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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Valson Thampu

The author is the principal of St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

Swami Agnivesh liberated bonded labourers as well as slaves of religion
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Valson Thampu writes: He was truly a citizen of the world and did not allow narrow-minded jingoism to blind him towards his larger responsibilities to humankind.

The Sister Lucy case shows why exclusive religious laws cannot be allowed to subvert spirit of Indian Constitution
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Valson Thampu writes: That a nun should work all her active life, only to be cast away without a rupee, falls short even of the crudest idea of justice.

Swami Agnivesh believed that a theocratic state was dangerous
Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Swami Agnivesh was a votary of secular democracy. He fought to the bitter end the communalisation of the state, which he deemed a crime against history.

Post-COVID, religion must be God-centred and priest-free
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Worship must be to spiritual life what breathing is to physical life. Just as there are no middlemen in our breathing -- except the deadly middleman of pollution -- in the spiritual breathing of worship too, there must be no middlemen.

Coronavirus has forced us to fall back on ourselves
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

It is asking us to open the box of our inner lives.

Removing ‘Abide with me’ from Beating Retreat legitimises politics of exclusion
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

The deletion of this hymn is an issue; but it is hardly a Christian issue. It is a problem and that problem pertains to the “India of our dreams”. It is, on the contrary, a shot in the arm for those who endorse the New India in the making, the hallmark of which is hostility to alterity or otherness.

For Sri Sri, mediation in Ayodhya could be a double-edged sword
Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Mediators in Ayodhya must stand steadfast on spiritual foundation in a charged atmosphere, where religion has been superseded by politics and the dynamic of mediation overshadowed by triumphalism.

Faith Vs Blind Faith
Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Without reason in our religious outlook we let the clergy manipulate us

About dignity
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

A sense of justice and fair play demands that unskilled workers are paid at least as much as their counterparts in the organised sector.

Closing argument
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

This Delhi campaign was high on oratory, low on debate.

A major grouse with minority institutions
Wed, Jun 01, 2011

Why no one can convincingly call St Stephen’s College ‘communal’?

The forgotten Swami Dayanand
Mon, Nov 15, 2004

Maharshi Dayanand was a rare spiritual genius whose vision and mission represented an unprecedented stirring in the ocean of Indian spiritua...

Reality check for Sonia baiters
Tue, May 25, 2004

Many seem surprised at the recent ‘amazing’ turn of events when Sonia Gandhi “renounced” the most powerful office in the...

Wadhwa’s balmy effect
Wed, Aug 18, 1999

It is instructive to sample the responses to the Wadhwa Commission Report. Some are elated and some agitated over the commission's findin...

The sensual and the sublime
Sat, Jan 23, 1999

Sexuality is at the core of our humanity. How it is understood and practised in a particular society is, therefore, an index of its healt...