Once a fringe Indian ideology, Hindu nationalism is now mainstream, thanks to Modi’s decade in power

By Sheikh Saaliq and Krutika Pathi — April 18, 2024
AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — Supporters and critics agree on one thing: Modi has achieved staying power by making Hindu nationalism acceptable — desirable, even — to a nation of 1.4 billion that for decades prided itself on pluralism and secularism
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Solar New Year celebrations unite religious groups across the South Asian diaspora

By Richa Karmarkar — April 15, 2024
(RNS) — This week, people of all South Asian backgrounds celebrated the Hindu Solar New Year in their unique, regional ways. But common threads between the holidays, many say, have the power to unite those living in the diaspora.

The worship of Shiva, Hinduism’s ‘inconceivable’ deity, finds a home in the tech sector

By Richa Karmarkar — April 11, 2024
(RNS) — Often cast as the most transcendent sect of Hinduism, Shaivism’s appeal to scientific-minded Hindus is becoming more visible.

Bollywood is playing a large supporting role in India’s elections

By Preminda Jacob — April 11, 2024
(The Conversation) — Ahead of elections in India, a series of films that promote the ruling party’s right-wing ideology are seeking to influence voters. An art historian explains how the trend started.

Transgender inclusion? World’s major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Deepa Bharath — April 10, 2024
(AP) – Around the world, major religions have diverse approaches to gender identity, and the inclusion or exclusion of transgender people. Some

The fight against Hindu nationalism in the United States is multifaith, says a newly formed coalition

By Richa Karmarkar — April 5, 2024
(RNS) — A declaration from the newly formed coalition Savera: United Against Supremacy expressed the group's 'acute concern' of Hindu nationalism, which they say now 'finds itself in a deepening alliance with various facets of the American far-right.'

How Dev Patel got ‘Monkey Man,’ his directorial debut beset by challenges, to the finish line

By Sian Watson and Leslie Ambriz — April 5, 2024
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “Monkey Man” was inspired by the legend of Hanuman — a Hindu deity revered for his strength, loyalty and courage.

Awe and dread: How religions have responded to total solar eclipses over the centuries

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Deepa Bharath — April 5, 2024
(AP) — Ahead of the total solar eclipse that will follow a long path over North America on Monday, here's a look at how several of the world's major religions have responded to such eclipses over the centuries and in modern times.

Indian American lawmakers urge DOJ to address ‘alarming’ rise of Hindu temple vandalism

By Richa Karmarkar — April 3, 2024
(RNS) — Hindu advocates say the trend of temple vandalism points to a lack of an adequate response from law enforcement, which they blame on anti-Hindu bias.

Hanuman’s emergence as a pop-culture icon shows West is waking up to Hinduism

By Murali Balaji — April 1, 2024
(RNS) — Dev Patel's movie is the latest positive depiction of Hindu ideals in the shape of the deity Hanuman.

In suburban Washington, a new ISKCON temple marks a new beginning for devotees

By Richa Karmarkar — March 25, 2024
POTOMAC, Maryland (RNS) — Growing from a small ashram in the 1970s, the D.C. branch of the movement formerly known as Hare Krishnas opened an 11,000-square-foot house of worship on Saturday (March 23).

Religious affairs expert Thomas Bowen moves from city of Washington to White House

By Adelle M. Banks — March 22, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — While shifting to national and international issues, he will still be acting as a clergyperson in the city that he has long served.

Hindu advocate slams General Mills for using beef-based gelatin in Yoplait yogurt

By Richa Karmarkar — March 20, 2024
(RNS) — Hindus commonly abstain from eating beef, believing cows are sacred and revered companions to the gods.
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