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Five separate and seemingly unconnected incidents from last week portend something rather dangerous to India, and who we are as a people. Ravi Sisodia, one of the murderers who lynched Mohammad Akhl...
Many believe this incident based on a 2006 news report as fact, despite the Bachchan family's regular denials.
Chocolate, gobar, candy wrapper, seeds, vegetables, masalas, you name it.
She dreamt that her wishes will be fulfilled in exchange of the tongue offering.
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Exchange occupations to topple caste structures in society. Let the religious institutions and other spaces of power be overtaken by those usually at the receiving end. Let the “humiliating” jobs be taken by the Brahmins and other allied castes. This experience will help drive in an understanding of the brunt of being in a caste Hindu society.
All eateries have been instructed to not display non-vegetarian food till Maha Shivratri celebrations.
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Religious laws are centuries and even millennia old. They are out of sync with the social, technological and cultural advancements that have taken place over the ages. While certain moral and ethical dimensions may still be invaluable to society, the argument of treating archaic mores as infallible or as laws in the contemporary context does not hold water.
Two physicists Vijay Singh and Praveen Pathak from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education in Mumbai have found out that Lord Shiva and Leonardo da Vinci's artwork, including the Mona Lisa, have...
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Students of IIT Madras are reportedly unhappy about a closed-door conference on Swadeshi Indology, led by NRI writer Rajiv Malhotra, taking place at the institute, The News Minute reported. According...
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"Am I a pureblood, Mama?" My Harry Potter-inspired preteen asked me recently. My daughter, growing up in China, has asked me versions of this question since she was six years old. "What am I, Mama? Am I a Hindu? Am I Chinese? Am I an Indian? Why do I write Baba's surname and not yours?" I grew up in India and the term "pureblood" has layers of implications attached.
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People conveniently overlook the first verse of the Ishopanishad that Gandhi described as "the whole essence of Hinduism". The relevant part reads thus: "Ishavasyamid sarva yaktichh jagatya jagat" (all that we see in this universe is pervaded by God). If S/He exists in everything, and everyone, are these vile attacks [against those who are different] not assaults on God?
California textbooks have become ground zero for an alliance of organizations led by right wingers such as the Hindu American Foundation who are working to erase caste (and its relevance to the slavery-like conditions suffered by caste-ed subjects) from the curriculums of California textbooks. The organization's goal seems to be to achieve in the US what has been difficult to do in India -- erase caste, diminish its violence and remove the assertion of Dalits.
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Harendra Khoya, a senior accountant residing in the New York City, noticed with increasing disquiet the helplessness of grieving families in the US when they were unable to immerse the ashes of their loved ones immediately after the cremation. Planning a trip to India for the Asthi Visarjan (the practice of immersing mortal remains in holy waters) involved coordinating many variables; at times, the waiting period involved was more than one year. This delay placed an enormous amount of guilt on NRIs who were still fresh from grief...
An 11-year-old girl cut off her tongue and offered it to Lord Shiva in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, officials said today. "The incident took place yesterday afternoon at the ancient Shiva temple...