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- Query on perspectives regarding Non Resident Indian
supporters of Hindu revivalism and related issues
- A dialog on H-Asia list, 26 oct 1995. Re. the psychological and social
variables which characterize the overseas Indians who support
the socio-political perspectives of the BJP. The thread also
discusses Hindu fundamentalism.
- On the milk drinking images
- From a dialog on H_Asia List, 2 November 1995. The significance of the
"milk miracle" that occured in late September 1995 when
the milk which worshipers offered in spoons to images of Hindu deities
was "being consumed" by the images. News reports of the miracle.
- On modern religion
- By Nanda Chandran, on the PhilOfHi list, 24 feb 1998. Counters notion
that Buddhism and modern day Hinduism, not Upanishadic Brahminism, are
the true religions of India. The difference between culture and
- South Asia Nobel laureate attacks Hindu nationalism
- By Subir Bhaumik in Calcutta, BBC News, 28 dec 1998.
India's Nobel Prize-winning economist, Amartya Sen, has launched
an attack against the forces of Hindu cultural nationalism in
India. Indian civilization is not fragile and can be exposed
to outside influence without harm. West Bengal's ruling communists,
who had organised the reception to honour Mr. Sen, oppose Hindu
- Christian Millenium Bugs Pro-Hindu Government
- By Ranjit Dev Raj, IPS, 17 aug 1999. Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee, a BJP 'moderate,' suggested that India celebrate the
Christian millenium. But Hindu hawks in the shot down the proposal
saying Christianity and the Gregorian calendar were 'alien' to
India. Political leaders have accused missionaries of enticing
impoverished and marginalised people into the Christian fold
through educational activities and charitable health care.
- Shankaracharya warns missionaries on
- The Grassroots Media Network, 25 nov 1999. The Shankaracharya
of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal says
Hindus would be forced to resort to reconversion if Christian
missionaries persisted, in the name of religious freedom, with
forcing people to change their faith, at the expense of ecumenicalism
and amical social relations.
- Becoming A `Servant Of God.' Devadasis are Dalit women
sold into sexual slavery. Is this the end of a cruel tradition?
- By Carla Power, Newsweek, 25 jun 2000. India can't seem to
shake off a cruel tradition of its caste system. Religious duty often
ends up as prostitution as many Dalit women leave to earn money in
the brothels of Bombay. Sister Bridget Pailey does social work among
devadasis in Karnataka: "The upper castes wouldn't drink from the
same glass as a devadasi, but they make use of her body."
- Hindus gather for mega festival. Pilgrims have travelled
great distances braving the cold
- BBC News Online, 8 January 2001. Tens of thousands of Hindu
pilgrims converge on the north Indian city of Allahabad where preparations
are underway for the Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, which takes
place every 12 years and sees millions of devotees bathe in the Ganges
to purify their sins.
- Sikhism a separate religion, admits RSS
- The Hindu, 17 January 2001. RSS admits Sikhs have a separate
identity from Hindus. The decision to close this chapter comes after
widespread resentment among the Sikhs and the Shiromani Gurudwara
Prabandhak Committee, which had objected to attempts by RSS workers
in Punjab to subsume Sikhism.