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Southern Baptists agree to create database of accused sex abusers
India

Southern Baptists agree to create database of accused sex abusers

The vote came three weeks after the release of a blockbuster report by an outside consultant on the long-simmering scandal, revealing that Southern Baptist leaders mishandled abuse cases and stonewalled victims for years

Qutab Minar was 'Vishnu Stambh' before being reconstructed by a Muslim ruler, claims VHP leader
India

Qutab Minar was 'Vishnu Stambh' before being reconstructed by a Muslim ruler, claims VHP leader

Vishva Hindu Parishad demanded that the government rebuild the ancient temples at the Qutab Minar complex and allow resumption of Hindu rituals and prayers there

Dharma Files | Why Constitution makers should have included ‘historical justice’ in Preamble
India

Dharma Files | Why Constitution makers should have included ‘historical justice’ in Preamble

By leaving out historical justice, as a form of justice which needs to be redressed, the historical experience of these traditions, especially Hinduism, is being ignored

Lata Mangeshkar was a religion of her own; personal relationships notwithstanding, her work cut across politics
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Lata Mangeshkar was a religion of her own; personal relationships notwithstanding, her work cut across politics

Lata Mangeshkar's 'Allah Tero Naam Ishwar Tero Naam' was no empty rhetoric. If she is being mourned in Pakistan as much as in India, then it is only because she sang for mankind, not for passports.

Rereading Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan on his 107th birth anniversary
Arts & Culture

Rereading Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan on his 107th birth anniversary

Khushwant Singh's Train To Pakistan stumbles into individual feelings, instead of statistics, the human psyche instead of politics. Because when something like Partition becomes so catastrophic, we often remove the human out of it.

BJP mixing religion with politics to win polls, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot
Politics

BJP mixing religion with politics to win polls, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Expressing concern over alleged provocative remarks made at a recent event in Uttarakhand, Gehlot said the country needs to understand the crux of the debate of 'Hindu versus Hindutva' started by Gandhi

Dharma Files | When we turn fanatic, we lose our humanity and start playing God
India

Dharma Files | When we turn fanatic, we lose our humanity and start playing God

If we deny ‘others’ their right to faith, then in a sense we are questioning our own faith, or at least our humanity

T20 World Cup 2021: Kohli slams 'spineless people' for abusing Shami, calls it pathetic
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Kohli slams 'spineless people' for abusing Shami, calls it pathetic

The 31-year-old Shami became the main target after the bitter 10-wicket defeat in Dubai, even though Kohli acknowledged that his side had been "outplayed".

US lawmakers introduce bill to combat global Islamophobia; clubs India with China, Myanmar
World

US lawmakers introduce bill to combat global Islamophobia; clubs India with China, Myanmar

The Ministry of External Affairs in the past has asserted that India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion

Saif Ali Khan on why 'too much religion' bothers him: They put emphasis on afterlife, not enough on life
Entertainment

Saif Ali Khan on why 'too much religion' bothers him: They put emphasis on afterlife, not enough on life

“I find too much of religion to be an organisation, and too many problems associated with basically my god, or your god or whose god is better," says Saif Ali Khan, ahead of the release of his horror comedy Bhoot Police.

Pope criticises West's
World

Pope criticises West's "irresponsible policy of enforcing own values on others"

Pope Francis, however, inadvertently cited Russian President Vladimir Putin while speaking about America’s drawdown in Afghanistan

'Melting pot or a patchwork fabric': Ten lies on India’s culture of co-existence that latest Pew survey has busted
India

'Melting pot or a patchwork fabric': Ten lies on India’s culture of co-existence that latest Pew survey has busted

The Pew survey is based on nearly 30,000 face-to-face interviews of adults conducted in 17 languages between late 2019 and early 2020

Indians see religious tolerance as ‘central part of who they are as a nation’, US think-tank survey finds
India

Indians see religious tolerance as ‘central part of who they are as a nation’, US think-tank survey finds

According to Pew, the shared values are accompanied by a number of beliefs that cross religious lines, with an equal number of Hindus and Muslims believing in karma

Israel's Waltz With Bashir and Palestine's Paradise Now: Studying two Oscar-nominated films united by cost of war
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Israel's Waltz With Bashir and Palestine's Paradise Now: Studying two Oscar-nominated films united by cost of war

More than anyone else, maybe Israel and Palestine should watch these films, their ruthless yet affecting excavation of the paranoia that living under war-torn roofs comes with.

At Romania's largest Catholic service, organisers set up 'vaccination marathon' for pilgrims
Lifestyle

At Romania's largest Catholic service, organisers set up 'vaccination marathon' for pilgrims

The event organisers also saw the massive religious gathering — which in recent years also attracted thousands of foreign pilgrims, — as an opportunity to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Read an excerpt from Born a Muslim: A critical approach towards locating the Islamic identity in contemporary India
Arts & Culture

Read an excerpt from Born a Muslim: A critical approach towards locating the Islamic identity in contemporary India

Using interviews, histories, memoirs and scholarship, Wahab pieces together a narrative which is at once critical and sympathetic, to address the dogma within and the prejudice against the community in India.

The Muslim media interpretation of Asaduddin Owaisi's gains in Bihar that everyone else missed
India

The Muslim media interpretation of Asaduddin Owaisi's gains in Bihar that everyone else missed

"Anyone who thinks Owaisi is going to bring in positive change for Muslims, is living in a fool’s paradise," writers the editor of India's oldest Muslim news website

''Love jihad': Uttar Pradesh cabinet clears ordinance against 'unlawful' conversions
India

''Love jihad': Uttar Pradesh cabinet clears ordinance against 'unlawful' conversions

UP government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh said punishment under the new law is a jail term from one to five years, and a fine of Rs 15,000

‘Fat and happy’ with a conservative US Supreme Court, are Republicans losing a winning issue?
World

‘Fat and happy’ with a conservative US Supreme Court, are Republicans losing a winning issue?

Without the specter of a liberal court to motivate conservative voters anymore, they may find themselves without the issue that played a crucial role in Trump’s unexpected victory four years ago and has fortified his political base throughout a tumultuous first term

Europe must open up to new ideas about the secular State at the earliest
World

Europe must open up to new ideas about the secular State at the earliest

Neutrality is insufficient when communities already see religion as an important part of their personal identity, one they want to hold on to along with their civic identity. It should be possible to have both.