Using culture to hegemonise people

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  1. Ancient Indian

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    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-pape...lture-to-hegemonise-people/article7313748.ece
    Foraying into Myanmar and snuffing out militants to avenge the death of Army men killed on Indian soil is one aspect of the Narendra Modi government which has its clutch of takers.

    While special forces of the Army fight the nation’s battle, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, Culture Ministry, Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Health Ministry are waging a different battle for the minds, leading to what some historians say is a situation where an entire population could be lulled into thinking and acting on similar lines.

    Perhaps, even ordered to, by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, as he prescribes an aasana a day to mark International Yoga Day on June 21. On his Twitter handle @narendramodi, the Prime Minister asks you to learn about Salabhasana or the locust and its positive effects #YogaDay. This posture improves flexibility in the back and improves digestion.

    And yet it is the significance of June 21, which no one seems to be asking. It is not just an arbitrary date on the calendar. As an article on the website Firstpost points out, “The story of yoga is linked to Hindu religious myths. In fact, the choice of June 21 in the Modi government’s proposal to the U.N. to have it observed as International Day of Yoga is connected to one such myth. On June 21 occurs the Summer Solstice, which in the yogic transition that marks the transition to Dakshinayana, or the shifting of the sun from the northern to southern run. It was on this day that Lord Shiva is said to have become Adiyogi, or the first yogi, his transformation marked by a mood of ecstasy and then frenetic dancing, unfathomable to those who witnessed it.”

    The article then goes on to describe how Shiva taught yoga to a chosen few after he was satisfied about their intent and preparation. Historian D.N. Jha dismisses the Shiva connect as just a myth, arguing that yoga which is peddled now is vastly different from what it meant — meditation. “If I remember it right, it is in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, where there is evidence of postural yoga. It may not be entirely right to say yoga is Indian as ancient Greece and Rome engaged in similar exercises.”

    The proposal to mark the day, as the Firstpost article points out, goes back 10 years when the idea of getting the United Nations to endorse the day was initiated, but it really got a fillip when powerful yoga practitioners reiterated their demand at a conference in 2011. This combination of branding, says Dilip Cherian, co-founder and consulting partner of PR firm Perfect Relations, is a perfect soft power of Modi vs the hard power of Modi on display. While Mr. Jha worries that in the current scenario a large section of people will be throwing rationality to the winds, Mr. Cherian says it may not work as it is being thrust by the government. And yet, it is this soft power, as historians and political scientists will teach you, which has a lasting impact.

    A similar such cultural rewriting is on display in the Indian Council of Historical Research, which comes under the HRD Ministry, whose head Y.S. Rao believes that the Ramayana and the Mahabharata can be verified through historical research. In an interview to The Hindu , Prof. Rao had said: “Some, of course, deny to ascribe any historicity to the Epics and the Puranas, again for their own ‘good reasons’. It doesn’t mean that ‘others’ should not work on theses sources.”

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already asked historians to focus on why Maharana Pratap cannot be pre-fixed with honorifics applied to the Mughals. Professor of History Salil Mishra says: “Culture, education and cinema are the instruments to hegemonies the society and it is far more effective.”

    Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, as has been reported, wants to build a museum for Ram in Ayodhya — which will focus on the grandeur of the Hindu king.

    Dr. Jha says there is a similar museum for Krishna in Kurukshetra, which has negligible artefacts of historical value, yet they memorialise events in such a way that people actually start believing in them. “Locally produced artefacts are put on display and people start thinking, Ram and Krishna actually used them.”

    “It may not be entirely right to say yoga is Indian as ancient Greece and Rome engaged in similar exercises”

    This is what I hate about news papers.
    @Mad Indian
     
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    What's pathetic is, people still buy this newspaper and support this crap
     
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    The funny thing is civil exams aspirants take notes from this rag and nod their head when ever they read some thing in it.

    I used to read this news paper as it has very high quality English.

    But one day he changed his tone.
     
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    The Hindu had always been an anti national news paper. I don't think they ever changed their tone. Since Indians lack self esteem, they allow these cunts to exist.
     
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    Because they are too strong and have backing from the western and particularly the european political left.
     
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    Why should they? Making them a martyr in the name of democracy, secularism and what not. Vinod Mehta died recently and nobody gave a fuck except turds like Sagarika and company.

    Dude, a man who sold tea as a child is the PM of this country and the 40 year old royal baby is busy explaining escape velocity to villagers. So, leave them be and if you need to counter them, social media is the best way possible. Far more people abuse Sardesai than appreciate his "wisdom".
     
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    In addition the Govt has it's plate full.

    Right now they are trying to clean the raitaa spilt by Sushma Aunty.

    Look how traitor Congress has come back to life because of that as they are almost out of business :lol:
     
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    Real job is getting LAB, Labor reform and GST past the parliament.
    Once these are done, rest will happen automatically. these idiots can tear each other down 100000 times.
     
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    The Hindu is a leftist newspaper. This is not entirely unexpected. Modi should focus on communist mukt bharat.
     
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    If I am not wrong, all the BJP PM candidates are responsible for these. Including PM Modi.

    * When ever BJP come in power, they allowed last govt to destroy all documents before leaving the offices.

    * They allowed last govt to appoint most of all important posts as per their choice (read it as anti BJP guys), including defence chiefs.

    * They allowed media houses to do all anti BJP activities, once they become PM.

    * .........( if we try to find, then we can get many more points in this list )........

    And at the end, unfortunately India will pay for all these.
     
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    What kind of press report is this?

    Yoga is not only physical exercise, It is a combination of Physical and finding inner peace.

    I don't think Greeks and Romans practised this !

    These guys have no idea what Yoga is and they talk about it and also try to deny the roots of Indian Heritage.

    Yoga with out OM is useless !

    OM is Hindu discovery !





     
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    Sorry to say. . .
    But according to some shitty first post, It was an import from either greeks or romans.
     
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    Joo are wrong... even Dinosaurs and the first ever single cell bacteria practiced Yog.

    India onleeeeeee hijacked this Yoga Poga Goga
     
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    Food for thought. Some really really deep thought.




    Finland above China. :p And Russia below both :rofl:.

    Pakis were probably reminded Pakistan ka matlab kya!

    And Morroco - WTH have they got to save. Potash mines or oil. How much more will they fight, before they allow the poor Saharawi refugees some say. Ok just kidding.

    And Fijians ko gussa kyun aata hai !?

    Actually the data is quite correct. You see americans and europeans were never given the option to fight for Democrazy and NATO.

    Indians mostly do not understand english. They probably thought 'country' is some part of a woman's anatomy. Saala kaun nahi 'try' karega. :D
     
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    Nothing is as powerful as the GoI. You have no idea on what they are capable of if they did have intent. I see this as a lack of intent than lack of power
     
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    You are expecting too much from cowards (or illiterates or spineless) who suggest to chant Allah to make Yoga acceptable to all.
     
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    May be both. If yoga is not Hindu or Indian, I don't know what is.

    And I am saying this again and again, any attempt to secularise yoga should be rightly seen as an attack on our Hindu culture. Will these cowards secularise caste discriminations of past/present too? They seem all too happy to make it a Hindu phenomenon though it hardly was limited to Hindus?
     
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    I mean why screw up everything. Yoga is Hindu and if you cannot say it with proud, there is no need for secular Yoga day. Anyway, Yoga is much more popular in the west and there are enough scoundrels who make money out of it by stripping it off its roots. It is not about stupid postures, being sold as Yoga everywhere.

    Look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_claims_on_Bikram_Yoga
     
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    Yeah I know which is why we should assert our claim to it and our heritage of it strongly. And surprise surprise many RW supporters don't seem to have the balls to call this BS for what it is.
     
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