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‘Yes to Hinduism, no to Hindutva’ is lazy liberal response, and 3 decades late

Author-politicians Shashi Tharoor, Pavan K Varma and now Salman Khurshid are taking refuge in this Hinduism-Hindutva debate. But Modi used ‘Hindutva’ just once since 2014.

How Hinduism incorporated Buddha and then distanced the religion

In ‘Ancient India’, Upinder Singh tells readers to abandon simplistic stereotypes and instead think of ancient India in terms of coexistence of contradictions.
Ram Madhav

We must ‘replace’ caste with something else, rather than trying to ‘remove’ it: Ram Madhav

In 'The Hindutva Paradigm,' Ram Madhav writes that caste hierarchy and privileges based on caste had no sanction in Hinduism.
A pilgrim prays at the Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh | Bloomberg

The gains of Dismantling Global Hindutva conference will help reclaim Hinduism

The fact that hundreds of believers of Hindutva were intently listening to a conference elaborating on the nature of the ideology was truly noteworthy.
Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati with devotees at the Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Yati Narsinghanand doesn’t speak for Hindus. Hinduism is all about inclusivity, not hatred

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.
Seers returning from Kumbh at the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad Sunday | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Hinduphobia is a reality. Scholars at ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ conference must know

Scholars from Western universities—from Columbia to Rochester—write and oppose what they understand are disturbing assertions on Hinduphobia
Representational image | A sadhu holds a Rudraksh, a string of beads considered auspicious among Hindus, in Ayodhya | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Non-BJP Hindu writers are correcting Nehruvian history. With little space for modern Muslims

Recent books by authors like Shashi Tharoor and Pavan Varma invoke Hindu subjugation by Muslims to construct a ‘real’ history of India.

A Communist Ram Rajya? Satyabhakta is a forgotten figure of ‘Hindu Left’

Satyabhakta was a marginalised and maligned figure in Indian communism, who challenged the monopolistic single-mindedness of communism's official practitioners.
An artist's rendition of Harappan civilisation | Wikimedia Commons

Aryans or Harappans—Who drove the creation of caste system? DNA holds a clue

In ‘Indians’, Namit Arora writes that scientists trace the earliest instances of endogamy in the subcontinent to the first millennium BCE.
The super blue blood moon during lunar eclipse

Vaishakha Purnima coinciding with lunar eclipse this year recalls a 1400-yr-old battle

Over 1,400 years ago, when lunar eclipse coincided with Vaishakha Purnima, Chalukya dynasty ruler Pulakeshin II commissioned a copperplate on his victory over Emperor Harshvardhana, ruler of Vardhana dynasty.

Omicron needs 3 evolutionary surprises to wreak havoc

Scientists have been so surprised by the number of mutations in omicron that they’ve been calling it 'insane', but they don’t yet know what they mean.
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.
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