Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Topic: Akharas

Religion, politics, power & rage against Muslims: Heady world of seers at Haridwar’s akharas

Functioning of Haridwar's powerful akharas revolves around huge resources, and there have been instances of factional feuds. The seers not only wield political influence but also iPhones.

Akhara body caught in successor row after UP mahant’s ‘murder’, 1 group claims leader is elected

Group of akharas in Haridwar declare Mahanirvani Akhara secretary Mahant Ravindra Puri as new chief of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. But ABAP general secretary calls ‘election’ illegal.

‘He planned to kill more’ — Rohtak akhada coach called many wrestlers to spot where he shot 5

Police say accused Sukhwinder was sacked just days before the crime after a woman wrestler at Jat Akhada accused him of harassing her, and that it was an act of 'revenge'.

RSS to go by what ‘samaaj’ thinks on Kashi & Mathura mosques, after seers’ call to remove them

A Hindu saints and seers’ body passed a resolution to ‘liberate’ Kashi and Mathura by removing the mosques, and sought RSS & VHP’s support.

Akharas’ spirituality was intact, until sadhus began promoting Hindutva politics

The influence of Hindutva, which was consolidated in 1960s, gained unusual pace during 1980s and threw the old monastic orders of Hinduism out of gear.

On Camera


US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and US President Joe Biden at the Quad Summit, in Tokyo, Tuesday | ANI

Quad action against ‘illegal fishing’ may also target China’s Indo-Pacific ‘political activities’

Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness will use advanced & integrated satellite imagery & technology to combat illegal fishing & 'dubious operations' of Chinese maritime militia.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.