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Soumya Shankar

Soumya Shankar is an author at Religion News Service.

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Eight over 80: Ruth Messinger’s long second act honors ‘an obligation to respond’

By Soumya Shankar — August 22, 2022
(RNS) — After her two decades as a New York City politician, anyone may have reasonably assumed Messinger’s career in public service complete. But Messinger was hardly done. 

Hindu monastic order is reclaiming transgender people’s status in Indian society

By Soumya Shankar — February 20, 2019
PRAYAGRAJ, India (RNS) — A reality TV star-turned-transgender activist is using the ancient Hindu tradition of akharas to go beyond activism's limits to change religious attitudes toward her community.
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