RELIGION

  • Freedom to change one's religion is fundamental right: Hamid Ansari 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Amid row over conversions, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday said the freedom to change one's religion or belief is a fundamental right and asserted that no religion should be given an official status. Lauding the Indian approach of secularism "which does not erect a wall of separation...
  • BJP doesn't differentiate terrorism on basis of religion: Shaina NC 5 days ago

    Jaipur: Hailing the Rajasthan government for successfully organising a conference on counter terrorism, BJP spokesperson Shaina NC on Sunday said her party does not differentiate terrorism on the basis of religion and asserted that the Modi government would never compromise with any terrorist. "Terrorist has no religion," Shaina NC, who made...
  • Muslim Personal Board meet opposes 'forcing' of RSS agenda 6 days ago

    Jaipur: Any attempt to "impose" RSS agenda and curtail religious freedom of Muslims will be challenged at all appropriate levels, members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board asserted today while vowing to carry out a campaign to clear "misunderstandings" spread by the Sangh outfits. Issues like religious conversion, inclusion of...
  • Markandey Katju stirs controversy, says Mahatma Gandhi was a British agent March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has sparked another row by describing Mahatma Gandhi as a British agent in his latest blog post. He said Gandhi did great harm to India by injecting religion into politics. "By constantly injecting religion into politics continuously for several decades, Gandhi furthered the...
  • Barack Obama welcomes PM Modi's assurance of equal respect to all faiths February 21, 2015

    Washington: US President Obama has issued a statement welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurances given to the minority communities. "The President welcomed Prime Minister Modi's February 17 condemnation of religious-based violent acts, and his assurance that his government will give equal respect to all religions," the White House said on...
  • Not at war with Islam but with people who perverted the religion: Barack Obama February 19, 2015

    Washington: President Barack Obama has said the US and its allies are not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion, asserting that groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda are desperate for legitimacy by portraying themselves as holy warriors in defense of religion. . "We are not at war...
  • Temple vandalised with hate message in US, authorities to launch probe February 17, 2015

    Washington: A Hindu temple has been vandalised with hate speech in the US state of Washington, sending shock waves through the community in the area and prompting authorities to launch an investigation. The incident happened when unidentified miscreants sprayed swastika and painted "Get Out" on one of the walls of...
  • RSS would strive to 'unite' Hindu society, must expand: Mohan Bhagwat February 15, 2015

    Kanpur: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said his organisation would strive to "unite" the Hindu society and that it must "expand" to meet the expectations of people. Bhagwat also said that RSS moves ahead on the basis of its "own strength". "RSS' work is to unite Hindu society,...
  • Delhi: Holy Child Auxilium school's office vandalised, police suspect case of theft February 13, 2015

    New Delhi: In yet another case of vandalism in the national capital, a school in south Delhi Holy Child Auxilium has allegedly been attacked. Around Rs eight thousand have been stolen from the school's office in the attack. According to prima facie evidence, the police is considering it to be a...
  • India is a 'Hindu Rashtra'; favourable time to organise all Hindus: Mohan Bhagwat February 9, 2015

    New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that India is a "Hindu Rashtra" and there is a need to organize all Hindus in the country for which this is "favourable time". Quoting famous poet Rabindranath Tagore, he said whenever there will be conflicts among Hindus and Muslims, "a middle- path...
  • Religious intolerance in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi: Obama February 6, 2015

    US President Barack Obama said that Mahatma Gandhi would have been shocked by the acts of intolerance experienced by all religious faiths in India. However Obama did not name any particular religion and said that violence is not unique to one religion or group. ...
  • No discrimination on the basis of caste, religion: Rajnath Singh February 5, 2015

    New Delhi: In the wake of subsequent "attacks" on churches in Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the government would not tolerate any discrimination on the basis of caste and religion and directed the Delhi police to ensure security of churches and other places of worship. The Home Minister...
  • Celebrate diversity, don't discriminate on religion: RSS chief February 1, 2015

    Mysuru: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said diversity is to be celebrated and no one should be subjected to persecution and discriminated against because of their different attires or different ways of worship and dissimilar traditions. "Diversity is to be celebrated and not to be opposed...," said the chief of...
  • Digvijay Singh takes a jibe at Modi on 'Ghar Wapsi' issue January 27, 2015

    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 January 27, 2015

    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...