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  • Who is a Hindu? Hinduism in the Caribbean

    Who is a Hindu? Hinduism in the Caribbean

    The easiest way to identify a Caribbean Hindu is to look at their house from outside:you will see a jhandi, a pennant of different colours that represent different gods…

  • Who is a Hindu? The importance of Ubhaya Bharati

    Who is a Hindu? The importance of Ubhaya Bharati

    The scholar taught Adi Shankaracharya that one cannot gain real wisdom without understanding the household, the body and the woman…

  • #MeToo in Mahabharata: Political needs were placed over Draupadi’s security

    #MeToo in Mahabharata: Political needs were placed over Draupadi’s security

    The story, an interlude in the otherwise royal saga, draws attention to how staff, especially female staff, are treated in organisations by people in positions of power…

  • Who is a Hindu? Hindu ship of Theseus

    Who is a Hindu? Hindu ship of Theseus

    Traditions may change every few years, but one school of thought says the essence of Hinduism will remain the same…

  • No definite article in Indic culture

    No definite article in Indic culture

    A word like Satya, does not mean the truth, it means infinite truth. Mithya, doesn’t mean falsehood or interpretations or perceptions, it means limited or finite truth…

  • View: Power has an inherent interest to keep things secret

    View: Power has an inherent interest to keep things secret

    Published on 6th October, 2018, in The Economic Times. A simple way to harness power …

  • Different and Happily So: Time to do away with spiritual homophobia and embrace diversity

    Different and Happily So: Time to do away with spiritual homophobia and embrace diversity

    Hopefully, families will realise the value of having a gay uncle and a lesbian aunt around them who do not fit the norm of what it means to be a man or a woman…

  • Will India inc hire gay Tim Cook post-377 verdict?

    Will India inc hire gay Tim Cook post-377 verdict?

    With Supreme Court of India decimalizing homosexuality in no uncertain terms on 6th September 2018, will companies include ‘sexuality’ as part of their diversity policy?…

  • Back to old values of love

    Back to old values of love

    By decriminalising gay sex, SC recognises where India’s greatness lies – in inclusion and diversity…

  • INFINITY HAS NO BOUNDARIES

    INFINITY HAS NO BOUNDARIES

    Indian ancient religions are actually very accepting of gay people…

  • Power Helped Women Change World Religions

    Power Helped Women Change World Religions

    Roughly 1500 years ago, femininity became a major force, not because men became enlightened, but because women secured positions of power…

  • Breaking the binary

    Breaking the binary

    Binaries are a cultural concept for simplicity. But, in nature there is no such thing as binaries, things wax and wane, telescope into each other, there are species which mingle and merge and there is no absolute…

  • Who is a Hindu?: Gods and judges

    Who is a Hindu?: Gods and judges

    Rules are supposed to make us humans. It is unfortunate that those who came up with these theories and rules, both the Brahmins and kings, did not apply these principles of dharma on themselves…

  • Hindu gods like Rama & Shiva have six packs now to kill bad guys, like American superheroes

    Hindu gods like Rama & Shiva have six packs now to kill bad guys, like American superheroes

    Even Amar Chitra Katha’s new comics have abandoned the gentle sensuality of Raja Ravi Varma and embraced the hyper-masculine, angry, violent American superhero style to portray Hindu gods and goddesses…

  • Misreading Gita As Motivation

    Misreading Gita As Motivation

    The Bhagavad Gita is a philosophy being presented in the middle of a battleground…

  • Vedanta and LGBTIQ

    Vedanta and LGBTIQ

    A selective understanding of the faith by those who control social discourse is the tragedy of Hinduism…

  • High cost of diversity

    High cost of diversity

    Can we say that India’s diversity is the reason why it seems ‘chaotic’?…

  • Who is a Hindu? Forgotten tales of folk-hero gods

    Who is a Hindu? Forgotten tales of folk-hero gods

    Fascinating stories are not being told because of our fixation with Western concept of religion and pan-India narratives…