India and the Indian: Hinduism, caste act as unifying forces in the country, writes Shrikanth Krishnamachary
The Hindu nationalist argument transcends mere constitutional patriotism. This view, with its roots in 19th century Hindu renaissance, is keen to personify the Indian nation as “Bharat Mata”.
By linking cleanliness to spirituality, Gandhi, symbol of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, valorised inhuman practice of manual scavenging
If we consider manual scavenging as an inhuman occupation, then it's important to ask why Gandhi supported the system instead of adopting water closet
How Tamil Nadu's regional nationalism, habitual secularism of a plural society in Kerala halted BJP's march in the South
Historically, the insurmountability that the BJP faces in south India arises mainly from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, but their stories of resistance — the politics, the underlying ideologies, and the circumstances — are completely different from each other. One is strongly based on self-respect and counter-nationalism while the other is based on the habitual secularism of a plural society and age-old Centre-Left politics.
Allen Ginsberg was one of the pillars of the American literary movement of the Beat Generation. In 1962 he visited India and was deeply influenced by the country's diverse and surprising sensibility.
Devdutt Pattanaik on his new book Faith: 'Myths are a necessary part of the human condition, not just ancient times'
In his latest book Faith, Devdutt Pattanaik attempts to meticulously explain the various aspects of Hinduism that might baffle the modern practitioner, even the most seemingly irrelevant ones
In Rajasthan’s Chita Mehrat community, Narendra Modi’s schemes on toilets, bank accounts leave an impact on voters
Access to toilets, gas stoves and direct benefit transfer under Modi govt's flagship schemes is likely to make a dent in the winning prospects of the Congress in Pushkar constituency in Rajasthan
How coastal Karnataka was saffronised; part 15: VHP strengthens after Hindu Samajotsav; newborn BJP distances from Sangh ahead of 1984 polls
The Hindu Samajotsava is a yearly show of strength of the Sangh Parivar in Coastal Karnataka. The first such rally was held in Mangalore in April 1981 when Alva was serving his term as the district president for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). The theme that year was 'unity of Hindus.'
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd on his new memoir, the importance of Dalits sharing their own stories, and ‘productive castes'
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd's autobiography, From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual: My Memoirs, provides the reader with a blueprint of his arguments and how they came into being.
Lok Sabha Election 2019, Meghalaya profile: Congress seeks to hold onto Shillong, NPP wants to retain Tura
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma is one of the vociferous voices opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and has been trying to rally support in his favour.
Lok Sabha Election 2019, Goa profile: India's smallest state set for clash of titans as BJP, Congress lock horns
The upcoming Lok Sabha election, set to be held on 23 April in the state, will be a litmus test for both the BJP and the Congress.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack on 14 February, the thought of avoiding civilisation altogether did cross the mind
Societies in different parts of the world have introduced reforms towards equality but the RSS-BJP wants to take the spiritual system of Hinduism backward. This is the most dangerous situation India is facing today. Unfortunately, we are all witnesses to that process.
"Right now the coalition that we are seeing is just about winning the election," says Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on Opposition's attempt to form a grand alliance against Modi government in the upcoming Lok Sabha Election
CPM alleges Hindu Jagran Mancha forcefully reconverted 98 Christian tribals in Tripura to Hinduism; right-wing body denies charges
CPI(M) accused the Hindu Jagaran Mancha, a right wing group, of forcibly reconverting 98 people belonging to 23 tribal families to Hinduism
Prayers at Kendriya Vidyalayas: Identifying Sanskrit with Hinduism puts many State-run institutions under scanner
The moot point is if reciting three sentences in Sanskrit followed by a prayer which only invokes the divinity without any specific reference to any Hindu deity amounts to imparting religious instructions.
BJP's manouevre over Citizenship Bill alienates North East; goal of Hindu consolidation could prove illusory
Though religious identities are important in the North East, they are interpenetrated by other identities based mainly on ethnic (often tribal) and linguistic solidarities, which is why the BJP’s Citizenship Bill, designed to consolidate Hindus outside the Hindutva constituency did not go down very well in the region
The Kumbh predates history and is believed to be an eternal tradition. Yet everything associated with it is ephemeral which is transient and vulnerable.
Watching Maltirao Baudh perform on stage is an experience in love. If Hannah Gadsby makes comedy confront anger, Maltirao makes anger confront love.
Mizoram Election Results: With ally Mizo National Front's emphatic win in state, BJP's inroads into North East complete
For a party pursuing an avowedly Hindutva agenda and usually identified with the trappings of all that is Brahmanical patriarchy, it was considered inconceivable that the saffron party would find such appeal in the North East.