RSS firm on Bharat being ‘Hindu Rashtra’: Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat today said the RSS is firm on its vision that “Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra”, and Hindus need to unite if they want to be heard by the world.
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Gone with the Guru!

If secularism in India is in the ICU of Hypocrisy Hospital, it is at least in elite, albeit equally sick, company. The next bed is occupied by spirituality. Though at present sight both appear to have nil hope of survival or salvation, secularism can hope to be clinically alive on constitutional ventilators. But spirituality is in critical health with the life support systems being painfully withdrawn by the very people drafted to sustain it. Continue Reading

The right light

The modern mind has cultivated a hypocritical reluctance to deal with religion in all honesty. On the one side is the conditioning wrought by the education system and the external environs that seemingly stress on rational inquiry and material pursuits. On the other is the undeniable pull of the metaphysical mystery, an inner urge to understand something we know is there but fail to perceive. Continue Reading

Fundamental Rites

A typical dictionary definition of ritual runs thus: ‘…a series of actions that are always performed in the same way, especially as part of a religious ceremony’. or ‘… something that is done regularly and always in the same way’. In the context of sociology, ritual gains a bigger ambit as ‘…an often-repeated pattern of behaviour which is performed at appropriate times, and which may involve the use of symbols Continue Reading

Random Reflections

Deepavali marks the peak of the festive season. Though in this land festivals abound round the calender, the religious fervour that begins with Gokulashtami, usually in August, runs a packed and continuous course till it subsides with Sankaranthi, in mid Jan. Continue Reading