Author Archives: Maria Wirth

Being politically incorrect does not mean being wrong.

The following article has gone around on social media for several years. Its popularity had provoked V. Raghunathan, an NRI from Canada with a long, impressive bio, to write a counter under the rubric ‘Outraged’ for the Times of India blog in January 2020. He titled it: “Why Maria Wirth is wrong”, which shows up […]

A review of my book “Thank you India” by Beloo Mehra

By chance I discovered only now a review of my book from 2019 at the website of the journal AUROBHARATI. It’s very flattering, but to be frank, I also feel, the book turned out well. However, nowadays only few people find time to read books and even fewer know about my book. Here I copy […]

Are Attacks on Hindus part of culture wars?

The Pioneer newspaper had recently an editorial titled “culture wars”. It considered ‘the Kashmir files’ movie as a “part of the culture wars” and that the ‘real purpose’ of the movie was to promote the BJP agenda. The BJP agenda, so is implied, is to create a Hindu rashtra Yet not only an Indian newspaper […]

Is Hinduism a violent religion? Does the caste system add venom to it?

Hinduism is the only religion of the three major religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism) that never used a sword to spread.

Indian influence on German scientists

German scientists, like German philosophers, also were very interested in ancient Indian manuscripts, and they acknowledge the influence of Indian philosophy on their research. But did they have other, concrete scientific inputs from Indian texts? Why were German scientists in the 1930 so advanced?

Indian influence on German philosophers

Heinrich Heine wore 200 years ago: “The Portuguese, Dutch and British have for a long time ferried huge treasures on big ships from India to their home countries. We Germans had to look on. But we will not be left behind. We take their knowledge. Our Sanskrit scholars provide us with this wealth from India right here in Bonn or Munich.”

How do you view the caste system and its resultant discrimination?

This was a question in an interview. Since the interview is quite long, I post here my reply to this question: In my view, the caste system is unfairly misused to demonize India and Hinduism. A study of history would show that it has been misrepresented, probably with the agenda by the Church to convince […]

Ramlila in Varanasi

In December 1985, I was sitting at the back of a small temple at the outskirts of Chamba near Tehri when some boys discovered me and, typically for Indian kids, who are never shy, started asking me questions.  “Where you are from? Do people there also know about Ram?” “No, where I am from, people […]

Dishonest Christian Propaganda

A German friend sent me a YouTube video about an Indian, Santosh Acharjee, who had a near death experience. He is telling his experience to a Christian interviewer, Randy Kay.  It was posted 2 months ago and had already over 2,8 lakhs views. I guessed he would advise everyone to “accept Jesus”, because it is […]

Are Hindus Idol-worshippers?

Recently on twitter, Hath Yogi (@hathyogi31) wrote a thread on major myths about Hinduism that needed to be debunked. The first point was “Hindus are idol-worshippers”. I wrote the following comment: Several Hindus reacted, “We ARE idol-worshippers. Why should we care what others think? We have the right to worship idols”. They are right and […]