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Ukraine’s Hare Krishnas survive war by Zoom and serving neighbors

By Tori Luecking — March 20, 2023
(RNS) — Many of the estimated 15,000 Hare Krishnas who call Ukraine home have continued their daily practice and serve their neighbors, even as several temples have been damaged or destroyed and their communities scattered.

Anju Bhargava: Getting Hinduism a seat at the table

By Benjamin Spratt and Joshua Stanton — March 13, 2023
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Robots are performing Hindu rituals — some devotees fear they’ll replace worshippers

By Holly Walters — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — The use of AI and robotic technology in worship is raising profound questions about its long-term consequences. Will it lead to the betterment of society or replace practitioners?

Why Hinduism’s Holi is more than an explosion of color for the Indo-Caribbean diaspora

By Murali Balaji — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — The festival unites the descendants of people brought to the New World as indentured servants.

Discrimination based on caste is pervasive in South Asian communities around the world – now Seattle has banned it

By Aseem Hasnain and Abhilasha Srivastava — March 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Two social scientists explain how caste-identities are pervasive in not just Hinduism but other South Asian faith groups as well.

In remote Himalayan desert, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians unite to protect land, heritage

By Priyadarshini Sen — March 2, 2023
NEW DELHI (RNS) — The movement has been effective because ‘faith leaders are trusted more than political parties,’ said one activist in the region.

‘A time bomb’: India’s sinking holy town faces grim future

By Shonal Ganguly and Krutika Pathi — March 1, 2023
JOSHIMATH, India (AP) — For months, the roughly 20,000 residents in Joshimath, revered by Hindu and Sikh pilgrims, have watched the earth slowly swallow their community.

How John and Alice Coltrane’s music inspired a vision for American Hinduism

By Murali Balaji — February 22, 2023
(RNS) — They were two of the religion’s most impactful and unique gurus in its evolution into an American way of life.

Seattle considers historic law barring caste discrimination

By Deepa Bharath — February 20, 2023
A Seattle City Council member, raised in an upper-caste Hindu Brahmin household in India, has proposed an ordinance to add caste to anti-discrimination laws that would make Seattle the first U.S. city to specifically outlaw caste discrimination.

Nikki Haley says she’s Christian, but it’s complicated

By Khyati Y. Joshi — February 16, 2023
(RNS) — Dogged by questions about her faith, what is she trying to prove?

Hindus only: How religious nationalism has spread through India’s villages

By Priyadarshini Sen — February 15, 2023
KADAPA, India (RNS) — A village of just 250 families put up a clear warning to non-Hindus wanting to enter.

Faith-based organizations urge Biden not to enact ‘asylum ban’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — The proposed policy 'borders on a wealth test for some of the most vulnerable children and families,' said one advocate.

In India, deity decorating a calling for Hindu temple artist

By Deepa Bharath — January 18, 2023
CHENNAI, India (AP) — A computer science graduate, S. Goutham quit his job nearly a decade ago to pursue his calling. He has since followed in the footsteps of his ancestors as a fifth-generation decorator of temple deities.

King scholar applies his philosophies of truth to a ‘post-truth age’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Dr. King argued that no religion has a monopoly on truth,’ said Lewis V. Baldwin, emeritus professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University.
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