RELIGION

  • Digvijay Singh takes a jibe at Modi on 'Ghar Wapsi' issue 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Taking a cue from US President Barack Obama's speech calling for religious freedom, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday took a jibe at Narendra Modi wondering whether the Prime Minister would advise his friends in the Sangh Parivar to stop justifying 'Ghar Wapsi'. "Would Modi take his friend Barack's...
  • India will succeed as long it is not splintered on religious lines: Obama 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Making a strong pitch for religious tolerance, US President Barack Obama today said every person has the right to practice his faith without any persecution and that India will succeed so long it is not "splintered" on religious lines. Addressing a Townhall event at the Siri Fort auditorium...
  • Digvijay Singh pitches for 'Freedom of religion Act' December 28, 2014

    Bhopal: Amid voices advocating for a stringent anti-conversion law in the country, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said instead of anti- conversion law, India needs a 'Freedom of Religion act'. "Instead of anti-conversion law we need 'freedom of religion act'," Singh told reporters in an informal chat. His statement comes...
  • Watch: Anurag Kashyap talk about religion, politics and films December 26, 2014

    Indian film director Anurag Kashyap talks about his recently released film 'Ugly' and much about religion and politics. ...
  • PK: Thank you, Rajkumar Hirani. The world needs more filmmakers like you December 22, 2014

    Rajkumar Hirani preaches. Preaches in every film of his. And yet people throng to the theaters to watch his films time and again. Because even though each of these films carry a strong relevant message it is cushioned well with a comical, feel good, entertaining story. From a goofy goon spreading...
  • RSS asks Dharm Jagran to call off conversion drive in Aligarh on December 25: Sources December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The proposed mass conversion scheduled to be held on December 25 in Aligarh by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) offshoot Dharam Jagran Samiti (DJS) has been called off, sources said on Tuesday. The exact reasons behind the calling off of conversion are not known but the sources said the...
  • PM post's sanctity shouldn't be ignored: Ravi Shankar on Shahi Imam row November 2, 2014

    Jaipur: Sanctity of the post of the country's Prime Minister should not be ignored, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, referring to the Jama Masjid Shahi Imam's decision not to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his son's anointment ceremony. "I do not want to comment much on this but...
  • Has the Pope settled the debate between science and religion? October 29, 2014

    The Pope's recent remark about the Big Bang theory not contradicting Christianity was widely appreciated. He said the "Big Bang" theory as a model "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it" and that "the origin of the world is not a product of...
  • Atheists have more Twitter followers October 27, 2014

    New York: If you happen to be an atheist, joining Twitter would be a good idea as you could share your views with many more like-minded people. According to a study, Twitter users who identified themselves as atheists in the US had more friends and followers on the micro-blogging site. Researchers from...
  • Indian scientists more religious than British peers: Survey September 25, 2014

    London: Indian scientists are significantly more religious than their British counterparts, according to the first cross-national study of religion and spirituality among scientists. The surveys and in-depth interviews with scientists showed that while 65 per cent of UK scientists identify as non-religious, only 6 per cent of Indian scientists identify...
  • Set up chairs in name of Swami Vivekananda: Smriti Irani to VCs September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday asked vice chancellors of both central and state universities to set up chairs in the name of Swami Vivekananda to study his life and teachings. "On this day in 1893, Swami Vivekananda delivered his famous speech at the World Parliament of Religions in...
  • Watch: Excerpt from Vivekananda's speech in Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 September 11, 2014

    Incidentally on 9/11, 121 years ago, Swami Vivekananda had preached universal brotherhood in Parliament of Religions in Chicago. He had made a speech promoting tolerance. His century old speech is relevant even today. ...
  • VHP protests against assault on national shooter for refusing to convert August 25, 2014

    Ranchi: Workers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday held protests against the harassment of nationallevel shooter Tara Sahdev by her husband for refusing to convert. VHP has also called for bandh in Ranchi on Monday in protest of the incident. Sahdev alleged that her husband Rakibul Hasab kept her in forced...
  • National shooter tortured, kept in captivity by husband for not converting August 24, 2014

    Ranchi: In a shocking incident, national shooter Tara Sahdev has alleged that her husband assaulted her several times after she refused to convert. Sahdev alleged that her husband Rakibul Hasab kept her in forced captivity for one month during which she was starved and tortured, brutally assaulted and allegedly bitten...
  • If people of England are English, why are Hindustanis not called Hindus: RSS chief August 10, 2014

    Cuttack: If inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why not all inhabitants of Hindustan known as Hindus, came a poser from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday. "The cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants...
  • Photo: This man stands in Mumbai with a heart warming message about religion and love every day. Wave at him, he'll wave back with a smile! August 2, 2014

    The world has been fighting over religion for a long time now. There are wars, riots, innocent people are killed and the fight continues over whose god is greater. But there's one man who understands the futility of fighting over religion. Meet Krishnadas, a man who stands every day for...
  • Interests of religious group can't supersede that of public: HC July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has ruled that the religious interests of a community cannot be allowed to supersede the interests of public at large. The remark came in a verdict which upheld the Centre's decision to revoke its "inprinciple" approval granted to the construction of a Jain temple...
  • I am being targeted, says riots accused MP Sangeet Som on tension in Moradabad July 5, 2014

    Moradabad: While the Kanth area of Moradabad city is limping back to normalcy after tension broke out between two communities, riotaccused MP Sangeet Som has claimed that he was unfairly being targeted over the issue. However, the Moradabad Police has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party for communal tension in the area. "MP...
  • Spat between Shankaracharya, Sai devotees gets ugly, reaches court July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The spat between Shirdi Sai devotees and Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati has turned uglier and reached the court. The Naga seers have now sided with Shankaracharya. The Nagas have said that if Shankaracharya is insulted, they will take to the streets in protest. The Naga sadhus have called this...
  • New York church posts horrific anti-gay sign outside its premises February 27, 2014

    An anti-gay pastor of a church in Harlem, New York, has raised many eyebrows by putting up a horrific anti-gay sign in front of the church. Dr James David Manning, a man who has been openly critical of the Barack Obama administration and the progression of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,...
  • Fatwa can't be forced upon people: Supreme Court February 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Fatwa issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and the state has to protect persons who are harassed for not following such dictates, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said while expressing reservation in interfering with Shariat courts. Holding that it's a matter of choice for the people...
  • 'Losing My Religion' is a read that does not disappoint at all February 24, 2014

    There are few books that take you by surprise sometimes. You do not think of them to wow you or for that matter to hold your interest for long. I thought that perhaps Losing My Religion would fall in that category. I was mistaken. I could not put the book...
  • 'Not praying in a dedicated room doesn't say person not a Hindu' November 1, 2013

    Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday ruled that a Hindu individual's act of not offering prayers in a room specified for the purpose cannot be considered a ground to declare that the person is not a Hindu. A division bench comprising Justices N Paul Vasanthakumar and K Ravichandrababu stated this,...
  • Muzaffarnagar riot: SC anguished over UP govt identifying victims by religion October 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it was 'deeply pained' as the Uttar Pradesh government, in two reports, gave the details of the affected people in the recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and other places on the basis of their religion. "Death is a death" and the "segregation" of...
  • Muslims should not vote just on the basis of religion: Darool Uloom Deoband September 16, 2013

    Darul Uloom Deoband has asked Muslims to exercise their franchise, but said one should not vote for a party or leader just on the basis of religion. "The vote should not be kept back. One should vote for the party and the leader that is better and works in favour of...
  • Vice President M Hamid Ansari lauds role of church in nation building August 18, 2013

    The Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC) has rendered yeoman service in nation building and community development over the past five decades, Vice President M Hamid Ansari said on Saturday at an event in the Karnataka capital. "The contribution of the ECC in promoting interfaith harmony and greater understanding among all sections of...
  • MP: Government school teacher suspended for disrespecting religion August 15, 2013

    Sagar: A government school teacher who received the President's medal for meritorious service was suspended on Wednesday for getting his own "abhishek" (religious ritual) done on the occasion of the recent Guru Purnima festival and allegedly hurt religious sentiments of the majority community. As per the Hindu religion, only gods are...
  • MP govt decides to include subjects of various religions in school textbooks August 6, 2013

    Terming it as "totally misleading and baseless" that a Gita lesson has been included in school syllabus due to elections or religious consideration, the Madhya Pradesh government has clarified that it has also incorporated subjects of other religions in textbooks. The state BJP government government has been drawing flak from the...
  • J&K: Amarnath yatra halted due to bad weather conditions June 29, 2013

    Srinagar: The Amarnath yatra, which started on Friday, was on Saturday suspended due to inclement weather conditions. The pilgrims were stopped at yatra base camps in Baltal and Pahalgam. This year 600,000 pilgrims have registered themselves for the yatra. Authorities have made it clear that no unregistered person will be permitted...
  • US to continue with efforts to open a consulate in Tibet June 29, 2013

    Washington: The United States would continue with its efforts to open its consulate in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, a State Department official has said as the top American diplomat in Beijing concluded his rare sixdays trip to the region. "In terms of the potential for a consulate, that...