Bhavya Dore is an author at Religion News Service.
In India, Hindus fast in Ramadan for growth and solidarity with Muslim friends
MUMBAI (RNS) — ‘It disciplines your body, makes you introspect and helps you build a habit,’ said one Hindu who participates in Ramadan’s fasting and reflection.
As COVID-19 swamps India, decision to allow Kumbh Mela’s crowds is scrutinized
MUMBAI (RNS) — As COVID-19 infections rise, the local and national governments’ decision to allow the Kumbh Mela is being scrutinized as a sign of the BJP-led government favoring Hindu beliefs over safety.
‘We need a place to serve’: As India’s COVID-19 cases spiral, faith groups step up
(RNS) — In the grip of a deadly second wave of COVID-19, religious charities and faith-based organizations are among the many civil society groups that have stepped up to mobilize COVID relief efforts.
Hindu nationalists see Muslim jihad everywhere in India
(RNS) — The Quran’s concept of the term ‘jihad’ is being framed as a conspiracy against India’s Hindu majority.
‘Vacationing’ to reconnect with India’s Zoroastrian culture
MUMBAI, India (RNS) — Return to Roots, a organization inspired by Birthright Israel, is fostering connections among young Zoroastrians around the world to bolster the once-thriving religious minority centered in northwestern India.
Opposition to interfaith marriage in India puts many couples at risk
MUMBAI, India (RNS) — In India, interfaith and intercaste couples are increasingly facing bullying, harassment, familial opposition and even death threats.
Indian state recognizes 800-year-old tradition as a separate religion
MUMBAI (RNS) — ‘The whole religion started as a revolt and protest against Hindu orthodoxy,’ said S.M. Jamdar, general secretary of a group at the forefront of the Lingayats’ drive for minority status.
US religious freedom report on India rejected as ‘Hinduphobia’
MUMBAI (RNS) The USCIRF report cited India’s anti-conversion laws, cow protection legislation and the treatment of Dalits, or so-called untouchables, as points of concern.
In India, a group defends wrongly accused Muslim terror suspects
MUMBAI (RNS) Young Muslim men in India nabbed on false terror charges has been a recurring problem through the years, often attributed to ingrained biases of the police.