worst thing ever to be faced by mankind? If ‘Yes’ is your answer, perhaps you shall change your view point, and completely, after reading this. Egypt’s authoritarian regime is currently facing a mounting political threat. Other countries in similar […]
April 8, 2008

Zimbabwe: A dreadful saga of inflation

In Zimbabwe every person is a millionaire. He has a capacity to spend millions of Zimbabwean Dollars (ZD) every month. It is true, have no doubts. Actually he does spend millions of dollars. It’s fact, not fiction. However, it is also true that knowing this very truth revered economists deny […]
March 29, 2008

The unrealized siege of Capitalism

There is no need for an elaborate justification to say that ‘Money’ rules not just our lives but also our Institutions and other social framework, in totality. This is the hallmark of Capitalism. Capitalism, that which became very persevering theme after the World War II and grew to be an […]
March 22, 2008

Never give up… come what may!

By U. Mahesh Prabhu When I was young, that point in time when I didn’t even understood ‘L’ of Life, I was conveyed by many of my friends, relatives and members of my family that I was ‘good for nothing’. ‘I don’t know what you would be in life Mahesh.’ […]
February 27, 2008

Contentions Unjust: Defying the allegations against the RSS

By U. Mahesh Prabhu I am not an integral part of the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). I am neither a Pracharak nor do I have any responsibilities within the organization. The comparatively underpaid job that I have currently as the Editor of ‘Aseemaa: Journal for National Resurgence’ has hardly anything […]
February 26, 2008

Why army is the most important political factor in Pakistan?

With the elections done and Nawaz-Zardari joining hands together to form the government, people in Pakistan and around the world might be of the impression that Pakistan’s military is out of the scene, as if obvious. But I can only wish it to be so. This I say because army […]
February 24, 2008

The Role of Media in National Integration

Lecture by: U. Mahesh Prabhu, Editor-In-Chief, Aseemaa: Journal for National Resurgence, At: SEMAA BHARATI – National Integration Camp on 23rd February 2008.   Distinguished dignitaries and my dear friends, It is indeed my privilege and honor to have this opportunity to speak on the topic of ‘Role of Media in […]
January 14, 2008

The ‘American Dream’ is still alive

By U. Mahesh Prabhu When I was growing up several of my relatives had been to United States, either for education or work. They were certainly the finest in their chosen areas of profession and/or education. Within few years in United States their financial prosperity was highly visible. They would […]
January 6, 2008

Unholy ways of ‘Holy’ Missionaries

On December 25th when the whole world was celebrating the birth of the Jesus Christ, churches were burning in Orissa. As per confirmed estimates 11 churches had been burnt. On December 27th Religious leaders in the national capital expressed their anguish over the continuing attacks on the churches in Orissa, […]
December 30, 2007

Who earns a dividend on Benazir’s death?

Benazir is dead. Conspiracy theories are already up and working, ones that are complex, and are hard to understand. Pakistani administration of the Mush had initially told of her death due to the blast, where as the ‘scintillating revelation’ by the close aide of the departed leader seems to hinting […]
December 23, 2007

Who killed Gen Zia-ul-Haq?

Corera’s book links the death of the Pakistani dictator with the nuclear trafficking between Pakistan and Iran, says Mahesh Prabhu Shopping for Bombs, Gordon Corer,Foundation Books, Rs 1295 Is it possible that the Pakistan’s nuclear sale to Iran in the 1980s was made without Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s approval and that he […]
December 22, 2007

Time to create a formidable Hindu Lobby

‘In a country that prides itself on its religious diversity and its secular constitution, may see the rise of Modi and his pro Hindu agenda as a terrifying chapter of intolerance. They say he is dangerous fire brand and too comfortable inciting the politics of hatred and violence.’ States Sam […]
December 16, 2007

Kannada is under siege by whom?

In less than a month’s time I have attended two Kannada Sammelans (read conference). One organized by Alvas Education Foundation, entitled Nudisiri, in Moodubidri and Kannada Sahitya Sammelan – organized in association with the state government in, my home town, Udupi. The difference I found in both of them was […]
December 5, 2007

Why Americans may invade Pakistan?

For four of its six decades since independence Pakistan was ruled by its Generals. And every General had with him an agenda of ‘bringing peace and stability to his nation.’ If anything was never achieved by them it was the same ‘peace and stability’. Situation is no different in Pakistan, […]
December 5, 2007

Aseema Editorial – November 2007 Deepavali Special Issue

Dear Reader, In India, it seems, people have lost a complete track of the outside world. No one seems to be interested in international politics. ‘When we have our own problems to deal with why should we be bothered about the outside world?’ suggested a friend of mine while giving […]
December 5, 2007

Does Karunanidhi’s faith have a Scientific basis?

There might not be anything as complex as and dirtier than Indian Politics. The current controversy over ‘Ram-Sethu‘ and ‘Existence of Ram‘ might just be one testimony to the fact. When Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) filed an affidavit in the court stating ‘there isn’t scientific evidence to prove the […]
December 5, 2007

Towards God…?

‘The whole world is moving towards God, would Your Excellency not wish to join?‘ said Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a letter to his American counterpart – George Bush. This kind of a letter, for your information, is not new and is simply a continuance of tradition instituted by Prophet […]
December 5, 2007

A Company India could be truly proud of

Someone once convinced Jamsetji Tata that ‘the country which will have Steel would have Gold’. Ever since then he passionately pursued the idea as a dream. His beginning was not fine, yet he never gave up for giving India its own Steel Industry. He had to wait for years until […]
December 5, 2007

The Wrong Precedent

It was a usual GSB wedding ceremony in Udupi, but it was my first attendance at a wedding since seven years. I hate attending wedding ceremonies for a very simply reason that I hate gossips. ‘Who are you?’, ‘What’s your Fathers name?’, ‘What are you doing these days’ (employment they […]
December 5, 2007

A Smile

It was a very fine Sunday and I found myself at a Coffee Day, at Bharath Mall in Mangalore. Writers often take a stroll and even go for long walks to find their inspiration or work out how they are going to write a story. And I was doing just […]
December 5, 2007

Handling Terror: Still not a Serious Business

Yesterday Prime Minister of India, on the eve of Independence Day, reaffirmed his commitment to ‘firmly fight terror’. By the way the statement is not new and has been consistently made by PM’s after PM’s. Manmohan Singh’s is just a reaffirmation of that legacy. ‘Talk it loud and then flip […]
December 5, 2007

Jinnah: A Secularist among Jihadis

L K Advani landed in trouble among his own protagonist for having hailed late father of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, as ‘A True Secularist’. The wrath he had to face from the Sangh Parivar was just too much for him. It is fact that Jinnah was a secularist at least […]
December 5, 2007

Separating Facts from Fiction: The British Rule

Come August 15th, India will complete 60 years as an independent nation -a nation that continues to forge ahead even after the countless turbulences and tragedies. Six decades in the life of a man is time to retire and do some self-retrospection and worry about preparing himself for his death […]
June 27, 2015

Yoga and Brahmacharya

By U. Mahesh Prabhu Author’s note: The following text is my translation of a portion of Mahabharata called Shanti Parva. After grandsire of Kauravas and Pandavas – Bhishma – was put on bed of arrows piercing through his body by Arjuna at the behest of Krishna. Krishna then instructs Yudhisthira […]
August 5, 2015

Parable on Wisdom: Seeing & Saying

A king produced his horoscope before an astrologer and asked him about his future. The astrologer pondered the positions of the planets and consulted the Sastras and finally gave his verdict: O King, all your relatives will die before you, you will perform their obsequies with your own hands.” The […]
August 6, 2015

Parable on Fear

Long time ago in Middle-east a traveler met a curious fellow. “Who are you?” he asked, “and where are you going?” “I am Cholera. I am going to kill five thousand people in Egypt”, said the other and resumed his journey. A few years later they happened to meet again. […]
August 10, 2015

A Parable on Knowledge v/s Wealth

Not so knowledgeable, yet pompous, and poor brahman named Balaki approached Ajatashatru – the ruler of prosperous kingdom of Kashi – with a claim that he could tell the “Ultimate Truth” in exchange for a handsome prize. The ruler humbly replied “I do know the ultimate truth; yet I won’t mind […]