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’.
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.