articles by Arvind Sharma

Opinion

Dharma Files | The righting of historical wrongs: How in a free society, some are guilty but all are responsible

One needs to distinguish clearly between feeling guilty and feeling responsible. One need not feel guilty if one was not involved in the act individually, but one can still feel responsible

India

Dharma Files | Four lessons from The Kashmir Files

When liberal Muslims become major players in the political process, the relations between Hindus and Muslims tend to become normal

India

Dharma Files | In defence of Vivek Agnihotri and ‘The Kashmir Files’

Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files’ has given Kashmiri Pandits the courage to look their oppressors in the eye. And demand justice

Opinion

Dharma Files | The Kashmir Files: India needs a Truth and Reconciliation Commission before it’s too late

India claims to be a democratic secular nation. Those who saw the film must have begun wondering whether to believe it any more

India

Dharma Files | Why Constitution makers should have included ‘historical justice’ in Preamble

By leaving out historical justice, as a form of justice which needs to be redressed, the historical experience of these traditions, especially Hinduism, is being ignored

India

Dharma Files | Analysing the Preamble to Indian Constitution from dharmic perspective

The word ‘secular’ was introduced into the Preamble during the period of Emergency (1975-77), imposed by Indira Gandhi

India

Dharma Files | Understanding conversion and dharma in the wake of Lavanya’s death by suicide

The concept of conversion is not only alien to the people of dharma, but also its application to Indic culture requires qualification at almost every step

Politics

Dharma Files | An alternative Marxist interpretation of Hinduism and Hindutva

A very different application of Marxism to Hinduism and Hindutva is possible, although it has been largely ignored

India

Dharma Files | How India and Bharat are not just two names for the nation, they represent two competing visions

It is not, it seems, so much a case of ‘India that is Bharat’ any more. It is rather becoming a case of India or Bharat

India

Dharma Files | How dharma and dhamma may seem similar but carry contrasting meanings

A look at the usage of the two terms by Swami Vivekananda and BR Ambedkar, and how they end up possessing antithetical orientations

India

Dharma Files | When we turn fanatic, we lose our humanity and start playing God

If we deny ‘others’ their right to faith, then in a sense we are questioning our own faith, or at least our humanity

India

Dharma Files | Can evil be fought with goodness or by being noble?

Should we return evil with good? To this, Confucius replied: ‘If you return evil with good, what will you return good with? Return good with good and evil with justice’

India

Dharma Files | Mainstream Hinduism aims to modernise Hinduism, but Hindutva tries to Hinduise modernity

Hinduism can be seen as oscillating between its ethnic and universalistic poles. Under the Congress, the universalistic pole was pushed probably to its stretching point, and now under the BJP, we may be seeing a shift towards the ethnic pole

India

Dharma Files | Why Independent India should have adopted pluralism rather than secularism

Secularism wants to keep religion in general, and any religion in particular, out of the public square; pluralism wants to find a place for all of the religions, and ideologies, in the public square.

India

Dharma Files | Why ‘dharma’ is not identical with religion or Hinduism, though it overlaps with it

Although we have become accustomed to routinely translating the English and European word 'religion' with the Sanskrit or Indic word dharma, the semantic ambience, or even flavour, surrounding the two words is different