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Back-to-school time influences congregations’ decisions on masking and meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We're just trying to thread the needle and try to keep kids safe, trying to keep them mostly in outdoor environments and trying to keep them connected,' said one pastor.

In a Maoist-impacted region of India, an Indigenous activist continues to fight in memory of the children she couldn’t save

By Priyadarshini Sen — August 12, 2021
DELHI, India (RNS) — ‘In this land of fire and gunshots we have to keep fighting this ideological war against state repression and Maoist violence,’ said Indigenous activist Soni Sori.

Pakistan police arrest 50 suspected of Hindu temple attack

By Associated Press — August 9, 2021
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) —Police arrested 50 people suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple in a remote town in eastern Pakistan.

The Pegasus Project surfaces a new era of oppression for people of faith. Here’s what should be done.

By David Curry — August 3, 2021
(Open Doors) — Of the 10 governments that reportedly purchased the tool, all have known histories of human rights violations and have repeatedly demonstrated their desire to suppress dissent.

Human rights is on Blinken’s agenda in India. Can he make it stick?

By Simran Jeet Singh — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — If we are going to be partners, we have to hold India to the standards we expect from ourselves.

India can still turn the tide back toward democracy

By David Curry — July 15, 2021
(Open Doors) — For years, extremist ideologues have dominated India’s executive branch and legislature. Now, the judicial system has fallen.

Hindutva’s threat to academic freedom

By Ananya Chakravarti — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — The Hindu right has attacked U.S.-based scholars for the past few decades, attempting to dissuade and discredit academic research.

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.
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