Tag: Hinduism

What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?

THE LOST ART OF SCRIPTURERescuing the Sacred TextsBy Karen Armstrong In the Bible, St. Paul declares: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” Scholars suspect that this was actually written by some grump other than St. Paul, but such sexist passages are sometimes […]

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The Transformation of India Is Nearly Complete

NEW DELHI — On Saturday, fireworks were set off in parts of India to celebrate the verdict by the country’s Supreme Court to clear the way for the building of a temple for Rama — the Hindu deity and the protagonist of the epic poem “Ramayana” — in Ayodhya, a northern Indian town. The piece […]

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India’s Soundtrack of Hate, With a Pop Sheen

RAIPUR, India — The Indian pop star, swaddled in gold-trimmed tulle, stepped to the front of the stage at a neighborhood concert. Thunder effects crackled through speakers stacked near an electronics store. “Every house will be saffron!” the singer, Laxmi Dubey, yelled into her microphone, referring to the color representing Hinduism. “We have to make […]

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India Awaits Verdict on Ayodhya Site, Leaving Hindus and Muslims on Edge

ImageHindu pilgrims walk past a workshop where sections of a proposed to temple to the God Ram are being built.Credit…Rebecca Conway for The New York Times India’s Supreme Court will rule on Saturday on the ownership of the country’s most disputed religious site, a decision that Hindus say will cement their status as leaders of […]

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A Robbery Ring Targeted Indian-Americans. Its Leader Got 37 Years in Prison.

There was a method to the robberies: One crew member, usually a woman, would knock on the door. Then others, donning bandannas and brandishing firearms, would storm the home when someone answered and corral its occupants. While one robber restrained the victims with duct tape and threats of violence, prosecutors said, another would ransack the […]

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India Fails to Release Full Data on Hate Crimes

NEW DELHI — When India released its annual crime report this week, more than a year behind schedule, certain pieces of data were conspicuously missing. Officials in the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tracked many types of crimes, but they selectively released results, choosing to share figures about attacks committed by left-wing extremists […]

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Hard Times Have Pakistani Hindus Looking to India, Where Some Find Only Disappointment

JODHPUR, India — By the time an angry Muslim mob stormed the local Hindu school and ransacked an adjacent temple a few weeks ago, many members of Pakistan’s dwindling Hindu minority had already been wondering whether it was worth trying to stay in a country where they felt increasingly unsafe. In April, an angry mob […]

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Anger and Misery Grow in Kashmir

For nearly two months, the flash-point region of Kashmir has been locked down. The Indian government has flooded it with troops. The internet has been cut off. Mobile phones don’t work. Soldiers have ordered people to stay inside their homes or they will be shot. Anti-government militants have killed and threatened civilians as well. People […]

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Imran Khan Warns of Kashmir ‘Blood Bath’ in Emotional U.N. Speech

Pakistan’s leader castigated India over its Kashmir crackdown from the podium of the United Nations on Friday, warning of a “blood bath” when and if Indian authorities lift a curfew over the disputed territory. The speech by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the United Nations General Assembly was partly directed at his Indian counterpart, Narendra […]

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‘We Never Moved Back to Kashmir, Because We Couldn’t’

We vacation hard, my family. Ideally three weeks, and always a home rental, never a hotel. We settle in like we own the place, and have always owned the place. We start with a grocery store, a thrift shop for toys, a visit to the local library. We scope out playgrounds and children’s classes, make […]

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Tensions Over Kashmir Rise as India Tightens Security

NEW DELHI — The Indian government imposed fresh restrictions on the disputed Kashmir region on Friday, telling people to stay off the streets as the crisis there dragged into its fourth week. According to reports in the Indian media — foreign journalists have been barred from entering Kashmir — security forces set up barricades, more […]

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India’s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse

NEW DELHI — On Aug. 5, at 1:15 a.m., Asifa Mubeen was woken up by the sound of barking dogs as police officers began pouring into her yard. Her husband, Mubeen Shah, a wealthy Kashmiri merchant, stepped out onto their bedroom balcony in the night air. The officers shouted up that he was under arrest. […]

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Four Million Indians in One State Risk Being Denied Citizenship. Most Are Muslims.

NEW DELHI — More than four million people in India, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants as the government pushes a hard-line Hindu nationalist agenda that has challenged the country’s pluralist traditions and aims to redefine what it means to be Indian. The hunt for migrants is unfolding in Assam, a […]

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Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir’s biggest city, security officers tied black bandannas over their faces, grabbed their guns and took positions behind checkpoints. People glanced out the windows of their homes, afraid to step outside. Many were cutting back on meals and getting hungry. A sense of coiled menace hung over […]

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As Modi Addresses India, Protests Flare in Kashmir

NEW DELHI — India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the nation Thursday night for the first time about revoking Kashmir’s autonomy, speaking against a backdrop of rising protests, mass arrests and escalating tension with Pakistan. “We together took a historical decision,” Mr. Modi said at the beginning of his remarks. “A new era has begun.” […]

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Modi’s Majoritarian March to Kashmir

Kashmir, over which India and Pakistan have fought four wars since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, has been the battleground for competing, conflicting ideologies. For Pakistan, the Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir was a critical missing piece in its positioning of itself as the South Asian Muslim homeland. For India, the state […]

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India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is paradise on earth, “it is this, it is […]

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Pakistan Hits Back at India Over Kashmir Move, Targeting Bilateral Trade

NEW DELHI — Pakistan announced plans on Wednesday to punish India for unilaterally wiping out the autonomy of Kashmir by ending bilateral trade, downgrading diplomatic ties and expelling India’s high commissioner to the country. A statement from a national security committee headed by the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, said the changes would be put […]

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India Moves to Revoke Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government said on Monday that it was removing the special status that has existed for decades in Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement revoking Article 370 of the Constitution in the upper house of Parliament on Monday morning, as […]

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India Moves to Remove Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government moved on Monday to remove the special status that has been bestowed for decades on Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement in Parliament on Monday morning. Before the announcement, thousands of extra troops had already been deployed across […]

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