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Nov 05 2013

Another patriarchal festival today in India. Bhai Phonta or Bhai Dooj.

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There are hundreds of patriarchal festivals in India. People are celebrating Bhai Phonta or Bhai Dooj or Bhai Tika or Bhai Beej today. On this day, sisters put a sandalwood paste or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives, safety and success. …

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Sep 17 2013

Onam, a secular festival was celebrated today.

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Onam is a traditional harvest festival. It is also a secular festival, celebrated mainly in Kerala, India. Malayalees all over the world celebrated Onam today. They sing a secular song during Onam festival. ‘Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam, manusharellarum onnupole amodhathode vasikkum kalam apathangarkkumottillathanum kallavum illa chathiyumilla ellolamilla polivachanam kallapparayum cherunazhiyum kallatharangal mattonnumilla adhikal vyadhikalonnumilla balamaranangal …

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Sep 11 2013

Wish there were no religion

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Hindu-Muslim violence flares in Northern India. 38 people are killed. Politicians divided India in 1947 to make Hindus and Muslims live peacefully. 65 years passed, they haven’t found peace yet. Politicians still make use of religious sentiments to attract votes. They do not really give a damn about any damn peace.

Sep 02 2013

Indian Godman is in jail for sexual assault

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Gandhi grew up in Gujarat. He was called Bapu. Asaram grew up in Gujarat. He is also called Bapu. Gandhi was hugely popular among Indians. Asaram has been hugely popular among Indians. Gandhi used young girls for his celibacy test, even when he was over 70. Asaram is now 72, and he rapes young girls. …

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Aug 26 2013

Everybody has the right to blaspheme.

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India is a country of religion and spirituality. It has a law against blasphemy. Section 295A, Indian Penal Code: Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.— Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of …

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Aug 16 2013

Gandhi

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I am watching Gandhi on an Indian TV. Today is the Independence Day of India. TV channels are celebrating the day. Gandhi is the father of the nation. Showing Gandhi is part of their celebration. Gandhi is an award winning well produced well directed film. The film won eight Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best …

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Aug 15 2013

Remembering those days

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India got independence from the British in 1947. But the independence brought the partition, based on religion. Pakistan was for Muslims. India was for Hindus. The political leaders of India believed in two nation theory. But the war between East and West Pakistan in 1971 proved that two nation theory was a wrong theory and …

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Jul 31 2013

Don’t let the fanatics win.

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Islamic scholar Amina Wadud’s lecture has been cancelled in India. Amina Wadud is called Islamic feminist. I personally do not think any devout Muslim can be a feminist. The reason for my doubt is, all religions including islam are anti-Women. Amina Wadud is a veiled Muslim. She has been fighting for the right of Muslim …

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Jul 24 2013

Mid-day deaths

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I learned about poverty when I learned about school children that stopped going to schools because they were not given free mid-day meal anymore. Just a little poor quality rice, and a little poor quality lentil they could get. But that was their main meal for a day. Mid-day meal was the main attraction for …

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Jun 09 2013

Mass Virginity Test

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350 women were put through virginity test during a mass marriage programme organised by the Madhya Pradesh government in India. It is not the first time. The same state forced women to have virginity tests during a mass marriage ceremony in 2009. Girja Vyas, the head of national commission of women then said, “Such a …

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