We had a chat with with C Surendranath, Contributing Editor and (in part with) Yogini Deshpande, Editor in Chief of Indic Today. It is divided into four parts:
A few clarifications for this part: 1) We do not as personally identify “trad”, “alt-right” or whatever. However, Hindu, brāhmaṇa, Vaidika smārta (with a degree of parallel adoption of tāntrika practice) are part of our identity. 2) The name of the German philosopher Schopenhauer was mysteriously blanked out twice! 3) We did say gulag but it sounds like kulak. 4) The first German Jewish professor we were thinking about was Moritz Stern, who succeeded Carl Gauss. Moritz Cantor also Jewish was Stern’s student. Related to this part is our essay on the Lithuanian (Baltic) heathen tradition.
This part covers issues which we have presented in the writing here: e.g. 1) Early “free-thinkers” in the Abrahamosphere (especially see second part). 2) Further details on the extra-military aspects of the Islamo-Hindu confrontation. 3) More focused discussion of aspects of counter-religions and their interactions. 4) Military labor entrepreneurship and related issues in the last days of the last Hindu empire. 5) Some Hindu polemics against the preta-mata.
This part covers: 1) A basic introduction to legalism (fajia) & its manifestations in old & recent Cīna thought. 2) Comparisons between the imperial political frame in fajia and the arthaśāstra. 3) “Fads for people” as a mechanism in legalism. 4) About half of Cīna history Hans were ruled foreign powers: the consequences and responses. 5) Counter-religions and Cīna responses: some comparisons with India. 6) Hui and Cīna little brother of the preta and their suppression
Overall you can take it prolegomenon for a H analysis of one of our civilizational rivals. In the oral medium some little points can slip through the cracks: We should have explicitly mentioned that eunuch Zheng He was a Hui descending from those brought to Cīna by the Mongols.
The final part of this chat covers the Rus. It meanders along touching on: 1) the pagan Rus and their Christianization to the Orthodox church; 2) The Mongol conquest of the Rus. 3) The Rus fight back with Dimitri. 4) The see-saw struggle with Khan Toktamish burning Moscow. 5) Closer to our age the attempt by the Rus to present themselves as the chief of the preta world. 6) Exploration of the East – Siberia. 7) Conflicts with the Western powers and Japan. 8) Marxian subversion of Russia. 9) WW2 and the attack on Japan. 10) Rus as a Superpower. 11) Decline and demographics. It is peppered with some other excursions and a discussion on the movie on Alexander prince of Novgorod who fought the Germanic invaders by Surendranath. We should have explicitly stated that he was a feudatory of the Mongols and aided by Khan Sartaq of the Golden horde.
In our opinion the oral medium is best suited for a discursive exploration of “big themes” along with interesting trivia as as raisins in the pudding. It is not the best for “technical” or detail-oriented presentations especially when not accompanied by other aids, like figures and maps. This could compromise accuracy to a degree and also the sequence in which events are treated. Hence, these should be heard with those caveats in mind.