Culture and History

Articles that details the rich cultural heritage and history of India

Hindutva in the age of Social Media

Social Media is littered with songs, memes and blogs which all contributed to the mainstreaming of Hindutva.

The Sabarimala verdict is anything but a gender equality win

I’m a Hindu woman and believer who is #READYTOWAIT and with this verdict, I feel utterly cheated and defeated

Does Sabarimala verdict push state power over religion?

If a temple is to be treated as a public place, how far does this argument go?

The History and Legacy of the Ram Janambhoomi Movement

The 6th of December, 1992 could be regarded as the most important even in the history of independent India.

World Hindu Congress 2018: Hindu awakening gets institutionalised

A first-hand account by someone who attended the World Hindu Congress

Dear Hindus, ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. It’s time we discuss

I am not asking people to use idioms/terminologies of the West exclusively to tackle these problems

Emerging demographic shift in the Bengal Duars and national security concerns for India

There is an urgent need for serious research, thinking and debate on the topic.

The World Hindu Congress and the diatribe against it

The raising Hindu self-awareness seems to threaten the already paranoid and insecure Left

Post 377 era: LGBT community needs to realise what is their biggest challenge and hurdle

Historically speaking, India has been tolerant of homosexuality and transgenders, like all pagan cultures.

The kind of Indian Atheists and why they continue to be Hindus, unlike Abrahamics and Marxists

Criticise them and challenge them. But do it with the right understanding or be a skeptic and just say "I don't know".

Normalising Paedophilia: I am afraid the ‘progressives’ are at it again

Pedophile advocacy is not a very recent phenomenon.

Detours : It’s time we celebrate our aboriginal or adivasi heritage and culture

I hope they get great storytelling guides, books and souvenirs also to complete the experience. 
Pro-Aurangzeb 'historian' spreads false and derogatory comment about lord Ram

Pro-Aurangzeb ‘historian’ spreads false and derogatory comment about Lord Ram

She attributed the statement to Sita and overall received a lot of flack

What did Savarkar, the Hindutva ideologue have to say about Lingayats?

Savarkar recognised several sects and sought to unify them under the term Hinduism

The Culture War : Conservatism is in fashion and Liberals have serious cause for concern

At the end of the next few decades, we shall either emerge on a greater plane of existence or be relegated to the cesspits of abyss.

Vir Lachit : Remembering the ‘North Eastern Shivaji’ on his birth anniversary

Assam will forever be indebted to one of her greatest sons

Tipu Jayanthi celebrations show Indian secularism at its rotten worst

Congress needs to abandon British policy of divide and rule

Resettlement of Kashmiri Hindus – The inside story and the way forward

The efforts and ideas behind resettling Kashmiri Hindus are not rooted in realities of today.

The hidden beauty within the Indian Constitution

Hidden gems from our Constitution

Right to worship: The good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of the ‘debate’

Is it about women’s rights or taking away community rights?

Series | Decoding Indian Belief Systems: Does Hinduism believe in one God or 33 crore Gods?

While the texts might have meant 33 Supreme Gods (including elements of nature and the abstract aspects of the self), they have been lost in translation and many Indians since then believe that Hinduism has 33 crore Gods.

Series | Decoding Indian Belief Systems: Is this world just a dream?

The purpose of the lives of the Indian philosophers was the exploration of the eternal truth. And the eternal truth was not to be found in the world outside, but the world within.

Series | Decoding Indian Belief Systems: Circle versus Line

The major difference between the Western and the Eastern thought is on how they view life: as a line or as a circle

Knowing India: Understanding the Right History

A short but an influential list of either forgotten or relatively unknown texts that discuss history suppressed by established authors

The History of Indian knowledge that some people deliberately try to hide and neglect

Indian contribution to modern sciences has often been ridiculed as Hindutva jingoism, but the truth is more nuanced and needs to be told.
Religious conversion by deceit

Dear Hindus outraging at PK, look what babas are doing. They are converting Hindus to Christians!

Christian missionaries lure babas to join them, after which babas preach the gospel and message of Jesus Christ to their Hindu followers.
Allama Iqbal

What kinds of people glorify someone like Nathuram Godse? Respected poets!

How would the liberals treat someone who calls Nathuram Godse a martyr and justifies his act of murder? Urdu poet Iqbal did just that!
Joseph Goebbels

Manusmriti could be horrible, but these left-liberal liars are more horrible

How the so-called liberals fabricate facts to suit their agenda. This incident involving Kavita Krishnan and Anand Patwardhan proves it.

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