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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.
Mahatma Gandhi

Godse, raised as a girl, saw Gandhi as an ‘effeminate’ Father who didn’t protect Mother India

Nathuram Godse wanted Hinduism to attain the masculinity that the colonial rule represented. Gandhi wanted the opposite.
File photo of Arun Jaitley | Bloomberg

Elections have become a convenient season to suddenly discover religion: Arun Jaitley

Without getting into issue of whether a person can inherit grandmother’s caste, Congress has proclaimed Rahul Gandhi a ‘Janeu-dhari Brahmin’.
File image of Digvijaya Singh

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is a god-send — for Digvijaya Singh

Digvijaya Singh, often called Congress' ‘Muslim face’, is attempting an image makeover, pitching a 'Hinduism vs Hindutva' contest in Bhopal.
File photo of Nayantara Sahgal

Message from those in power clear — agree or face consequences, says author Nayantara Sahgal

Sahitya Akademi winner Nayantara Sahgal said equal rights and equal citizenship in the country are in tatters, and Indians have been divided into Hindus and others.
Devotees enter the Sabarimala temple as it opens amid tight security, November 2018 | PTI

How Hinduism got distorted in the Sabarimala debate

An attempt to homogenise Hindus using state power erodes the diversity of Hinduism.
Police arrest BJP workers in connection with a protest of Sabarimala women entering, in Kochi, Wednesday | PTI

Hartal over entry of women in Sabarimala temple begins in Kerala

Protests erupted at several places, with Hindu right-wing activists blocking highways, forcing closure of shops and burning tyres.
File image of Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi

Dear troubled liberal, don’t fear the Congress party

While BJP doesn’t even pretend to be secular, Congress remains the safest refuge for minorities in India.
An idol of goddess Durga in Kolkata | Ashok Bhaumik/PTI

Back off, it’s my Durga as much as your Parvati

Makers of a cooking oil brand apologised and pulled an ad for offending sensitivities during Durga Puja and Navratri.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.