American Hindu parents are finding innovative ways to pass the faith on to their kids

By Richa Karmarkar — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — 'It's a religion of understanding and of knowledge, not of faith. And I think that kind of vibes with the modern generation,' said Instagram's The Hindu Grandma.
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A stampede at a religious event in India has killed at least 60 people

By Biswajeet Banerjee — July 2, 2024
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Deadly stampedes are relatively common around Indian religious festivals, where large crowds gather in small areas with shoddy infrastructure and few safety measures.

New York City celebrates the 10th International Day of Yoga

By Richa Karmarkar — June 21, 2024
NEW YORK (RNS) — In bustling Times Square, hundreds of yoga practitioners gathered to celebrate International Day of Yoga: an initiative from the UN that marks a decade this year.

India slowly expands protections for ostracized interfaith, mixed-caste couples

By Priyadarshini Sen — June 14, 2024
MAHARASHTRA, India (RNS) — In 2018, India’s Supreme Court recognized honor killing as a serious problem and issued guidelines to prevent it, including setting up safe houses.

Oxford University to return bronze sculpture of Hindu saint to India

By Associated Press — June 11, 2024
LONDON (AP) — The planned repatriation comes amid a push by foreign governments, including Nigeria, Egypt and Greece, as well as Indigenous peoples from North America to Australia, seeking to reclaim precious antiquities looted or acquired by questionable means during the heyday of the British Empire.

India investigates attack by suspected militants in Kashmir that killed 9 on Hindu pilgrimage

By Associated Press — June 11, 2024
NEW DELHI (AP) — A police officer said some of the victims had gunshot wounds and blamed the attack on Muslim militants who are fighting Indian rule in Kashmir. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which left 33 others injured.

New Jersey bill allowing standalone crematories could benefit Hindu funeral rituals

By Richa Karmarkar — June 10, 2024
(RNS) — Hindu advocates hope the new bill would better fit the spiritual needs of a community that largely cremates its dead.

What goes into a hate crime? Don’t assume you know.

By Simran Jeet Singh — June 7, 2024
(RNS) — What makes Athale's alleged crimes specific is that authorities collected enough evidence to charge him with targeting Sikhs.

This Gen Z politician wants to talk about religion more, not less

By Ellie Davis — June 6, 2024
(RNS) — Ashwin Ramaswami’s state Senate campaign carries with it broader national themes of election protection and Hindus’ emerging presence in American politics. 

Narendra Modi sworn in as India’s prime minister for a third term after a narrow win – suggesting Indian voters saw through religious rhetoric

By Sumit Ganguly — June 5, 2024
(The Conversation) — The ruling BJP failed to see that those who had not benefited from the country’s rapid economic growth were deeply unhappy.

India is doubling down on its traumatic attack on Sikh shrines 40 years ago

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — June 3, 2024
(RNS) — India cannot become a true world power until it leaves behind the tyranny of the religious majority.

New film depicting ‘hero’s journey’ of Swami Vivekananda comes to PBS

By Richa Karmarkar — May 31, 2024
(RNS) — 'America's First Guru' is a 90-minute look at how Swami Vivekananda introduced yoga and Hinduism to the Western world.

For American Jews, interfaith weddings are a new normal – and creatively weave both traditions together

By Samira Mehta — May 30, 2024
(The Conversation) — A Catholic friar under the chuppah? A bride in henna and a groom in a kippah? Many Jewish interfaith couples find ways to honor both of their faiths.
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