Topic / Hinduism

Indian movie director faces death threats over new film

Back in 1992, Hindu fanatics numbering 150,000 demolished the 16th-century Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya because the site was considered by some be Ram Janmabhoomi, the actual birthplace of the god Rama. The demolition resulted in several months of intercommunal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least […]

The elephant in the room is a god, ad watchdog decides

In September we reported that Hindus were rebuffed by Australia’s Advertising  Standards Board, which found nothing offensive about a humorous lamb ad and rejected calls to ban it. Well, according to this report, religious pester power finally won out, and the ASB has now imposed a ban, finding that the ad produced by the Meat […]

Jesus was the key cause of a nasty family breakup in India

Pictured above are the wife and four children of a Hindu man in India who disowned them after they found Jesus and converted to Christianity. In February of this year, according to this report, Ramesh Kumar decided he could no longer tolerate his family’s attendance at a local church, and demanded that they cease observing Christian […]

BBC’s Godslot: ‘Deeply boring’ but popular with listeners

A poll being run by the BBC that asks ‘Does Thought for The Day still have a place on the Today programme?’ today shows that more than 46 percent of listeners want it kept ‘exactly as it is.’ The poll was launched after veteran British broadcaster John Humphrys, above, ignited a fresh row over TFTD […]

Superstition is not the answer to India’s mounting problems

India’s Junior Education Minister Satyapal Singh, above, recently stated that engineering students should be taught about ancient Indian scientific discoveries. He said that the first airplane was invented by an Indian eight years before the Wright brothers. Indian Prime Minister Modi, while addressing a gathering of doctors and medical staff at a Bombay hospital in […]

Rape arrest: another Indian ‘godman’ falls foul of the law

Falahari Maharaj , 70, a popular ‘spiritual’ guru, has been arrested in India for the alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman. According to the BBC, Maharaj is accused of raping the law student at his ashram in Alwar, a village in Rajasthan state. The self-styled “godman” faces 10 years in prison if convicted. Last month […]

Meat ad moaners told to get lost by advertising watchdog

Australia’s Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has dismissed complaints filed by Hindu groups against a controversial advertisement which featured Lord Ganesha at a nosh-up attended by a collection of deities. According to this report, despite numerous complaints lodged by Hindu groups across the globe, the ASB declared the ad  – created by the Meat and Livestock […]

Seeking publicity in the name of absurd religious sentiments

Gaurav Tyagi, a new contributor to the Freethinker, reflects on the recent row over an Australian advertisement for meat. India has lodged a diplomatic protest with Australia over the ad. The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India also raised objections to it and sought a boycott of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and a ban […]

Hindu woman abducted and forced to marry a Muslim

Arti Kumari Sharma, 20, was allegedly abducted at gunpoint at the weekend in the Khairpur District in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province and forced to marry a Muslim. According to this report, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has called for the immediate release of Sharma, and her uncle, Kishwar Sharma, a Houston resident who escaped religious persecution […]

Jesus turns wine into water – Catholics in India are appalled

An amusing ad for Australian meat was attacked today by the the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India for, among other things, showing Jesus turning wine into water for a ‘designated driver’ attending a dinner party. According to this report, the Australian advertising campaign launched by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) features “revered” mythical figures […]