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‘Rationalist’ faces arrest for making bets on blind faith

April 6, 2010 1 comment
Snakes, magicians, rope trick - That is India for West! But if Indians cannot see beyond this it is a problem ...

Snakes, magicians, rope trick - That is India for West! But if Indians cannot see beyond this it is a problem ...

A Hyderabad-based rationalist faces an arrest warrant from a Kangeyam court in western Tamil Nadu for allegedly going back on his promise of Rs 5 crore reward to a vaastu consultant there for proving that vaastu is effective and scientific.

When the case comes up on Thursday (April 8), vaastu expert M. Palanisamy hopes to see the police get T.V. Rao of the Vaasthu Nija Nirtharana Vethika Committee of Hyderabad to the court for going back on his promise of reward made before the media in Coimbatore five years ago. (via Arrest warrant on anti-vaastu AP man | Deccan Chronicle).

Western perceptions is their problem

If Randi knows nothing about Vaastu – it is not such a shame. Of course, Randi is betting that the only race that knows anything about science is the West. And Indians did not even know the Indian Rope Trick.

But it is plain bad news if an Indian shuts his eyes, closes his minds to Indic systems – but is willing to accept any garbage from the West.

Price Collection/From ''The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick'' The Indian rope trick performed by Karachi (Arthur Derby), 1935. (Courtesy - nyt.com)

Price Collection/From ''The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick'' The Indian rope trick performed by Karachi (Arthur Derby), 1935. (Courtesy - nyt.com)

If more than 1000 cities (of the Indus-Saraswati Basin) were built on Vaastu logic, it takes  a certain amount of brazen ignorance to dismiss this knowledge. To take a bet after that, based on Randi’s assertions and ignorance, is downright stupid. The man, TV Rao, is a loser.

Let it be!

New Evidence for Silk in the Indus Valley

August 20, 2009 2 comments

Indian silk industry was not a case of ‘industrial espionage’ from China – as alleged. It was homegrown!

New Evidence for Silk in the Indus Valley

Archaeometry (reprint) 2009

Silk is an important economic fiber, and is generally considered to have been the exclusive cultural heritage of China. Silk weaving is evident from the Shang period c. 1600-1045 BC, though the earliest evidence for silk textiles in ancient China dates to a millennium earlier. Recent microscopic analysis of archaeological thread fragments found inside copper and steatite beads from two important Indus sites, Harappa and Chanhu-daro, have yielded silk fibers, dating to c. 2450-2000 BC. This study offers the earliest evidence in the world for any silk outside China, and is roughly contemporaneous with the earliest Chinese evidence for silk. This important new finding brings into question the traditional historical notion of sericulture as being an exclusively Chinese invention. (via Irene Good | Papers | New Evidence for Silk in the Indus Valley – Academia.edu; with a thanks to ‘galeo rhinus’ for this pointer).

Indian silk

India has two indigenous silk worms – one in the North East, which produces the Tussar silk. And the other is the one found at the Deccan plateau – which produces the Mysore silk. Both these are different from the Chinese silk-worm.

It has long been believed by Western historians (and their Indian chelas), that nothing good could have come out from India – except the zero!

To anyone, who has dealt and understands Indian silk would have realized that Indian silk industry was not a case of ‘industrial espionage’ from China – as alleged. It was homegrown.

This recent find proves just that.

Coming next …

And there is more, where this came from! Indus Valley happens to be oldest, abandoned site that the West has discovered. What about living cities – where people have lived for more than 5000 years. Western diffidence about Indian history is well grounded. It has the ability to blow apart all their constructs.

And that can be a cause for real worry!


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