A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
In Gujarat, there is a general apathy of the ruling party towards Muslims, matched only by the apathy of the common Muslim towards the electoral process.
Haasan had said that right-wing Hindutva groups cannot deny the existence of Hindu extremism.
“In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence.”
Collusion between the police and the ruling Congress grounded the law-enforcing machinery to an administrative halt.
“Almost my entire family was wiped out in front of my eyes and even after so many years, we haven’t been delivered any justice.”
The current climate of violence in the country remains eerily similar to what it was in the late 1980s and 1990s after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Only the target is different.
“BJP leaders have time and again celebrated the victory of the judgement on triple talaq and the leadership have often claimed the victory to itself”.
The children were taken into custody by the government railway police on the suspicion that they were being taken to Mumbai for religious conversion.
A recent circular asks state colleges to install statues of ‘Swami Vivekananda Ji’ to inculcate nationalistic values among students.
The inauguration of the new bell at Srinagar’s Holy Family Catholic Church, which lost its original bell in an arson attack in 1967, was attended by Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs.
If astrology is about how planetary positions influence humans, then what exactly does the ‘strength’ of a planet mean as far as humans are concerned?
Instead of trying to eradicate belief in pseudoscientific ideas by diktat, perhaps we should start addressing the factors whose interplay provides a breeding ground for those ideas.
Community leaders of Faisalabad have forbidden Ahmadis from taking part in electoral and parliamentary politics since 1974 when they were declared non-Muslims.
Pullman shows how science – like religion – can suffer from institutionalisation, and how a non-democratic approach can stifle the very principles on which science was founded.
The prohibition on the entry of women in Sabarimala perpetuates prejudice and is prima facie unsustainable being violative of Article 14 of the constitution.
Hume’s skepticism had earned him a lifetime of abuse and reproach from the pious, including a concerted effort to excommunicate him from the Church of Scotland.
The court also emphasised the need for encouraging inter-caste and inter-religious marriages.
In the Indian subcontinent, when one talks about the triumph of truth over falsehood, the story of Lord Rāma’s war in Lanka and that of Imam Husain in Karbala (Iraq) have always been a part of folklore.
The matter was referred to the larger bench by a three-judge bench headed by the chief justice, which has framed questions for the constitution bench to discuss.
The proposal, presented to governor Ram Naik, is part of the state tourism department’s initiative to promote religious tourism.
The drop in exports of leather products comes as a setback for PM Modi who has sought to create millions of jobs by more than doubling the leather industry’s revenues.
According to the police, the incident was deliberate and was planned keeping in mind the Moharram procession in the village.
While the potters comprise only Muslims, they deal primarily with Hindu wholesale dealers who truck away pots in bulk.
Baby boxes, where mothers can give up their children anonymously, are a visible symbol of the debate on abortion and the rights of women and children.
“Pitaji always used to say that he had enemies. Look, what they have done now. How they have succeeded in conspiring against him. They bought the verdict with their money.”
The politicisation of Islam has increased as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling party seeks to appease more-fundamentalist elements to secure its large, rural Malay vote bank.
The police has registered a case against the school authorities under IPC Section 305 for abetment of suicide of a child.
Organising Durga Pujas has become more popular because there is less financial investment involved, people in the city say.
Artists without professional training are exhibiting their talents across the city – from the imaginative pandals to the lively performances.
This week, the Time Machine looks at the mythology surrounding Durga and traditions of goddess worship.
Hindu, Shia and Sunni religious leaders were present at the event held in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
In many everyday contexts, the accusation of ‘hurt religious sentiments’ does not apply to artistic expression.
Secular people, including atheists, in Indonesia have to assume multiple identities: they step into a religious persona for the religious family and friends, and a real one for trusted peers.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
The apex body of Roman Catholic Christians today appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of hatred by Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das.
The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has also demanded a law to ensure a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders”.
Scientists, intellectuals and social scientists expected that the spread of modern science would drive secularisation – that science would be a secularising force. But that simply hasn’t been the case.
Because of leaders and texts being dispersed across the country, much of the original Lingayat teaching was lost for centuries, giving rise to various confusions.
When it comes to Kerala’s most important festival, Hindutva organisations, hyper-identitarian Islamist groups and anti-Left Dalit intellectuals are all working to rob it of its subversive, democratic essence.