The Battle for Consciousness Theory

The Battle for Consciousness Theory: A Response to Ken Wilber’s Appropriation of Sri Aurobindo’s Work and Other Indian Thought is a compelling and meticulous account of the digestion and subversion of the work of one of India’s greatest sages—Sri Aurobindo. The book uncovers the systematic co-opting of Sri Aurobindo’s seminal ideas by the American theorist Ken Wilber and their reformulation into his own ‘Integral Theory’. Based on extensive research spanning a quarter century, the book provides deep insights into the developments that shaped (and distorted) the Aurobindonian discourse in recent decades. It discusses the ramifications of the enhancement of Western Universalism at the expense of Vedic and other Indian traditions while analyzing certain limitations in Wilber’s work.

Being Hindu

Being Hindu adopts a longue durée view of history and attempts to contextualize the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its progenitor, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), as political phenomena by examining certain medieval state structures and instances of advocacy and popular mobilization in the colonial period. Further, it studies the politics of Narendra Modi and the policy initiatives undertaken by him as the prime minister of India to highlight their apparent cultural and moral underpinnings. Its eventual objective is to make a case for the historical authenticity of the Hindu mode of politics that emerged in post-Independence India. The attempt, in other words, is to demonstrate that it is a thing in its own right and not a cynical invention of hostility towards religious minorities, an irrational or ‘fascist’ mindset, or sundry anxieties, but has precedents in frameworks and practices going rather far back in history. The BJS and the BJP are thus shown to be locatable in a long tradition of Hindus organizing their political practice or politics through cultural resources and a cultural imagination distinctive to them. Narendra Modi, similarly, brings an inclusive Hindu catholicity and sangathanist outlook to his politics and developmental agenda. Being Hindu, in this way, relates a brief history of the political expressions of being Hindu over slightly more than eleven centuries—from the ascension of Aditya I, the first of the imperial Cholas, in 870 CE until our own time and age.

Waiting for Shiva

చరిత్ర ఒక బరువు, ఒక బాధ్యత. ఆ బరువుబాధ్యతలను హుందాగా అలవోకగా మోస్తూ వచ్చిన న గరం కా శీ లే దా వా రణాసి. ప్ర పంచానికి వె లుగు చూ పిన ఈ దే శసంస్ కృతికి విలువైన ప్ర తీక. శతాబ్దా లుగా ఎదుర్కొన్న కష్టా లను, దాడులను భరిస్తూ , ఎదిరిస్తూ తలెత్తు కు నిలిచిన నగరం కాశీ.

 

“వెయిటింగ్ ఫర్ శివ: అనెర్తిం గ్ ది ట్రూ త్ ఆఫ్ కాశీస్ గ్యానవాపి” కు తెలుగు అనువాదం ఇది. శ కలాలుగా వు న్న చ రిత్ర ను ఒ క సూత్రం గా కూ ర్చిన ర చన, వి శ్వేశ్వరుడిగా విశ్వనాథుడిగా అనాదిగా ఈ జాతిని తరిం పచేస్తు న్న పరమేశ్వరుడి నివాసమై న కాశీ కథ ఇది. ‘కాశీలో తుది శ్వాస విడిస్తే చాలు ముక్తినిస్తా’ అని శివుడు స్వయంగా ప్ర కటించాడు. శతాబ్దా లుగా కాశీ పొందిన గౌరవమర్యాదలు, ముష ్కరుల దాడుల్లో శిథిలమై న కాశీ వ్యథలు, పడిన ప్ర తిసారీ కాశీని మళ్లీ లేపిన అచంచలమై న భక్తిప్ర పత్తు లు అన్నీ పేజీలలో మనను పలకరిస్తా యి. దెబ్బలు తినడం కాశీకి అలవాటే, అయితే చావుదెబ్బ కొట్టిం ది మటుకు 1669 లో ఔరంగజేబ్. ఆలయం ధ్వం సం చేసి, పడమటి గోడ మీద రెండు గుంబజ్ లు కట్టి, దాన్ని మసీదు అన్నా డు. గ్యా నవాపి మసీదు ఉన్న స్థ లం, ఆవరణ, 18 వ శతాబ్దం లో కట్టిన మందిరానికి మసీదుకు మధ్యలోని స్థ లం మొత్తం వివాదాలకు కారణమయ్యాయి. గంగ నెత్తు రు పులుముకుని రోదించిం ది. బ్రిటి ష్ హయాం లో ఎన్ని వ్యాజ్యా లలో తీర్పులు ప్ర కటించి నా పరిష్కారం లేకపోయిం ది. 1947 తరవాత కాశీ మందిరానికి స్వేచ్ఛ తేవాలన్న సంకల్పం మరిం త బలమై ంది. 2021 లోనమోదై న సివిల్ కేసు దేశాన్ని ఒక ఊపు ఊపగా, సుప్ర ీం కోర్టు ASIని సమగ్ర నివేదిక సమర్పిం చమని కోరిం ది. 2024 జనవరిలో బయటకు వచ్చిన ASI నివేదిక ఏం చెబుతోంది?

 

గ్యా నవాపి రహస్యాలను ఎంతో వివరంగా, ఆసక్తికరంగా, వివరిం చారు విక్ర మ్ సంపత్. పాఠకుల మనసు గెలుచుకునే, ఆలోచింపచేసే రచన. ఇదిగో, తెలుగులో మీకోసం.

Padma Bharatis

India, or Bharat, is a land of unparalleled diversity, a true chitraayana where the tapestry of life is woven with vibrant maanyata (respect) and maryaada (dignity). This nation, with its timeless unity in multiplexity, is a testament to a culture of cultures bonded by a rich tradition of creativity and ingenuity.

 

Padma Bharatis captures this essence through a collection of essays that spotlight the remarkable achievements of ordinary Indians. Over recent years, public recognition of these unsung heroes has witnessed a paradigm shift with Padma awardees increasingly representing the true diversity of the nation.

 

The stories within this book highlight the strength and resilience of people who bring sustainable change while honouring their cultural traditions and experiential knowledge passed down through generations. They are earthy, real, and often from rustic or smalltown backgrounds, embodying the core values of a civilization on its path to a sustainable and aspirational future. Padma Bharatis is a celebration of these incredible souls.

How To Get Into IAS

Welcome to India’s biggest and arguably the toughest examination—the UPSC Civil Services Examination. Clearing the exam is a painful journey—a battle, some might say—that requires tenacity, discipline, dedication, unwavering self-confidence, and hard work. While all losing battles have many things in common, a winning one has one: sound guidance. All unsurmountable goals are possible with a perfect companion and guide.

 

How to Get into IAS is that perfect companion and guide. It will:

  •  Educate you in detail about UPSC CSE pattern: Prelims, Mains, and interview.
  •  Explain the eligibility criteria and other important details.
  •  Help you in selecting an optional paper.
  •  Provide you tips on effective writing.
  •  Highlight important topics across subjects with an exhaustive list of reference books.
  •  Suggest tricks to solve comprehension questions and those related to logical and analytical reasoning.
  •  Act like your mentor and provide answers to all your queries related to UPSC CSE.
  •  Assist you in choosing a service and cadre.
  •  Give you an insight into the life of an IAS officer.
  •  Motivate you to achieve your ultimate dream of becoming an IAS officer.

 

Whether it is your first attempt or your last, this is the only book you will ever need. Even in moments of self-doubt, it will put you back on track and inspire you to stay focused.

 

So what are you waiting for? Make How to Get into IAS an integral part of your UPSC journey and see how it will help, motivate, and guide you in transforming your dream of becoming an IAS officer into reality.

Decolonizing Hinduism

History writing, especially of the subcontinent during the colonial era, is filled with preconception and misconception. Colonial historiography stripped Hinduism of its Hindu-ness and India of Bharat. Colonial historicity, according to the author, is merely descriptive and random interpretations of myths rather than engaging with the idea of mythmaking. Decolonizing Hinduism is an attempt to address that. In the book, the author places ecology, astronomy and timescale (yuga cycle) at the heart of the Hindu belief system.

 

These important dimensions of Hinduism are not taught in our history classes. Instead, perceptions about Hinduism are limited to polytheism, idol worship and caste system. The book tries to rescue Hinduism from these biases and give voice to a uniquely indigenous version of Hinduism. He does so by demystifying the deeper concepts of Hinduism and history with allegories drawn from modern technological innovation in the field of capitalist economy, artificial intelligence, quantum physics, block chain, etc., to make them interesting.