Religion

  • 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, riot-accused 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 inter-faith 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 six-days trip to the region. "In terms of the potential for a consulate, that...
  • Madras HC's ruling implies that marriage is all about sex: Mihira Sood June 18, 2013

    The Madras High Court has ruled that unmarried couples who have premarital sex are to be considered as 'married'. Lawyer Mihira Sood joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the significance and implication of the court's ruling. Q. What are the positive sides of this new rule...
  • Finland: Sikh man fights for right to wear turban at work May 21, 2013

    London: A Sikh bus driver in Finland is fighting for his right to wear a turban while at work. Gill Sukhdarshan Singh, who works at the Veolia bus company at Vantaa near the Finnish capital of Helsinki, is trying to set a precedent by making the authorities allow him to...
  • US panel calls Pakistan world's worst violator of religious freedom May 1, 2013

    Washington: A panel in the United States has asked the government to continue its visa ban on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The same report has deemed Pakistan the world's worst violator of religious freedom. The report demanded that Pakistan be designated a country of particular concern. The report has also...
  • Great scope to develop religious tourism in Bihar: Nitish April 30, 2013

    Patna: Stating that Bihar has treasure trove of all religions, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said there is tremendous scope to develop religious tourism in the state and exhorted industrialists to invest in the sector, particularly in hotel and transport sectors. "Bihar has many religious and historic tradition which...
  • Hindu seers helped India progress, says Narendra Modi April 25, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that it was the teachings of Hindu seers had kept the country going forward. He was speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of the Sivagiri Mutt's headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, established by Sree Narayana Guru, who propagated the...
  • Court to pronounce order on May 16 on summoning Shinde April 23, 2013

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday deferred to May 16 its order on whether to summon Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in connection with a defamation case filed against him for his 'Hindu terror' remark. Metropolitan magistrate Amitabh Rawat, who had called the complainant to deliver the order...
  • Report reveals India's rising sex tourism involving 'one month wives' April 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Contract marriages are on the rise in Hyderabad, claimed women's rights groups as a teenager blew the lid off India's underground culture of Islamic sex tourism involving men who paid for 'wives' for four weeks, according to a report in the daily 'Telegraph'. The paper claimed that minor escaped...
  • Assam school bans hijab, suspends 4-year-old girl for wearing it April 22, 2013

    Bokakhat: The hijab debate is back in focus, after a 4-year-old Muslim girl in Assam was asked to stop wearing the headgear in her classroom or face expulsion. Fatima Bibi's school said they cannot relax the dress code for one child. Meanwhile, her parents citing tradition have moved court. "Hijab is...
  • Sikh joins other religions demanding gun control laws April 13, 2013

    Washington: Members of the Sikh community joined other religious leaders in urging the US Congress to pass strict gun control laws to prevent the recent surge in gun violence in the country, including the one at a Wisconsin Gurdwara in 2012. The religious leaders gathered on the National Mall in...
  • VHP will declare Gujarat a Hindu state by 2015: Togadia April 1, 2013

    Ahmedabad: The VHP will declare Gujarat a 'Hindu state' by 2015 besides having its presence in all 18,000 villages of the state in the next two years, the outfit's leader Pravin Togadia claimed on Sunday. "In two years, the VHP will have a presence in all 18,000 villages of Gujarat...
  • My books are a small contribution to Shiva's glory: Amish Tripathi March 30, 2013

    Author Amish Tripathi joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his book 'Shiva Trilogy 3: The Oath of the Vayuputras'. Q. Why did Shiva break his word to Vayuputras? Was this not a deviation from the character that has been depicted of him that the is always true to his words...
  • Pope urges dialogue with Islam, more help for the poor March 23, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis urged the West on Friday to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty and protect the environment. Speaking in Italian, the new pontiff said richer countries should fight what he called "the spiritual poverty of our times" by re-forging...
  • Pakistan president seeks report of attacks on Christians March 10, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has taken a serious note of attacks on the houses of Christians in Lahore and sought a report from the authorities over the incident, Xinhua reported. Angry mob torched over 100 houses and shops of minority Christians in the city's Badami Bagh area after a...
  • Parents file lawsuit to remove yoga from California schools March 9, 2013

    Washington: A civil lawsuit has been filed against a school district in California seeking to suspend a controversial yoga programme which parents feel "unlawfully" promote religious beliefs. Not seeking any monetary compensation, the lawsuit filed by National Center for Law and Policy, on behalf of aggrieved parents, urged the San...
  • Iran: Government confiscates Buddha statues from shops February 17, 2013

    Tehran: An Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country. Sunday's report by the independent 'Arman Daily' quotes Saeed Jaberi Ansari, an official for the protection of Iran's cultural heritage, as saying that...
  • Protest against celebration of Valentine's Day in Jammu February 14, 2013

    Jammu: A local political group today held a protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Jammu and burnt scores of cards meant for the occasion. The Hindustan Shiv Sena (HSS) said the celebrations were against the "culture and ethos of the country" and alleged that it promoted vulgarity. "We are bitterly opposed...
  • Pakistan to continue ban on YouTube February 14, 2013

    Islamabad: Five months after YouTube was banned in Pakistan for hosting clips from a controversial anti-Islam film, authorities have said there are no plans to remove restrictions on the popular video-sharing website in the immediate future. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority informed a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology on Wednesday...