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Hinduism: Religion and way of life
Hinduism is an Indian religion and dharma, or way of life, widely practised in the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, and some practitioners and scholars refer to it as Sanātana Dharma, "the eternal tradition", or the "eternal way", beyond human history. Scholars regard Hinduism as a fusion or synthesis of various Indian cultures and traditions, with diverse roots and no founder. This "Hindu synthesis" started to develop between 500 BCE and 300 CE, after the end of the Vedic period, and flourished in the medieval period, with the decline of Buddhism in India.


Indian Muslims to pursue review of Hindu temple site ruling

An Indian Muslim group said on Sunday it would file a petition in the Supreme Court asking for a review of a ruling that awarded a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh to Hindus, allowing them to build a..
Reuters - Published

India's top court delays ruling on ban on women entering Hindu temple

India's top court on Thursday delayed a verdict on the lifting of a centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age entering a Hindu temple, asking more judges to consider the case involving gender..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Hinduism

As Hindus rejoice, Muslim reaction mixed over Ayodhya verdict [Video]As Hindus rejoice, Muslim reaction mixed over Ayodhya verdict

India's top court allows Hindus to build temple on disputed holy site while promising Muslims land elsewhere for mosque.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published

Indian top court gives disputed site in Ayodhya to Hindus [Video]Indian top court gives disputed site in Ayodhya to Hindus

India's top court has ruled a disputed religious site be given to Hindus for construction of a temple.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 09:19Published

Ayodhya: Indian supreme court gives holy site to Hindus [Video]Ayodhya: Indian supreme court gives holy site to Hindus

India's supreme court has ruled in favour of a Hindu temple on disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land should be given to Muslims to build a mosque. The dispute over land ownership..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:55Published

Babri Mosque case: Indian top court gives disputed site to Hindus [Video]Babri Mosque case: Indian top court gives disputed site to Hindus

Court orders formation of a trust that will construct a temple for Lord Ram while Muslims will be given alternative land.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 16:52Published

India celebrates Diwali with lights and firecrackers [Video]India celebrates Diwali with lights and firecrackers

Hindus across India celebrated Diwali by illuminating their homes with lights and candles and offering prayers.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published


With Indian court ruling, Modi's Hindu agenda barrels forward

Just six months after sweeping to re-election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered on two major promises of his party's Hindu agenda, electrifying his base but sowing unease among..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: What does India's ruling Hindu nationalist party want to achieve?

Six months after he was re-elected, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on course to have delivered on two big promises of his agenda: Stripping Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and..
Reuters - Published

India detains users over inflammatory online posts after religious site ruling

Dozens of people in India have been detained on suspicion of publishing inflammatory social media posts and setting off celebratory firecrackers after the Supreme Court ruled to give a disputed..
Reuters - Published

Hindus celebrate after Indian court ruling on disputed Ayodhya holy site

India's Supreme Court on Saturday ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque.
SBS - Published

Indian court gives disputed religious site to Hindus in landmark ruling

India's Supreme Court on Saturday awarded a bitterly disputed religious site to Hindus, dealing a defeat to Muslims who also claim the land that has sparked some of the bloodiest riots in the history..
Reuters - Published

Indian court hands disputed site to Hindus; Muslim group unhappy

India's Supreme Court on Saturday awarded a Hindu group the ownership of a centuries-old religious site also claimed by Muslims in a case that has caused deep divisions and deadly riots between the two..
Reuters - Published

Indian court rules in favor of Hindus in explosive row with Muslims

India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu group on Saturday in a centuries-old dispute with minority Muslims over a place of worship in northern India that has been a lightning rod for tension..
Reuters - Published

Hindus to build temple at disputed holy site after Indian Supreme Court win

India's Supreme Court has ruled a disputed holy site in Ayodhya belongs to Hindus.
SBS - Published

Indian court to rule on Hindu-Muslim feud over destroyed mosque

India's Supreme Court is due to rule on Saturday on the ownership of a centuries-old religious site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims, in a case that has fueled suspicion and sparked deadly riots..
Reuters - Published

India tightens security ahead of verdict on contested religious site

India's top court is set to deliver a ruling on Saturday on a disputed religious site that has been fiercely contested by majority Hindus and Muslims for decades, lawyers said, as it beefed up security..
Reuters - Published

India chided for revoking overseas citizenship of British Modi critic

Press freedom watchdogs rebuked the Indian government on Friday for revoking the overseas citizenship of British writer Aatish Taseer, calling it retribution for criticism of Hindu nationalist Prime..
Reuters - Published

Indian Muslims anxious as court prepares to rule on destroyed mosque

In the Indian town of Ayodhya, minority Muslims are feeling under siege as they await a Supreme Court ruling on a centuries-old religious dispute that has cast a shadow over their relations with the..
Reuters - Published

India court ends hearings on disputed religious site, decision in weeks

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an end to hearings in a long-running dispute between Hindus and Muslims over a place of worship, laying the ground for a verdict that could lead to further..
Reuters - Published

India bars public gatherings in temple town as court verdict nears

India has barred public gatherings in the town of Ayodhya as the Supreme Court started hearing final arguments on Monday to decide whether a Hindu temple should be built on the ruins of a mosque in a..
Reuters - Published

Man in India killed by mob after being accused of cow slaughter

A mob in India killed a man after accusing him of butchering a cow, police said on Monday, in the latest case of violence involving the animals considered sacred to the country's Hindu-majority..
Reuters - Published

Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, school

A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday, the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities..
Reuters - Published

Blast in Indian fireworks factory kills 14 people

A blast at a fireworks factory in India on Wednesday killed 14 people, police said, weeks ahead of a Hindu festival marked by the lighting of millions of fire crackers.
Reuters - Published

Displaced Hindus from Kashmir eye return after India's scrapping of special status

Indian Hindus forced out of Muslim-majority Kashmir decades ago are jubilant at the government's decision to allow all citizens the right to settle there, with many considering an eventual return home..
Reuters - Published

India introduces resolution to end Kashmir's special status

India's Hindu nationalist-led government introduced a measure in parliament on Monday to revoke the special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir, the most far-reaching move on the disputed..
Reuters - Published

India accuses Pakistan-backed militants of targeting Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir

Indian security officials on Friday said they had found evidence of attacks planned by Pakistani military-backed militants on a major Hindu pilgrimage in the disputed Muslim-dominated region of..
Reuters - Published

India boosts Hindu pilgrimage to holy cave in conflict-torn Kashmir

India is hailing a Hindu pilgrimage to a holy cave high in the snow-capped mountains of contested Kashmir as an example of communal harmony, in a region where the Muslim-majority population is..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Influential Hindu group says India should not issue foreign currency bonds

An influential Hindu nationalist group close to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party has demanded his government review its plan to raise money by selling foreign currency bonds.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: India's ruling party to revive plan for Hindu settlements in Kashmir

India's ruling party will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle scores of Hindus in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley, a senior leader said, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten..
Reuters - Published

India curbs on highway for Hindu pilgrimage anger Kashmir residents

Curbs on civilian traffic along a highway linking disputed Kashmir to the rest of India, imposed for a Hindu pilgrimage, have angered residents of the Muslim-majority region.
Reuters - Published

Some in India's opposition see red over new orange cricket jerseys

Some opposition politicians on Wednesday slammed the Indian national cricket team's new orange jerseys, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing Hindu nationalist party of pushing its..
Reuters - Published

Protests in Indian cities after Muslim man is lynched, Modi says he is 'pained'

Protests were held in several Indian cities on Wednesday following the lynching of a Muslim man last week by a Hindu mob that suspected he was a thief.
Reuters - Published

Hindu monks push government to help build temple on disputed Indian site

Hundreds of Hindu monks gathered under the banner of a group linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party on Thursday urged the government to help build a temple on a disputed..
Reuters - Published

Indian court orders release of journalist held for Twitter post on Hindu leader

India's top court on Monday ordered the release of a journalist arrested for a social media post about a Hindu nationalist state chief minister, in a case that highlighted growing concerns over free..
Reuters - Published

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