Diwali Explained

November 01, 2021

Holi Explained

March 28, 2021

India’s Religious Leaders Under the Spotlight for Rape, Murder and Terrorism

January 10, 2019

Across India's main religions, crimes committed by spiritual leaders normalize criminality among their followers. Karl Marx's notion that religion is the opium of the masses could not have been truer in India. By a crude extension of the postulate, religious leaders play the part of opium...

At Sabarimala Temple, India’s Women Challenge Patriarchy

November 01, 2018

It is only a matter of time before women are free to enter the Hindu temple of Sabarimala. On September 28, the Indian Supreme Court voted 4:1 in favor of doing away with the centuries-old ban that barred girls and women aged 10 to 50 from entry into the Hindu Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Chief...

The Ganges is Too Toxic to be Holy Anymore

September 05, 2016

The holy river washing Indians from their sins is itself in dire need of being cleansed from the sins of the people to whom it gives life. The Ganges, India’s river of life, is in imminent danger. One-tenth of the world’s population relies heavily on the Ganges and its tributaries. Yet the...