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Preservation of Ramayana in Malaysia

Preservation of Ramayana in Malaysia

The Ramayana helped to mold concepts of state and kingship in Malaysia. The epic probably reached Malaysia by way of Javanese traders who brought their shadow play, Wayang Kulit. Many changes developed in the Malay version Ramayana and those changes depended upon the local traditions and politics. Religious beliefs also influenced these changes since the […]

Chhath Puja: The ancient Vedic festival of the Sun

Chhath Puja:  The ancient Vedic festival of the Sun

Chhath Puja is an ancient Hindu festival and the only Vedic Festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya, also known as Surya Shashti. The puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.  The prayer entails preparations for the purification of the soul and […]

Joint efforts between India and USA to hunt Dawood Ibrahim

Joint efforts between India and USA to hunt Dawood Ibrahim

Though India has pursued the case of Dawood Ibrahim with the US for a long time, the two countries signalled their intention to jointly go after the mob boss and his support network during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the US.  A joint statement issued after Modi’s meeting with US President Barack Obama […]

The Four Gatekeepers of Freedom

The Four Gatekeepers of Freedom

The Yoga Vasistha is a popular text on Non-dual God, Ancient in form and philosophical in content. It is also known by other names like Knowledge Vasistha, Maha Ramayana, Vasistha Ramayana and Vasistha and is ascribed to Sage Valmiki himself. It is in the form of replies given by Vasistha to Sri  Rama’s queries regarding philosophical […]

Bhai Dooj – When sisters pray for brother’s protection!

Bhai Dooj – When sisters pray for brother’s protection!

Nowhere is the bond of brotherly-sisterly love glorified with such grandeur as in India. Hindus celebrate this special relationship twice every year, with the festivals of Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj. What, When & How After the high voltage celebrations of Diwali , the festival of lights and fire-crackers, sisters all over India get ready […]

Let’s have a Green Diwali

Let’s have a Green Diwali

With the Festival of Lights round the corner there is promise of fun and laughter. But in the midst of all that, do keep in mind the fragile state of the earth and also those less privileged than yourself. Traditionally, Diwali was celebrated by lighting earthen lamps signifying the triumph of good over evil. The […]

Happy Bandi Chhor Divas!

Happy Bandi Chhor Divas!

I must only accept and appreciate my freedom, with the freedom of all of humanity. Globally, Diwali is celebrated as the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for […]

The Spiritual Significance of Diwali

The Spiritual Significance of Diwali

Deepavali or Diwali means “a row of lights”. It falls on the last two days of the dark half of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November).   Spiritual Origins of Diwali There are various alleged origins attributed to this festival. Some hold that they celebrate the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. In Bengal the festival […]

West Bengal turns into new haven for terrorist activities

West Bengal turns into new haven for terrorist activities

Noxious community-centric political patronage, spiralling migration and extreme poverty are turning the rural outskirts of West Bengal into a haven for terrorist activities. The National Investigating Agency (NIA), which is probing the recent Burdwan blast, has unearthed a chain of illegal madrasas or Muslim educational centres, which were being used as a cover for providing […]

Al Qaeda Planning Bomb Attacks In India?

Al Qaeda Planning Bomb Attacks In India?

Al Qaeda, the group responsible for the Sept 11, 2001, attack on New York’s World Trade Center, and which had no reported presence in India till now, has apparently joined hands with Indian terror outfits like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to plan a series of bombings in the country during the festival […]

Dutch Biker gangs okayed to fight against Islamic State

Dutch Biker gangs okayed to fight against Islamic State

The Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Iraq are not necessarily committing any crime. “Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP. “You just can’t join a […]

Indian police inspector wins UN’s international female peacekeeper award

Indian police inspector wins UN’s international female peacekeeper award

An Indian police inspector has been named recipient of a prestigious international female peacekeeper award by the UN’s police division for her “exceptional achievements” in her duty with the UN mission in Afghanistan, including her efforts towards helping victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Inspector Shakti Devi of the Jammu & Kashmir Police, currently deployed […]

Strengthen the Mind

Strengthen the Mind

The mind is a bundle of habits. Bad habits and prejudices hidden in one’s nature will necessarily be brought to the surface of the mind when the proper opportunity comes. If you change the habits, you can also change your character. You sow an act; you reap a habit. You sow a habit; you reap […]