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Jul 08 2014

The Inversion of Responsibility

Sign seen at a traffic intersection in Pune (see article for text of the sign).

“Be Responsible”, requests the sign. It’s titled “Hate Mongering” and was seen recently in the city of Pune: Who is it addressed to, you might wonder. Is it addressed to the terrorists of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (“Hindu National Army”) who went on a rampage in the city last month and beat a Muslim man …

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May 27 2014

On “India vs. Hinduphobia”

Mr. Juluri (“India v. Hinduphobia: What Narendra Modi’s Election as Prime Minister Really Means”), Firstly, let me congratulate you for analysing the most recent elections in India and figuring out what the “youth” really want – a unified India, as opposed to Hinduphobia – which would apparently mean Mr. Modi losing. According to you, it …

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May 09 2014

On Not Having a Good Hindu Name

I met up with a friend yesterday, who, like me, is an atheist but has a Christian last name. As often happens these days, the conversation drifted to the possibility of having Modi as prime minister. She told me about a friend of hers, who has a mixed background – Muslim father, and Christan mother. …

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Jan 06 2014

What to Say When Someone Dies?

My grandmother died today – she was 97 years old and had been on the decline for some time. She had also endured a very low quality of life for years (once saying, “How long is this going to go on?”), not being able to move or read or feed or bathe herself – so …

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Dec 11 2013

Unity in Bigotry

You might have read the news about the Supreme Court upholding a 19th century law that criminalizes gay sex, saying that the law needs to be repealed via legislature. In our schools, we are taught the phrase “Unity in diversity” to emphasize the diversity of cultures in India and yet how they all belong to …

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Oct 21 2013

Growing Up Saudi

Saudi Arabia would easily top the list of countries most hostile to a freethinker. I can’t imagine living in a country that has a ban on theatres. Many expats justify living in Saudi, saying it is a good place to work for a few years and save money. After all, there are not many distractions. …

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Aug 06 2013

Controversy Over Prevention of Caste Atrocities and Equality Act in the UK (Part 3)

(Previous parts: Part 1, Part 2.) Now to protect their own fair skin (which they are really proud of), the AHO are suggesting that the government and the members of House of Lords themselves are being racist. They are claiming, In April of this year there was no AHO but after Lord Harries and his racist …

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Aug 05 2013

Controversy Over Prevention of Caste Atrocities and Equality Act in the UK (Part 2)

A screenshot showing caste options taken from the UK section of the matrimonial website shaadi.com.

(Continued from Part 1. Link to Part 3.) Now let us take a look at the newly formed ‘Alliance of Hindu Organisations’ (AHO). It was formed in April 2013, only when it seemed like the upper caste or savarnas will be facing the wrath of the law for continuing discrimination. The domain name of their …

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Aug 03 2013

Controversy Over Prevention of Caste Atrocities and Equality Act in the UK (Part 1)

(Update: Here are the links to Part 2 and Part 3.) Western humanists may be aware of the pervasiveness of the caste system in India and the cursed life of exterior castes (former untouchables).

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Aug 01 2013

Is Being a Hindu Nationalist Important for Women Too?

A national political party puts up “I am a Hindu nationalist” posters across the city of Mumbai. I see complacency in the privileged Hindu men and women.  The men are not ruffled as they benefit from patriarchy and the women conditioned to exist within the construct. I ponder over what this emphasis on religion as …

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