The long-held view that women need protection from the outside world, where their respectability is endangered is changing, as women take on greater responsibilities and activities.
The singer’s tweets on azaan have been misread as a religious comment; the issue he is raising – the runaway use of loudspeakers in India – is something that concerns us all.
The same clerics played an important role in spreading awareness about the polio vaccine and making India polio free.
A new report documents the ecological and social stresses caused by the rising number of pilgrims, but weakens its case by letting politics impinge on rigour
The tradition in Bengal was to not bring out weapons to intimidate others, for none will believe that Bhagawan Ramachandra ever did so.
An excerpt from Rahul Sankrityayan’s Tumhari Kshay, on why he thinks people must put humanity above religion.
Instead of discussing how discontented people from specific Islamic sects resort to Islamist terrorism, counterterrorism scholars should move on to study the nature of violence itself.
Mahabaleshwar Sail’s ‘Age of Frenzy’ reminds us that it will never be easy to speak of past violence and it does not help that there was much violence by all parties.
As the land around them gets acquired for industry, villagers in Tamil Nadu have found religion is the best way to lay claim to what they can.
In the land of Periyar, speaking out against religion and God led to the killing of 31-year-old Farook Hameed.
“Mutual co-existence, mutual understanding is our strength,” said Mukherjee at the Namami Brahmaputra festival.
After Brexit, the UK could become a more attractive place for Muslim women than the rest of the EU.
Not only has Muslim representation fallen dramatically, it is a third of what it should be in proportion to population.
The visit of the prime minister will send a wrong signal and award legitimacy to buildings that the Isha Foundation “constructed illegally”, critics say.
Why did the Druze come to the Middle East? DNA technology and modern day genetics may offer insight into origins of the esoteric Druze people- a mystery yet unsolved.
Religion is not just a set of propositions held in the head, but a ‘lived experience’. Different religions need to communicate for a tolerant world.
The claim that the universe is inherently just implies that those who suffer deserve it. The result is, essentially, a theological form of victim-blaming.
Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values.
While the government had first said women would be allowed to trek through the Agastyamala Biospehere Reserve from this year, they have now postponed it to 2018.
The biggest lesson India has to share is the importance of creating a diverse public sphere that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
Janderson Fernandes de Oliveira used to dream of a man with a white beard who he met years later in an ashram at Rishikesh, after which he became a guru at the ashram.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Why people get killed over blasphemy in Pakistan.
The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration over Maharaj’s comments that Muslims are responsible for the population-related problems in India.
The campaign against Shaan Taseer shows that the intolerant atmosphere that led to his father’s untimely death has not ebbed.
In Religion, Caste and Nation in South India, V. Ravi Vaithees focuses on the works of the Tamil Saivite saint Maraimalai Adigal and explores the religious roots of the Dravidian movement and its impact on the political discourse.
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
Indian Muslims have come a long way since the Shah Bano case in the 1980s; today, there is a vibrant debate within the community on the need for respecting the rights of women in marriage and the family.
One-off events and ‘competing’ with Chinese Buddhism isn’t the answer. India needs to embrace the spiritual traditions and depth of Buddhism.
What the Rohith Vemula and Najeeb Ahmed cases tell us about how India’s relationship with its ‘others’ – the minorities – is pathologised by the enforcement of exaggerated discourse of difference amidst unrecognisably similar lives and cultural practices.
The counsel for the state government, which had earlier supported the ban on women’s entry into the temple in its additional affidavit filed in July this year, told the apex court it will now go by its original response.
In Sabarimala, the court has an opportunity to set a precedent that firmly entrenches constitutional morality in our political vocabulary and liberates individual rights from the choke hold of group rights.
Reports published by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan leave several questions about Muslim personal law unanswered.
China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these appointments would have the blessing of the Vatican
A look at the Persian literary incarnation of the Brahman and the presentation of religious difference in the work of poet Abdul Qadir “Bedil”.
Punjabi Christians across Pakistan continue to fight for their identity and respect.
Aradhana Samdariya died because of a religious ritual that was forced upon her by the practices of an entire community.
A “social experiment” in a Delhi neighbourhood is questioning the standard segregated housing practices of Hindus and Muslims.
Fed up with the decades-old rift on bloody sectarian lines, Shias and Sunni are taking steps towards sectarian harmony.
In eastern UP, for instance, Hindus join their Muslims neighbours during Muharram processions so that the group does not look small.