Lately, the Sikh prohibition of the pictorial depiction of their Gurus has come into focus with the protest against the release of the film, “Nanak Shah Fakir”, the first-ever film on the life of Guru Nanak Dev ji.
While the incident and what followed, has revealed much about the communal divide that exists in the valley, it is interesting to reflect upon the religious identity of the Bakarwals, wherein we find an interesting blend of Hindu-Muslim theological systems.
At present, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are at loggerheads with each other over the sharing of Cauvery’s water, but the precise origin of the disagreement is the treaty of 1924 signed between an erstwhile British province and the princely state.
For the Bishnoi, bringing justice to the chinkaras and blackbucks allegedly killed by Khan and his colleagues, was not just a matter of environmental responsibility, but also something that was part of their religious tradition.
Indeed, a mythological tale floats around the lands inhabited by the Idu Mishmi tribe that claims to be associated with the Krishna-Rukmini legend. To what extent it is rooted in Hindu mythological traditions is a far more complicated matter.
In the next three years when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman held the prime ministerial post in Bangladesh, he became a celebrated icon in India as well, admired for his moving speeches and charismatic personality.
The one moment in history that redeemed Churchill of all his flaws was the Second World War. Through awe-inspiring speeches and a fiery spirit to win, Churchill wiped away his unpopularity, saving himself from the disgrace accorded to Hitler and Stalin.
The emergence and development of the Khalistan movement in Canada and the militant groups it gave rise to has a long complicated history, the roots of which can be dated much before the independence of the country.
In the interview, Ganesh Devy spoke about the dying and dead languages of India, how some languages gain popularity while others remain marginalised, and the impact of colonisation on the language system of India.
Though the Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony is widely known to be a mark of Jain religiosity, it is also historically believed to be a moment when political leadership has been involved in the event and also when social reforms were carried out in Karnataka.