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Diwali isn’t what you thought it was—It’s actually Deep Daan Utsav, a Buddhist festival

For Dalits, festivals are important to rethink history. Deep Daan Utsav belongs to Ashoka—what history missed out on.
Representational image | Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inspects the library at Thiksay Monastery after inaugurating it, in Leh, Ladakh in June 2021 | ANI

Upset Ladakh leaders write to PM Modi, say Cabinet reshuffle left UT & its Buddhists out

Letters of protest have flooded the PMO from regional leaders, including BJP members. They claim Ladakh has always supported the Modi govt, but is now being let down.

US shifting its Tibet stance. When will India end its silence?

China will weaponise succession and let Tibetans destroy Buddhism. India must recognise its constitutional duty.

How Durga images and sculptures showed up in Ghazni, Afghanistan

In ‘Buddha in Gandhara’, Sunita Dwivedi writes about how Durga sculptures and paintings were found in Buddhist monasteries.

This is why Dalit women are singing Tathagata Buddha songs in UP

The growing popularity of Tathagata Buddha songs is all about the reach of Ambedkar’s conversion ideology in Uttar Pradesh.
File image of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (left) with India's Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

India, Sri Lanka hold talks on implementing $15 million grant to promote Buddhist ties

India’s Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob said it was a first of its kind grant announcement by India & may be used for construction of Buddhist monasteries and cultural exchanges.

India fulfilling global obligations on Covid fight, won’t stop: Modi in Buddha Purnima speech

Participating in a virtual prayer session on Buddha Purnima, PM Modi said Buddha’s teachings have become more relevant today when there is a mood of distress everywhere.
File photo of Maneka Gandhi | Facebook

A belief in mathematical justice guides Hindu responses to suffering: Maneka Gandhi

The belief that sufferings in this life is a result of bad deeds in past lives stops Hindus from doing things that can make the human society more comfortable.
Kung Fu Nuns of the Drukpa lineage

These kung fu nuns think it’s time to kick gender inequality in India to the kerb

700 kung fu nuns, aged 8 to 80 years, have cycled 4,000 km from Kathmandu to Leh, removing thousands of pounds of plastic from across the Himalayas.
Paintings of Ambedkar on sale

Why Ambedkar chose Buddhism over Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Ambedkar converted to Buddhism in 1956. For two decades, he studied all major religions to conclude Buddha and his teachings allowed reform.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.