The angry Hindu will read Hinduism in a particular way. He will quote selectively from the Bhagwad Gita, the Vedas and the Upanishadas. He will breathe technology into shlokas and “prove” that India was a super-advanced nation millennia ago. Read more
Even though the legal position is clearly in favour of the Muslim Personal Law — and accordingly, the Delhi high court upholding the wedding of a 15-year-old Muslim girl is in tune with the law — a sense of unease has gripped the nation. Read more
It was 7.30 am — early for me. But we had to reach Auroville by 8.30 am and the cost of being late was to miss the Matrimandir experience. The taxi was on time. Read more
In the week beginning today, 106 events in as many cities will bind the world of faith, religion and spirituality together. Under the aegis of World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW), people, organisations and cultures will join hands to convert differences of faith into harmonies. Read more
Is the universe conscious?
Is everything happening in the mind of God?
Does the mind exist outside the brain? Read more
In two weeks, we are going to see the religious and political leaders of the world come together to try and sort out — or better still, accept — differences in faiths and still live together without discord. Read more
Splitting a 2.77-acre disputed property into three parts and distributing it between Hindus (two parts) and Muslims (one part) is one thing. Making observations on the ultimate abstraction — faith — is quite another. And I fear, this observation, now a precedent, could end up being abused. Read more
Burning the Quran is easy. So is setting the Bible or the Gita ablaze. So, for cheap-publicity-seeking pastors like Terry Jones who want to become religious heroes overnight, burning a religious text and spreading hatred is easy. Read more
Faith, they say, can move mountains but last week I climbed a hill that moved a nation.
In the news for becoming an intersection of national and state politics, big business and religion, the Niyamgiri Hills called the reporter in me. Read more
As I sit down to explore religion, I find five things common to the way I first sat down to discover economics and finance, 18 years ago. What I find is that if money is the prime driver of men, faith — in all its diverse and unpredictable forms — is their prime strength. Time to understand both. Read more