A Legendary Man, of modern contemporary time, MURAD ALI BAIG, is one among many such Remarkable Men living among us today.
I met him first on 10 March 2014. He handed over to us (me and friend) his book of questions, and I felt like a baton full of questions being handed over… Not knowing anything that time, neither I thought that way till little later… and eventually, with time, I slowly slowly got intrigued by his “80 Questions to understand INDIA”, which he says are: ‘A few fragments of the Wonder that was India’
Yesterday, once again, 23 October 2018, my questions took me to him, not to get any answers as such, but to understand his questions, his quest of life, and to make out “what is our common question?” I spent a wonderful time with him again in his zen work place, exchanging and nourishing each other questions! I learnt afresh from him this art of questioning.
How can my Questions become my Quest!!
What are my Questions?
How can I keep Alive – My Quest!!
What are your Questions?
How do you see and live your Questions?
Is Question’s prime purpose is to get an answer? ‘or’
Are Questions there to remain as Questions?
What are their’s Questions?
CAN OUR QUESTIONS BE EVER TOGETHER?
Can we put forward to us all,
Just a Question?
One bigger Question?
All inclusive Question?
…but as timeless wisdom speaks, again and again, in as many forms as possible, through as many among us, in every corner and in each field, and unfolds in front of us, we see that every journey begins with a step… baby steps we may call them!
This gives a feel that we are on right path, humanity is on a path, right path for sure (‘right’ as far as we have come so far), yet right not so ever commanding right that we make it rigid and fixed and dead so much that define it for future to come… and also not so right as to never to let our future questioning our right past to blindly unconsciously follow. Every present must pass on to the upcoming future not the righteous ruins of past, but the living right to ‘Question?’ and ‘Wonder!’ which duo combo themselves have the power to take us to the core of being right. Again, that won’t be your right, or my right… that will be our right!
Please share your questions, your views and your comments here, to enlarge our common question and to keep that one bigger, all inclusive question alive in us!
:found this video of his on YouTube. Felt like sharing, in case someone interested!
Link to his blog: http://bymuradalibaig.blogspot.com/
Extract from an interview on outlookindia https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/murad-ali-baig/234855
Murad Ali Baig
The author of Reflections in the Sacred Pond, which sets about to answer eighty questions on religious history in India.
How did you make the transition from automotive journalism to grander themes?I wrote about cars but my passion and qualification is to write about history and religion.
Why the Q&A format?
After Babri Masjid, I questioned a Hindutva friend till he couldn’t answer any more. I punched those in and have kept adding more.
One question you’d want in public discourse?
The question of how Hinduism has evolved—the seven stages…pre-Vedic, Vedic, Puranic… that process is true of every religion.
One thing you learned during your research?
What led to Hindu India’s downfall, in the 400 years before the Turkish invasions, was the collapse of free-form traditions of indigenous worship, and new Brahminical dominance.
What does the book want to tell the reader?
I’m just trying to show the deficiencies in history and public stereotypes.
Were you influenced by freethinking intellectuals from the past?
One has read Bernard Shaw, but I suppose as a teenager I was influenced by Ayn Rand.
Are you an atheist?
No—I subscribe to the earliest Indian philosophy, Sankhya, with only two realities: purusha, the person, and prakriti, nature.
You’re sceptical about formal religion?
I have great respect for the founders of all religions—but professional priests turn it into a source of persecution.
Won’t it provoke religious establishments?
If I’m hard on professional priests, I’m only pointing out the self-evident.
As a Muslim critiquing Hindu religious practice, do you expect trouble?
The Muslims won’t like this any more than the Bajrang Dal—for a Muslim, nothing is worse than a fallen Muslim—but no one will find cause for specific offence.
Few of his Books:
# Meetings with Remarkable Men Series
#One Question of us all