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 →
Link to my book review of Meenakshi Jain's latest book "Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples, Episodes from Indian History"
Article 25 of our Constitution is what grants us the right to freedom of religion. Its exact reading is as below. ============================= 25. Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion (1) Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →