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Temple elephants in Kerala are revered, celebrated, loved and mourned by its people

Kerala villagers want to keep an elephant alive, media sees ‘rise of BJP’ in the state

Kerala had loved and wept for its elephants much before BJP or the RSS became stakeholders in the state's politics.

We need to stop dividing crimes along the lines of ‘our victim’ and ‘their victim’

Some crimes shake the conscience of the nation: Like the one in Aligarh. Or the one in Kathua, Jammu.

While the first ‘witch’ was executed today in 1692, the puritan spirit that drove the Salem Witch Trials executions is well alive and thriving

June the 10th has special significance in this regard as it was on this day all the way back in 1692 that the first victim of the Salem Witch Trials was executed by hanging.
Bollywood's Sarees have never needed blouses

Dear people against Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood has never needed blouses to support the sarees

Bollywood's Sarees have been as free-flying, logic-killing, gravity-defying and myth-busting like Bollywood's movies.
Some media portals consider 'secularism' can be achieved only by slandering Hindu festivals and hailing festivals of other religions

Dear ‘secular’ media, hailing Eid is good, but why so much negativity on Hindu festivals

The so-called secular media organisations have often posted sharply critical posts on Hindu festivals, actively indulging in shaming Hindus for celebrating those, while the festivals of 'secular' religions are hailed with words likes 'peace, brotherhood and love'.

Shekhar Gupta’s ThePrint distorts history: Claims Mughals introduced grapes to India, social media schools the author

Grapes have been part of Indian cuisine centuries before the Mughals invaded India

The redundant ‘Liberal’ World Order is crumbling to dust and a new solution-based World Order is emerging out of its ashes

The second world war had a huge impact on the mindset of the then ruling heads of powerful countries. When the public outrage started shaking the thrones of the powerful, the 'great' ones decided to usher in a new 'liberal' world order.

The Great Cultural Revolution: The debate surrounding Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s legacy is symbolic of it

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a product of his circumstances and viewing his words and actions in their proper context is important.

The quest for Bhartiya Asmita and the war against imperialist narrative

The imperial narrative and the imperial hegemony are inseparable. For the colonialist hungry for regime changes, it is essential to establish a 'supremacist' and 'saviour' narrative.
Congress 2019 manifesto: Treason and 'Bharat tere tukde honge acceptable, free speech on social media not

How will India change after 23 May, 2019: A writer lets his imagination run wild

It became clear that we would see a different India after the 2019 election. Here, a writer sets his imagination free.

‘J&K Invisible Faultlines’- a book that attempts to correct the skewed narrative on Jammu and Kashmir

A Review of the book ‘J&K Invisible Faultlines’ -Edited by Sandhya Jain, published by Pentagon Press

The side of Rabindranath Tagore that ‘Liberal Intellectuals’ don’t want you to see: Here is what he thought of Islam

Rabindranath Tagore was an extremely complicated man born into an extremely complicated era. Unfortunately enough, he became a victim of the newly minted artificially secular regime's revisionist project

India, Tibet and China: The Eternal Triangle

India needs to stand together with the Tibetan people who have reposed their faith in India’s leadership for the last 6 decades and fight for the diplomatic rights of the Tibetans which are acknowledged in the 1961 UNGA resolution.

Shahid Afridi says he will not allow daughters to play outdoor games because of social and religious reasons

They have permission to play all the indoor games they want, but my daughters are not going to be competing in public sporting activities, Afridi has written.
I am a Bengali 'Jai Shri Ram wala', and I am offended at Pritish Nandy's disdainful attempt to divide Hindus in the name of Gods

I am a Bengali ‘Jai Shri Ram wala’, and I am offended at Pritish Nandy’s disdainful attempt to divide Hindus in the name of Gods

'Eminent journalist' Pritish Nandy took to Twitter today to vent his frustration towards 'Jai Shri Ram walas'.

Love Jihad is not a figment of the ‘right wing’ imagination, it is a real and present danger

The Love Jihad phenomenon has been dismissed by the self-proclaimed "liberals" as a figment of the "right-wing" imagination. However, what is the truth? Does Love Jihad truly exist? 

When Aladin, the present day Indian Prince, got hold of the magic lamp and yelled ‘ab hoga insaf’

Poverty in the countryside was still a cause of concern to Aladin. On consultation with one Uncle Chidu, he came up with an idea.

The face of our ‘liberals’: They wept for Christchurch and rightly so, but where is the outrage on Sri Lanka?

The bomb blasts in Sri Lanka which have killed over 200 people are markedly different from Christchurch shooting of only a month ago.

Thousands gather for the foundation stone-laying ceremony for Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple

The seven emirates of the UAE would be represented by the seven towers of the temple in Abu Dhabi

The history of the Anglican Church that everybody should know

A few months ago the Church of South India’s Bishop Thomas K Oommen wrote a scathing letter about the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule and claimed that life is “miserable” under the NDA rule.

Notre Dame deserves to be mourned, but spare a thought for India’s own temples that bore the onslaught of invaders

When a historical monument is harmed, it is not just the damage to the structure, but a massive blow to the culture, heritage and sometimes to even the civilization.

India’s ‘Constantine moment’: Our choice now will decide the fate of our civilisation

While everyone knows about the persecution of Christians between 200-400 CE (mainly), few know about the violent suppression of the “pagan” gods in the 15 or so centuries thereafter. This is why no one even bothers to ask “why were no temples to Apollo, Jupiter, or Athena built in the last millennium?”

Here is what RVS Mani, bureaucrat of Congress era, has to say about Hemant Karkare and his involvement in ‘Saffron terror’ narrative

With reference to Hemant Karkare, RVS Mani makes some startling revelations in his book.
Saffron Swords book

Saffron Swords – a book that exposes the lie peddled by Marxist historians that Hindus didn’t have courage

Stories of wars between Hindu warriors and invaders were subverted earlier. A new book re-tells these stories in an Indic way.

The history of the Notre Dame: From a Pagan Temple to Gothic Cathedral

In a tragic event, the historic medieval Cathedral in Paris, Notre Dame, was ravaged by fire recently that caused colossal damage to the structure.

Ayodhya Dispute: Feasibility of mediation around religious conundrums

It would be ignorant and offensive to deny that the dispute revolves around faith and dignity of faith for all the parties involved matter equally.

Operation Meghdoot on the Baisakhi in 1984 : A tale of valour of Indian Armed Forces at Siachen Glacier

In the year 1699 on the day of Baisakhi, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh had formed the Khalsa Panth of warriors to protect the people from religious persecution by Muslim rulers.
Protests after Sabarimala verdict

BJP Manifesto promises to secure and protect faith, traditions and rituals related to Sabarimala

BJP promises to secure constitutional protection on issues related to faith and belief in its manifesto

The ‘healing touch’ and Gandhis’ own country: As angels from heaven spread their healing touch, heathens tried to spread canards

Such kindness, such simplicity, and genuine compassion are absolutely rare in an age of media props and PR stunts.

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