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We brought religion into our lives so that it becomes a medium of harmony. It’s like a lubricant so that there’s no friction between two parts which have to move together.
Indian religions were all practically ambivalent vis-a-vis violence. Persecution existed, but widely spread state patronage kept bloodshed to a minimum.
Liberal imperialism in the 19th century sought to destroy the transnational identity of Muslims. The pattern continues.
When all that was local was ‘pagan’ and those unpalatable for the invaders ‘heresy’, conversions became a tool for subjugation
The congeries of evil attributed to Indian Muslims is hurtful and untrue. S/he awaits that Hindu cousin to speak up against the targeted violence.
A world without religions lies in danger of inching closer to the void. As for terrorism, it’s not the monopoly of so-called Islamic fundamentalists.
Religion has not always performed its ideal role of facilitating unity and harmony. The belief in a vision for a better world is the ultimate weapon against violence and oppression.
Nature was self-sufficient. It contained both platitude and violence. Humans begat God as a symbol, to derive meaning, to forge identity. Not God’s fault.
The angry Brahminical god has tried to dominate the aboriginal, ambiguous deities. Then came the poet-saints, who transformed worship into an act of deep, silent personal love.
The fate of religion between fundamentalism and secularism decides the shape of democracy
Sangam-era violence was of tribal variety. Later it was between religions. Today, it’s caste riots that mostly erupt in Tamil Nadu.
Religion has seldom been far from the idea of revolution, which contains within it a scope for violence. A three-part study of Sikh history.
Nobody should be allowed to claim superiority for his God over his neighbour’s. The very logic of my-God-is-better-that-yours argument is perverse, invasive and colonial.
India’s long-standing tradition of ahimsa must continue forever. Otherwise the 21st century can turn out to be bloodier than any.
Everyone needs God. Some realise it, some don’t, but the path to God is only meant for people with tremendous mental strength.
Though the rise of Christianity was based on a nexus of empire and religion, at its heart is the aspiration for peace
Can religion and God be blamed for the violence that has become rampant in different parts of the world? Diplomat, scholar and former Vice-President Hamid Ansari takes on a variety of inter-related questions...