Category Religion

“Samvad”- Global Hindu-Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness

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State Wise Religious Data According to Census 2011

Global Conflicts –Why Islamists are angry?

Much of the discussion in the popular press on developments in Egypt or Turkey or even in Iran is shaped by two things. One is mostly using an Anglo/Saxon lens and other is categorising the entire issue as part of “fanatical terrorism” or linked to Palestine cause or Afghan war. But the issue is more […]

Our distorted Secular vs Communal debate

The debate on secularism in our context is completely superficial and also perverse. Let us recall that secularism was not part of our original constitution and was interpolated during emergency by Indira Gandhi Government. So it does not have legitimacy along with socialism which was also inserted. Then the communists and more so Lohia socialists […]

Mercy petitions, terror outfits and Church

The Supreme Court headed by Altmas Kabir has extended the stay of execution of the four convicted murderers of the Veerappan gang by 6 months. The gang of four — Simon, Bilvendran, Gnanaprakash and Meesekara Madaiah — have brutally killed 22 policemen including one police superintendent Harikrishna in 1992. One of those killed was Shakeel, […]

Religious Revival in China and India Should Leverage on it

The significant change that is taking place in China is pertaining to religion. The keynote speech by the party general secretary- Hu Jinto to the 17th Party congress in October 2007 – devoted a paragraph to religion. He stressed that religious people including priests, monks and lay –believers played a positive role in the social […]

Obama’s gay vision lights fire under US’s Bible Belt

Barack Obama has electrified his liberal constituency by announcing his support to same sex marriage.  In an interview to ABC television, which he has emailed to all his supporters, he says: “I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of […]

For God’s sake, stop digging up temple treasures

In conversation with rediff.com‘s Vicky Nanjappa Around Rs 90,000 crore worth treasure has been found in the secret cellars of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum. The treasure from the cellars of the famous temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu has triggered a debate — should the wealth be used for public purpose or should it be […]

Hands off the treasures that belong to Lord Vishnu

The news has been splashed from Auckland to Alaska. The temples of India contain several billion dollars worth of treasures. The opening of the vaults in the Sri Padnamanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, according to a court order comes at a dangerous time for our polity. The mainstream media continues to sensationalise the size of […]

Three Major Conflicts and India’s Strategy

The contemporary world is witnessing conflict within Abrahamic traditions; conflict between Abrahamic traditions and the rest like Buddhism, Hinduism and indigenous civilizations; and conflict between modern and Abrahamic traditions and the rest. The essential aspect of Abrahamic traditions is homogenization in terms of set of beliefs and way of living…Continue….