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Acquiring Indian nationality is so difficult !

For a foreigner, acquiring an Indian passport is not something easy. It’s now even more difficult than before. The PIO ( Person of Indian Origin) card can only be obtained by marrying an Indian. And this is a status that allow … Continue reading

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India : where men crash coconuts on their head as a sign of devotion

At Dasanur, 35 kms from Coimbatore ( in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu), men belonging to the Kurumba Gownder caste break coconuts on their face to please their favourite deity, Banma Mahali Amman. (Kurumba Gownder are a caste of shepherds … Continue reading

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India : the place where there are no ( few) thieves

In Maharashtra ( one of the indian states), there is a hindu temple where the chief deity, Cheroba, has the power to teach a lesson to thieves. Local people say that every stolen good will come back to you if the god is … Continue reading

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Pakistan : the “pir” tradition, an example of how religion and politics can mingle

Sufism is the muslim mystical way. It completes the “sharia”, the islamic law, and it reveals the hidden signification of the Koran. It has been introduced in the indian sub-continent initially by saints, then by congregations from the 13° century. These … Continue reading

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