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Kashi Vishwanatha Temple & Aurangzeb

Kashi Vishwanatha Temple & Aurangzeb

SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE India, the land of spirituality, is the birthplace of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism. Intricately designed temples found across the country continue to attract both worshippers and architectural enthusiasts. Centuries ago temples, along...

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History of the Rama Janmabhoomi Dispute

History of the Rama Janmabhoomi Dispute

The Rama Janmabhoomi site is said to be the exact birthplace of Lord Rama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), who was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya, as stated in the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayanam. This epic was narrated by Maharishi Valmiki with Lord...

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Child Marriages

Child Marriages

For the last few centuries, an immoral practice has plagued South Asia. As women's rights advance, the practice of child marriages remains commonplace in the subcontinent. According to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (2006), in India, child marriage refers to...

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Mahatma Gandhi: A Lifelong Racist? No.

Mahatma Gandhi: A Lifelong Racist? No.

Amidst protests regarding the ‘Black Rights Matter’ movement, resulting from the inhumane police brutality targeted towards black people, a call to ‘decolonise history’ has been strongly proposed. For an immediate effect, the removal of statues of historical figures,...

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Opinion: Is Kerala Really A Model Of Secularism?

Opinion: Is Kerala Really A Model Of Secularism?

By Dr Jishad Kumar Murali Kerala is often touted as the role model for secularism in South Asia. There is historic relevance behind the secularism model of Kerala. Unlike the rest of India, the non-Hindu religions in Kerala arrived not through violent invasions but...

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Hindu Philosophy & The LGBTQ+ Community

Hindu Philosophy & The LGBTQ+ Community

Glancing at South Asia’s glorious past, a dissonance between the present day attitudes towards LGBTQ+ identities and historical attitudes is seen. The recognition of LGBTQ+ identities and individuals has existed within mainstream Hindu scriptures for thousands of...

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Anti Blackness in South Asia

Anti Blackness in South Asia

Hinduism Says 'Dark Is Beautiful' Unfortunately, nowadays, we are coming across many statements from some misguided people that conclude that Hinduism is somehow against people of darker colour. This, however, is not the traditional stance within Hinduism; in fact,...

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Busting The Periyar Myth

Busting The Periyar Myth

Early Life Periyar, aka Erode Venkatappa Ramasamy Naicker is known for starting the Dravidian movement. He was projected to be an emblem for Tamil people by the Dravidian political parties. He was born on September 17, 1879, to a Kannadiga family and attended school...

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Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannatha

Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannatha

Ratha Yatra has been going on for thousands of years in Puri, a city in the Indian state of Odisha. The glories of Lord Jagannatha, to whom this ratha yatra is dedicated towards, are spoken in various Puranas and other holy books. Who is Lord Jagannatha? Lord...

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What really made India poor?

What really made India poor?

What really made India poor? We examine an interesting notion: that one Abrahamic faith uplifted India while Hinduism supposedly impoverished it. A common Christian prejudice expressed about Hinduism is that it caused India’s poverty. American Baptist Pastor Steven...

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Stop Culturally Appropriating Yoga!

Stop Culturally Appropriating Yoga!

Yoga. Easily one of the most treasured gifts that Hinduism and South Asians have given to people all across the world. In the United States, for example, 36.7 million people currently practice yoga! That’s more than 1 in 10 Americans! Yoga is treasured and popularized...

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