Monday, 27 June, 2022

Topic: Hinduism

Hinduism is a way of life. Hindutva is a political tool: Pavan Varma

Episode Two features MP Pavan Varma, who says that Hinduism is by nature and definition inclusive, eclectic and based on debate.

Why a new encounter with Adi Shankaracharya, India’s greatest intellectual, is essential

In his book, Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker, former diplomat Pavan K. Varma explores the continued relevance of his teachings by revisiting the sites he frequented.

Ravidas was a Dalit guru who ran a business, dressed lavishly and made a queen his disciple

Guru Ravidas, born a ‘social impure’ chamar, spoke to the practising Hindus about purity of conscience.

Siddaramaiah’s decision on Lingayats is just ‘scorched earth’ politics

There are many schools of tantra that also reject the textual authority of the Vedas and yet proudly identify themselves as Hindus.

To understand the debate on Lingayats, one must know how they’re different from Hindus

In half a dozen public rallies seen in north Karnataka last year, a few lakh people convened to express support for delinking Lingayat dharma from Hinduism.

‘River of Life, River of Death’ by Victor Mallet meanders like the river it talks about

While Mallet convinces the reader of the Ganga’s importance in the country, he often dips into detailed, perhaps irrelevant, mythological tales about the river.

Rahul Gandhi should stick to Pidi’s coochie coo identity. It is safe and abstract.

To claim Indianness, Rahul Gandhi must be a Hindu. And being Hindu is more than religious construct, it is a barometer of Indian-ness.

Clueless in Babaland

Gurmeet Ram Rahim is just the most colourful and blingy of north India's Godmen. He is also the first one the law has caught up with.

Under PM Modi, India got back more stolen antiquities in 3 years than the UPA government in 10 years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visits abroad often have a return gift. He has brought back more than a dozen historical artifacts from the United States, Australia,...

Hindu rate of BJP growth

A decade ago, BJP didn't have the fibre to lead a change, an evolution that would have repositioned it as a party of the centre-right rather than a party of the Hindu Right. They, and Indian politics, are now paying the price.

On Camera


File photo of an offshore oil rig | Pic courtesy: ONGC

Sizzling oil prices burning a hole in your pocket, but refiners are making a killing

While state-run refiners have recorded higher-than-usual margins in 2021-22, the margins are more for private players as they are the biggest beneficiaries of cheap Russian crude.


The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.