Link to my book review of Meenakshi Jain's latest book "Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples, Episodes from Indian History"
The Real Core Voter Won’t Be Silenced
A few days back, an article titled “Why The Core Hindu Voter is Upset With Modi” was published in the Swarajya magazine. The same writeup also appeared as the cover article in their May 2018 print edition. It analyzed the outlook of the present Modi administration towards Core Hindu issues and surmised that there has... Continue Reading →
Issues with the Karnataka HR & CE Act
Recently, the Karnataka Government sent out a circular seeking feedback from the public over the issue of taking over of Hindu mathas and (additional) temples. In the face of a strong backlash, the circular was withdrawn within a day. Even as the entire HR&CE Act was struck down as being unconstitutional by the Karnataka High... Continue Reading →
The Non-severability of Economic, Financial and Religious Practices in Hindu Temples
Link to an article arguing how Government takeover of Hindu temples is unconstitutional.
Difference in interpretation between Religious Establishment Rights & Educational Rights
I want to highlight a strange difference in interpretation, by our executive and judiciary, of the Rights guaranteed under our Constitution for running our temples (religious establishments) and a section of our citizenry running educational institutions. Common structure between religious establishment rights and educational rights There is considerable similarity in the way rights related to... Continue Reading →
Temple funds for Hindu schools: Yes or No?
Background: (Only an overview provided here - not the full details of the mess 🙂 ) Temples and Charitable Institutions in Karnataka are governed by the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act 1997. This Act was challenged in the Karnataka High Court in Sri Sahasra Lingeshwara Temple, ... vs State Of Karnataka. In the year 2006, the... Continue Reading →