Of great concern: Concerted effort to create discord and divisions among religious groups, castes

By Anthoniraj Thumma* In a televised debate conducted by a Telugu Channel based in Hyderabad on September 22, 2017 Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi, Head of Sreepeetham at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, and Initiator and Advisor of Bhaarat Today TV Channel, levelled some false allegations and derogatory remarks particularly on Saint Teresa of Calcutta which are to … More Of great concern: Concerted effort to create discord and divisions among religious groups, castes

Present system of monopoly of one caste in Kerala temple worship service is obnoxious, obscurantist

Text of the letter by RB Sreekumar, retired DGP, Gujarat government, to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan: Nearly 2000 temples in Kerala State are administered by semi-governmental bodies – Devaswam Boards – constituted under the Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950.  The administrative bureaucracy of these bodies is appointed by the State government.  Imperatively, … More Present system of monopoly of one caste in Kerala temple worship service is obnoxious, obscurantist

Trade along the Silk Route primarily helped spread Buddhism in India, China and other countries

By Hemang Desai Junagadh, Vadnagar and Devni Mori are three jewels of the crown of Buddhism in Gujarat. Indeed, Gujarat was Buddhist during a large chunk of the historical period. How did Buddhism arrive in Gujarat? The religion arrived in Gujarat through Emperor Asok’s reign; Gujarat was a part of the Mauryan Empire. Asok had … More Trade along the Silk Route primarily helped spread Buddhism in India, China and other countries

Need ensure all products high in fat, sugar and salt be sin taxed on lines of sweetened beverages

Statement by the India Resource Centre statement, which works to support movements against corporate globalization in India, on imposition of sin tax on sweetened carbonated beverages (SCBs): The Indian government has introduced sin taxes on sweetened carbonated beverages (SCBs) such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi because of the negative health impacts of products with high sugar … More Need ensure all products high in fat, sugar and salt be sin taxed on lines of sweetened beverages

Where xerophytic plants adapt to high saline soil, erratic availability of water, low soil nutrients…

By Hemang Desai* The Kachchh region of India is a living museum of ecological splendours. On the map, Kachchh resembles a tortoise lying upside down. Kachchh geologically formed 18 million years ago. Then, the sea covered the landmass that we know today as Kachchh. Geological changes triggered by volcanic and tectonic movements brought the landmass … More Where xerophytic plants adapt to high saline soil, erratic availability of water, low soil nutrients…

What explains increase in violence in India lately despite growing prosperity and modernization?

By Pushkar Raj* More than hundred military veterans wrote to the prime minister last week dissenting growing violence against people in the country.  Earlier, last month, thousands of people in several cities protested against the widespread incidence of mob violence against Muslims and Dalits. According to IndiaSpend, a data journalism website, 38 people have been killed in 61 … More What explains increase in violence in India lately despite growing prosperity and modernization?