Friday, August 12, 2005

Indus Valley Rising - Introduction

This blog has been inspired by Baron Bodissey and Dymphna over at Gates of Vienna. After reading their blog for some time I became convinced that I need to become more active in the public discourse--especially with regard to the world's Muslim Question. Up until now my online blogging has been restricted to current events and social issues within ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, at Hare Krishna Cultural Journal. Although I am a long-time member of what to many in my American host-culture seems to be an avant-garde religion (and some might disparagingly refer to it is a cult), I am quite conservative in both my social and theological views, and so I naturally tend to identify on cultural issues with the more conservative (particularly neoconservative) counterparts in America and in Europe (if they still have any conservatives there). While my blog over at HKCJ is addressed to ISKCON insiders, this blog is addressed to the world and world issues, as seen through the lens of a confirmed Anglo-American, long-standing convert to Vaishnavism, a main branch of Hinduism.

I named this blog Indus Valley Rising because India is gradually becoming a world power. Of all the other civilizations that are rising in the World, I think it is in the best interests of the world--particularly the West as well as India, of course--that India prevails over others such as China to its East and Islam from its innards to the West. India retains an historical and linguistic kinship with Britain and the rest of the Anglosphere, so from a purely political and cultural point of view the rise of India as a super-power is in the best interests of the West. The West does not want China nor Islam to get substantially more powerful than they are. That will be a mutual disaster for both the West and India. In order to revive culture and peace in the world, the depopulating West is unlikely to do it without the help of a friendly civilization that has still retained the idea of a future worth creating. I believe that civilization to be centered within India, and that civilization is the Hindu civilization.

I think Western Civilization and Hindu Civilization can and should help each other, and I think there is more of a natural inclination between the Western peoples and the Indian peoples to this end. I further think that such cooperation might in the future prove to be essential to the survival of both civilizations. This web log is therefore created for the sake of presenting and discussing ideas for the preservation and upliftment of the sister Hindu and Western Civilizations, and along with them the upliftment of the world.

(Updated 14 Aug. 2005)


Blogger bordergal said...

I agree that India and the west have much in common, and make logical allies. It's good to have friends, particularly in world that seems to be filled with enemies right now!

Welcome, and I am looking forward to reading your opinions on the issues of the day.

9:03 AM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger ShrinkWrapped said...

I came here from Gates of Vienna on the Baron's recommendation and would like to welcome you to the blogosphere. There are too few of us on this planet who believe in free inquiry, free thought, and freedom from tyranny. The Anglosphere sometimes seems to be all that keeps the Hobbesian world at bay.
Again, welcome, we're glad you could join us.

3:31 PM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

I welcome anyone with new insight or at least willing to help fight the coming Islamic wars.

Call them whatever you please, they are going to be going on for many, many years.

Ignorance will cost us much more than the education to survive.

The media must be controlled and directed as well. Words matter said Steven Vincent.

He found out the hard way.

Papa Ray
West Texas

4:44 PM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger Ayatollah Ghilmeini said...

I like India's rise as a world power.

That said, it is only in the last few years that India has alligned herself with the West; if the recent past is prologue, India will be a key, if not the key, American ally in Asia.

The only criticism I have with India is her past, and perhaps current, sponsorship of the Tamil Tigers and similar movements across south Asia. While there is no question that much of this is done to counter Islamic fundamentalism, there is explosive potential here.

Yet the way things shape up now, India and the US could be embarking on a 500 year alliance of friendship, whatever slight differences between democracies can always be worked out.

With Pakistan inevitably spinning out of the US orbit, there is still the very geat threat that India and Pakistan might go to war again. With nuclear weapons involved and the inherent instability of Pakistani government, this is the one thing I worry about in the subcontinent. Sooner or later Pakistan will have fully fundamentalist leadership and we will see very dangerous times.

9:52 AM, August 13, 2005  
Blogger krishna_kirti said...

Ayatollah said: "The only criticism I have with India is her past, and perhaps current, sponsorship of the Tamil Tigers. . ."

I think after Rajiv Gandhi was assissinated by the Tamil Tigers, India got wise to them. If there is any support coming from India for the TT, it is not from the Indian government but covertly from ethnic Tamils in Tamil Nadu, just as the IRA sent people to America to collect funds from sympathetic Irish-Americans.

2:19 PM, August 13, 2005  

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