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’.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday began day-to-day hearings into a petition filed by environmentalist Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan to establish if the mega Art of Living celebration on the banks of the Yamuna’s from March 11 to 13 would cause damage to the its ecology. […]
New Delhi: The controversial three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ being organised by the Art of Living Foundation of godman Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the banks of the Yamuna from March 11 is aimed at “Making Life a Celebration”, but for many farmers who own or till land at […]
Why the HRD minister’s angry reference to ‘Mahishasura Martyrdom Day’ celebrations at JNU may raise more questions than she likes.
Every two years, Dalit and tribal communities come together in Warangal, Telangana, in memory of a goddess who saved their ancestors in war.
Members of the Sangh Parivar have been perpetuating the colonial view of Indian history.
The notion of women’s inferiority and impurity persists across religions
What does the exclusion of women from Sabarimala say about their status in the country when the state, religion and community give overt sanction to this denial of their rights, and the high court too upholds this discrimination?
The idea that yoga could be simultaneously religious and not religious is less the magic of modern jurisprudence and more a keen perception of a fact that is very clear in yoga’s long history in India, from the ancient period to the present.
Indian women, and in this instance, Hindu women, are challenging a deeply conservative and pernicious mindset that continues to use gender stereotypes to justify exclusion, subjugation, and denial of their fundamental rights.
The climactic scene of ‘The Force Awakens’ is situated on a distant island on a distant planet – scenes that were actually filmed on the visually stunning World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael.
In the darkest hour of partition, when the whole of East Punjab was engulfed in a frenzy of communal violence, the town remained calm. And has stayed that way ever since.
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.