Daily Archives: 2015-02-05

Thaipusam & the right to cultural and religious expression in Singapore

By Sangeetha Thanapal Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated by Tamil Hindus in Singapore, and other parts of the world that have a sizeable Tamil population. It has recently come under certain rules and regulations which have been deemed unjust. In the 1960s, Thaipusam was a public holiday in Singapore. Thaipusam was then removed as a public holiday under the pretext …

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Traffic concerns were the reasons for Thaipusam music ban

The ban on the playing of music at the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam has been in place since 1973. Since then it has caused much controversy each time the ban is brought up or enforced, as it happened on Tuesday when a scuffle broke out after devotees were told not play certain musical instruments during the kavadi procession. Three …

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Terror group ISIS now committing atrocities against Iraqi children, says UN

Islamic State jihadists are killing kidnapped Iraqi children, including by crucifixion or by burying them alive, with others being sold as sex slaves, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said. “We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities,” Renate Winter, committee expert, said …

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The Thaipusam fracas – Real answers needed

By Masked Crusader While the police have attributed the scuffle at this year’s Thaipusam procession to inebriated hooligans, a fringe group even Hindus would frown upon, it may have been an incident that has been brewing (pardon the pun) since 2011 and perhaps much longer. The fracas may in fact have been an act of defiance against laws the participants …

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