Category Archives: Religion

Less Known Temples of Kerala – 3: Thirunavaya, Trippadam, Hanuman Kshetram

The three temples  are near one another and can be comfortably covered within two hours.   (between kottakkal & kuttipuram on Mangalore  – Cochin rd ‘ 19 km from kadampuza ). Ed visited these temples in June 2011. PS: Roads in … Continue reading

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There’s a full moon over India and Gandhi lives again…

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/op/2010/06/20/stories/2010062050041800.htm __________ There has been a lot of discussion in the media about Gandhian methods and their efficacy. There have also been references to Gandhiji’s fads and quirks — especially his ideas about sex and continence. I was attending … Continue reading

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“Conditional Charity” : Javed Anand takes on Zakir Naik

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/a-conditional-charity/543351/ — The disgraceful conduct of a UK-based Muslim charity with the victim-survivors of the 2002 communal carnage in Gujarat could have been ignored as an isolated, if highly deplorable act. Sadly, this is no isolated incident. If anything, … Continue reading

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A madrasa in mind

An article by Javed Anand, co-editor at “Communalism Combat” and General Secretary, Muslims for Secular Democracy. The article talks about the medieval mindset of the Deoband, and its hardline interpretation of the Quran, leading to keeping India’s muslims in clutches … Continue reading

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Annai Vailankanni Besant Nagar :Our Lady of Good Health Church

FES FESTIVAL TIME: The faithful converged at the Annai Vailankanni Our Lady of Good Health Church in Besant Nagar for the annual fest. It is held as part of the birthday celebrations of Mother Mary. The celebrations began at the … Continue reading

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KEEPING TRADITION ALIVE

Puri Rath Yatra festival 2009 June 24/. KEEPING TRADITION ALIVE: A priest at Uttaradi Mutt in Basavanagudi performs ‘Mudra Dharane’ on the occasion of Prathama Ekadash Pilgrims get their foreheads marked with a ‘tilak’ on Aashadi Ekadashi at Pundhalik temple … Continue reading

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Easter : Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears

Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears Ashley D’Mello | TNN Mumbai: Avelino Rejoice Dhakul, 81, never fails to bring tears to people’s eyes when he renders the Passion of Christ from the Christa Purana, describing scenes from the crucifixion … Continue reading

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The Brave Ones:Ummul Khair

Fighting palsy, she learns the alphabet at 21, graduates at 30 Karthika Gopalakrishnan | TNN Chennai: Ummul Khair has made the journey of a lifetime in the last 10 years. Her body is affected by cerebral palsy but it is … Continue reading

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Religion and politics do not make as lethal a mix as Politics and violence

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Gaffar Khan, Suu Kyi, The Dalai Lama were /are  staunch believers in their religion and examples of politics based on compassion and humane values. Then there are ‘Secularists”, Stalin, Mao, Jinnah, The US administration with … Continue reading

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Islam and Peace:Muslims must speak in one voice against extremism

An article courtesy  TOI, of  17 March. It is very very rare to see such frank opinions on extremists, root cause for extremism, especially when linked to a religion with more than its share of violence and man made tragedies. … Continue reading

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