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Civilisation can truly be said to be a milestone of human evolution, encompassing within its fold all elements of growth and transformation of a society. (Representational Image) (Unsplash)

Religion, culture distinct elements of civilisation with a deep connection

By Madhukar Kumar Bhagat
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 11:52 AM IST
In the modern context, civilisation refers to a fairly advanced stage of human development of a people, which encompasses social, urban, technological as well as cultural development.
Militant violence in Pakistan has spiked: In the past week alone, four vocational school instructors who advocated for women’s rights were traveling together when they were gunned down in a Pakistan border region.(AP)
Militant violence in Pakistan has spiked: In the past week alone, four vocational school instructors who advocated for women’s rights were traveling together when they were gunned down in a Pakistan border region.(AP)

'Religiosity fostering rise in terrorism': Pakistan experts

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:53 PM IST
Pakistani authorities are embracing strengthening religious belief among the population to bring the country closer together. But it's doing just the opposite, said Mohammad Amir Rana, executive director of the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.
Kangana Ranaut has responded to those criticising her.
Kangana Ranaut has responded to those criticising her.

Kangana Ranaut slams those criticising her bikini pic: ‘You call yourself a bhakt? Don’t pretend to be authority on religion’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 01:10 PM IST
Kangana Ranaut has slammed those sharing hateful comments on her latest post. She had posted a picture of herself, wearing a bikini on the beaches of Mexico.
People and journalist stand near the scene of the knife attack at the Notre Dame church, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, the third attack in two months in France.(AP)
People and journalist stand near the scene of the knife attack at the Notre Dame church, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, the third attack in two months in France.(AP)

The Taste with Vir: It’s stupid to say the terror attack in France was not motivated by religion

Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 08:36 PM IST
In this week’s The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes about the religion of terror, “Gandhiji was assassinated by a Hindu. That does not make all Hindus evil. In the Middle East, more Muslims die every week at the hands of other Muslims than have died in France all of this year. We don’t deny that the murderers were fundamentalists --- or that they claimed to be acting in the name of their religion.”
In Mee Raqsam, released this August, a Muslim teen learns Bharatanatyam, a marker of cinema’s inclusivity.
In Mee Raqsam, released this August, a Muslim teen learns Bharatanatyam, a marker of cinema’s inclusivity.

It’s Bollywood; religion is just not part of the plot, says Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 10:41 AM IST
When you’re chasing the Holy Grail — the next big hit — you can’t afford to be communal. What works is collaboration.
Pooja has a special part in Padmavyuha.
Pooja has a special part in Padmavyuha.

Padmavyuha actor Pooja Batra on her film: ‘You can take any religion and it will fit into the narrative’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 11:24 PM IST
Filmmaker Raj Krishna and actor Pooja Batra talk about their new film, Padmavyuha.
Mohapatra feels women’s right to public spaces is of grave seriousness and that the society needs to work together to give them that freedom
Mohapatra feels women’s right to public spaces is of grave seriousness and that the society needs to work together to give them that freedom

Every idea should be open to critique, even religion: Sona Mohapatra

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 06:01 PM IST
Singer Sona Mohapatra lists the changes she’d like see in the country on the eve of its 74th Independence Day
Representational image.(HT file)
Representational image.(HT file)

In Darul Uloom, students get a close encounter with other religions too

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By S Raju
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2020 06:41 PM IST
Those pursuing higher studies get unbiased lessons in different faiths and their philosophies to better understand India’s heritage
Actor Vikrant Massey was shooting Haseen Dillruba in Haridwar just before the lockdown was announced.
Actor Vikrant Massey was shooting Haseen Dillruba in Haridwar just before the lockdown was announced.

Vikrant Massey’s lockdown realisation: Life can be simple; without hatred, religion and wars

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 10:01 AM IST
The actor says it’s time for everyone to introspect the direction we’re headed to, given the climate crisis, forest fires, rising sea water levels and now with Coronavirus breakout.
File image of Inzamam-ul-Haq(Getty Images)
File image of Inzamam-ul-Haq(Getty Images)

Sourav Ganguly sent me food: Inzamam says cricket and religion don’t mix, rubbishes Danish Kaneria claims

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 09:53 PM IST
“I am not ready to accept that we have such small hearts that we did a thing like this, that we didn’t accept someone. I think Pakistanis have big hearts and we can accept everyone in our hearts,” Inzamam said.
Former chief justice of India Justice RM Lodha spoke to Hindustan Times about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019(HT Photo)
Former chief justice of India Justice RM Lodha spoke to Hindustan Times about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019(HT Photo)

Exclusion based on religion may not satisfy touchstone of constitution: Ex-CJI

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2019 11:26 AM IST
Justice Lodha also spoke about the why people, politicians and celebrities reacted to the encounters killings of the four men accused of raping and killing the 26-year-old Hyderabad veterinarian.
Development will suffer if the majority is out of sync with the government. It will also suffer if the minority feels alienated(Deepak Gupta/ Hindustan Times)
Development will suffer if the majority is out of sync with the government. It will also suffer if the minority feels alienated(Deepak Gupta/ Hindustan Times)

It is time for a new social contract | Opinion

By Swapan Dasgupta
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2019 07:59 PM IST
The gulf between Hindus and Muslims appears to have grown. A sustained conversation is needed
HT Image
HT Image
Muslims in Uttar Pradesh welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, saying it will re-affirm the tradition of mutual respect and unity among the people of both the communities’. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Muslims in Uttar Pradesh welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, saying it will re-affirm the tradition of mutual respect and unity among the people of both the communities’. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

Hope there will be no more fights in the name of religion, say Muslims in UP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2019 11:16 AM IST
Apart from some panic purchases in some localities of Lucknow and Kanpur, the mood in the predominantly Muslim areas in most of the districts was more or less normal.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is highest cleric in Shi’ite Islam. He is also a prominent figure in Gulf region.(Reuters Photo)
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is highest cleric in Shi’ite Islam. He is also a prominent figure in Gulf region.(Reuters Photo)

Iran’s Khamenei says building, using nuclear bomb is forbidden under its religion: Report

Tehran | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 06:19 PM IST
Iran has repeatedly denied ever having sought to build a nuclear bomb.
Older people are more inclined to believe in God and the importance of religion for children. The study also suggests that population ageing may slow down the transition from religious to secular values.(Unsplash)
Older people are more inclined to believe in God and the importance of religion for children. The study also suggests that population ageing may slow down the transition from religious to secular values.(Unsplash)

Nations become more religious as population ages

Moscow | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 03:48 PM IST
Older people are more inclined to believe in God and the importance of religion for children. The study also suggests that population ageing may slow down the transition from religious to secular values.
Zomato won hearts with its witty reply on religion.(HT FILE)
Zomato won hearts with its witty reply on religion.(HT FILE)

Zomato reply to customer on food, religion wins net

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 06:05 AM IST
The response is winning hearts on the internet.
Two unidentified persons allegedly hurled eggs and stones at the dais during Kamal Haasan’s public meeting in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi on Thursday(PTI)
Two unidentified persons allegedly hurled eggs and stones at the dais during Kamal Haasan’s public meeting in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi on Thursday(PTI)

‘All religions have extremists’: Kamal Haasan after slipper attack, Godse row

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 11:52 PM IST
Kamal Haasan has come came under fire from the BJP and Hindu outfits after he said that the first terrorist in free India was a Hindu in a reference to Nathuram Ghodse.
Countering Khan, Atishi sought an explanation from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo)
Countering Khan, Atishi sought an explanation from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Atishi counters ex-MLA’s claims over her religion

Hindustan Times, NEW DELHI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 12:10 PM IST
“I belong to a Punjabi Hindu family, and despite knowing it, former Congress MLA Asif Khan is lying about me and dubbing me as a Jew,” she said in a press conference on Sunday.
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is facing trial in the case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.(File photo)
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is facing trial in the case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.(File photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019:‘Truth, religion always win,’ says Pragya Thakur on court ruling

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 05:46 PM IST
Thakur’s lawyer J P Mishra submitted in the court that she was fighting the election for the “cause of ideology and for the “sake of the nation” and “to condemn the people who say there is Hindu terrorism”.
Thackeray took on the Opposition parties for lack of leadership, vision and a PM candidate. He attacked the Congress and added that the people of the country have not forgotten its string of scams.(HT Photo)
Thackeray took on the Opposition parties for lack of leadership, vision and a PM candidate. He attacked the Congress and added that the people of the country have not forgotten its string of scams.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Uddhav: Fight is between nations, not two religions

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2019 06:53 AM IST
Dharavi is part of the Mumbai South Central constituency, where Sena’s Rahul Shewale is contesting against Congress’s Eknath Gaikwad.
He criticised political leaders for seeking votes on the basis of caste and religion.(HT photo)
He criticised political leaders for seeking votes on the basis of caste and religion.(HT photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Don’t seek votes on basis of caste and religion, says Gadkari

Hindustan Times, PUNE | By Abhay Khairnar
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 03:33 PM IST
Many irrigation projects were left incomplete by the Congress governments and the BJP has sought to restart these projects, mainly in western Maharashtra, he said.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said wherever regional parties are strong they should not lose their votes from their area.(ANI Photo)
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said wherever regional parties are strong they should not lose their votes from their area.(ANI Photo)

I can contest from anywhere but don’t want division of votes: Mamata Banerjee

Siliguri (West Bengal) | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 06:58 PM IST
Ram Navami rallies were taken out in West Midnapore, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura, Howrah, Kolkata and in North and South 24 Parganas districts among others, officials said.
Asserting that BJP will not return to power at the Centre, she claimed that it will not WIN seats in many states.(ANI FILE PHOTO)
Asserting that BJP will not return to power at the Centre, she claimed that it will not WIN seats in many states.(ANI FILE PHOTO)

BJP trying to gain pol advantage by using religion: Mamata Banerjee

Siliguri (WB) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 07:26 PM IST
Banerjee also took a jibe at the saffron party and said she has fielded a ‘bhumiputra’ (son of the soil) from the Darjeeling seat, unlike the BJP, which has nominated a candidate who hails from Manipur.
The Election Commission Tuesday asked political parties and religious leaders to refrain from using places of worship for propaganda during the Lok Sabha polls.(REUTERS)
The Election Commission Tuesday asked political parties and religious leaders to refrain from using places of worship for propaganda during the Lok Sabha polls.(REUTERS)

Don’t use places of worship for propaganda: EC to parties, religious leaders

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 07:56 AM IST
The Election Commission Tuesday asked political parties and religious leaders to refrain from using places of worship for propaganda during the Lok Sabha polls.
Bollywood actor John Abraham and Mouni Roy during the trailer launch of the film 'Romeo Akbar Walter', in Mumbai.(PTI)
Bollywood actor John Abraham and Mouni Roy during the trailer launch of the film 'Romeo Akbar Walter', in Mumbai.(PTI)

John Abraham on India-Pak tension: ‘There has to be a war against terror, not against a country or religion’

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 05:47 PM IST
Speaking at the trailer launch of his film Romeo Akbar Walter, John Abraham has made a strong statement on the tension between India and Pakistan.
In an environment of growing religious strife, Padma Shri Ustad Moinuddin Khan, Rajasthan’s only Sarangi artist, gives a strong message of communal harmony.(HT Photo)
In an environment of growing religious strife, Padma Shri Ustad Moinuddin Khan, Rajasthan’s only Sarangi artist, gives a strong message of communal harmony.(HT Photo)

‘Comfortable praying in temples and mosques, fanatics shouldn’t dictate religion’: Ustad Moinuddin Khan

Jaipur | By Urvashi Dev Rawal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2019 09:40 PM IST
Khan rebuffs bigots saying he is comfortable praying in temples and mosques and fanatics should not dictate religion to people.
On Kulpreet: Dress, And; shoes, Clarks; ring and bangles, Tbz; watch, Tommy Hilfiger . On Freddy: Shirt, H&M; suit, Benz; shoes, Lee Cooper(Sharwanand Galind)
On Kulpreet: Dress, And; shoes, Clarks; ring and bangles, Tbz; watch, Tommy Hilfiger . On Freddy: Shirt, H&M; suit, Benz; shoes, Lee Cooper(Sharwanand Galind)

Love conquers all: Age, religion, and a grown-up kid, nothing could derail Kulpreet and Freddy Vesuna’s love story

Hindustan Times | By Veenu Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 07:54 PM IST
It was their second marriage and both had their doubts. But six years of marital bliss has proved that all you need is love to make things work
Justice Sen stated that the process of updating the National Register of Citizens, which is aimed at weeding out illegal immigrants from Assam, “is defective as many foreigners become Indians and original Indians are left out”.(PTI)
Justice Sen stated that the process of updating the National Register of Citizens, which is aimed at weeding out illegal immigrants from Assam, “is defective as many foreigners become Indians and original Indians are left out”.(PTI)

Based on religion, India should have been declared Hindu nation after independence: Meghalaya HC judge

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 11:48 PM IST
Justice SR Sen’s December 10 order came on on a petition related to refusal of domicile certificate to a Meghalaya resident.
Western Rajasthan’s Pokhran assembly constituency is set for a close fight on December 7 between a Hindu religious leader and son of Muslim ‘peer’.(HT File Photo)
Western Rajasthan’s Pokhran assembly constituency is set for a close fight on December 7 between a Hindu religious leader and son of Muslim ‘peer’.(HT File Photo)

Rajasthan assembly elections 2018: Religion big factor in Pokhran

Jaipur | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2018 10:45 AM IST
The BJP candidate, Pratap Puri, is the head of the Taratara ‘math’. The Congress’ Shale Mohammad is the son of Muslim religious leader Gazi Fakir, who has a large number of followers both within India and across the border in Pakistan.
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