In contemporary times, religions’ identity is being used as cover for political agenda. Be it the terrorist violence or the sectarian nationalism in various parts of the World, religion is used to mask the underlying politics. While one was talking of separation of religion and politics many decades earlier, the times have been showing the reverse trends, more so in South Asia. Globally one came across the news that American President sent a chador [a ceremonial sheet of cloth] to the annual observation at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer. (April 2015). Later one also read (April 22, 2015) that Sonia Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpeyi, and Narendra Modi has also offered chadors at the shrine. Continue Reading..
A Journey through the Land of Kings- Rajasthan II.
India truly is a country with diversity. The multifarious culture, religions and activities are her bent. The twin cities of Pushkar and Ajmer affirm this statement. Continue Reading..
Pope Francis, the Time magazine’s ‘Man of the year’ for 2013 continues to be one of the most influential, popular as well as controversial figures today and grabs headlines every other day for his liberal views and has been successful in injecting a fresh aura into the huge number of laymen growing apart from the Roman Catholic Church. His liberal stance on same sex marriages, strong stand on the reformation of the Roman Curia and the Church have been applauded as well as looked upon with caution and criticism by many. This time, the Pope is in news for his speech in the European Union. His presence in a democratic and secular institution was met with protest. A ‘Femen’ (pro-abortion feminist group) demonstrator mounted the altar in Strasbourg’s famed cathedral on Monday flashing her naked torso and waving the EU flag.
Amala Maria George