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Vishal Agarwal

Vishal Agarwal

Vishal Agarwal is an independent scholar residing in Minneapolis (USA) with his wife, two children and a dog. He has authored one book and over fifteen book chapters and papers, some in peer reviewed journals, about ancient India and Hinduism. He and his wife founded the largest weekend school teaching Hinduism to students, and also a teenager organization to keep them engaged in Dharma. Vishal has participated in numerous interfaith forums, and has represented Hindus and Indians in school classrooms and in seminars. Vishal is the recipient of the Hindu American Foundation’s Dharma Seva Award (2010), the Global Hindu Academy’s Scholar award (2014) and service awards from the Hindu Society of Minnesota (2014 and 2015). He is very strongly engaged in the social and Dharmic activities of the Indian and Hindu communities of Minnesota, and has authored a series of ten textbooks for use in weekend Hindu schools by children from the ages 4-14. Professionally, Vishal is a biomedical Engineer with graduate degrees in Materials Engineering and Business Administration (MBA). His scientific and statistical training enables him to bring precision and a high level of rigor in his research – qualities that are very often missing in contemporary publications on Indology and in South Asian Studies.

No Mr. Saif, ‘Concept of India’ is not a Gift from British
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No Mr. Saif, ‘Concept of India’ is not a Gift from British

Vishal Agarwal- January 21, 2020

This article is a brief compilation that will expose Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan’s lack of even elementary knowledge of Indian history and demonstrate that ... Read More

Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- XIII
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Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- XIII

Vishal Agarwal- January 12, 2019

If the Gita were merely a historical record with no eternal relevance, dozens of great Hindu philosophers and scholars would not have labored in writing ... Read More

Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- XII
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Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- XII

Vishal Agarwal- January 11, 2019

Part 12 of series showing that the Hindu tradition lays great stress on the study of scriptures- svādhyāya. Read More

Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- XI
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Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- XI

Vishal Agarwal- January 9, 2019

In addition to Sanskrit and Tamil, many other Indian as well as non-Indian languages were used for composing Hindu scriptures. For e.g., we have a ... Read More

Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- X
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Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- X

Vishal Agarwal- January 3, 2019

Hindu tradition states that the rules of Sanskrit as well as Tamil grammar were both formulated by Lord Shiva, and the latter were subsequently written ... Read More

Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- IX
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Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- IX

Vishal Agarwal- December 27, 2018

The Hindu personal law in India is largely derived from the Mitāksharā commentary on the Yājñavalkya Smriti, in view of its great popularity in large ... Read More

Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- VIII
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Svādhyāya: Studying our Holy Books- VIII

Vishal Agarwal- June 11, 2018

The Purāṇas may be thought of as core texts of Hindu religiosity; some have become cornerstones of particular devotional traditions, and others have served as ... Read More