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Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Hinduism vs Hindutva debate ignores Hindu people, puts religion where it doesn’t exist

Islam and Christianity, which are more monolithic and organised, benefit from the divide that Indian Constitution creates between ‘secular’ and ‘religious’.
Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

India was a land of dharma but Europeans reduced it to Hinduism, Islam. And we accepted it

Hinduism is a modern-day invention by colonial powers, who mapped world in terms of unities like Hinduism, Islam and Confucianism, each constructed in the mirror image of Christianity.
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For Modi and Amit Shah, the word ‘Hindu’ is devoid of a moral compass. It’s just us vs them

The BJP has delinked moral principles from what it means to be a Hindu. It’s a successful electoral strategy. But its by-product will engulf India.
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Bhagavad Gita wasn’t always India’s defining book. Another text was far more popular globally

It was only after Western interpretations made it popular that nationalists like Gandhi, Aurobindo and Tilak took up the Gita and made it India’s seminal philosophical text.
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BHU protest should be called off. Muslims aren’t about to infiltrate and control Hinduism

Let us examine the charges levelled against Feroze Khan by BHU Sanskrit students one by one.
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IIT-Delhi faculty calls Hindu religion a 20th century invention, triggers controversy

IIT-Delhi assistant professor Divya Dwivedi says studies prove Mahatma Gandhi was one of the leaders who constructed the idea of ‘false Hindu majority’ in India.

In the name of Hinduism, people are boycotting tea, food, fashion, detergent and all logic

Despite their hard-lining stance, the pious packs of online trolls do not discriminate when it comes to kinds of brands they boycott and urge others to.
Shiva devotees or 'kanwariyas'

Large number of Dalit-OBC on Kanwar Yatra isn’t a sign of Hinduism’s inclusivity. Here’s why

Participation of ‘lower castes’ in rituals like Kanwar Yatra is just proof of how Hinduism uses cultural tools to enlist wider communities.
Har ki Pauri during Kanwar Mela, Haridwar | Commons

Kanwar Yatra has more Dalits and OBCs but Indian liberals still won’t notice them

Dalit and OBC kanwariyas travelling to Uttar Pradesh from all over India thwart the liberal narrative of institutional oppression within Hinduism.
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Sisters and brothers of America — full text of Swami Vivekananda’s iconic Chicago speech

On his 117th death anniversary, ThePrint recalls Swami Vivekananda's speech to the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, USA, in 1893.

On Camera

Amit Shah

Coronavirus-hit China must look at helpful India, not pick on Amit Shah’s Arunachal visit

The India-China border dispute is a complicated issue and it is futile to expect it to be resolved in the ‘early harvest’ manner suggested by China.

Do Shaheen Bagh protesters run risk of waning interest or should stay put for CAA endgame?

The Shaheen Bagh protest against CAA has entered its third month. SC-appointed mediators met protesters this week and may meet them again at a different location.

Defence

File image of INS Vikramaditya

Indian Navy will push ahead with plan for 3rd aircraft carrier despite CDS’ reservations

The Navy believes it should have two aircraft carriers available for deployment at all times, even if one is undergoing re-fits.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.