Secularism

October 10, 2019
The initiative by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is aimed at eradicating Islamophobia Image Courtesy: Times of India That secularism is not just achieved by mere words, but is a fruit of endless effort to foster unity, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH)has shown us. A Muslim religious organization, it has launched an initiative in Mumbai inviting people from other faiths to visit the mosque to weed out...
October 8, 2019
The victory of good over evil symbolized by Hindu-Muslim harmony Image Courtesy: https://www.indiatimes.com/ Dussehra is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm. I remember going to the big melas in Punjab where Ravana’s effigy was burned while the crowd cheered- a crowd of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims- united in honouring one of the greatest stories of good vs evil. It was the...
October 5, 2019
From Muslim artisans crafting idols, to transgender inclusive Durga Pujo pandals, the Goddess brings everyone together Months After Basirhat Riot, Hindu-Muslim Join Hands to Welcome Goddess Durga  Image Courtesy: https://www.news18.com   Durga Puja also referred to as Pujoor Durgotsava is an annual festival particularly popular in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Tripura, and...
October 1, 2019
'What makes India strong is its diversity, debate and tolerance. What makes it weak is narrow-mindedness, obscurantism and divisiveness'   Former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan has said that people in authority have to tolerate criticism and that any move to suppress it “is a sure fire recipe for policy mistakes”.“What makes India strong is its diversity, debate and...
September 28, 2019
Gandhi spent the last year of his life trying to quell communal violence This year we celebrate 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi. Organisations are planning functions, memorials, and marches in his honour across not just India but the entire world. At the same time, subtle efforts to subvert his message and redirect even his title of “Father of the Nation” are under play in contemporary India....
September 26, 2019
Romila Thapar on Bhagat Singh’s 112th Birth Anniversary, September 28, 2019 September 28, 2019 is the 112th birth anniversary of freedom fighter and iconic youth leader, Bhagat Singh. For the launch of the book, The Bhagat Singh Reader, edited by professor Chaman Lal, that was released at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on September 25, professor Romila Thapar, professor emeritus of...
September 21, 2019
Khalsa Aid International which is popularly known for its humanitarian relief charity and human saving efforts, is serving the common masses from 1999. Khalsa aid is a non-profit UK based organization that provides relief to the people who are facing any kind of distress. Not only this, Khalsa aid is also popularly known for providing relief assistance to the people that are stuck in war zones or...
September 21, 2019
The path to secularism through introducing religious studies Representation Image The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019was released online a few months ago and controversies surfaced regarding various aspects like advocating for Hindi language as central. As the debate rages on about language politics and erasure of diversity, another gaping hole in the policy is the lack of...
September 17, 2019
For generations, The 'Patua Chitrakars' have painted narratives from Hindu mythology as well as Sufi traditions. Their sing-song poems depict  tales from the Ramayana and Mahabharata among other folklore , that once made them celebrated performing artists across the villages of Bengal.    Traditionally meandering performers, they travel from one village to another...
September 2, 2019
It was amazing to me that students from different religions, from different parts of India- Hindu, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs- as well as NRI’s and Foreign Nationals, were dancing and singing together as we followed the Ganpati idol down the streets of Mangalore. Local residents and college volunteers offered us water and Prasad at regular intervals. My first memory of Ganesh Chaturthi is...