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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna and Vatsa – XLIII

Reading Time: 2 minutes  Nilanjana recounts the tale of Krishna slaying the demon Vatsa, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Now that the gopis and gopas had migrated to Vrindavan, they carried on with their regular lives. As simple cowherds were meant to, the boys would go out with the cattle in the morning and graze them the whole day. […]

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Three Most Heinous Crimes Commonly Committed by the Self-Acclaimed Indian Godmen

Reading Time: 3 minutesRitambhara tells us about the self-styled criminal Godmen and how they dupe people, in her weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. In India, self-acclaimed Godmen are a type of charismatic gurus with dynamic profile presence and huge supporters from all areas from leading businessmen to politicians across the world, which increases their popularity and wealth. […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: From Gokula to Vrindavan – XLII

Reading Time: 2 minutesNilanjana recounts the story of the migration from Gokula to Vrindavan, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The gopas in Gokula were not blind to the series of attacks by various strange creatures on little Krishna. Hence they held a meeting to discuss the same. The oldest of the gopas who was also […]

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Godmen: Happiness Comes with a Price Tag

Reading Time: 5 minutesGurus whose USP is smart marketing; Swamis whose fortunes would shame a Rockefeller; Godmen with unbridled libido who believe it is their right to rape and murder; Babas in saintly garbs close to political power – the pivot in an unseemly nexus – these quick rise men with feet of clay then are our ‘happiness’ […]

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Durga and her Entourage in a Jawed Habib Salon: Reverence, Irreverence, Trolls, Erotica and the Liberal Hindu Mind

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere’s public outrage on the social media about the newspaper advertisement of Goddess Durga’s family dolling themselves in a Jawed Habib salon. The celebrity hairstylist is being trolled on Twitter. There have been advertisements of underwear and shoes too using the Durga image. No one cried foul then. Arindam delves into evidence of the liberal […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: A Handful of Aranyaka Fruits – XLI

Reading Time: 2 minutes  Nilanjana recounts the many Leelas (cosmic games) of Lord Krishna, as a child. Here’s an interesting story, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  One day little Krishna was busy playing, as usual. But a sound from a distance caught his attention. As he listened carefully, the voice became clearer. Gradually the voice […]

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The Vulnerability of Religiosity: How Fake Godmen Rule the Roost!

Reading Time: 3 minutesNagpur-based Sunita exposes the chinks – rather cracks – in the armours of the socio-political and socio-economic structures. These bizarre figureheads continue to draw vulnerable people in the name of religion.  Much like the axiomatic Pied Piper, be it the aged dhoti-clad reader-of-scriptures or the bling-apparelled, gem-studded glib talker – hundreds of thousands of followers […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Play Time – XL

Reading Time: 2 minutesNilanjana retells the story of play time of little Krishna, The people of Gokula in their innocence never realised that an avatar of Vishnu was among them, instead, thanked Narayana for protecting the child and them. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The Krishna avatar of Vishnu is the most loved […]

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Another Godman Convicted; Justice for Rape Victim

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe special CBI court sentenced Dera chief Ram Rahim to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment, on Monday.  Additionally, a fine of Rs. 15 lakh has been imposed on him for each of the two cases. Ram Rahim’s lawyer, however, says they will appeal in higher courts. A compensation of Rs. 14 lakh to each of […]

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Hokey Godmen and the Mask of Celibacy

Reading Time: 5 minutesSelf-styled guru and father-figure Huzoor Maharaj Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ji, is the latest Godman, who simply put could not control his urges and felt that his status in the Dera Sacha Sauda gave him rape rights. Now, he has been convicted of rape and sent to jail for 20 years rigorous imprisonment, amidst courtroom […]

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