Month: July 2021

Anandi Ashram, the Ashram of Patanjala

Bharat Ashram in Anandiburi, Uttar Pradesh, has been criticised for allegedly discriminating against women and discriminating against students of Dalit, Muslim, Christian and Sikh communities. The Ashram charges students from across the religious spectrum, from the lower castes to the upper castes.It charges a monthly fee of Rs 50,000 for male students and Rs 50 for […]

Satchidanand Ashram in Kerala is closed

Kerala has a unique reputation for being a secular state, a bastion of free thought, tolerance and secularism.It has also had its share of controversies, particularly regarding the cult of Hindu god Satchi and his followers.The controversy over the Satchidarananda Ashram, the ashram in Kochi which has been in operation since the 1980s, comes in […]

How to get a free yoga session: Get your ass in the air

By Nirmal Mukherjee, The Washington Examiner Washington (AFP) – Indian yogis will soon have their own free yoga studio in Washington, D.C., and the practice is set to become a model for other nations in Asia.The YogaWorks program, sponsored by the United States yoga center and the National Geographic Society, is aimed at offering yoga […]

Why do I feel ashamed about my faith?

By Nadeem Akhtar This article was first published in January 2018.It has been a month since a mass brawl in India’s largest Muslim community left more than 200 people dead, prompting the government to set up an inquiry and ban the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a terrorist organisation.Now, as more details emerge about the […]