India-Canada tensions shine light on complexities of Sikh activism in the diaspora

By Deepa Bharath — September 25, 2023
(AP) — The debate over support for Khalistan and what activism looks like in the Sikh diaspora has intensified after Trudeau’s accusation that India may have had a hand in the assassination of 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
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India expels Canadian diplomat, escalating tensions after Trudeau accuses India in Sikh’s killing

By Krutika Pathi and Rob Gillies — September 19, 2023
NEW DELHI (AP) — The expelling came a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there were credible allegations that India was connected to the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh independence advocate.

Canada expels an Indian diplomat as it investigates a Sikh’s killing. India denies an alleged link

By Krutika Pathi and Rob Gillies — September 18, 2023
TORONTO (AP) — Trudeau told Parliament that he brought up the slaying with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G-20 last week. He said he told Modi that any Indian government involvement would be unacceptable and that he asked for cooperation in the investigation.

‘On 9/11 there was a sense of unity in the country. We’ve taken a collective step back.’

By Simran Jeet Singh — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — A surgeon who volunteered at Ground Zero recalls the aftermath.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s mission to heal our cities with compassion

By Simran Jeet Singh — September 6, 2023
(RNS) — Good public policy, the mayor says, happens when we’re standing on compassion.

How India’s foray to the moon might help faiths get along here below

By Murali Balaji — August 24, 2023
(RNS) — In the success of the Chandrayaan-3 is a chance to build a more inclusive nationalism.

A religious calling to protect democracy

By Chris Crawford — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — Most religious doctrines do not require an embrace of democracy. But in today’s world, authoritarians are attempting to do the opposite —  to recruit communities of faith to undermine democracy.

This India Day, Indian Americans want to be independent from politics

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2023
(RNS) — For many, celebrating the anniversary of their ancestral homeland’s independence can bring tensions over the current political atmosphere there.

Parliament of the World’s Religions hopes to harness faith to address world’s ills

By Bob Smietana — August 14, 2023
CHICAGO (RNS) — More than 6,500 religious leaders from 95 countries had registered for the gathering, which returns to Chicago for the first time since the 1990s.

California’s caste discrimination bill is a vote for all civil rights

By Nirvair Singh — July 6, 2023
(RNS) — In the fight for equal treatment under the law, one instance of discrimination is too many.

Supreme Court ruling in favor of mail carrier celebrated across religious spectrum

By Yonat Shimron — June 29, 2023
(RNS) — Many U.S. religious minorities said the ruling was a much-needed corrective to the challenges they face in balancing their work with their sincerely held religious practices.

NYC will add Diwali as a public school holiday. But there’s a catch this year

By Associated Press — June 27, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — The push for official recognition of Diwali comes as South Asians have gained numbers and clout in New York and nationally.

To quell racism, tell more stories that welcome the stranger

By Joshua Seftel and Simran Jeet Singh — June 22, 2023
(RNS) — Next time you're channel surfing, stop to consider whether the stories about religion you see are doorways or weapons.
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