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Will yoga classes in public school lead kids to convert?

By Yonat Shimron — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Indiana University Professor of Religious Studies Candy Gunther Brown says parents should worry less about where yoga comes from and more about how it's being taught.
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Our critics’ attempts to silence us are harming all Hindu Americans

By Suhag Shukla — May 24, 2021
(RNS) — Our critics exhibit a tribalism that is causing real, measurable harm to Hindu Americans.

Modi silent on Muslim philanthropist’s offer of medical supplies for India

By Priyadarshini Sen — May 24, 2021
NEW DELHI (RNS) — Modi once called on South Asian countries to 'chalk out a strong strategy to fight the coronavirus,' but his plans have foundered on mistrust and hostility between Pakistan and India.

My fellow Hindus sued me for raising alarms about Hindu supremacy

By Sunita Viswanath — May 20, 2021
(RNS) — My only offense is offering an inclusive and egalitarian Hindu voice in the U.S.

Hindu American Foundation files defamation suit against Hindu rights nonprofit

By Mythili Sampathkumar — May 20, 2021
(RNS) — By taking legal action, HAF has essentially taken issue with being associated with Hindutva, a term used to describe Hindu nationalists and those who conflate being Indian with being Hindu.

India police jail 21 Kashmiris amid pro-Palestinian rallies

By Aijaz Hussain — May 15, 2021
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police said in a statement they were keeping a "close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order" in Kashmir.

US hits China and others for repressing religious freedom

By Matthew Lee — May 13, 2021
(AP) — Secretary of State Blinken also used the report to lash out at abuses of religious freedom in Iran, Myanmar, Russia. Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, all of which were identified as offenders.

Suit: Workers lured from India paid $1.20 per hour for years

By David Porter, Mallika Sen — May 12, 2021
(AP) — A lawsuit accuses the leaders of the Hindu organization known as Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, or BAPS, of human trafficking and wage law violations.

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.

RNS News Quiz: A Ramadan fast breaker and Catholic nuns’ new app

By Emily Churchill — May 8, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of current events in the world of religion.

Indians are forced to change rituals for the dead as COVID-19 rages

By Natasha Mikles — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Families want their loved ones cared for quickly, but there is a shortage of people who can do the funerals.

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.

Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.
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