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RNS holiday gift guide 2022: Ideas for the kids, adults and Pastafarians on your list

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Because not everybody celebrates a religious holiday in December, but everybody loves presents.

Religious groups with immigrant members grew fastest over past decade

By Yonat Shimron — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — A decennial study of US religious life shows that the number of participants in congregational services has not kept up with the overall population growth. But religious groups drawing large numbers of immigrants have seen steady growth.

Why they broke with Hindu nationalism: Four former zealots speak out

By Priyadarshini Sen — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — Participants in the destruction of a historic mosque 30 years ago, a signal event that led to a surge in Hindu nationalism in India, talk about their transformed lives.

Does education ‘cure’ people of faith? The data says no

By Ryan Burge — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — Despite a long-standing biased assumption among many that the uneducated cling to religion, studies show people with higher degrees are most likely to be religious.

Why ‘proud Hindu’ Rishi Sunak’s rise to British prime minister is a big deal

By Murali Balaji — October 26, 2022
(RNS) — A Hindu now leads a country that for two centuries subjugated Hindus around the world.

Indians embrace UK’s new Hindu prime minister as their own

By Sheikh Saaliq — October 25, 2022
(AP) — British people of Indian descent celebrated their new prime minister as a “proud Hindu," saying he did not shy away from embracing his faith and Indian culture.

Diwali: A celebration of the goddess Lakshmi, and her promise of prosperity and good fortune

By Jeffery D. Long — October 25, 2022
(The Conversation) — Shri is the earliest name given to the goddess Lakshmi in Hindu texts. The word originally meant splendor and refers to all that is auspicious.

‘It’s about time’: Celebrations of Diwali illuminate NYC

By Mallika Sen — October 25, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — The multi-day festival has secured a sturdy foothold in places with significant diaspora populations — like New York.

California State University professors sue over caste policy, allege discrimination

By Alejandra Molina — October 20, 2022
(RNS) —The Hindu American Foundation, which is representing the professors, has said treating caste as a specific class of discrimination is a 'misguided overreach.'

`Where the goodies are great’: Sweets lovers welcome Diwali

By Katie Workman — October 20, 2022
(AP) — Although the foods associated with Diwali vary from culture to culture, one central theme is snacks and sweets.

Religious polarization in India seeping into US diaspora

By Mariam Fam and Deepa Bharath — October 17, 2022
(AP) — Hindu nationalism has split the Indian expatriate community just as Donald Trump’s presidency polarized the U.S., according to one expert.

India’s top court split on school ban on Muslim headscarves

By Ashok Sharma — October 14, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — The dispute began early this year when a government-run school in Karnataka’s Udupi district barred students wearing hijabs from entering classrooms.

India’s Hindu nationalism is exporting its Islamophobia

By Omar Suleiman — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — Hindutva is linking with other modern fascist movements across the globe.

In India, where Hindu majority has complex views, Supreme Court liberalizes abortion law

By Kalpana Jain — October 3, 2022
(RNS) — The judgment will have significant implications for Muslim, Christian and other minority faith groups but will likely face pushback from conservative Hindus.

Hindu advocates sue California, arguing bans on caste discrimination misrepresent beliefs

By Richa Karmarkar — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — At the crux of the HAF lawsuit is the question of whether caste is inherently tied to Hindu dharma.
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