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Bhavya Dore

Bhavya Dore is an author at Religion News Service.

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In India, Hindus fast in Ramadan for growth and solidarity with Muslim friends

May 11, 2021

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

May 3, 2021

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

April 29, 2021

(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

October 5, 2020

(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

January 7, 2019

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

April 20, 2018

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

March 23, 2018

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.

Nonreligious in India face hostility, danger

April 10, 2017

MUMBAI (RNS) As political Hinduism has strengthened in recent years, liberals have decried increasing intolerance and the shrinking space for dissent.

US religious freedom report on India rejected as ‘Hinduphobia’

February 17, 2017

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

January 30, 2017

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.

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