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Roots of sexual exploitation lies in Abrahamic religions, says American professor

A professor from Minnesota, USA, Eric Sprankle decided to open a can of worms on Twitter by calling the Biblical God a sexual predator.

‘Not 100%, the Ram Mandir should be constructed 110%’: OpIndia speaks to Ayodhya residents

Contrary to reports by various media outlets, OpIndia.com discovered that Ram Mandir was still very much an issue for the residents of Ayodhya. Although it was quite clear that they do want other amenities but for them, it is not an either/or issue.

‘What is it with these pathetic Hindu festivals?’ asked Meeny

Eeny Meeny Mynie Meow talk about dust and smoke and tiring festivals that Hindus celebrate

Origins of Hindutva: Re-arming Hinduism in an era of nation states

Considering recent political developments and the rise in the political consciousness of Hindus which is reflected in Indian polity being remarkably vocal regarding Hindu concerns and interests, the achievement of Hindutva ideologues is truly unprecedented in history.

Slogan of ‘Mandir Wahin Banayenge’ echoes in JNU, Swadeshi Jagran Manch takes rally through the campus

The RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has organised the ‘Ram Mandir Sankalp Rath Yatra’ in the run-up to the VHP's Dharma Sabha on December 9.

Karnataka government faces backlash for cancelling Hampi Utsav after lavish Tipu Jayanti Celebrations, reconsiders decision

The government will now reconsider its decision of not celebrating the Hampi Utsav this year owing to the pressure from different quarters.

Christianity’s verdict on Hinduism: It is incompatible with the ‘will of God’

Thus, we see that Christian missionaries have a clear critique of Hinduism based on their religious scriptures. To us, it appears bigotry but to them, it's the commandment of their God

Dear fellow LGBTQ members, this was a hate parade, not a pride march

As a proud homosexual man I can safely say that we as a society, irrespective of our political ideologies, caste, creed and religion, we should be subtle in our outlook and approach.
One out of three rape accused Christian Godmen, surrenders before Kerala police

Christian Evangelism and The Joshua Project: An existential threat to Hinduism

The Indian government needs to do something urgently to put an end to the menace of Christian evangelism and safeguard the nation from the perils of demographic instability.

After expressing displeasure with toilets and cooking gas, The Wire now trains its gun against Assamese Gamosa

Wire is wrong in saying that Gamosa has become a symbol of insecurity in Assam
Nagaland candidate wants to build churches all along Indo-Myanmar border

Zealot Christians dub missionary who risked the existence of the entire Sentinelese tribe a ‘martyr’

The Sentinelese have been on the radar of Christian Missionaries for a while now.

Kerala government lifts restrictions at Sabarimala after High Court order

The court said travelling in groups and chanting 'Ayappa Keerthanam' is a part of the pilgrimage and cannot be prohibited.

The Sentinelese Tribe: Caught between isolation and the march of humanity that waits for none

Sometimes, the best we can do for people is stay away from them. The issue revolving around the Sentinalese tribe is one such instance.

Sabarimala: VHP warns Kerala government of Ayodhya-like movement to save Sabarimala and protect Hindu devotees

The VHP accused Pinarayi Vijayan of trying to turn Kerala into a Hindu-free state like Kashmir.

‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’: Intellectual transformation of vile bigotry and fanaticism into supposed ‘noble pursuit’

"Smash Brahminical Patriarchy" is a product of the abyss called Postmodernism and at its core, Postmodernism is just communism on steroids.

‘Hypocritical to act as a vicious political activist and claim the privilege of an artist’: Veteran artist Sonal Mansingh on TM Krishna

Veteran artist Sonal Mansingh has written an op-ed in Indian Express slamming TM Krishna

Organisers postpone TM Krishna’s New Delhi concert, the event had faced backlash for Krishna’s Hinduphobia and bigotry

Several members raised their objection against using public money to hold music shows involving TM Krishna, who allegedly holds objectionable views about India, its culture and art forms

The Mahaparva of Chhat Puja: Here is what it means

History of the Chhath or Sun worship goes back to the Ramayana period when Mata Sita had performed the Chhath with fasting and sun worship.
Protests after Sabarimala verdict

The Sabarimala debate: Jnana vs Bhakti

Worship is not only about the deity but also geography and form specifically and this should be understood in Sabarimala's context

Here are the 4 kinds of people who can never understand the traditions of Sabarimala

But diversity cannot survive without exclusion and our constitution builders identified this need

Even Gods are unsafe in Mamata’s Bengal, Maa Durga ‘converted’ to Mother Mary in Barasat

The organisers had set up a pandal at Barasat’s Colony in Kolkatta and theme of the Kali Pandal was 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Every cracker burst this Diwali had a message that echoed through the Country

The messaging is indeed confusing. Were they fighting pollution or the festival of Diwali itself?

Sabarimala Karma Samithi, a united Hindu front appeals for unity among Hindus to protect customs and traditions of Sabarimala

The Sabarimala Karma Samithi, a united front to bring all the individuals and groups to plan and execute all possible acts peacefully and legally was set up on October 8, 2018.

NYC’s Empire State building shines bright orange to celebrate Diwali

In August, the iconic building was lit up with the Indian tricolour to mark Independence Day.

How did Karnavati become Ahmedabad

In 2017, the walled city of Ahmedabad was declared a UNESCO World Heritage City.
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Despite protests, Karnataka government to go ahead with Tipu Jayanti celebrations

Minister of State Ananth Kumar Hegde had written to Karnataka's chief secretary asking him not to include his name in the official invite of Tipu Jayanti.

Sabarimala: Kerala HC asks the Communist government to stay away from temple affairs, rituals to continue as per traditions

The High Court of Kerala hearing three petitions had slammed the Kerala government for its excess interference in the administration of Sabarimala temple.

Sabarimala: Cameraman and woman injured. Woman allowed entry after confirmation of her age

The Sabarimala opened its door for the second time after the September 28, Supreme Court's verdict.

Ayodhya all set for another grand Diwali celebration, 3 lakh diyas to light up Lord Ram’s city

Last year, 1.7 lakh diyas were lighted in the banks of Sarayu river.

Union Minister Uma Bharti invites Rahul Gandhi to lay foundation stone of Ram temple in Ayodhya

Uma Bharti said that Congress was trying to divide the country on the basis of faith.

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