More than 1 billion people celebrate on Diwali. What does it mean to them?
(RNS) — In the various stories that make Oct. 27 a holy day for so many, we have models of what true righteousness looks like. They are sharp rejoinders of what we should be doing and how we should be living.
Hindu nationalists open self-styled religious courts as a rebuke to Sharia law
ALIGARH, India (RNS) — Last year, the right-wing Hindu Mahasabha Party demanded the closure of all Muslim Sharia courts in India. When their petition was denied, the party set up its own unsanctioned courts across Uttar Pradesh, based on Hindu principles of justice.
Decades-old Hindu pilgrimage, aided by Modi government, takes a populist turn
VARANASI, India (RNS) — Religious fervor, supported and aided by India’s right-wing Modi government, is on the rise among some blocs of millennials in India.
Interfaith group urges congressman to skip Texas rally for India’s prime minister
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — An event, dubbed ‘Howdy, Modi!,’ is being held amid reports of violence and intimidation by Indian soldiers in Kashmir villages.
A school where Muslims and Hindus pray together stirs strife in divided India
ALIGARH, India (RNS) — Founded to help poor children of both of India’s predominant faiths, the Chacha Nehru’s inclusivity has irked Muslim and Hindu leaders alike.
India seeks to portray sense of calm in locked-down Kashmir
NEW DELHI (AP) — By limiting the ability of journalists to report on the region, critics of the Indian prime minister say, India’s government has whitewashed coverage of resistance to the new policy of direct rule in Kashmir.
Pollution of a sacred river becomes a symbol for India’s environmental challenges
BANGALORE, India (RNS) — This city’s early 1990s tech boom outstripped its waste management plans, leaving its Vrishabhavathi River choked with industrial waste.
Modi clamps down on Kashmir, and India loves him for it
(AP) — To his critics, Modi is an authoritarian who wants to turn India into a Hindu nation. To supporters, he is an incorruptible ascetic unafraid to tell the truth.
Kashmiri Americans organize to put a human face to the crisis in their homeland
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) – As Kashmir faces a security lockdown and widespread media blackout, U.S. Kashmiris are kicking up a new wave of activism focused on ‘azaadi.’
Attack on Hindu priest in New York leads to call for hate crime investigation
(RNS) — Faith leaders are calling on New York City police to launch a hate crime investigation into a violent attack on a Hindu priest near his temple in Queens.
Hindu activists urge Wayfair CEO to stop selling beds to migrant camps
BOSTON (RNS) — A progressive Hindu organization calls on Niraj Shah, of home goods retailer Wayfair, to vacate a reported agreement to provide beds to furnish a new Texas detention camp for migrants seeking asylum.
Raising a progressive Hindu voice to counter Indian Modi’s increasing power
(RNS) — Sunita Vishwanath founded Sadhana in 2011 to counter those in India and abroad who she believes are co-opting Hinduism for political gain.
Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Indian Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Thousands of Hindu pilgrims began the arduous trek to an icy Himalayan cave in disputed Kashmir on Monday, with tens of thousands of Indian government forces guarding roads and mountain passes.
Atheist ashram on Lord Krishna’s home turf roils India’s Hindu nationalists
(RNS) — Two brothers who once devoutly supported the Hindu nationalist agenda have turned to rationalism, attracting attacks from religious leaders and politicians.
Hindu guest chaplain, at your service — but does he speak for all Hindus?
(RNS) — As with Islam and Buddhism, Hinduism’s decentralized structure means that the loudest voices are often taken to be authoritative.