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In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism

By Varsha Torgalkar — May 17, 2022
PUNE, India (RNS) — Organizations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists. 
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Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

Caste doesn’t just exist in India or in Hinduism – it is pervasive across many religions in South Asia and the diaspora

By Aseem Hasnain and Abhilasha Srivastava — May 5, 2022
(The Conversation) — Several US universities now recognize caste as part of nondiscrimination policies. Two scholars of South Asian studies explain how caste-based violence isn’t limited to Hinduism, or to India.

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff touts ‘critical’ interfaith collaboration

By Adelle M. Banks — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — Emhoff spoke about how his interfaith marriage reflected the observance of major Jewish and Christian holidays in quick succession.

Interfaith Trolley offers inspiration and a whirlwind tour of religion in America

By Bob Smietana — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — A convergence of major religious holidays led the way to a day of interfaith fellowship and education.

UPenn law professor Amy Wax’s anti-Indian rants leave out inconvenient history

By Suhag Shukla — April 20, 2022
(RNS) — Wax’s appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show crossed into an increasingly common Hinduphobia. 

Muslim properties razed in New Delhi after communal violence

By Sheikh Saaliq — April 20, 2022
(AP) — Officials say they are targeting illegal buildings and not any religious group. But critics argue this is the latest attempt to harass Muslims, who make up 14% of India’s 1.4 billion people.

Holy days converging in April spark interfaith celebrations

By Luis Andres Henao — April 18, 2022
(AP) — In addition to Passover, Easter and Ramadan, holy days occurring in April this year include the Sikhs' and Hindus' Vaisakhi, the Jains' Mahavir Jayanti, the Baha’i festival of Ridvan, and the Theravada Buddhist New Year.

An awakening is coming to American religion. You won’t hear about it from the pulpit.

By Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt — April 12, 2022
(RNS) — The future of American religion resides with innovative lay leaders who focus on empowerment, rather than power.

Water fights, magical decapitated heads and family reunions – the Southeast Asian festival of Songkran has it all

By Andrew Alan Johnson — April 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — In Southeast Asia, Songkran is a time to celebrate the coming year with water fights, honoring elders and offering prayers.

In India, Muslim hawkers attacked at Hindu temple fairs

By Varsha Torgalkar — April 6, 2022
(RNS) — Experts call it social apartheid to instill mob fear among Muslims. 

Religious diversity: Corporate obstacle? Or asset?

By Kathryn Post — April 1, 2022
(RNS) — Some US companies are embracing religious diversity as good for people and for business.

Transgender women are finding some respect in India, but a traditional gender-nonconforming group – hijras – remains stigmatized

By Liz Mount — April 1, 2022
(The Conversation) — A sociologist explains that the ability to claim transgender identities in India may appear progressive, but this can further marginalize historically stigmatized gender-nonconforming groups.
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