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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.

How Americans have adopted — and adapted — the Indian festival of Holi

By Kalpana Jain — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — Religious practices go through change and transformation.

Americans’ support for LGBTQ rights higher than ever, even as white evangelicals lag

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — While Republicans and white evangelical Protestants are among the least likely to support three key policies regarding LGBTQ rights, their support still has increased overall in the past seven years.

India court upholds ban on hijab in schools and colleges

By Sheikh Saaliq — March 16, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — The high court in Karnataka state ruled the Muslim headscarf is not an essential religious practice of Islam, likely to further deepening religious tensions in the country.

Hijab bans deepen Hindu-Muslim fault lines in Indian state

By Sheikh Saaliq — March 15, 2022
UDUPI, India (AP) — The issue has become a flashpoint for the battle over the rights of Muslims, who see hijab restrictions as a worrying escalation of Hindu nationalism.

A priest overcomes India’s anti-Christian violence to lead interfaith dialogue

By Priyadarshini Sen — March 4, 2022
NEW DELHI (RNS) — The Kandhamal riots of 2008 stand out as a watershed moment in India’s history of mass violence against minorities. A Catholic priest who survived them wants to bring faith leaders together to get past that history.

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees celebrate festival

By Associated Press — March 1, 2022
(AP) — Around 1 million devotees were expected to visit the temple of Hindu god Shiva on Shivaratri, one of Nepal's most cherished festivals.

There is hope for youth ministries, but they must innovate to survive

By Josh Packard and Abigail Rusert — February 28, 2022
(RNS) — Gen Z is no longer engaging with religious institutions in prototypical ways, though majorities say they’re religious or spiritual.

Farmer anger will test Modi as India’s ‘grain bowl’ votes

By Sheikh Saaliq — February 21, 2022
FATEHGARH SAHIB, India (AP) — New political players are vying to convert the farmers’ anger into votes, arguing that a new party is the only path to change.

Why Hindus should celebrate Black History Month

By Murali Balaji — February 17, 2022
(RNS) — Hindus have influenced the Black experience in America since W.E.B. Du Bois.

This god shoots love darts – but no, it’s not Cupid

By Jeffery D. Long — February 14, 2022
(The Conversation) — Kamadeva, also known as Madana, is the Hindu god of love, desire and infatuation.

Indian state begins voting in test for Modi’s Hindu politics

By Krutika Pathi — February 10, 2022
AYODHYA, India (AP) — Uttar Pradesh is currently governed by the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath, a polarizing Hindu monk turned politician.
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