Manuben’s diaries cover major political, social events at a crucial juncture of India’s history

By Nandini Oza* Manuben Gandhi was an important woman political activist who is less known in spite of being a central observer of many of the momentous events surrounding India’s freedom struggle, partition and subsequently, events that lead to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. Manuben joined Gandhi as his aide and caretaker at the young age of … More Manuben’s diaries cover major political, social events at a crucial juncture of India’s history

Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities

By Mike Ghouse* Whether you are an atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Native American, Pagan, Shinto, Sikh, Wicca, and Zoroastrian or from any other tradition, you may feel a sense of connection with the spirit of Ramadan. The best way to build cohesive societies is for its members to understand each other’s sorrows … More Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities

The “giving spirit” of Ramadan: Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth

By Moin Qazi* The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for several years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of faith and practice. In Islam, a culture of giving is interwoven into the fabric of its modes of worship and it is one of the five basic … More The “giving spirit” of Ramadan: Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth

His works exposed oppression in society, he wrote against bigotry, fundamentalism, caste

By Sheshu Babu* ‘I sing the song  Of equality: In my view gender difference  is essentially a triviality. Everything that is great in the world, all the works, beneficial and good, half must be credited to woman, and to man, half only we should.’ (Original: ‘Nari’ ( Bengali)  Translator : Mohammad Omar Farooq, Source: poemhunter.com This … More His works exposed oppression in society, he wrote against bigotry, fundamentalism, caste

During last 10 days of Ramadan, God is believed to be releasing greatest number of souls from Hell

By Moin Qazi This is the holy month of Ramadan (Arabic: Ramaḍān, variations: Persian: Ramazan‎; Urdu: Ramzān; Turkish: Ramazan), the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred month in Islamic culture.It is in this month that  Muslims, about one fifth of the world’s population, undergo a rigorous fast (not even a drop … More During last 10 days of Ramadan, God is believed to be releasing greatest number of souls from Hell

San Francisco-based Internet Archives offers world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature

The Internet Archive, nonprofit digital library based in San Francisco that specializes in offering broad public access to digitized and born-digital books, music, movies and web pages, has offered world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature. Reproduced below is an Internet Archive blog by Alexis Rossi: The Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive … More San Francisco-based Internet Archives offers world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature

Reflecting social conflicts in society, Sahir’s poems revolve around declining human values

By Sheshu Babu* ‘Khuda-e-Bartar teri zameen par zameen ki khatir yeh jung kyoon hai? Har ek fatah-o-zafar ke daaman pe khoon-e-insaan ka rang kyon hai?’ (O Lord Almighty, on your land, why is this war raging to win a land? Why has every conqueror’s victory always been tainted with stains of human blood?) From lyrics … More Reflecting social conflicts in society, Sahir’s poems revolve around declining human values