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‘Tatva’ of Rama: How did Hindus sustain the struggle for their beloved Ram Janmabhoomi for 5 centuries?

What we lost as Ram Janmabhoomi and the temple, we imbued in our souls and spirits as the ‘Tatva’ of Sri Rama.

The best tribute to Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary is to fight for anti-conversion laws

What is the best way to pay tribute to Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary?
LDF government is undecided on whether to get involved in the Sabarimala row after last year's massive public outrage

SC order on Sabarimala is ‘complex’, will not provide assistance to women entering the shrine: Kerala Minister

Calling the verdict 'complex', the Kerala government stated yesterday that it is yet to decide what they will do if there are women in the 10-50 age group wishing to enter the Sabarimala shrine.

Sabarimala is NOT about ‘impurity’ being associated with menstruation, stop repeating that lie

Tradition at Sabarimala has nothing to do with 'impurity'. It is based on the celibate nature of Swami Ayyappa
VHP wishes government's Ram Mandir trust includes Amit Shah and Yogi, model adapted for actual temple

Ram Mandir at Ayodhya: VHP wants HM Amit Shah, CM Yogi on trust, temple as per Nyas model

VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma has stated that they wish Home Minister Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi Adityanath should be there in the Ram Mandir Trust that is to be set up by the government within 3 months.
ASI to carry out excavations at Delhi's Purana Qilla site

Purana Qilla may have been the site of Mahabharata’s Indraprastha: ASI to carry out another round of excavations

The ASI believes that a village named Indrapat existed at the site until 1913, which is the direct descendant of Mahabharata's 'Indraprastha', founded by the Pandavas as their capital.
Hundreds of ancient artefacts seized over the years by the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing have been dumped in the building premises for the lack of space and procedural delays

Tamil Nadu: As Pon Manickavel’s Idol Wing wades through legal and bureaucratic delays, hundreds of seized artefacts lie in the open

The artefacts include centuries-old stone sculptures, idols, stone pillars, wooden artefacts, 'Vahanas' or ritual vehicles, and other antiquities. They have been lying in the premises of CBI-CID's Economic Offences Wing in Chennai.

The Hindu history and heritage of Kerala: The land of the Chera kingdom associated with Lord Parashurama

Kerala as the land of Chera kingdom existed as early as 5-4th centuries BCE during the early Tamil Sangam age.
Three Generations, One Dream: Her’s why Yogi Adityanath considered the Ram Mandir his life’s mission

Three Generations, One Dream: Here’s why Yogi Adityanath considered the Ram Mandir his life’s mission

For Yogi Adityanath, the construction of the Ram Mandir will also be the fulfilment of his Gurudev's dream
SC lawyer Syed Naqvi has stated that Indian Muslims should have voluntarily given up the claim to the disputed site of Ram Janmabhoomi at Ayodhya

Muslims should have given up claim to Ayodhya site voluntarily, says SC lawyer Syed Naqvi

Naqvi advised Muslims of the country that when the original inhabitants of India claim that Bhagwan Ramji was born at Ayodhya at the site of Babri Masjid, and Muslims of India 'voluntarily and unitedly ought to have given up' the site long back.
VHP has stopped the stone-carving work at Ayodhya's Karsevakpuram for the first time in nearly 30 years

Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, VHP to stop stone-carving at Karsevakpuram workshop for the first time in almost thirty years

The carving of stones for the construction of a Ram Temple was started by the VHP at the Ram Mandir Nirmaan Karyashala in 1990.

Ayodhya 1855: The violence at Hanumangarhi shows why Ram Janmabhoomi could not be reclaimed during British rule

1855 violence at Hanumangarhi erupted after Muslims claimed that there was a Mosque inside Hanuman Temple

The Reclamation Project: Here’s how the great Maratha warriors fought to reclaim Ayodhya, Prayag and Kashi

For the Marathas, reclamation of Ram Janmabhoomi remained an elusive dream.

Rajaraja Chola I: Conqueror, temple builder and one of the greatest emperors of India

The territory of Rajaraja Chola- I included modern day's Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Sri Lanka and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. 

The proper way forward is teaching students accurate history about Tipu Sultan, not removing the Jihadist tyrant from textbooks

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Therefore, it is imperative that our children are taught the truth about Tipu Sultan.
Chhath is a four-day festival celebrated mainly in Bihar and Jharkhand

Chhath Puja in Bihar: Offering gratitude to the Sun God and his energy that makes life on earth possible

Celebrated mainly in Bihar and Jharkhand, Chhath Puja is a four-day-long festival worshipping the Sun God and his two consorts, Usha and Pratyusha.
On Diwali, Tipu Sultan massacred close to 800 Mandyam Iyengar men, women and children in cold blood in the town of Melkote.

The legacy of Tipu Sultan: Here is why Mandyam Iyengars of Karnataka observe Diwali as a day of mourning

It was on this day more than 2 centuries ago when Tipu Sultan massacred close to 800 Mandyam Iyengar men, women and children in cold blood in the town of Melkote.

Celebrate O’ Ye Hindus for The Return of the King appears imminent and inevitable

We have every right to celebrate in anticipation of The Return of The King for the love that every pious Hindu that bears towards Rama.

Hindus have been demanding restitution since 1528 for the Ram Temple destroyed by Islamist barbarians, Rajeev Dhavan

Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing one of the Muslim parties in the Ram Janambhoomi dispute, is having a pretty bad day.

‘Rayta’, ‘Trad’ and everything in between: A gentle introduction to the Indian non-Left

'Trad' and 'Rayta' were invented by the Reactionary Right sometime in 2016-17 and have become popular ever since.

Like Jewish people, Hindus need to tell the world about centuries of our suffering

Like Hindus, the Jewish people have been persecuted for centuries. After World War 2, the Jewish people stood up and resolved that this would never happen again. And they worked hard to cement the memory of the holocaust into history.

Mohan Bhagwat was right when he said ‘Lynching’ is a Western concept and here is why the Left is so outraged

Here is why Mohan Bhagwat was right: The term ‘Lynching’ originated in the US, during the American Revolution, and as a part of Racist, anti-negro pogrom.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed the Sangh cadre at Nagpur on the occasion of Vijayadashami, the Sangh's foundation day

RSS foundation day: Here are the major takeaways from Mohan Bhagwat’s address on Vijayadashami

"The forces creating hurdles are yet to be defeated, there are some problems that need to be overcome and some questions that need answers," said Mohan Bhagwat.
The lit up Mysuru Palace during Dasara celebrations

The Mysuru Dasara: A grand celebration of traditions, heritage and glory

As the legend goes, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of good over evil and was the day when the Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura.
Tripura High Court

Read details of the bizarre Tripura High Court judgement banning animal sacrifice at Shakti temples in Tripura

The Tripura High Court decides what is essential in Hinduism while banning animal slaughter in Shakti temples

India has a civilisational responsibility to provide citizenship only to persecuted followers of Indic religions: Here is why

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (CAB-2016) was introduced in Parliament which since lapsed.

Not Shashi Tharoor, Indian Muslims and Islam need an Ambedkar first

It’s not that Islam is all about violence. That will be as unfair as saying Hinduism is all about caste. However, currently, the political and mythological aspects of Islam are prevailing over the philosophical and mystic ones.

‘Culture’ as a soft power diplomacy: Transforming India’s global image

In promoting Indian cultural diplomacy, the Modi government has also revitalised its institutional mechanisms to strengthen and foster India’s cultural heritage.

Mehdi Hasan: One of the many reasons why people don’t trust ‘Moderate Muslims’

People like Mehdi Hasan are the reason why 'Moderate Muslims' has become a meaningless term.
Romila Thapar seems to think that Ashoka might have inspired Yudhisthira in Mahabharata

Romila Thapar’s fantasy fiction: Claims Yudhisthira of Mahabharata was inspired by Mauryan emperor Ashoka

Not only is Romila's claim completely ignoring a few millennia between Mahabharata and Mauryan emperor Ashoka, but it also has many other flaws.

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