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Tag Archive: India

Dec 26 2013

Taslima Nasreen and these dark times

Garga Chatterjee is the guest blogger today. He is a brain scientist at MIT, USA. Here he analyzes the shrinking space for free expression in West Bengal, India. Many Bengalis take a lot of pride about Kolkata, as a centre for free thought and artistic expression. Kolkata, the so-called ‘cultural capital’, has demonstrated the increasing …

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Dec 12 2013

India banned love. But love must not be banned.

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India celebrated Human Rights Day on December 10 and passed the verdict against Human Rights to have consensual sex next day. India re-criminalized homosexuality. Some countries love to remain backward.

Nov 11 2013

Fatwabaaz and politicians

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All the religious fanatics who issued fatwas against me, and set prices on my head or attacked me physically or tried to kill me for expressing my opinions were honored by the politicians in Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh: The picture above is from a press conference held in 1993 by Islamic fundamentalists for the banning …

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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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