Secularism

September 21, 2019
Khalsa Aid International which is popularly known for its humanitarian relief charity and human saving efforts, is serving the common masses from 1999. Khalsa aid is a non-profit UK based organization that provides relief to the people who are facing any kind of distress. Not only this, Khalsa aid is also popularly known for providing relief assistance to the people that are stuck in war zones or...
September 21, 2019
The path to secularism through introducing religious studies Representation Image The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019was released online a few months ago and controversies surfaced regarding various aspects like advocating for Hindi language as central. As the debate rages on about language politics and erasure of diversity, another gaping hole in the policy is the lack of...
September 17, 2019
For generations, The 'Patua Chitrakars' have painted narratives from Hindu mythology as well as Sufi traditions. Their sing-song poems depict  tales from the Ramayana and Mahabharata among other folklore , that once made them celebrated performing artists across the villages of Bengal.    Traditionally meandering performers, they travel from one village to another...
September 2, 2019
It was amazing to me that students from different religions, from different parts of India- Hindu, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs- as well as NRI’s and Foreign Nationals, were dancing and singing together as we followed the Ganpati idol down the streets of Mangalore. Local residents and college volunteers offered us water and Prasad at regular intervals. My first memory of Ganesh Chaturthi is...
August 31, 2019
Recently I read about a heart-warming story from my birthplace Ludhiana (Punjab) about Sikh residents of village Hedon Bet who refuse to let anyone demolish the 100 year old Mosque in their village despite having no Muslim residents. The village elders stated that the Mosque is the house of God and no one has the right to demolish it. An old man quipped, “If any Muslim brothers happen to come...
August 30, 2019
The Times of India reported this luved example of peace, harmony and everyday secularism from Mari village, in Nalanda district in Bihar Image Courtesy: ANI Hindu residents of this village have given their all to take care of a mosque.According to a report in the ANI, the Muslim population in the village slowly faded out and there was no one left to care for the mosque. That’s when the...
August 26, 2019
It was another time in this great land when a Muslim community name became the proud identity of a Hindu-majority team’s identity. And no one thought much about it. Representation Image In the Eighties, a dozen-odd boys from Ezra Street (Calcutta) aspired to play the Maidan League. The maidan’s premiere tournament. They had a team but no name. So they approached Fazelbhai,...
August 23, 2019
It is well known that Mahatma Gandhi began his meetings with an all faith prayer, reciting portions from various religious texts. Gandhi was a firm believer in the idea of communal harmony. From his childhood, as he nursed his father, he got an opportunity to listen to his father's friends, belonging to different religions including Islam and Zoroastrian, talk about their faiths. Interestingly,...
August 22, 2019
Shortly after the communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir and the subsequent abrogation of Article 370, Harminder Singh Ahluwalia sent out words of support to Kashmiris living in the rest of the country, offering help. Within the next few days, his group United Sikhs, in association with another NGO Sangat, helped take 32 Kashmiri girls stranded in Pune home to their villages in the valley...
August 19, 2019
Corrected Update: (Monday, August 19): 32 Kashmiri girls studying in Pune panicked when they lost communication with their families post abrogation of Article 370 shutdown in Kashmir. The girls reportedly approached the Sangat (United Sikh Mission) --not the Sikh Gurudwara committee as reported in the media yesterday --for help in going back to their homes. It was the Sangat (not the Pune...