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What is our Nationality: Indian or Hindu?

February 21, 2017 - 9:07 am in Faiths, Governance

Debate around the words Hindu, Hinduism, Hindutva is not new. Recently the assertion by Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalk (Supreme Dictator) of RSS that ‘everyone living in India is Hindu’ and that Muslims might be Muslim by religion but they are Hindus…

Communal Construction of the Past: Attack on Unit Filming Padmavati

February 18, 2017 - 2:28 pm in Culture, Faiths

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (SLB) unit filming the period film, Padmavati was attacked recently (January 2017) near Jaipur in Rajasthan. The pretext was…

Gita – Not a National book but a Hindu Scripture

January 6, 2017 - 4:08 pm in Faiths

The Haryana government organized Gita Festival in Kurkshetra with a budget of Rs 100 Crores. This was to celebrate the teachings of Bhagavad Gita. This…

Gandhi’s Assassination – Godse and RSS Connection | Ebook

December 2, 2016 - 5:35 pm in Faiths

Murder of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was also the first major attack of Hindu nationalism on Indian Nationalism. The murderer of Gandhi, Godse was deeply steeped in the ideology of Hindu nationalism, he grew up in RSS and later also started working…

Will Uniform Civil Code increase national integration?

October 27, 2016 - 11:08 am in Faiths

The current atmosphere (October 2016) is charged with the intense and passionate debates around Uniform Civil Code (UCC). There are a couple of petitions from Muslim women which are pending in the Supreme Court. To this, the Central Government filed an affidavit,…

The Why and How of Uniform Civil Code

August 4, 2016 - 10:07 am in Faiths

What is called as Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is as such dealing with the personal laws (marriage, divorce, maintenance, custody and inheritance). Our criminal and civil laws are same for all the religious communities but our personal laws have been related and…

Did Ashoka’s embracing Buddhism, promoting Ahimsa Weaken India?

July 8, 2016 - 7:20 pm in Faiths

The Past is used by communal politics for their present political agenda. In India, on one hand, we have the use of medieval history where the Muslim Kings are presented as ‘aggressors due to whom Hindu society had to suffer’, on the other now we are witnessing…

Muhammad Ali : The man who shook the world

June 6, 2016 - 11:46 am in Faiths

Conversion as a powerful statement against segregation and subjugation Muhammad Ali is no more but his death has revived him more than ever and his popularity transcended nations and nationalities. One thing is certain that there is no one like him and its…

Goddess Durga, Mahishasur, Caste Politics and Interpreting Mythology

March 7, 2016 - 10:22 am in Faiths

In the current attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University one crucial aspect related to Indian mythology and its current interpretation came up to the fore. MHRD Minister Ms. Smriti Irani, while defending the actions of her government said that JNU is the den of…

Rebuild the shaken confidence of the nation, Punish perpetrators of Babri demolition

December 7, 2015 - 5:08 pm in Faiths

As a secular humanist, I have no faith in the ‘super-powers’ of the religious structures but as a human right defender, I understand millions of people have because of inability of our state and the power elite in the society to keep people aware and provide…