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Russia Convicts Man For Reposting  Jesus Cartoons

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Russia Convicts Man For Reposting Jesus Cartoons

From denial of Religion to  intolerance in the name of Religion: Russia, formerly communist swings towards being more orthodox by the day! Russia has already convicted a blogger for videos mocking religion, including one showing him playing Pokemon Go in an Orthodox church. Now it’s convicted another Internet user for reposting satirical cartoons about Jesus […]

World Peace Parliament in Patna : People of Goodwill invited!

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World Peace Parliament in Patna : People of Goodwill invited!

Vishwa Shanti Sansad: Parliament for World Peace will be held at Patna starting tomorrow August 4. Bihar is the right place to begin a healing campaign that will strive to curb the darkness of discord in the name of religion. ‘Vishwa Shanti Sansad-2017’ on 4th & 5th August  2017 at Patna is the first meeting […]

‘Not in My Name’ protest Amarnath killings

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‘Not in My Name’ protest Amarnath killings

New Delhi, Jul 11: ‘Not in my name’: once again, they took to the streets to protest against the Amarnath killings.  The news of terrorists spraying bullets on Amarnath pilgrims has only strengthened Imad Ul Riyaz’s conviction: “we cannot let violence eat us up”. Braving the rain and interrupted by the bumper-to-bumper traffic, some managed […]

Burkha craze: fuelled by Islamic politics?

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Burkha craze: fuelled by Islamic politics?

Is the rise of Political Islam destroying South Asia’s pluralism? A couple of Pakistani historians indicate so. Read on: Feminists and the liberals are divided on whether the burqa, a garment that covers the entire body, or the niqab, the facial veil, represent personal freedom or suppression. While most experts agree that women, like men, […]

Zakir Naik is a divisive force among Muslims

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Zakir Naik is a divisive force among Muslims

While Maharastra might indict Islamic tele-evangelist Naik for unlawful activities, the case is stirring up a lot of interest in Muslim and non-Muslim circles all over the country. Several liberal Muslims have been quite uncomfortable with the tone and nature of Naik’s television broadcasts, which they say lean towards the fundamentalist, Wahabi brand of Islam, […]

Archbishop’s death is loss for Kandhamal Martyrs

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Archbishop’s death is loss for Kandhamal Martyrs

The Catholic Church in India lost one of its ‘truly remarkable  shepherds’ this week with the death of 81-year-old Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, who died August 14. As the senior metropolitan archbishop in the region, gave leadership to the Church in Odisha when the anti-Christian wave swept the eastern Indian state. His funeral […]

Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik, scans mosque sermons

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Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik, scans mosque sermons

Bangladesh has begun to screen Friday sermons in mosques, in an effort to control the proliferation of extremist ideas in the country.  Bangladesh has also blocked ‘Peace TV’, the channel run by Zakir Naik, a preacher who ‘inspired’ extremist Islam radicals. The decision was taken by senior government officials, who have also decided to implement […]

Will India lose its Lost Tribe of Israel?

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Will India lose its Lost Tribe of Israel?

India may soon lose its unique Jewish community living in the Northeast, as Israel plans to help their en-masse migration to ‘the promised land’. The Israeli government set aside eight million shekels to settle 712 members of the Bnei Menashe, a religious group from India which claims Jewish roots, in the Holy Land. The decision […]

India rubbishes official US report on religious freedom violations

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India rubbishes official US report on religious freedom violations

New Delhi: The Indian government was  severely critical of an official US government report that claimed religious freedom in India was on a “negative trajectory” in 2015 as religious tolerance had “deteriorated” and that violations of religious freedom had “increased”. The report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom also named some top BJP […]

Parsi Priests: ‘We don’t accept converts!’

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Parsi Priests: ‘We don’t accept converts!’

It’s well known the Zoroastrians are like the Jews, you are born into the faith. So, if you aren’t born a Parsi, you can’t become a Zoroastrian and call yourself a Parsi. The Indian Parsis have been told by seven of their high priests, that non-Zoroastrian spouses can’t be considered Parsi. In an open letter […]

Santhara: not suicide, surely?

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Santhara: not suicide, surely?

New Delhi: It’s a tough set of questions: should Jains be allowed to practice Santhara? Is suicide the same as giving up one’s life voluntarily? Why should a non-Jain challenge the religious practice of a Jain? If the law is the same for everyone, then why shouldn’t we allow euthanasia?   The Supreme Court on […]