Friendship overcoming religious fanaticism – A true story from multicultural London

Nadia and Reena grew up in the East London borough of Newham, and were best friends who had known each other since the tender age of 6. Nadia was a Muslim and Reena was a Hindu. Growing up, and they often played at one another’s homes. Through their childhood, religion had never got in the […]

Media mischief mongering over Church attacks in India

Lets be clear. All attacks on schools, places of worship and sexual violence deserve condemnation and punishment. However the vivid media depictions of these isolated incidents as attacks religiously or politically motivated – even before police investigations have revealed who the likely perpetrators are – cannot be described as anything other than mischievous. Over the […]

Hindu’s lack of activism compared with adherents of other faiths?

“…aggressive religions – they tend to overrun the Earth. Hinduism on the other hand is passive, and therein lies its danger.” (Sri Aurobindo, 1926) Throughout life it has often appeared to me that Hindus were passive. I don’t mean passive in terms of being non-violent (though that may also be the case), but passive in […]

Hindus against censorship: please sign petition to support Gaurav Sawant

*** Click here to sign petition *** Gaurav Sawant (right), a deputy editor for Headlines Today (part of the India Today group) is being threatened with dismissal.The reason for this, is that he has dared to question (on Twitter)  the way that the mainstream media fails to highlight or report accurately incidents of violence or religious intolerance in […]

Hindus & Jews: More than just allies of convenience

A personal & historical look at Hindu – Jewish relationship, beyond contemporary politics & mutually shared interests. A large number of Hindus admire Israel for its ability to defend itself forthrightly in its neighbourhood, despite being a much smaller country in terms of population and land than its neighbours; it is no secret that the […]

“What’s this man, you turning into a priest or something?”

When I used to study for exams at university I sometimes kept a copy of the Gita on the table with me. I’d read a page or two now and again, for example during breaks. Straight away I would begin to feel more focused and positive. The Gita certainly was an important companion for me […]

Hindus in Saudia Arabia

Having had a friend of my family who went to Saudi Arabia to work as a medical doctor, I’ve heard first hand accounts of how difficult life is for the several thousand Hindus who live in Saudi Arabia. Not only were him and his family not allowed to openly practice Hinduism, they were not allowed […]

Shivaji and Shaista Khan

Probably the most audacious and clever covert military operation in medieval history was Shivaji’s night raid against the Mughul commander Shaista Khan. In the words of a famous historian, Professor Sarkar, “Shivaji dealt a massive blow at the Mughals, a blow whose cleverness of design and neatness of execution and completeness of success created in […]

5 Hindu children abducted in Pakistan

Islamabad: Five Hindu children were kidnapped from Pakistan’s Balochistan province by unidentified armed men, media reported Wednesday. The children aged between five to ten years were abducted late Wednesday from Dera Allah Yar area while coming back from school, Dawn online quoted an official as saying. The kidnappers shifted the children to Sindh, the official said. […]

Hindus in Pakistan: What history books won’t tell

– There is a lack of awareness across the world about the very existence of a significant yet dwindling Hindu community in Pakistan. Presently it is estimated that Hindus make up 2% of Pakistan’s population. This is at least five times the number of Hindus in Britain. – Before the end of colonial rule in […]

Assam government mulls giving arms to Bengali-Muslims

Very few things surprise me in terms of ridiculous policies made by the Congress Party, but I was genuinely surprised to learn that Tarun Gogoi, the Congress Chief Minister of Assam is mulling providing guns to Bengali Muslims in certain parts of Assam. Isn’t this highly communal and just going to add to the circle […]

What it means to me to be a Hindu

Thousands of years ago, in ancient India and other neighbouring lands, a great civilisation arose. To me, being a Hindu makes me an heir of this civilisation and confers upon me the responsibility for its well being and continuity. Despite some errors and aberrations, Hindu civilisation has made a unique contribution to humanity’s collective knowledge and […]

Apu of “The Simpsons” … Positive Hindu character or degrading stereotype?

The most famous Hindu outside India! There’s been a lot of controversy about how Hindus are portrayed in the West in media and arts in general. Hindus have long protested about being stereotyped on TV as oppressed women awaiting liberation, and chauvinistic men. Whereas critics have argued that any Hindus who object are fundamentalist, extremist, […]

Getting a high protein veggie diet

Many Hindus are vegetarian. This is often an expression of faith or outlook towards life. A vegetarian diet may offer several important health advantages. However there have been concerns about whether vegetarians get enough protein. This is even more so for individuals who weight train or participate in other kinds of intense training, because protein […]

Sardar Patel’s legacy: who is the rightful claimant?

With the recent commencement of the building of the “Statue of Unity”, a statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, which at a proposed height of 182m is set to be the largest statue in the world, the question is being debated over who is the best carrier of his legacy: The Congress or the BJP? The […]

Motives of people who boldly proclaim Ishrat Jahan couldn’t have been a terrorist…

First of all a brief background for the uninitiated; Ishrat was a young Muslim lady from Mumbai, who according to official version of events was shot dead by Gujarat police along with 3 men who she was accompanying, near Ahmedabad, namely Javed Sheikh, Amjad Rana and Zeeshan Johar. The incident took place on 15 June 2004. […]

Abuse of Swami Ramdev at British Airport: The disturbing truth

Many of you will know that Swami Ramdev faced harassment and interrogation at Heathrow Airport (the biggest airport in the United Kingdom) during his recent travels to that country, to lead yoga camps and partake in other activities connected with celebrations of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. Many Hindu netizens reacted in a typically mindless […]

India to cede 10,000 acres of territory to Bangladesh

Did you know that the Congress is trying to do a deal which will see us in effect give away 10,000 acres of our country to Bangladesh, forever? And that this is likely to take place by the end of this year? Please read on… Most Indians do not know this, but the Indian National […]

A wayward Hindu’s tale (part 3)

In the last of this three-part series, Rajesh Vaghela recounts the challenge of trying to re-orient his life in a positive direction after a previous life of intoxication, violence and petty crime. To access part-one and part-two, click on the highlighted text. Having messed up big time on my A-levels, I wasn’t sure what to do next. My […]

Muzzafarnagar Riots – the truth that the media is hiding

The way in which the English language media has been reporting the Muzzarnagar riots has been taking the art of misleading the public to a whole new level of shamelessness. The average Indian will not know the facts behind the riots, and we have the right to know the truth. Please read the articles (at […]