Letters from the basement
By LFTB Media
Being Hindu in a secular India. A deep-dive into culture and politics in India. Bi-weekly podcasts with the latest developments and in-depth analysis of the happenings in a country trying to perfect democracy while managing insane degrees of diversity.
Letter 13: Indian state's continuing assault on Hindu festivals, language wars in Tamil Nadu temples, temple demolitions and secularism of Jharkhand assembly
This podcast covers everything about being a Hindu in secular, socialist India. We publish a new letter here on alternate weeks discussing the intersection of culture and politics in India from a Hindu perspective. If that’s something you are interested in, please subscribe to this podcast. In this letter, continuing assault of Indian state on Hindu festivals, this time it’s Ganesha Chaturthi and Diwali; how the country remembered Malabar Hindu genocide; language battles in Tamil Nadu have reached temples in that state; Jharkhand assembly has established a new ideal for secularism; there is a pandemic of temple demolition; and Assam government comes face to face with illegal infiltrators. Welcome to the basement. Music by jorikbasov from Pixabay Website: https://lettersfrombasement.in/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frombasement
October 03, 2021
Letter 12: Partition horrors remembrance day, Periyarist government's assault on temples in Tamil Nadu, a deep-dive into Malabar Hindu Genocide
This podcast covers everything about being a Hindu in secular, socialist India. We publish a new episode here every week discussing the intersection of culture and politics in India from a Hindu perspective. If that’s something you are interested in, please subscribe to this podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts. In this episode, we discuss the partition horrors remembrance day, Taliban take over of Afghanistan, yet another assault on Hindus in Tamil Nadu by the Periyarist government in that state and a deep-dive into what happened during Malabar Hindu genocide exactly a 100 years ago. ====== Created with Audacity ====== Music by jorikbasov from Pixabay ====== Listen on: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/lftbmedia; Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/letters-from-the-basement/id1579236606; Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0waGxrE5XLe4CzWQYXbcwt; Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81NzY4MmFkNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==; Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/letters-from-the-basement; Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/Letters-from-the-basement-id4129419?country=us; Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/oc4ddp7s; RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/letters-from-the-basement-WDgwXo; JioSaavn: https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/letters-from-the-basement/1/GAJZQCSuHj0_; Gaana: https://gaana.com/podcast/letters-from-the-basement-season-1; Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.in/podcasts/94340e67-2e7f-4c6a-92f7-a5352270b29d/letters-from-the-basement;
August 22, 2021
Letter 11: August 15, is it really Independence Day for Hindus in India?
In this letter, I ask the following question. Is 15 August a day that deserves to be celebrated by Hindus in India as Independence day? To be able to answer that question, we need answer to another question. What did we gain independence from on August 15, 1947? The immediate response that comes to mind is, from the colonial rule of the British. We secured an ability to make laws for ourselves and an end to being treated as second class people in our own country. So, the question really is, have Hindus in India experienced any of these in the last 74 years? By the end of this letter, I will answer that. ====== Created with Audacity ====== Music: Music by jorikbasov from Pixabay ====== Website: https://lettersfrombasement.in/ ===== Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frombasement ===== Twitter: https://twitter.com/mnchalat ===== YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18lWijs2Scgsk8CGkvRx7g ====== Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lettersfromthebasement/ ======
August 15, 2021
Letter 10: Right-wing, left-wing and Hindus in India
In this episode of letters from the basement, we examine the idea of right-wing vs left-wing politics and ask if this political dichotomy is relevant in the context of Hindus living in India. ------------------------------ www.lettersfrombasement.in ---------------------------- Music by jorikbasov from Pixabay
August 01, 2021
Letter 9: The Hindu rate of growth
In this 9th letter from the basement, we cover the celebration of Ramayanam month in Kerala Supreme Court of India tries to prevent 3rd wave of COVID in UP but not Kerala Indian judiciary doesn't believe justice delayed is justice denied Modi government’s sabka saath policy on full display Kerala's 80-20 formula for distribution of minority scholarships a deep dive into what is called the Hindu rate of growth. Music by jorikbasov from Pixabay
July 25, 2021
Letter 8: Dear Hindus.................a letter from Palghar
In this letter from the basement, we go back a year to look at the gruesome lynching of two sadhus and their driver in Palghar District of Maharashtra and examine what message that incident and what happened after that convey to Hindus living in India. On 16th April 2020 hundreds of people armed with sticks, rods and other weapons assembled and brutally lynched to death two sadhus belonging to the Juna Akhada, Kalpavriksha Giri Maharaj and Sushil Giri Maharaj. Along with them their driver Nilesh Telgade was also killed. What makes this incident even worse is that it happened as the police simply stood by watching, like spectators. The police didn’t just fail in their duty to protect the sadhus. They in fact handed them over to the blood lusting mob. What happened in Palghar on that day is emblematic of how Hindus have been treated in India since 1947. We have been mobbed from every side by hostile forces. And the Indian state that we had empowered to give us equality and security has not just turned a blind eye but has become an active participant in our discrimination.
July 17, 2021
Letter 7: Undemocratic: the story of radical Left's war on democracy in India
When Manmohan Singh was pretending to be the Prime Minister of India but Sonia Gandhi was actually taking all decisions, the government policy was decided not by the cabinet but by Mrs Gandhi's kitchen cabinet called the NAC, the national advisory council, filled with leftist activists like Aruna Roy, Yogendra Yadav, Jeane Dreze, Harsh Mander, etc. After 2014, when that corrupt and inept government got kicked out, it should have been the end of this activist gang's ability to dictate our lives. But that was not to be. When they lost government power, they took over the streets and continued tormenting the country for denying them power. Since 2014, when Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister of India, the country has suffered a constant assault of agitations and riots orchestrated by the radical Left activists. Leftists resorting to these kinds of tactics to undermine the outcome of the democratic process is not at all surprising; that’s what they have been doing in our country and across the world whenever they lost control over the government. In this podcast, I take a look at how the radical left has been subverting democracy in India through use of violence and has been attempting to deny us, the people of this country, the right to determine government policies. Watch to understand their tactics and methods. My vlog on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA): https://lettersfrombasement.in/2020/01/19/the-citizenship-amendment-act/
July 02, 2021
Letter 6: Kerala, Communists, Statues and Hypocrisy
In this year's full budget of Kerala, CPIM state government has allocated 4 crores for construction of memorials to 2 politicians who died recently. One of them was a convict in a corruption case. The very same communists cannot stop ridiculing Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity in Gujarat as an example of government wastage. This attitude is typical of the Leftist ecosystem in our country. I discuss this in detail with examples in this letter from the basement.
June 13, 2021
Letter 5: Pinarayi 2.0 and A Game of Thrones in Kerala
Pinarayi Vijayan was recently elected as Chief Minister of Kerala for a second term. n addition to whether he is going to continue with the same PR model of governance that proved successful for him and if he is going to continue with the backdoor appointments and scams and scandals that Malayalis don’t seem to mind, another aspect that needs to be closely observed in the next 5 years is the developing power struggle within Kerala CPIM. People who follow Kerala politics know, Pinarayi is a master at political maneuvering and orchestrating power grab. The seeds of the current power politics playing out in the Kerala CPIM were laid ahead of the recent assembly elections when Pinarayi created an arbitrary rule and denied tickets to most senior party leaders and sidelined the few who got elected from inclusion in the state cabinet. In this vlog I examine this brewing game of thrones in Kerala politics.
June 05, 2021
Letter 4: Why is a Soumya from Kerala among victims of terrorism in Israel
One of the victims of recent escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestine is a nurse from Kerala, Soumya Santosh. In this letter from the basement, I discuss how the news of her death was received in Kerala and what caused her, and thousands of other Malayalis like her, to go in search of livelihood in a war torn region.
June 02, 2021
Letter 3: Post-election violence in Bengal: 2021 season
As most of India is suffering under the 2nd wave of COVID pandemic, there is an additional humanitarian tragedy unfolding in the state of West Bengal. Following the recently concluded assembly elections in the state, supporters and active workers of the losing political parties, especially the BJP, are being persecuted and hunted down by the goon squads of the Trinamool Congress Party of Mamata Banerjee that won the elections. Tens of thousands, primarily Hindus of the state, have been displaced from their homes and have taken refuge in camps in neighboring states. As this perversion of democracy is still unfolding, the Indian state and those responsible for upholding the constitution have turned a blind eye. In this byte from the basement, I examine the cast of characters in this tragedy and identify those who are persecuting Hindus of Bengal and those who have abandoned them after promising justice.
May 15, 2021
Letter 2: Rahul Gandhi's (logic) free speech on COVID vaccine
Indian National Congress party’s owner and MP from Wayanad in Kerala, Rahul Gandhi has recently discovered the meaning of word “free”. But he is yet to discover that free doesn’t just mean getting things without paying for them but also for being able to think without restrictions. In this byte from the basement I look at what is driving his demand for free COVID vaccines and dive deep into the consequences of following up on that demand. u9lITI18q5aNfwvMrQY3
May 09, 2021
Letter 1: Welcome to the basement
Where I explain the vision, mission and everything else about letters from the basement.
May 09, 2021