An overview of the history and culture of ancient Bharatha
Moenjo Daro Site
It is well past time to rewrite our history textbooks and this page is based on a work by Sudheer Birodkar and Debbie Azzopardi posted in 1998. Sudheer Birodkar also has other pages linked here asking what was India like? What did the ancient Indians wear? What did they eat? Did kids play with toys? Did they go to school?
Ancient India or Bharatha once stretched from Persia or modern day Iran to the Pacific coast of Cambodia and Vietnam. This was never a unified country as we think of countries today, rather it was a collection of states functioning
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About half of the Saudi workforce are migrant workers
If you pay attention to the news media, you will often come across stories relating to the abuse and mistreatment of migrant workers in Islamic countries. In Saudi Arabia for instance, almost one half of the entire workforce is made up of foreign labourers and some them are treated worse than slaves.
Most often the company organising workers on behalf of individuals or companies will retain the individual’s passport and documents which means that even in the country in which they work, they have no freedom.
Most of the men that go into these countries work in construction. They come to Saudi because there is not the work in their
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Symbols of beauty and resistance
The famous Persian heroine, Apranik,
Under the patriarchy that evolved over the past 3000 years, women around the world have been sidelined from public office and disempowered. Yet without women, men could not survive or even thrive.
Under patriarchy, men have tried to own women and control their lives, yet they have not learned that women cannot be understood, they can only be loved and when they are loved, their joy is transformative and uniting.
Women are related to the Earth, and givers of life. Within Vedanta that inspired Persian life before Islam, men and women stood together, yet under the yoke of Islam, women remain women and carry the spirit of life from
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The spread of Islam in Persia
Before Islam empowered them, the Arabs were the most disliked of all peoples. But Islam, a psychological state of believing that one is right and that one can only feel self worth when everyone conforms to one’s beliefs sent them to get revenge by conquering the world.
The Muslim conquest of Persia or the Arab conquest of Iran, led to the end of the Sasanian Empire in the year 651 and the eventual decline of the Zoroastrian religion.
The success of Muslim invaders coincided with significant political, social, economic and military weaknesses in Persia that had been a major world power. The Sasanian Empire had exhausted its human and material resources after
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A land on fire and the world fans the flames
The world looks on at a loss to understand what is going on. People collect around various opinions as Israel finds itself being attacked from all sides. So how do we find a real perspective and it is there any such thing as justice in a region that has never known peace since the arrival of humans?
It could well be that the original Jews were a Hindu tribe that migrated some 3000 or 4000 years ago, or even further back. After all, Hinduism has been a light to the entire world although for many that’s an inconvenient truth. But it’s clear that those who call themselves Jews
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More than just an airport
Dubai is just another tiny oil-rich kingdom on the Gulf of Arabia. While it remains an important regional airport, like its neighbours it is doing all it can to turn itself into an international tourist destination.
You’ll find all the usual camel safaris, scuba diving, nice beaches for Western tourists only and exquisite hospitality. But being a Muslim country there is no freedom for the people, especially the foreign workers who often suffer horribly as they do in other countries within the region.
However for the naive Western tourist, especially if she is remotely attractive, she will be a target for rape. The Arabs like pretty girls from Europe
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And does it affect one’s health?
The term “Islamophobia” is defined as “an unfounded hostility towards Islam and Muslims”, yet what is called the religion of Islam demands of its followers that they enslave or kill every non Muslim. Therefore Islamophobia is an instinctive response to survive.
There is another quote “as we think, so we become.” This means that whatever we think and whatever we believe will have some consequences. For instance, the person who thinks that they are unworthy is unlikely to become successful in life. Yet the person who believes that they are ‘right’ can be successful regardless of the cost to people around them.
Humanity today is at crisis point. In most countries there is a
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An ongoing Middle Eastern dilemma
The old Testament of the Bible provides a very tenuous and uncertain history about the origins of Judaism. It seems more likely to me that there may have been a tribe or a group of people migrated out of India some 3000 or 4000 years ago, and like other groups migrating from India, they forgot the Dharma and picked up other beliefs that eventually led to the compilation of the Torah.
While there is debate about the legitimacy of title to the land known today as Israel, according to the biblical narrative, there is no doubt that they (Jews) have over different periods of time occupied a portion of the broader region known as Palestine.
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Enroute to oblivion
Not so long ago, Pakistan was part of India and if we step back deeper into history, before the rise of Islam, the entire region was strongly influenced by Sanatana Dharma and the teachings of Vedanta.
The Pakistan of today was created by the British by partitioning India and forming what was then East Pakistan and West Pakistan – which became Bangladesh. The newly formed Pakistan included a considerable portion of the Sikh state of Punjab and the coastal state of Baluchistan.
Many of the new Pakistani’s had fled India, but the idea of Islam to take over the world incited the Pakistani’s to declare wars against India back in 1947, 1965 and 1971, moves that
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A great drying
When attempting to piece together the fragments of history, historians we need to take into account the ice ages and climatic changes. So what has been going on?
It is said that the drying out of the Sahara desert began some 20 or 30,000 years ago. In fact much of the region was an inland sea which over time dried out giving way to vast freshwater lakes and rivers. It seems probable that much of the region spreading from North Africa to central and southern Asia was well watered during the ice age and it seems likely that there were many great tracts of forest and wetlands across the region.
It is generally thought that about 5000
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