Austin, USA: Soon after Jim Rigby took over as minister of the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin 30 years ago, two women were sexually assaulted in his parish. In trying to address the issue, he realised the limitations of his own training and attended training at a rape counselling centre. What […]
Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity and spent 45 years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying on the streets of Kolkata.
People have the freedom to follow any panth or dharm. But a secular state forbids political claims in their name.
While suicide is the unnatural and untimely termination of life, Santhara is the peaceful and gradual path to the extinguishing of life. It is not unnatural or sudden.
The present government is religion-oriented rather than being science-oriented, and it therefore becomes interesting to compare science and religion.
For millions of his devotees across the world, the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of humanity and compassion. The Dalai Lama, whose real name is Tenzin Gyatso, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is known for his decades-long struggle for Tibet’s autonomy. The spiritual leader believes […]
Across cultures, children brought up in religious households tend to be less altruistic, a study published in the journal Current Biology has found.
The actor is not the first cultural personality to be criticised by BJP leaders for expressing concerns about the direction the country is taking. But while the others have been accused of staging a “manufactured revolt”, none was labelled a Pakistani agent.
Some essential wisdom on the danger of taking scripture too literally.
The horrific stampede in Mina underscores the need for the involvement of more countries to ensure a smooth Hajj pilgrimage
Questions are being raised about the role of the state government’s own legal counsels who handled the case.
The Pope has not only given up the lifestyle of his predecessors, he is also preaching an entirely new message to the world
The moral universe we inhabited as children thanks to the Gita Press carried an unambiguous message: that what we as Hindus stood for was far superior to all else
The Raza Academy has no business issuing a fatwa against Rahman. They issue a statement and it gets called a fatwa
A group of scholars, activists and media persons – including historian Romila Thapar, theatre artist M.K. Raina and economist C.P. Chandrasekhar – have expressed solidarity with music composer A.R. Rahman. A fatwa has been issued by the Raza Academy against Rahman for composing music for the Iranian film ‘Muhammad: Messenger […]
Arrest of 14-Year-Old Student for Making a Clock: the Fruits of Sustained Fearmongering and Anti-Muslim Animus
You can’t have a government that has spent decades waging war against predominantly Muslim countries and then act surprised when a Muslim 14-year-old triggers persecution because he makes a clock for school.
On one side, there are 2 million displaced Syrian refugees in great distress and on the other, more than 2 million Muslims, totally disconnected from the tragedy, spending their life savings to indulge in a 1400-year-old ritual.
The Board has given its approval to a practice considered abhorrent and illegal by the Quran
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Passengers carrying packed raw non-veg items are being turned back from frisking points at Delhi Metro stations by CISF guards – while an RTI query shows there is no such rule.
Who and what are marriage and sex for? Whose practices and which ways of talking to god can count as religion?
The Jain practice of Santhara cannot be compared to Sati, suicide or right to die
It’s high time Hindus and Sikhs learned from their neighbours of other religions how to save millions of “missing women”
The context of Kalburgi’s life’s work – and the likely context of his death – is the fraught cultural politics of the Lingayat community in Karnataka.
Dharwad: Former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi University M M Kalburgi, the well-known scholar and epigraphist who courted controversy for his forthright views on religious, social and other issues, was shot dead at his Kalyanagar residence here this morning by unidentified gunmen. He was 77 years old. “Dr Kalburgi was shot […]
Excerpts from an interview with former secretary of the Planning Commission N.C. Saxena on what we ought to really take away from the recently released religion data from the 2011 Census.
In a city rife with pain and conspiracy, citizens ask, ‘Who did this to us?’
The suspension of two college girls in a prosperous, highly literate small town showcases India’s struggles with female independence and offers some clues to their low workplace presence.
95.5 per cent poor women have not even heard of the Muslim Personal Law Board Contrary to the belief that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board—an NGO—is considered the highest decision making body on personal law by Muslims in the country, a survey has revealed that 95.5 per […]
Underlying the principles of love and compassion, the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak decreed that no person must ever go hungry. Gurudwaras around the world take this seriously.
The sheer number – and horrific nature – of allegations surrounding the Gujarat-based godman is disconcerting. As the killings of witnesses in cases related to him continue, a closer look at the incidents so far.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan taps into the desire of ordinary Indians and Pakistanis for closer relations
Our godmen are rich beyond the dreams of avarice, but ask one of them to set out a position on climate change and he will tie himself in knots and call it yoga
Rajeev Sharma has received hate mail too but believes those who sent him such messages ‘cannot belong to any religion, because no religion in the world is opposed to peace’