Indian religion

How a patriarchal state punishes parents who fail to watch over their daughters

Four men, including a Brahmin priest, have been accused of raping and murdering a nine-year-old Dalit child in a crematorium in the nation’s capital on August 1, and then cremating her following protests from her mother. Less than a year ago, in September 2020, four upper caste men were arrested for raping a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. …

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This Jerusalema dance by religious in India is perhaps the best yet

The tribute to Indian health workers is magnificent and uplifting! Social media has been abuzz with various renditions of the popular song “Jerusalem” by Master KG, and religious from all over the world joined in the joyous dance, making us smile. These clerics from India, however, really added something special to the dance. A video was posted by Varapuzha Basilica …

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2012 attack: Biden remembers victims of Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting

Admitting that there has been an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, US President Joe Biden mourned the loss of Sikhs in a shootout by a white supremacist in a Gurdwara in Wisconsin ago nine years. “That day in 2012 I was with another friend who is half Sikh – he’s a Sikh. And we were dealing with 10 …

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Borders on religious places, schools from September

Tamil Nadu has extended its Covid-19 lockdown until August 23 with new restrictions. While the government now plans to reopen schools to certain standards from September, religious places have also come under new restrictions. What the new guidelines imply: ‣ All religious places will be closed three days a week – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. ‣ The government plans to …

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How Faith and Politics Mix in Vaccines

Speaking to the CoWIN Global Conclave last month, Prime Minister Modi announced that the CoWin app will soon be made open source and available to all countries. While the Prime Minister wants to present the vaccine booking app as a model of some sort to the world, his reviews at home are far from impressive. As of August 2, it …

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From the Editor-in-Chief – Editor’s Note

In the seventh edition of this magazine, March 15, 1976, we published a cover story on India’s growing population and how to control it. It was during the state of emergency and at that time the Congress Party announced a National Population Policy, which detailed population control measures. The intention was noble, but the implementation brutal. During the state of …

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In communist Kerala, faith takes precedence over Corona Times

Rath Yatra to Odisha (in picture), Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, the annual pilgrimage to Vitthal temple in Maharashtra and Bakrid in Kerala. Besides religious events, there is another common factor. The Supreme Court has been forced to play the role of gatekeeper to festivals of faith in times of a pandemic that demands strict adherence to health protocols such …

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Accept radical otherness – the Hindu

The erosion of our ability to accept radical differences between communities has resulted in conflicts The investigation by the US-based Pew Research Center revealed an interesting finding about religious tolerance in India: Indians of all faiths, paradoxically, support both religious tolerance and religious segregation. Most Indians (84%) surveyed said that respect for all religions is very important to them and …

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Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha in shadow of pandemic

CAIRO (AP) – Muslims around the world observed another major Islamic holiday on Tuesday in the shadow of the pandemic and amid growing concerns over the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus. Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of the Sacrifice,” is usually marked by community prayers, large social gatherings and, for many, the slaughter of cattle and the distribution …

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