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Indian farmers hold a protest on the outskirts of Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab, Feb. 6, 2021. (Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images)

Why Indian farmers’ protests are being called a ‘satyagraha’ – which means ’embracing the truth’

By Sumit Ganguly — February 18, 2021

(The Conversation) — It evokes a long political history that goes back to the Indian nationalist movement against British rule.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, places his hand on the Biden family Bible held by his wife Jill Biden, center, as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, during an official ceremony at the Naval Observatory on Jan. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Advancing religious freedom abroad starts at home

By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi — January 15, 2021
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Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, carry an elderly woman in a basket and walk toward a refugee camp in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on Sept. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Biden’s transition team wanted to talk about religious freedom. Here’s what I told them.

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — What I said had as much to do with racial justice as religious freedom, as the two are inextricably linked.

Indian farmers participate in a tractor rally in a protest against new farm laws at Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Jan. 7, 2021. India’s top court temporarily put on hold the implementation of new agricultural laws and ordered the formation of an independent committee of experts to negotiate with farmers who have been protesting against the legislation. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

What Christians can learn from Indian Sikh farmers’ desperate protests

By Joseph D'Souza — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — The protesters’ cause and community have shown a way for people of all faiths to go forward in a post-pandemic world.

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In 2020, a small but timely library of Sikh history

By Simran Jeet Singh — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Distinctive in style and scope, these three Sikh histories will fascinate any religion or history nerd.

A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody on Memorial Day, broke out across the country. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Our best religion stories from a terrible year

By RNS staff — December 28, 2020

(RNS) — The RNS stories that captured moments of resilience and perseverance, and even a few moments of celebration, in this dark time.

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The most intriguing books on religion we read this year

By RNS staff — December 23, 2020

(RNS) — Our reading list this year, like the rest of our lives, was colored by the triple whammy of 2020: the pandemic, the racial justice protests and the presidential election.

The sun sets on the San Francisco skyline in a view from Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California Sikhs to hold caravan and rally in support of farmer protests in India

By Alejandra Molina — December 4, 2020

(RNS) — Protesters are expected to stay in their cars during the caravan and rally to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Religious, ethnic minorities grapple over California’s model ethnic studies curriculum

By Alejandra Molina — December 4, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The curriculum, originally designed to center Chicanos and Latino Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans, has become beset with arguments about who else should be represented.

A young Sikh boy lights a candle at the Golden Temple, illuminated in the pre-dawn hours during the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, in Amritsar, India, on Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)

On the anniversary of his birth, a reflection on the life of Guru Nanak

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 30, 2020

(RNS) — Sikhs around the world celebrate the birth anniversary of their founder-prophet, Guru Nanak, every autumn.

Indian farmers protesting new agriculture laws hold a meeting at the Delhi-Haryana state border, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to placate thousands of farmers protesting new agriculture laws Monday. While trying to march toward New Delhi, the farmers, using their tractors, have cleared concrete blockades, walls of shipping containers and horizontally parked trucks after police had set them up as barricades and dug trenches on highways to block roads leading to the capital. (AP Photo/Rishi Lekhi)

Farmers’ protests against India’s new agriculture laws follow long Sikh tradition

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 30, 2020

(RNS) — Protest is not new to Sikhs; rather, it permeates Sikh history, past and present.

RNS holiday gift guide 2020: Puzzles, prayer cards and more gifts for staying in

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — Religion News Service is bringing back our holiday gift guide, full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

In this March 12, 2020, file photo, George Washington High School stands in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Muslim, Sikh and Jewish groups seek inclusion in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum

By Alejandra Molina — November 18, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The model curriculum for high schoolers focuses on Chicanos and Latino Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Volunteers prepare meals at the Sikh Gurdwara San Jose for distribution to those affected by Northern California wildfires, Sept. 6, 2020, in San Jose, California. Photo courtesy of United Sikhs

How Sikhs combine spirituality with civic engagement

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 3, 2020

(RNS) — In a pivotal election, Sikhs are making their voices heard in ways that are as true to Sikhi as they are to the best American values.

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