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Holy cow, Rama! You been working out?

Holy cow, Rama! You been working out?

IN A major shift from traditional iconography, the gods are being “butched” up by various artists to make them more appealing to modern young Hindus. According to this report, one New Delhi artist, 23-year-old Anirudh Sainath Krishnamani, says he was disappointed as a child by the fair-skinned and clean-shaven depiction of Lord Rama in a […]

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Give up breathing for Ramadan

Give up breathing for Ramadan

OPHELIA BENSON is appalled by advice given by the NHS regarding Muslim fasting There is no compulsion in religion, we are often reminded the Koran says. Granted, Surah 2:256 refers to compulsion to believe or accept Islam, as opposed to what follows from accepting Islam, but the phrase often gets trotted out to imply that […]

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Why circumcision should be abhorred

Why circumcision should be abhorred

A couple from the US state of Georgia was recently arrested for tattooing six of their seven children with crosses. The mother bemusedly commented: I’m their mother. Shouldn’t I be able to decide if they get one? No, madam, you shouldn’t. Children are not possessions; parents do not own them. They are human beings with […]