In Karnataka, Lingayats want to be recognised as a separate religion even as Veerashaivas claim that Lingayats belong to their faith and hence, to Hinduism. Gauri Lankesh breaks down this debate in her final op-ed for The Wire.
The plight of women in the country has its roots in Hindu traditions, and a Reformation may be needed to fix it.
On mastering the spiritual and political strength required as a Hindu to resist the ugliness that goes on in the name of ‘Hindu honour’ in contemporary India.
As an ancient civilisation, Hinduism has shown remarkable tolerance towards all needs of humans, and it is tragic that this accommodative spirit is being perverted by some.
The BJP MP also said that there should be a bill to punish those who do not respect Vande Matram and the national flag.
This week marks the death anniversary of Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who brought transcendental meditation to the West in the sixties.
The speakers highlighted how India is moving away from the core values of the constitution and warned against the dangers of institutionalised religion.
The affirmation of Hinduism by politicians and public figures in the South is not soft Hindutva. It is a reaction to the political agenda of radicalising Hinduism.
Why is it that everything is upside down, and all that happens in the name of religion is divisive, oppressive and morally repugnant?
While the potters comprise only Muslims, they deal primarily with Hindu wholesale dealers who truck away pots in bulk.
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.
The ‘spiritual age’ Sri Aurobindo visualised is strikingly different from what present-day proponents of religious fundamentalism talk about with their politics of culture and religion and the stigmatisation of the ‘other’.
While the Veerashaivas emerged in opposition to dominant Brahmanical Hindu traditions, in more recent times they haven’t asserted their dissensions.
The Congress’s backing of the demand is being seen as an attempt to woo Lingayat votes and undercut the BJP’s push for Hindu consolidation.
From the Adivasi-Dalit-Bahujans who have continually refused to be integrated into mainstream Hinduism to 21st-century urban rebels, Indian women are reclaiming the nation from the RSS constructed vision of the mother.
Religion has evolved with Homo sapiens. It will likely fade away with further evolution when we have better regulation of our emotions and more refined ways of handling stress.
An excerpt from Rahul Sankrityayan’s Tumhari Kshay, on why he thinks people must put humanity above religion.
Mahabaleshwar Sail’s ‘Age of Frenzy’ reminds us that it will never be easy to speak of past violence and it does not help that there was much violence by all parties.
While the Qutb Minar is celebrated as a historic and architectural icon, the Quwwat ul-Islam is seen as haunting evidence of destruction, trauma and fanaticism.
No one likes a white supremacist, but is violence the answer?
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
Open societies today have become susceptible to misinformation that instigates intimidation, discrimination and violence against vulnerable groups, even in strong democracies with press freedom and a vibrant marketplace of ideas.
Dominique was part of a small group of scholars working on the shared and overlapping cultures of Hindus and Muslims in the subcontinent.
Senior counsel Shaym Divan argued that an interpretation contrary to an earlier ruling that held Hinduism as a way of life would lead to the court sanitising the poll process, which should be left to the parliament.
In a remarkable coincidence, irrefutable evidence of ‘the RSS connection’ with Gandhi’s assassination surfaced in recent years – just as it was about to claim the Gandhian heritage.
Discussing Gaia-politics, the BJP’s myth about identity and the transformation of Indian local politics with one of the most prominent thinkers of our time.
The enactment of a law on Hindu marriages has been a thorny issue for a long time, particularly because of a clause that provides grounds for divorce.