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Priyadarshini Sen

Priyadarshini Sen is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Priyadarshini Sen

Atheist ashram on Lord Krishna’s home turf roils India’s Hindu nationalists

By Priyadarshini Sen — June 19, 2019
(RNS) — Two brothers who once devoutly supported the Hindu nationalist agenda have turned to rationalism, attracting attacks from religious leaders and politicians.

Refurbishing holy site, India’s Modi levels ancient spiritual landscape

By Priyadarshini Sen — April 22, 2019
VARANASI, India (RNS) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 'dream project' at an 18th-century shrine to Lord Shiva has swept up monasteries, old-age homes and shops that had existed for generations.

India’s Hindu prime minister touts hometown’s Buddhist links as vote nears

By Priyadarshini Sen — April 11, 2019
VADNAGAR, India (RNS) — Is Indian Prime Minister Modi's interest in Buddhist antiquities genuine, or just a play for votes among his country's dispossessed?

India’s Hindu nationalists vow to restore deity’s birthplace to former glory

By Priyadarshini Sen — February 26, 2019
AYODHYA, India (RNS) — Local politicians are attempting to remake a town whose name is synonymous with anti-Muslim violence into a tourist destination for Hindus from India and around the world.

India’s Supreme Court threatens hereditary priesthood at Jagannath temple

By Priyadarshini Sen — December 21, 2018
PURI, India (RNS) — Replacing their hereditary rights to perform temple rituals with salaried, merit-based priests, say the workers at the Jagannath Temple here, would corrupt a centuries-old practice.

Neglect and paradoxical rules on preservation threaten India’s historic Hindu Sun Temple

By Priyadarshini Sen — December 12, 2018
BHUBANESWAR, India (RNS) — The uncertain fate of a 13th-century temple to the Hindu sun god has many demanding that the government re-examine its approach to cultural preservation.

India’s Durga Puja celebrates divine feminine with modern takes on ancient ritual

By Priyadarshini Sen — October 19, 2018
KOLKATA, India (RNS) — Elaborately designed bamboo pandals have serious themes, from the trafficking of women to child labor at tea shops to the plastic surgery obsession among young adults.

Indian court raises LGBT hopes of finding home in traditional faiths

By Priyadarshini Sen — September 11, 2018
NEW DELHI (RNS) — Fearing censure, gay and transgender Indians have long kept away from mainstream religious spaces. But a Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on homosexuality has galvanized many to practice their faith more openly.

India’s Bnei Menashe community sets sights on immigrating to Israel

By Priyadarshini Sen — August 30, 2018
MANIPUR, India (RNS) — So far in 2018, more than 430 Bnei Menashe have immigrated to Israel, making it one of their largest exoduses from India since 1989.

Far from home, Rohingya Muslim refugees count their blessings at Eid

By Priyadarshini Sen — June 15, 2018
(RNS) — Among the 17,500 Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar, a small band has landed in near Kolkata where they can observe the holiday ending the holy month of Ramadan with a semblance of security and the flavors of home.

Indian women breaking down barriers to religious leadership

By Priyadarshini Sen — May 15, 2018
PUNE, India (RNS) — As ideas about gender equality spread in India, female clergy are slowly gaining acceptance in the country’s male-dominated religions, solemnizing marriage, birth and death ceremonies for Hindus and adjudicating religious matters for Muslims.

Sufism, the mystical practice of Islam, takes root in the City of Angels

By Priyadarshini Sen — March 30, 2017
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Islam is like the bark of a tree and Sufism its sap or inner essence, says a Southern California Sufi.
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