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Fasting may have become a health fad, but religious communities have been doing it for millennia

By Iqbal Akhtar — July 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of religion explains the wisdom religious traditions provide on the practice of fasting.

Hindutva’s threat to academic freedom

By Ananya Chakravarti, Purnima Dhavan, Manan Ahmed, Supriya Gandhi, Dheepa Sundaram, Audrey Truschke, Simran Jeet Singh — July 7, 2021
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In Kenya, faith groups work to resettle youth returning from al-Shabab

By Fredrick Nzwili — July 2, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — More than 300 such youths who had traveled to Somalia for training as jihadists had been rescued and brought back to the country.

RNS News Quiz: Pastor scandals and televangelist lawsuits

By Emily Churchill — June 26, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

My child learned he was ‘low caste’ from a school textbook: An American Shudra story

By Smitha Raj — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — Why are American school textbooks peddling falsehoods and stereotyping about Hindus in the name of learning?

Indian Hindus turn to honoring ‘corona goddess’ to quell pandemic

By Bhavya Dore — June 22, 2021
(RNS) — India has a history of worshipping female divinities during times of disease outbreaks. There have been goddesses of plague, smallpox and cholera through the past centuries.

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.

Confessions of a reluctant Hindu

By Bidisha Biswas — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Is it possible to be a Hindu and reject caste? For me, the answer is yes. Hinduism is a living religion, and Hindus can reform their religion by the very act of living out the changes we seek.

For Indian American Hindus, loving India doesn’t mean holding back our criticism

By Khyati Y. Joshi — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — We must examine how ethnic pride results in soft-pedaling our criticism of the Indian government.

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.
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