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Difference Between Dharma and Religion

This piece is an after-thought on my “The Myth of Similarity Between Religions” where I argue that all religions are not the same. I continue here and argue that Dharma is different from religion as understood in West.

I’ve based my understanding of religion mainly on the perspective of practitioners, to confirm if my understanding of the religion accurately represents its true position.
Fate of a good atheist
We shall consider an atheist who is a man of certain values, law-abiding and treats others well. But, we repeat, he does not believe in any religion.
From a Hindu perspective, this man’s fate is entirely dependent on his karma [roughly sum-total of his deeds in life]. His lack of belief does not interfere with the law of karma, and if his conduct is good, post-death he may in all probability get a human life again with better material prosperity.
However according to Islam and Christianity, the person’s lack of belief on Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ respectively, qualifies him …

The Correlation Between Oil & Democracy - The Geopolitics Behind

Among the most widely accepted notions is one that Political Islam is incompatible with democracy. The last few decades have corroborated this position given that there is no semblance of representative governance in the Islamic world spanning across middle-east Asia. The failure of Arab Spring to dislodge authoritarian rule appears to testify these notions. We will argue that the prevailing chaos in Middle-east is the result of discovery of oil which has been the main culprit that toppled democracy and people’s rights. While Islam’s core theology is indeed backward, what needs our consideration is that Christianity was equally if not more regressive in the pre-Reformation period. It is Reformation sparked the ascendancy of West. In fact, post World War II, it appeared that zeitgeist of global democracy will find its way in Islamic countries too. And things in early 50s and 60s actually moved in this direction, until one thing changed it at once – the discovery of oil. What started this…

The Myth of Indian/Hindu Weakness !

Mahatma Gandhiji’s emphasis on non-violence has largely defined perceptions of Hinduism, both among Hindus and non-Hindus. But this has been exaggerated to imply that Hindus were historically weak people who suffered repeated invasions and were mere spectators to the periodic assaults from foreigners. India appears to have always been an easy conquest – ready to surrender at the first signs of foreign aggression. Some Hindus too support this theory to highlight the superiority of Hindu spiritualism which helped it survive across millenniums despite military weakness.
Nothing can be farther from truth. As a matter of fact, Indians have treated material and spiritual life with equal importance though the material life was also dovetailed towards “dharma”. India was the forefront of trade and commerce and accounted for 25% of world trade as recent as 1750s. The ascendancy of The West is limited to the last 2-3 centuries before which it was India which was a much advanced civilization.
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