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How Secularization leads to Ecological Degradation

Secularism is a western notion that historically arose in response to European problems. It is not only alien to Indian society, it is highly unsuitable as it completely ignores Indian ethos that are rooted in the notion of ‘dharma’ (duty/righteousness). Hence, the secularization of Indian life and society that has been carried out in the last many decades has resulted in disastrous consequences. One such area where secularization has distorted the issue and has caused enormous damage is ecology and environment.

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Mother Teresa: Saint or Soul Vulture?

In this searing piece, Satish Verma analyzes the life and work of Mother Teresa, on her birth anniversary. Tracing her life's work through two important publications he shows that more than anything else, Mother Teresa was a soul vulture whose primary goal was to convert Hindus to Christianity and it was in her and church's benefit that India shall always be portrayed as a poor hellhole.

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The Victim-Perpetrator Bond: The Religious Roots of Genocide – Part II

What abuse was inflicted upon Europeans prior to the fifteenth century that produced in them a drive for domination by violence, provided righteous justification for that violence, and led them to commit genocide and ecocide on a global scale? What happened in ancient Europe before Europeans went forth to conquer, convert and colonize the New World?

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મદ્રેસા શિક્ષણમાંથી ઇસ્લામ ક્યારે બહાર આવશે?

આ તર્કસભર લેખમાં ડૉ. શંકર શરણ ઇસ્લામમાં જાહિલિયાના પ્રશ્નની ચર્ચા કરે છે. ‘જાહિલિયા’ અર્થાત અજ્ઞાન. ઇસ્લામિક દુનિયા પરંપરાગત રીતે એમ માને છે કે, ઇસ્લામ સિવાયની તમામ બાબતો જાહિલિયા છે - અજ્ઞાની છે. જોકે, દુનિયાભરની મદ્રેસાઓના ઉદાહરણ સાથે ડૉ. શંકર શરણ એ વાત સ્પષ્ટ કરે છે કે, જાહિલિયા તો ઇસ્લામિક દુનિયામાં જ છે. અને એવું શા માટે છે? વાંચોઃ

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ફતવાથી આગળ ઇસ્લામ પાસે કશું છે ખરું?

આ લેખમાં ડૉ. શંકર શરણ ફતવાની દુનિયા અને મૌલવીઓ વિશે ચર્ચા કરે છે. તેમાં કહેવામાં આવ્યું છે કે કેવી રીતે રાજકીય ઇસ્લામની ભાષા ધમકી અને ફતવાથી વિશેષ કશું નથી, તેમાં ચર્ચાને ભાગ્યે જ અવકાશ છે. લેખક કહે છે કે ઇસ્લામિક સમાજની અંદર પણ વાતચીત-વિચારણાની કોઈ શક્યતા નહીં હોવાથી કેવી રીતે આખા સમુદાયને નુકસાન થઈ રહ્યું છે.

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Comparing Religions on Taleb’s Anti-Fragility Scale

This article explores various religions all over the world on the Taleb's scale of anti-fragility. It analyzes how systems which seem very strong in normal times, may actually be very fragile and thus just one crisis away from total collapse. The Prophetic Monotheistic Religions of Christianity and Islam seem to be fragile and heading to an unseemly collapse, while Sanatana Dharma might gain from this disorder, as it has always been decentralized and personalized, not depending upon State or central structures.

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Prophetic Monotheism: The Longest Running Pandemic in History

While the world is reeling from the Corona Virus pandemic which is barely months old, we all are suffering from another virus, of an ideological kind, which has been spreading across the world for the past two thousand years continuously. It has been spreading death, destruction, violence and destroying peace all this time. It has infected a majority of humanity barring a few countries like India and China. This ideological virus is Prophetic Monotheism. Read Pankaj Saxena making this apt comparison in this article.

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The Tabligh Movement or Millions of Bearded Militants on the March – 1

In this brilliant expose of Tablighi Jamaat, India's finest historian Sita Ram Goel proves that Tablighi Jamaat is not a social movement. It has no peaceful intentions and it has no spiritual or philosophical bent. Like all Islamic movements it is also a militant movement, with violent goals and genocidal intentions about the non-Muslim groups at its target, the most visible of the enemies, being the Hindus. In light of this two-part series, the current deeds of Tablighi Jamaat do not constitute outlier behavior, but is symptomatic of the core ideology of Tablighi Jamaat.

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Tablighi Jamaat: The Real Face of Islam

In this short essay, Khalid Umar destroys a common delusion: that an extremist Islamic organization does not represent true Islam. He argues, with the short history and behavior of Tablighi Jamaat that their behavior truly and completely aligns with the fundamentals of Islam. They represent true Islam, rather than an abrogation of it.

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Is India Dar-al-Harb or Dar-al-Islam? – 1

In this piece, one of India's finest historians, Harsh Narain talks about the concept of Dar-al-Harb (Land of Infidels) and Dar-al-Islam (Land of Islam). In present times when we see how Muslims frequently flout State orders, one has to understand the Muslim psyche that works behind such behavior. In this first part of the exposition, Harsh Narain tells us about how Muslims view existence in a land ruled by non-Muslims.

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