New Jersey bill allowing standalone crematories could benefit Hindu funeral rituals

By Richa Karmarkar — June 10, 2024
(RNS) — Hindu advocates hope the new bill would better fit the spiritual needs of a community that largely cremates its dead.
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California hate crime hotline gives Hindus more evidence of shortfall in FBI reporting

By Richa Karmarkar — May 24, 2024
(RNS) — A new report found that over the past year, crimes of anti-Hindu religious bias in California were more prevalent than ever. For many advocates, this data provides a jumping-off point for increased attention from the federal government to anti-Hindu hatred.

Widespread bullying of Sikh students isn’t just a Sikh problem

By Harman Singh — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — Curbing bias-based bullying means better-educated students and a more tolerant citizenry for our diverse nation.

India says Canada has shared no evidence of its involvement in killing of a Sikh separatist leader

By Ashok Sharma — May 10, 2024
NEW DELHI (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had set off a diplomatic spat with India last September when he cited “credible allegations” of India’s involvement in the slaying of the Sikh separatist.

Harvard religion professor Diana Eck on pluralism’s changes, challenges

By Adelle M. Banks — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — ‘I still think of myself as Christian, in the sense that that’s my family of origin,’ Eck said. ‘There are other families that I feel I belong to as well.’

Harvard Pluralism Project’s Diana Eck retires after decades of research, promoting dialogue

By Adelle M. Banks — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — Eck said she hopes the Pluralism Project, which has been a model for affiliates and organizations across the country, will continue to foster dialogue and engagement.

A Hindu festival in southwestern Pakistan brings a mountainous region to life

By Adil Jawad and Riazat Butt — April 29, 2024
HINGLAJ, Pakistan (AP) — The dramatic surroundings of Hingol National Park in Baluchistan province are the setting for Pakistan’s largest Hindu festival, Hinglaj Yatra, which started on Friday and ends on Sunday.

Solar New Year celebrations unite religious groups across the South Asian diaspora

By Richa Karmarkar — April 15, 2024
(RNS) — This week, people of all South Asian backgrounds celebrated the Hindu Solar New Year in their unique, regional ways. But common threads between the holidays, many say, have the power to unite those living in the diaspora.

In Northern Ireland, a long-awaited gurdwara opens with a wedding

By Trisha Mukherjee — April 12, 2024
LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (RNS) — Derry’s growing population of Sikhs have been meeting in living rooms and kitchens since a fire destroyed one of only two gurdwaras in the country.

Why Sikhs celebrate the festival of Baisakhi

By Anshu Malhotra — April 9, 2024
(The Conversation) — The spirit of Baisakhi for Sikhs is reminiscent of the ideals of their gurus, who encouraged them to work toward building a just society.

Feds say California’s facial hair ban for prison guards amounts to religious discrimination

By Associated Press — March 27, 2024
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The civil rights complaint filed Monday by the U.S. Justice Department says the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's prohibition on facial hair denies on-the-job accommodations for officers of various religions.

Sikh Americans, citing ‘transnational repression,’ vote for an independent homeland

By Richa Karmarkar — February 1, 2024
(RNS) — More and more Sikh Americans are fearful about an ‘alarming rise’ in transnational repression, according to several Sikh advocacy organizations.

The makers of the unconventional superhero film ‘American Sikh’

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 9, 2024
(RNS) — Sikh Captain America — a turbaned version of the Marvel comic book hero — hits the big screen.
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