ICHR chief Y Sudershan Rao wants to accurately date the sacred texts. The Marxist historians debate this hindutva version of history. In the middle of this debate, social sciences tend to be the biggest loser.
In our strictly gender coded hierarchy of political insults calling a male politician a woman is a slap in the face. But calling him a napunsak is way below the belt. Salman Khurshid was following in a hoary political tradition here.
This is the time to celebrate Kali Puja. Many don't know what to make of that representation of Shakti, naked and dripping blood. But mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik says the story is not just about sex and blood. It's about a search for harmony and the power of darshan.
Vishnu acknowledges the end of the world, engages with it, even participates in it. While as Parashurama and Ram and Krishna, he struggles to hold on to dharma, as Balarama and finally Kalki, he lets go and allows the world to collapse. This is wisdom, knowing when to act and when to withdraw.