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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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Mar 03 2014

Sangh may not make a debut in Kerala, but…

Video: Audience at ViBGYOR protest vandalism by RSS workers 400 and more. All shouting in unison “RSS GO BACK! GO BACK! GO BACK! GO BACK!”. So proud to be a Malayali, right now (I can’t believe I missed out on this video for so long). The video shows the reason why the Sangh will never …

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Feb 26 2014

Weeping for the Modern Caste-Hindu?

Outlook recently published, on their website, Jakob de Roover’s reaction to “l’affaire Doniger”. In the article, de Roover cooks up a story to explain how the “deeply flawed” narrative of the caste system and the Hindu religion is responsible for the creation of Hindu fundamentalism. What brings Hindu organizations to filing petitions that make them …

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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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Jun 29 2013

Is Atheism Accepted In Hinduism?

There is a trope that we ex-Hindus come across very frequently when we tell people that we are atheists – “Atheism is accepted in Hinduism”. The implication is that us atheists should just shut up about tolerant Hinduism already and concentrate on the intolerant Abrahamic religions. However trope is only partially true. Atheism is accepted …

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