In an earlier article, we had discussed in detail about how traditions and customs are very much accepted as sources of Dharma. Our scriptures declare that while the Vedas, Smritis, Itihasas and Puranas are the primary sources of our Dharmic law, the traditions or 'Achara' of a place or family can never be neglected. Given... Continue Reading →
Religion: A Fundamental Right or Right Only to The Fundamentals?
The Judiciary in India has yet again engaged in their assumed duty - in the matter of religious freedom - of curtailing practices. The ancient and uninterrupted practice of Pashubali or sacrifice of animals in the temples of Tripura has now been banned. This decision has been based on the principle of 'Essential Practices Test'... Continue Reading →
Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples, Episodes from Indian History
Link to my book review of Meenakshi Jain's latest book "Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples, Episodes from Indian History"
Approaches to Affirmative Action
Apple from the Hills Consider a hilly area near the Himalayas somewhere in North India. Owned entirely by the local Government, a special variety of Apple grew there. Every year, only a few hundred apple grew and there was always heavy demand for the same. After harvest, the Government, with all its noble intentions, gave... Continue Reading →
An Analysis of the Lingayat Demand for Minority Religion Status
Link to my article, published by the kind folks at MyInd, on the recent controversy in Karnataka with the Lingayat community demanding a separate minority religion tag from the Government of India. Why are the Lingayats in Karnataka demanding a ‘minority religion’ status? Also read this excellent analysis by RealityCheckIndia on the same issue. Lingayat... Continue Reading →