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Natural rights
Natural rights are the basis for the theory of government shared by most branches of liberalism (including libertarianism). In this view, human beings are born with certain natural rights, and governments are established strictly for the...
Order and tradition
Order and tradition The various forms of conservatism, by contrast, generally see the government as a positive force that brings order out of chaos, establishes laws to end the "war of all against all", encourages moral virtue while...
Greed and oppression
Many political philosophies that are opposed to the existence of a government (such as Anarchism, and to a lesser extent Marxism), as well as others, emphasize the historical roots of governments - the fact that governments, along with...
Theories
There are a wide range of theories about the reasons for establishing governments. The four major ones are briefly described below. Note that they do not always fully oppose each other - it is possible for a person to subscribe to a...
Forms of government
Various forms of government have been implemented. A government in a developed state is likely to have various sub-organisations known as offices, departments, or agencies, which are headed by politically appointed officials, often...
Definition of Government.
One approach is to define government as the decision-making arm of the state, and define the latter on the basis of the control it has over violence and the use of force within its territory. Government can also be defined as the...
Origins
Draupadi and Krishna during the Rajsuya yagya - After Shishupal's death, Krishna was left with a bleeding finger. Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, had torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Krishna's wrist to staunch the...
Raksha bandhan
Raksha bandhan or Rakhi is a Hindu festival which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. The literal meaning of the phrase Raksha Bandhan is 'the bond of protection'. Sisters tie a rakhi (a holy thread) around their...
Raksha bandhan
Holika and Prahalad
Another one of Hiranyakashipu's attempts to kill him, was to have Prahlada sit on a burning pyre with his siter Holika. (This story however is not in the Bhagavatam, which is the original source for Prahlada's story). Holika had a...
Mythology
In Hindu mythology, Hiranyakashipu was the king of demons, and he had been granted a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible for him to be killed. The boon was due to his long penance, after which he had demanded that he not be...
Holi
Holi or Phagwah (Bhojpuri) is an annual Hindu spring festival. It takes place over two days around late March or early April on a Purnima (or Pooranmashi) Full Moon as per the Hindu calendar. On the first day, a bonfire is lit at night...
Holi
Vijayadashami
Vijayadashami is a festival celebrated across India. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwayuja or Ashwina, and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual festival of Dasara or Navaratri. The...
Dussehra is celebrated in Different Parts of South Asia (India).
Dussehra is celebrated in various ways in different parts of South Asia. In Bengal, the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja or Durga Puja, while in Tamil Nadu, the festival incorporates worship of the goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati, and...
The Legend
This day marks the triumph of Lord Rama over Demon king Ravana. On this day, Rama killed Ravana. Rama was asked to go on exile because his stepmother, Queen Kaikeyee was tricked into asking King Dasaratha to exile him for 14 years....
The Legend
Dussehra
On this day, people spend the day decorating the entrances of houses & shops with flower studded strings called 'Torans' (Floral Gateways). At night, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad are stuffed with firecrackers and...
Dussehra
Dussehra Celebrations
On this day, people spend the day decorating the entrances of houses & shops with flower studded strings called 'Torans' (Floral Gateways). At night, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad are stuffed with firecrackers and...
Dussehra Celebrations
The second day of Dipawali
The second day of the festival is known as Naraka Chaturdasi. (Narak means of a new era of Light and Knowledge. Chaturdasi implies fourteenth day.) Narakasura ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. Puranas have it that Naraka, son of...
The first day of Dipawali is known as Dhan teras or Dhantrayodashi.
The first day of the festival is known as Dhan teras or Dhantrayodashi. Dhan means "wealth" and Trayodashi means "13th day". Thus, as the name implies, this day falls on the 13th day of the first half of the lunar month. On this day, it...
The first day of Dipawali is known as Dhan teras or Dhantrayodashi.
Significance in Hinduism
The festival marks the victory of good over evil. The Sanskrit word Deepavali means array of lights that stands for victory of brightness over darkness. As the knowledge of Sanskrit diminished, the name was popularly misnamed as Diwali...
Significance in Hinduism
Clever Jackal
A lion named Shera lived in some forest. He could not find his prey although he put his best efforts the whole day. He show a cave and entered it thinking for some animal in. He thought the animal would return at night. Then he could kill...
Thief and The Demon
Dhruv was a poor brahmin He beg door to door for his livelihood. Seeing his cruel condition rich donor gifted him two cows. The brahmin somehow arranged to feed them. He made them healthy and strong. The brahmin thought to sell...
Foolish Frog
A family of frogs dwelled in a well. Gangdatt was their head. He was wise and learned, the other frogs were always jealous and humiliated. These insults and fights made Gangdatt’s life very miserable. One day, he came out of the well....
Faithful Servant
Once upon a time a fighter named Virvara came to king Supraka and asked him for a service. He demanded from the king five hundred golden coins a day by way of salary. King Sudraka, perceiving that his appearance indicated great courage,...
Meghvarna
In the forest near by the city of Mahilaropya, there had been a huge ancient banyan tree which was rooting all around. A number of crow families dwelled in it, one named Meghvarna was always worried. At some distance many owls were living...
Donkey With a Lion's Skin
There used to live a washer. He had a donkey but was unable to feed him properly. The donkey was very weak because he did not get enough green grass to eat. One day, while the washer was wandering in the forest he saw a dead tiger. He...
Jackal and The Donkey
There used to live a lion in a forest. His name was Karalkeshar. The lion had a jackal named Dhusarak as his attendant who used to follow him like shadow. Everyday, the lion would hunt an animal and after having his due share left the...
Clever Birbal
      Once an oil merchant and the villager came to Akbar with a quarrel about the money bag. The merchant said that when the villager came to buy oil from him he gave them the oil and collected money...
Akbar's Dream
       Not only other people but also Akbar tried to defeat Birbal. Once  Akbar was narrating a dream. The dream began with Akbar and Birbal walking towards each other on a dark night It was so dark that...
THE SCIENCE LOST
Then King Vikram went back to the tree, and again and took Betaal on his shoulder Betaal again starts a new story There is a city called Ujjayini, inferior only to Bhogavati and Amaravati. In that city there was a  Brahman,...
The Theif
Then King Vikram returned to the  tree and again put Betaal on his shoulder, and set out with him. The Betaal again said to him from his shoulder: “King, listen to this story” There was a city of Ayodhya, There lived a king,...
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