The Pyramid of Corruption

We are led to believe that corruption is nothing more than the ‘abuse of public power for private gain’ by government officials—a minister here, a bureaucrat there—in an otherwise perfectly clean system. But what if the system itself is founded on a deep, fundamental and dangerous form of corruption?

Some thoughts on the apex of the Pyramid

In his 1955 classic History of South India: From Prehestoric Times to the Fall of Vijayanagar, the famous historian K. A. Nilakanta Sastri writes: [The] institution of caste with all its social and economic implications was accepted almost universally, and the upholding of the social order organized on its basis was held to be the primary duty of the ruler. This… Read more →

Claiming power over language

How did the Aryans at the apex claim power over a vast sea of non-Aryans in those days of yore? Specifically, how did they treat non-Aryan languages? Here’s an excerpt from The Pyramid of Corruption (Ch.4 India’s Ancient Pyramid): The corruptors also assumed ownership over the human voice from which stems language. They ensured that the victim was both ashamed and afraid… Read more →

The importance of language

If you have been following some of my recent Facebook posts about languages and history, you might be wondering what they have to do with The Pyramid of Corruption. Well, the connection is diversity. Those posts were essentially the unconscious assertion of my love for diversity, especially linguistic diversity. It must be protected and allowed to assert itself. India tends to suppress linguistic… Read more →

‘You’re not thinking; you’re just being logical’

Here’s an interesting extract from Maurice A. Finocchiaro’s book, Arguments about Arguments: In his autobiography, physicist Otto R. Frisch tells the following revealing anecdote about Niels Bohr. Bohr, we are told, “never trusted a purely formal or mathematical argument. ‘No, no,’ he would say, ‘You are not thinking; you are just being logical.’” It would be arbitrary and uncharitable to interpret… Read more →