Friday, December 3, 2021


A devotee posing with the Dalit priest at the Chamunda Temple at Thana village, Bhilwara

The Dalit Priest of Bhilwara’s Chamunda Temple

This interesting story from rural Rajasthan depicts the unique trajectory of a temple where breaking traditional customary practices, the role of the priest is played by a Dalit man.

Pakistan Blocks Construction of First Hindu Temple in Islamabad Pointing to Shrinking Religious Freedom

The construction of the first Hindu temple in Islamabad had to be halted after a sustained media hate-campaign and politico-religious pressure convinced the state against it.
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Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Hatred and Buck Passing in a Post COVID-19 World

Sexism, racism and Islamophobia are only some forms of entrenched social hatred that are fanned by the ruling regime, when will we break this vicious cycle?
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“No Muslim Staff”: A Chennai Based Bakery’s Blatant Anti-Muslim Advertisement

Chennai based a bakery owner’s product advertisement clearly mentions “no Muslim staff” as a point of attraction for customers.
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Boston to Baghdad: The Month of Ramadan is Very Different Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Ramadan marks the holy month for over 1.8 Muslims across the world, but this year it is going to be drastically different as mosques are shut and worshippers are encouraged to pray in solitary confinements.
Tablighi Jamaat

Tablighi Jamaat and the Perils of Precipitous Criticality

The following piece is written as a rejoinder to Prof. Rohit Dhankar’s recent article in The New Leam entitled ‘Should one defend Tablighi Jamaat?’

EXCERPT | Swami Vivekananda’s Vision for Hinduism Must be Revisited 126 Years after Chicago...

Swami Vivekananda – one of the finest philosophers of Hinduism, spoke at the Parliament of the World’s Religions held at Chicago. It is time to revisit his words and rediscover his rethink our world with clarity, vision and brotherhood.
A Liberation Theology Within A Firmly Secular

Evolving A Liberation Theology Within A Firmly Secular Framework

Asghar Ali Engineer, a reputed scholar of religion as well as social reform and democratic rights writes, "Liberation theology is the need of the hour - a theology which puts great emphasis on freedom, equality and distributive justice and strongly condemns exploitation of man by man."

Why is the Government Afraid of Indian Students?

Jamia Milia Islamia, TISS, IIT, JNU and students from many other universities across India are transcending religious/cultural/regional boundaries to unite their protests against the controversial CAA and NRC exercises. But why isn’t the BJP government engaging with them?

Nithyananda’s ‘Kailaasa Republic’: A Competition to the Present Regime’s Dream of Hindu Nationhood

Godman Nithyananda makes own island country near Ecuador, welcomes devoted Hindus.

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