ibtl columns

  • Francois Gautier
  • Palestine, 6 billion people and second hand opinions

    Wednesday, Aug 13,2014, 23:44 IST .

    In the wake of the widespread support of the western intelligentsia for Palestine during the Gaza conflict (and the hatred for Israel and Jews), including statements by some famous Hollywood actors, such as Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, one has to reflect on the how and why of such a fanatical support. 
Where is it that these enlightened personalities acquire their opinions? Are they reall..

  • The Truth about Medha Patkar, a secular activist

    Monday, Jan 13,2014, 22:21 IST .

    Most people in India have a positive impression about Medha Patkar. Is she not the secular activist who takes on big business, fights for preserving India’s greenery and defends the poor and downtrodden?

    However documents leaked to the press have revealed a very different picture: that of a scheming person, who has no qualms about breaking the law and whose sources of funding a..

  • Who are the (H)indus? - II

    Wednesday, May 15,2013, 20:13 IST .

    Karma is another very important tenet of Hinduism which has been perverted in modern times, not only because of its fashionable misuse in the West, but also in India itself where, because of influences during three centuries by missionaries and secular thought, it is often mixed-up in varying degrees with the Christian concept of sin and virtue. Hindus (and Buddhists) have al..

  • Who are the (H)indus?

    Thursday, Apr 04,2013, 11:12 IST .

    If one has to write a new history of India, one has to start with the right foundations and set the record straight. Thus the first task is to demystify the word ‘Hindu’ about which there is so much misunderstanding…

    Let’s say it right away: there are no Hindus… This word was invented by European colonizers to designate a people which lived in the vall..


    Tuesday, Mar 19,2013, 19:28 IST .

    Once again, a country, Italy, shows how little respect it has for India, this time by refusing to honor its word to send back the accused marines. Is it not then time to say: “Arise O India, be proud once more of Thyself”.

    This should be India’s motto for the Third Millennium, after five centuries of self-denial. For, in spite of its poverty, in spite of the false A..

  • Is there such a thing as 'Hindu Terrorism'...?

    Tuesday, Jan 29,2013, 00:01 IST .

    Is there such a thing as ‘Hindu terrorism’, as Home Minister Shinde is heavily hinting at? Well, I am one of that rare breed of foreign correspondents — a lover of Hindus! A born Frenchman, Catholic-educated and non-Hindu, I do hope I’ll be given some credit for my opinions, which are not the product of my parents’ ideas, my education or my atavi..

  • Do you know the real history of Kashmir?

    Wednesday, Jan 16,2013, 12:26 IST .

    For two thousand years, the Himalayan valley of Kashmir in Northern India has been the home of Learning and Wisdom. From this small valley have issued masterpieces of history, poetry, romance, fable, and philosophy and many of the greatest Sanskrit scholars and poets were born and wrote in the valley. Kashmir flourished under some of India’s greatest rulers, such as Mau..

  • The Kurukshetra War Of The 21st Century

    Friday, Sep 07,2012, 02:27 IST .

    There is nothing wrong about war”, once said Sri Aurobindo. And it is true that throughout the ages, war has been an essential part of man’s life on this planet and there have been very few periods in modern history which have not seen strife. The French fought three bloody wars against the Germans in the last 125 years, India has battled five wars in 55 years, four against Pakist..

  • Why I am Hindu - Francois Gautier

    Sunday, Jul 08,2012, 23:57 IST .

    I was a born and brought-up as a catholic and knew absolutely nothing about India, Hinduism and Hindus. When I was a young Frenchman of 19, I had the privilege to hear about the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, through a friend, whose father was the last Governor of Pondichery. My friend told me that a caravan of 5 cars was about to drive from Paris to Pondichery. On a hunch, I joined this caravan.<..

  • Indian Muslims : Babar Or Ram?

    Thursday, Jun 14,2012, 18:39 IST .

    Indian Muslims are today at a crossroad. The destruction of the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan has shown to the world in general – and to the Muslims of India in particular– that Islam still considers Buddhist and Hindu statues, temples and worshipers as Infidels, to be razed and eliminated. For the Taliban and those who support them, covertly or overtly, nothing has changed sinc..

  • Nostradamus said Aryan invasion will be proved false: Francois Gautier

    Saturday, May 19,2012, 17:32 IST .

    Friends, This are extracts of an article I wrote three years ago for my Ferengi’s column of the Indian Express. Was it prophetic ? It seems so, at a time when the BJP is turning the guns of its armed forces against its own people, the Hindus. One cannot think of a greater betrayal. What power does to people….

    Michel de Nostre-Dame, better ..

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