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Hindu idols desecrated in Sherpur

Hindu idols desecrated in Sherpur

Unknown assailants attacked a Puja Mandap and desecrated idols of Hindu goddesses in Jhenaigati upazila of Sherpur early today. The incident took place at the Protapnagar Puja Mandap weeks ahead of the Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of Hindus, reports our Mymensingh correspondent. “The makers, who were working on the idols for Durga Puja,...

Hindu idols desecrated in Natore

Hindu idols desecrated in Natore

Miscreants attacked a temple in Baraigram upazila of Natore and desecrated Hindu idols last night, weeks ahead of the Durga Puja. The incident took place at Jorai Durga Temple located in Joraigram area. The locals informed police after the incident this morning, our Natore correspondent reports. The idols of Durga, Ganesh and Kartik were desecrated, said Chittoronjon Saha, the Natore unit president of Puja Udjapon Committee. “The miscreants attacked sometime around midnight on Thursday. This is an usual incident ahead of the Durga Puja. Every year miscreants damage some idols in Natore,” Saha said. “Last year, they desecrated idols in Chondrokola and Kakolia areas. This non-stop attacks on Hindu temples have become a...

Indian villagers shave their heads to mourn dead monkey

Indian villagers shave their heads to mourn dead monkey

Nearly 200 Indian villagers have shaved their heads to mourn the death of a monkey from their local temple. The macaque drowned when it fell into a pond after being chased by dogs. Afraid that its death may bring them bad luck, the villagers held a funeral procession and cremated the animal according to Hindu...

India probes identity card for monkey god Hanuman

India probes identity card for monkey god Hanuman

The card photo features the character from the Hindu epic Ramayana wearing gold and pearl jewellery and a crown. It emerged when a postman attempted to deliver the card, but could not find a Hanuman at the address. When he looked at the photograph he realised it was probably a prank. It is not clear who the iris scan and fingerprints on the card belong to. The card lists Hanuman as "Pawan-ji's" son (the god was known as son of Pawan in Hindu mythology) and lists a mobile phone number and an address in the western state of Rajasthan. Hanuman is generally depicted with a human body, a red monkey's face and a...

Lalmonirhat cops to explain role in post-polls rape probe

The High Court today summoned superintendent of police of Lalmonirhat and former officer-in-charge of the district's Sadar Police Station to explain their role in investigating a rape incident after the January 5 polls. They will have to appear before the court on June 6. On Jan 7, three men raped a 35-year-old housewife of a Hindu family in Dharairkhata village of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila allegedly for casting her vote during the parliamentary polls. The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and...

The Human Charak

The Human Charak

The Charak Puja is a Hindu festival marking Chaitra Sankranti -- the end of the last month of the Bangla year. The festival, which starts with traditional prayers and rituals at a temple, ends with one of most amazing displays of the human ability to endure pain.

Modi used caste strife to tighten grip: Cable

Modi used caste strife to tighten grip: Cable

Narendra Modi used caste or class resentments within Hinduism to tighten his political grip after effectively manipulating religious strife "to strengthen his power base during and after the 2002 riots in Gujarat", according to a leaked US cable. The 63-year-old chief minister of Gujarat is the prime minister candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)....

Religious divide in India favours Hindu leader

Religious divide in India favours Hindu leader

Manoj Balyan wants Narendra Modi to become India's next prime minister when results of a general election are released next month, and not because of the pro-business opposition leader's record as a credible economic manager. Instead, the property broker and village chieftain is drawn to Modi's Hindu nationalist side, believing the candidate will strip...

4 idols vandalised at Satkhira temple

4 idols vandalised at Satkhira temple

Unknown miscreants vandalised four idols of Hindu goddesses at a temple in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira early today allegedly over a land dispute. The criminals entered the temple sometime in the wee hours of today, Bimal Krisna Mandol, president of the temple committee, told our Satkhira correspondent. They took four idols of goddess Basanti to...

GROUND REALITIES

Faces of extremism in South Asia

BARELY a fortnight ago, a fringe group of Hindu fanatics forced the clamping of a ban on Wendy Doniger's extremely insightful work, The Hindus, in India. Not long ago, the now deceased leader of the Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray, openly suggested that Muslims in India be thrown into the sea. In the early 1990s, Muslim fanatics in Bangladesh forced the outspoken writer Taslima Nasrin out of the country for what they called her blasphemous views on Islam. Since she was...

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