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Vedic Elements in the ancient Iranian Religion of Zarathushtra

Vedic Elements in the ancient Iranian Religion of Zarathushtra

Scholars generally agree that before the advent of Zarathushtra, the religion of the devas was current in Iran. For want of a better term, some have called the pre-Zoroastrian religion Persian paganism.  But here we argue that to do so is to obscure its connections with the Vedic religion. The similarities between the preZoroastrian Persian […]

Supreme Court of India Asks If Sati Can Be Banned, Why Not Multiple Wives Under Muslim Personal Law?

Supreme Court of India Asks If Sati Can Be Banned, Why Not Multiple Wives Under Muslim Personal Law?

With Muslim women at a disadvantage under the Muslim Personal Law with no safeguard against arbitrary divorce and polygamy, the Supreme Court has now decided to examine the validity of such practices saying that it amounts to violation of women’s fundamental rights. Muslim Personal Law must evolve A bench of Justices A R Dave and […]

First Clinically Tested Anti-Diabetes Ayurvedic Drug Launched in India

First Clinically Tested Anti-Diabetes Ayurvedic Drug Launched in India

Lucknow: India’s Council Of Scientific and Industrial Research, is putting its prestige behind a anti-diabetes Ayurvedic preparation, named BGR-34. The natural drug is a combination of plant extracts. The drug is expected to improve the management of type-II diabetes mellitus. The drug has been jointly developed by two CSIR laboratories, National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) […]

Experts to probe if Kailash is Ganga’s source as Hinduism says

Experts to probe if Kailash is Ganga’s source as Hinduism says

After union water resources minister Uma Bharti asked scientists at the Roorkee-based National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) to explore if the Ganga has its origins in Kailash Mansarovar and not Gaumukh near Gangotri as is popularly believed, scientists say they will be using water isotopes tracer technology to track the river’s source. “We are carrying […]

Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim killed in encounter in South Kashmir

Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim killed in encounter in South Kashmir

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Qasim, accused of masterminding the Udhampur attack, was killed in an encounter with security forces on Thursday in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the army, Qasim was killed in the early hours of the morning after security forces launched an operation in Khandipora village of Kulgam following information […]

In the age of Charlie Hebdo, isn’t an ink attack civilised protest?

In the age of Charlie Hebdo, isn’t an ink attack civilised protest?

A face blackened is not a pleasant sight, irrespective of whose face it is. That the very act of blackening somebody’s face is a disagreeable act too is beyond argument. Among civilised people, such a practice cannot be a norm. And, this should not be a perfunctory criticism which, having been ritually made, must therefore, […]

Supreme Court tells Modi govt to scrap reservations from institutes of higher education

Supreme Court tells Modi govt to scrap reservations from institutes of higher education

The Supreme Court on Tuesday called for the end of the reservation system in all institutions of higher education, regretting that ‘some privilege remains unchanged’ 68 years after Independence. It urged the Modi government to take steps to remove reservations in ‘national interest’. According to Indian Express, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and PC Pant […]

Supreme Court refuses to ban firecrackers

Supreme Court refuses to ban firecrackers

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to expand the eight-hour night-time ban period on bursting of crackers and voiced unhappiness over government’s failure to run a campaign to create public awareness during Diwali time on the ill-effects of fireworks. Refusing to modify its direction in 2001 banning bursting of crackers between 2200 hours and 0600 […]

These temples in Pakistan are now madrasas

These temples in Pakistan are now madrasas

In 1992, after the destruction of the Babri Masjid in India, some of the students led the mobs to vandalise the very buildings others tried to protect as centres of learning. We stood at the entrance of the temple, not sure if we would be allowed to go inside. It was a double-storey structure with […]

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