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Hindu advocates sue California, arguing bans on caste discrimination misrepresent beliefs

By Richa Karmarkar — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — At the crux of the HAF lawsuit is the question of whether caste is inherently tied to Hindu dharma.
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How a small town in Wisconsin became home to four Dharmic houses of worship

By Richa Karmarkar — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — The Midwest has offered the South Asian immigrant families what it has offered any immigrant group: Space to call their own.

Rushdie’s right to blasphemy, not free speech, was attacked at Chautauqua

By Samir Kalra — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — Failure to confront religious blasphemy laws will only lead to more violence like the Rushdie attack.

Recent incidents from New York to California buttress concerns about Hinduphobia

By Richa Karmarkar — August 26, 2022
(RNS) — The attacks come just weeks after a Gandhi statue was vandalized and desecrated outside a Queens temple twice in less than a month.

How India’s ‘Hindutva pop’ stars use music to target Muslims

By Hanan Zaffar and Hamaad Habibullah — August 26, 2022
(RNS) — Observers say the increasingly popular genre is triggering violence against Muslims, a minority already marginalized by Hindu nationalists with support from the BJP government.

Hare Krishna movement draws ever more diverse set of spiritual seekers in NYC

By Richa Karmarkar — August 24, 2022
(RNS) — Once known for its popularity among white hippies, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has found both popularity and legitimacy among an ever growing Hindu diaspora.

‘God is life,’ Rabbi Yonatan Neril on ecological conversion and the war in Ukraine

By Marika Proctor — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development — a Jerusalem-based nonprofit engaged in revealing the connection between religion and ecology worldwide.

Second attack on Gandhi statue will be investigated as a hate crime, NYPD says

By Richa Karmarkar — August 19, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — In the second incident of vandalism in less than two weeks, a Gandhi statue outside of Shri Tulsi Mandir was toppled and defaced in what police are now investigating as a targeted hate crime.

Ayurveda’s spiritual science makes inroads among foodies and healers

By Richa Karmarkar — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — At the intersection of science and religion, the ancient art of ayurveda is attracting believers seeking to improve their health by treating soul and body.

Nepal’s holy Bagmati River choked with black sewage, trash

By Binaj Gurubacharya — August 17, 2022
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tainted by garbage and raw sewage that is dumped directly into the waterway, Nepal’s holiest river has deteriorated so greatly that today it is also the country’s most polluted.

Interfaith summit dreams of America as a potluck, not a battlefield

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Hundreds of interfaith campus leaders gathered in Chicago to reimagine America as a potluck, where everyone is welcome — rather than a melting pot.

75 years after India’s independence, a lost generation recovers its Hindu faith

By Murali Balaji — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — Indian Hindus who grew up after independence have never fully processed the trauma of colonialism.

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

By Associated Press — August 11, 2022
SYDNEY (AP) — The law allows for the swastika to be used in academic, historical or educational settings, thereby paving the way for its display by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for whom it holds religious significance.
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