ANDAMAN, NICOBAR, LAKSHADWIP AND MAINLAND INDIA:
THE IMPORTANCE OF ISLANDS, WATER ROUTES AND A BLUE WATER NAVY
TO INDIA’S SECURITY
Across history, invasions have happened through the sea:
Entire pagan nations and pagan societies, indeed entire continents have been occupied and converted to Abrahamic faiths by force, which began from the landing of successful expeditions of an invader navy. While Britain and France colonized Northern America, America further colonized and created American defence bases in islands and lands further off America’s shores. These far offshore places include Hawaii (our previous blog).
Any nation with a sea coastline, strives to augment one’s defence and offence capabilities, as well as seafaring entrepreneurships, through a naval arm... more
THE HINDU-HAWAIIAN ENCOUNTER
In the first blog we realized how:
- Natural ecosystems shape human geo-cultures;
- New human geo-cultures can change old geo-cultures;
- Ecosystems have to be resilient; and geo-cultures have also got to be resilient
Here in this article, as our first ecosystem and geo-culture, we shall study the ‘island’ and the ‘islander’ respectively, with reference to Hawaii. We shall look at Hawaii from two lenses: the Hindu-Pagan lens and the lens of the AgroEcologist.
PART ONE: REASONS FOR DEEPENING THE HAWAIIAN-HINDU ENCOUNTER
India has her Andaman and Nicobar islands to her east and the Lakshadweep to her west, within the Indian Ocean... more
AgroEcology and Sanatan Dharma
Mother Nature, Mother Earth is at the heart of AgroEcology: all ocean, land and river life; our atmosphere; forests, plains, grasslands and mountains; wastelands and deserts; farming lands and human co-existence with animals and plants. For all of these to function in interdependence, we need harmony and equilibrium. Hindu AgroEcology in India follows Sanatan Dharma.
Towards the Sacred Feminine: Outgrowing Abrahamic-Biblical conditioning, also going beyond a merely scientific view
Indeed, the very concept of Feminine Divinity, with Nature, or the Earth, being a Mother Goddess, is Hindu. It is also pagan / polytheist, surviving violent rebellious rejection by Abrahamism -Abrahamism rejected both: ‘Divinity in the Feminine’ and ‘Divinity in Nature’... more
We need a new paradigm to respond to the fragmentation caused by various forms of fundamentalism. We need a new movement, which allows us to move from the dominant and pervasive culture of violence, destruction and death to a culture of non-violence, creative peace and life. That is why in India, Navdanya started the Earth democracy movement, which provides an alternative worldview in which humans are embedded in the Earth Family, we are connected to each other through love, compassion, not hatred and violence and ecological responsibility and economic justice replaces greed, consumerism and competition as objectives of human life.
As a Hindu living in and raising a child in the United States — and as a person with firm beliefs and the ability to express them — I’ve written passionately on, and been involved in activism that I believed had merit — on matters concerning my faith.
I’ve worked to counter offensive stereotypes and ignorance that is deep-rooted and widespread about my Dharma, its deeper symbolism and its practices. But I’ve generally held back from posting about religion on social media.
I’m making an exception today to talk about something that has been bothering me for a while. I invite responses from those who identify as Hindu, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or Humanist.
I understand that most of us have a strong sense of identity, and we react angrily when that identity is attacked or demeaned... more
A $7 million, comprehensive census of African elephants has found that the population decreased by nearly a third between 2007 and 2014.
The Great Elephant Census was conducted over three years, and set out to effectively count every savanna elephant in 18 countries in Africa, accounting for 93 percent of the savanna elephants in those countries. The conclusion — that the population declined by 144,000 animals in just seven years — is sobering.
The results were published in the journal PeerJ.
Read more at: http://upr.org/post/african-elephant-population-declines-30-percent