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itsavvy2000

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  • Great Blunders in History: Kashmir

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By The History Channel
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Right up to the moment when India and Pakistan became independent, the last British viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was undecided as to which country should incorporate Kashmir into its borders. It was decided by the Hindu Maharajah that his largely Muslim state should join India. His decision precipitated a virtual state of war between the two countries and a bitter territorial dispute that persists to this day.

    Master Yoda says: "a shallow introduction to the problem"
    "a shallow introduction to the problem"
    Overall

    Misses a lot of fine print about the dispute which makes this program a rather shallow introduction to the problem. Makes no mention of Sheikh Abdullah and related history and needlesly focusses on the Maharaja who was only a minor player in the problem. Sheikh Abdulla, the Kashmiri leader, played most important role in this integration of the state with India. This program does not mention his role.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hinduism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dr. Gregory Kozlowski
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Hinduism is a very broad term for the religious practices and doctrines of the Indian people. This tradition is believed to have begun in about 1800 BCE with religious poems known as the Vedas. Hinduism is best known in the west through the doctrines of Advaita, the belief that there is only one ultimate reality. Advaitans, however, worshipped a range of icons that represented the separate manifestations of the ultimate Brahman.

    Max says: "Hindusim 101"
    "Contains scholarly inaccuracies"
    Overall

    Almost started enjoying this book until read some information which is patently false and would be considered offensive by many faithful Hindus, although Westerners, except for ISKON converts, would not easily notice them. The most glaring falsehood that this work propagates are as follows:describes Krishna's supposed 'love affair' with Radha (who allegedly married to somebody else)as a story which is canonical and part of Hindu belief. He further alleges that Gopis who danced with Krishna were married and had a "love affair" with him. The attempt is to portray the holiest figure of Hindus as a fornicator. This is the most glaring scholarly gaffe from this author and reveals serious shortcomings in his claim as a scholar of Hinduism.A brief examination, undertaken with sincere intent, would have revealed to him that Radha is a completely fictional character invented by poet Jayadeva around 12th century CE and that none of any canonical accounts of Krishna in Puranas and Mahabharata have any mention of Radha. With regard to supposed affair of Krishna with married Gopis, the author again shows callous disregard or ignorance of the Hindu, scriptures. According to Bhagavatham, whence this story comes, Krisnha was merely a boy of eight when he played pranks on Gopis. Out of hundreds of pages dedicated to Krishna, the episode describing the childhood pranks of Krishna with Gopis barely lasts a page. The rest of the scripture describes his miracles, statesmanship and military exploits in great detail.The author obviously ignored the canonical texts of Hinduism and built a narrative of Krishna as a playboy based on non-canonical stories which are popular only in a heretical fringe of Hindu society.Other glaring mistakes: failure to designate left-hand tantric practices as ostracized by lay Hindus,Sikh scripture not using Hindu names for God & containing Mira's verses,South Indian kings being Shudras,etc.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful

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