Bhavya Dore is an author at Religion News Service.
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Shashank Sharma sets record for visiting most houses of worship in one month
By Bhavya Dore — June 28, 2023
MUMBAI (RNS) — From temples to mosques to churches, Sharma earned a Guinness World Record when he visited 76 in one month.
Ex-Muslims in India find solidarity online as they face social and familial rejection
By Bhavya Dore — August 10, 2021
MUMBAI, India (RNS) — ‘We needed a place to belong, a safe space to be ourselves.’ Ex-Muslims are driven by a particular need to articulate their disentanglement from their religion and not simply turn atheist.
Indian Hindus turn to honoring ‘corona goddess’ to quell pandemic
By Bhavya Dore — June 22, 2021
(RNS) — India has a history of worshipping female divinities during times of disease outbreaks. There have been goddesses of plague, smallpox and cholera through the past centuries.
In India, Hindus fast in Ramadan for growth and solidarity with Muslim friends
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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’
By Bhavya Dore — 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
By Bhavya Dore — 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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