Francois Gautier


The hijacking of Shivaji’s legacy

Shivaji should be elevated to the status of a ‘national hero for modern India’, for he embodied all the qualities that are so badly needed in today’s Indian politicians. He was truly secular, never harming his enemies’ wives and children never destroyed a mosque. A few have tried to hijack Shivaji and bind him for their own purposes.


The all-encompassing literature

Like A.L. Basham, the author of the classic “The Wonder that was India”, most Europeans have often seen at best in India an exalted civilization of « religious » and artistic achievements. But India’s greatness encompassed ALL aspects of life, from the highest to the most material, from the most mundane to the supremely spiritualized.


India – the mother of melting pots

It was always thought that India was a melting pot of different influences coming from the West, either by trade or through invasions, and that she owes many of her achievements. But more and more discoveries, both archaeological and linguistic, are pointing to exactly the opposite direction: Christ, it is Indian civilization which went gradually westwards and influenced the religions, the sciences and the philosophies of many of the Western civilizations.


Nachiketa and India

Nachiketa, on seeing his father, a Vedic Rishi, give daan (offerings) to the Gods asks: “What about me father? Who will you give me to?” The father answers, more in joke, “I will donate you to Yama (the God of Death).” This articles compares the trajectory of Indian history with the legend of Nachiketa.


Haunted by McCaulay’s Ghosts

With 800 million souls, Hindus constitute the majority of this country. Why should Hindus then be ashamed of a “Hindu education”? Traditionally and historically, Hinduism has alwaysbeen the most tolerant of all religions, allowing persecuted minorities from all over the world to coexist peacefully.

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