The reasons offered for barring women from the inner sanctum of the dargah draw from conservative and patriarchal viewpoints, which border on the ridiculous.
As the recent controversy at Jhajjar shows us, university management often gloss over the obvious prejudices against Kashmiri students.
Instead of investing huge amounts of money on festivities and idols, religious institutions would do well to spend on philanthropic efforts for people in need.
An FIR has been lodged against Manish Kunjam for circulating an adivasi account of the Durga-Mahisasur conflict that upper caste migrants say hurts their religious sentiments.
In defending Islam against critics, the preacher’s facile, tactless and naive claims about its superiority violated basic norms of tolerance. Whether that amounts to instigation of terrorism against others or is enough to condemn him is another matter.
If at all extremism is to be defeated, Muslims must work sincerely by placing Islam at the centre of their arguments – just as extremists use ‘religion’ with impunity to meet their own narrow agenda.
Complainant Puneet Arora says he is unconvinced by the musician’s apology and will pursue matters in court.
On the eve of Kerala’s most important festival, the BJP president’s greeting has people in the state up in arms
According to the Bebaak Collective, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s arguments to the Supreme Court are not only conservative, but discriminatory.
Raza Rumi in conversation with politician Farahnaz Ispahani on her new book and the steps the Pakistani government needs to take to improve the status of minorities.
The Supreme Court has every right to interpret Muslim personal law in a way that satisfies the egalitarian principles of both the Quran and the Indian constitution.
Today Mother Teresa was elevated to join over 10,000 Catholic saints. Here are other priests and nuns who were canonised for their contributions in Asia.
How I went from childhood contempt for the Mother’s controlling ways to an adult acceptance of the social importance of her work.
Thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square applauded as the tiny nun known as the “saint of the gutters” in her lifetime was officially elevated to join the Church’s more than 10,000 saints.
The Bombay high court’s ruling permitting women inside the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali is a good first step but a lot more needs to be done across India and Pakistan to make shrines women-friendly.
Shobhan Saxena travels to Brazil’s South Atlantic coast to look for the man whose miraculous recovery from a serious brain infection is being attributed to the nun from Kolkata – and comes across a story of faith, coincidence, medical inquiry and debates raging within the church.
As Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee prepares to go to Rome for the September 4 canonisation ceremony, Kolkata makes arrangements at Mother House.
Mother Teresa is set to become Saint Teresa of Kolkata on September 4 when Pope Francis will lead the canonisation ceremony at the Vatican.
Ishrat Akhond, a woman in the restaurant, refused even to identify herself as Muslim and court release. She abjured Islam itself as a global identity and mission, and in doing so recovered her particularity as a Muslim.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was guest of honour at a RSS women’s wing seminar, at which Islamic faith was criticised.
Here is the story of Nadeem from Old Delhi, who takes a one-month break from his job during the month of Ramzan every year. He stays up the entire night to wake up people for the pre-dawn meal.
Bahrain has defended its actions against Shi’ite Muslim figures in the context of national security, while Iran and Hezbollah condemned the decision, saying it could provoke violent resistance from the people.
The practice of Sallekhana or Santhara by Jains is carried out in stages, by gradually giving up solid food, liquid food, and finally, even water.
It is high time for the Muslim women to know that triple talaq is un-Quranic and needs to be fought against.
Melting down the traditional gold headgear without assessing its antique and commercial value is against the letter and spirit of the constitutional protection to antiquities, the petitioners have argued.
A few Hindu families from Pakistan began to settle at Majnu ka Tila in 2011 and the process has continued. But how welcoming has their new home been?
Conservative Catholics would likely put up fierce resistance to any move to allow women to serve as deacons, in a bid to preserve clear and separate roles for men and women within the Church.
A new book recounts the hostility Rajneesh faced from the people of Oregon when the Guru and his followers set up camp in a small community.
Is Mata associated with particular cultures and religions or is Mata a secular conception, making it possible for people of diverse religions, who call themselves Indian, to pay obeisance to the nation as motherland?
The West’s fear of being seen as Islamophobe undermines true secularism, says the satirical journal
What will the 260-page document say about the re-integration into the Church of Catholics who divorce and remarry in civil ceremonies?
Under the Maharashtra Hindu Place of Worship (Entry Authorisation) Act, 1956, stopping any person, male or female, from entering a temple can lead to a jail term of six months, the court reminds the government.
Activist Zakia Soman on recent comments by Justice B. Kemal Pasha, the patriarchal stranglehold on Islam and the need to codify Muslim personal law.
At a church over three hundred years old in Margao, Goa, people assemble in the hundreds, wearing black clothes, their eyes reddened from weeping.
Full text of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi on March 17, 2016.
Political experience, not Sufism, is what distinguishes Indian Muslims from others.
The godman has become an accomplice in the million injustices that scar this land every day. In turn, the politician finds ways to ensure the baba’s revenue model enjoys state protection and patronage.
The upcoming Art of Living cultural festival in Delhi is not the first time that right-wingers within the Indian polity are embarrassing the Indian state. A similar situation developed in 1957 when the Vishva Dharma Sammelan (world conference of all religions) was organised in Delhi on November 17-18, 1957. The […]
The need to ease out the influence of New Age gurus is more immediate than ever. Otherwise, the stranglehold of religious cults on governments would become a reality sooner than later.
Tarabai Shinde took far more liberty with Hinduism in her 1882 book than the students the Union HRD minister considers ‘seditious’.