Posts tagged "india"
Sweeping Air

Sweeping Air

From Varanasi, India, Meera Subramanian’s inner pragmatist ponders the meaning of strength and devotion as she witnesses the Hindu ritual of aarti.

Everybody’s Sacred Cows or Nobody’s Sacred Cows? Equality for Impieties

By Austin Dacey F. M. Husain was hounded out of his native Hindu conservatives outraged by his nude portaits of Hindu goddesses.

The Globalization of Blasphemy

by Austin Dacey The Indian Penal Code was drafted in 1837 by the Indian Law Commission...In their commentaries, the commissioners observed that India is “pregnant with dangers” because of a susceptibility to “religious excitement” peculiar to Muslims and Hindus.

In the World weekly links, Pandora’s Box edition

…most residents of Trivandrum had not been clamoring for the temple’s vaults to be searched. This had initially puzzeled me. In America…it’s inconceivable that a mysterious, locked door would be left alone. (Recall Geraldo Rivera breaking into Al Capone’s vault, in the nineteen-eighties). But in India the wealth stored in the vaults of Hindu temples...

The World Before Her: Making Indian Women

A review of The World Before Her, now showing in the Tribeca Film Festival. by Natasha Raheja  The opening sequence of director Nisha Pahuja’s documentary The World Before Her cuts sharply between salwar kameez and swimsuits, Marathi and English, Bombay and Aurangabad, stilettos and chappals, open hair and plaits, bhangra beats and nationalistic hymns, saffron and...

In the World links, Unfinished Business edition

Nora Connor: In 2008 the Chinese government recognized the annual Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, as a national holiday.

Ramdev’s Hunger Strike Media Campaign

Kathryn Montalbano: India, home to the longest-running hunger strike in the world, has a history of starvation as protest, most prominently stemming from the non-violent practices of Mahatma Ghandi who, single-handedly, turned the ubiquitous hunger strike into an Indian-specific political symbol.  But contemporary criticism of the use of hunger strikes in India questions the...

Bangladesh (Further) Surrenders Secularism

Kathryn Montalbano: This week, the Bangladeshi government has pushed to retain the state's Islamic status, a move that requires an amendment to the constitution that originally declared Bangladesh secular and independent from Pakistan in 1971.  Bangladesh's path to independence could almost be credited to Indian Muslims, who sought reprieve from social and political marginalization in...

Of Artists, Expatriates, Faith and India

An excerpt from Vikram Kapur's article "When Society Failed the Artist" today at The Hindu, on the recent death of exiled Indian artist M.F. Husain in London:
What is interesting in the case of Husain is that the furore over his nude depiction of Hindu deities did not erupt when the paintings were created in...

May the Truth Force Be With You

India's yoga guru, Baba Ramdev, is on a hunger strike starting yesterday, along with 100,000 of his followers including some in Houston, Texas (click on the prior link to catch the Houston Chronicle's Kate Shellnut comparing Ramdev's popularity to that of Oprah or Joel Osteen!).  He'll fast to the death, Ramdev says, if...

Indian Bioethical Import/Export

Michael Cook at BioEdge writes that what happens in bioethics in the U.S., Britain, and Australia is worth watching because similar policies are then often adopted in other countries throughout the world. He writes, "These countries have high-quality medical technology, but unsophisticated bioethics. As a consequence they tend to adopt a utilitarian ethic without...

City of Life and Death

There wasn’t a dearth of death in Benares; as one walked or drove on its streets, small groups of men bearing the dead on biers kept passing by with little fanfare about the nature of their procession. I saw many more dead bodies in three days in Benares than I had seen in the preceding...