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Sufi Mausoleum attacked to punish the tradition of music and dance, say activists
The Rawadari Tehreek group condemns the attack on the Pir Rakhel Shah shrine, in Balochistan. Radicals are against ‘dhamal’, the whirling dance, because it provides an emotional outlet. For Sufi poet, “terrorism poses greater challenges to activists who cure the evils of society.”
Haryana: yoga guru becomes "minister" to promote (radical) Hindu values
Baba Ramdev is set to promote and supervise Ayurvedic practices in the State. The government wants to make yoga compulsory in schools. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, the appointment is designed “to boost fascist forces and the concept of Hindu state".
Mobile phones given to naked 'Naga Baba' to spread messages of secularism and tolerance
Naked Hindu holy men gather in the name of the god Shiva. A million pilgrims are expected at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. The naked sadhus will make Nepali temples famous. Last year, they were asked to protest against secularism; this year, they will do the opposite.
Sai Baba hospitalised in critical conditions as people fear for his life
The 84-year-old guru is one of the best-known figures in India’s religious scene. Despite his many works of charity, he remains controversial. Some accuse him of false miracles; others blame him for abuses. But many Catholics also view him positively.
Guru accused of corruption ends fast
Human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi, who knows Baba Ramdev personally, points the finger. With an undeclared billion-dollar empire, choppers to move around and medicines with traces of animal tissue, the guru cannot speak about corruption.
30/11/2016 15:38:00 NEPAL
Nepali authorities “bow” to illegal investment by an Indian guru
Baba Ramdev has invested 1.5 billion rupees (almost US$ 14 million) through an NGO she heads. Nepali laws establish tight controls on foreign funds, and the guru did not have the right permits. His popularity is being used to re-establish a Hindu confessional state.
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