Religion is not just a faith, but also a tribe and set of philosophies

When you consider someone to be a Christian, Hindu, Jew, or Muslim — one normally jumps to the conclusion that they must believe in a particular god, pray regularly, and visit church, mosque or temple.

Then, it follows that the converse must also be true: people who don’t believe in a specific god, pray, or visit a place of worship cannot be considered a member of that religion.

That’s a nice theory — but it doesn’t really hold up when you look at how most people actually live life.

Take Christianity for example. In Australia, 52% of residents identified as…


While most languages emerge as they slowly drift apart; these two took deliberate steps away from each other

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Once upon a time, in a land far far away — there was a place called Tamilakam; Homeland of the Tamils.

For millennia, the people of this region (in what is now Southern India) were tied together — both culturally and politically.

Together, they experienced the various Sangam periods — wherein numerous academies thrived producing great works of literature and poetry.

Together, they were ruled by the three dynasties glorified by heaven: The Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas — though their respective fortunes waxed and waned over time.

Together, they saw the rise and fall of Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism and Vaishnavism…


While the people suffer — Netanyahu, Bibi and Hamas come out ahead

A fresh wave of civil unrest in Israel and Palestine has erupted in the midst of Ramadan. Hundreds are dead, and the international community stands aghast.

While there is plenty of sorrow to be felt for the everyday people caught up in the unrest — there are three actors who clearly benefit from the escalating situation.

#1: Benjamin Netanyahu — Israeli Prime Minister

Bibi, as he is often called, has ruled Israel for 12 years.

Despite some clear diplomatic notches under his belt, and saving the country from COVID — he failed to win a parliamentary majority in the most recent elections (the fourth in two years).


Despite being considered a demi-god, the Japanese Emperor lost effective power — but was never formally deposed

Japan is known as the land of the rising sun. It is thus unsurprising that in such a country, the sun goddess, Amaterasu, would be the most sacred of deities.

The Emperor of Japan claimed descent from her, and was thus himself revered as a living god.

Despite this, for 700 years, the reigning Emperor was little more than a puppet. Real power stemmed from a set of hereditary generals known as Shoguns.

How did this come to be? …


It seems a bit odd I know, that you can appear to be for something in one part of the world, but against the same thing elsewhere.

But what’s good for the goose, is not always good for the gander.

Queen Elizabeth the Second should remain sovereign of the United Kingdom, but Australia must become a republic.

The UK Should Keep Its Monarch

Don’t get me wrong — the idea of a person born into power and privilege, reigning unelected — rankles the cockles of my heart.

But my support for the British Monarchy is not anchored in any love for the institution or some romantic…


You had male Emperors and female Empresses, but these five women shattered the patriarchy of their time

History has mostly been a man’s game.

It’s even suggested as much by the term: his-story.

While there have been many Queens and Empresses in history —who held the throne in their own right rather than simply as a consort or regent; they have typically been seen as less powerful than their male counterparts.

Even that mighty English Queen — Elizabeth I deigned to never marry as the responsibility of political decisions would have been given to her husband.

There are five women however who broke convention and ruled their countries as legitimate imperial rulers who wielded absolute power.

#5: Wu Zetian — Emperor of China

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Born…


One’s journey in life should involve not just living it from day to day, but also reflecting upon it. To take stock; celebrate the highlights, and learn from the lows.

With this week marking my second year writing on Medium; I thought I’d continue the tradition by sharing my thoughts of my journey here.

I mean, companies publish annual reports — why can’t I?

With that in mind, below are my key observations and takeaways from the year just gone.

  1. I published 30 articles — bringing my total to 85. After a relatively gruelling schedule of publishing articles in my…


The story of how my ancestor helped bring suffrage to minorities and ensure Kerala joined India - but paid the ultimate price

Mittai-appachan AKA K.C Eapen

In family lore, he is referred to as Mittai-appachan. Mittai means “sweets” in many Indian languages; and “appachan” is a term loosely meaning grandfather.

Legend holds that when driving his car to the capital for work — he would frequently stop along the way to handout toffees and other sweets to children he saw along the way, hence his monicker.

But this is not the story of the Mittai-appachan the family man. It is the story of K.C Eapen (his legal name), the Indian freedom fighter.

Origins of the Bank

At the turn of the 20th Century — the financial system in India was…


Life goes on; even after you’ve abdicated the throne. Here’s how these five rulers spent the rest of their lives

There is a heavy burden in being a sovereign. You are responsible for continuing the dynasty first set up by your more famous ancestors, while the eyes of your entire country and other world leaders judge your every action.

Sometimes, however — fate has a very different path in store for you than the one envisioned for you by your forefathers.

Below we look at five rulers who ended the monarchy with their abdication; and how they lived out the rest of their days after leaving the palace.

#5: Mukarram Jah — Last Nizam of Hyderabad

Of the ~560 princely states which joined India, Hyderabad was the wealthiest


Life is too short for organics to be roaming the universe

The Universe is a big place.

With billions of galaxies each filled with further billions of planets — it is certain that there are other forms of life out there.

Though we have been searching for extraterrestrial life for many decades, that will only really result in detecting them and possibly communicating with them.

Actually meeting an alien is a very different thing altogether.

Any alien we meet in the flesh is likely to be made of anything but. They will almost certainly be some sort of artificial lifeform.

It is logical when you consider the following:

#1: Natural Lifespan

Any biological species…

Kesh Anand

An observer of history, human development, geopolitics, society, and the future

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