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Hindu Temples Must Be Open to All

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

All Hindus who understand and are deeply troubled by the contradiction between teachings centered on God's presence in every human being and the exclusion of Dalit from places of Hindu worship must embrace this cause.

Colourism: #unfairandlovely proves it remains a universal slight on humanity

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Vashna Jagarnath, Rhodes University Over the past few weeks the #unfairandlovely campaign started by black photographer Pax Jones and sisters Mirusha...

Rajasthan a Dream Destination for Photographers

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 02.07.2016 | Arts
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

Hilltop forts, camels climbing sand dunes, mustached men in turbans, women in colorful saris, religious temples, are all a part of the many photograph...

Titles + Names = Mixed Messages: A Raving, Edu-taining Substi-tutor's Rant

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Joanne Dagonese

Because my personal teaching style tends to cross the boundaries that most traditionalists have drawn around themselves, I always risk the chance that I may not be requested to sub for them again.

Race, Caste, Gandhi and King in the 21st Century: A Dialogue With Pandit Dasa

Chris Fici | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Chris Fici

Discrimination, whether raced-based, caste-based, gender-based, or religion-based is just plain discrimination and it springs from ignorance and has no spiritual value. It only serves to distance us from other human beings and from God. It breeds more hatred and disunity inside of the person discriminating.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

A Journey Toward Increasing Self Awareness and Gratitude

Martin Berusch | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Martin Berusch

I'm grateful that dog was there with me that day. I don't know if he was the catalyst or spark that led me to my higher self-awareness, or if he just happened to be there at the "right" time. All I know is that that that early morning at Juhu Beach was a momentous occasion for me.

Why Caste Won't Disappear From India

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

We aren't supposed to admit to caste feeling even if, in some cases, it lurks somewhere beneath the surface.

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Black Friday: The Perpetual Pursuit of Happiness

Kanene Holder | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Kanene Holder

Thus when we purchase new clothes, shoes, televisions, couches, they are clean, look good and make you feel good, but we do we ever see or feel the blood, sweat, tears and fears of the workers assembling and packaging our presents?

Teenage War Survivor Gives Me Hope

Search for Common Ground | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

I'll never forget the story of two girls in particular, no more than 15 years old. Pushpa was a Dalit, an untouchable, and Susheela was a Brahmin, the priest and artisan caste. In their communities, this meant absolutely no mixing together. Their friendship challenged long-held traditions.

Not Caste in Color: Dispelling Myths in Our Classrooms

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Colorism, as it turns out, is a deeply rooted issue among many within the Indian Diaspora, and it's not limited to one particularly faith tradition or ethnicity.

Call It What It Is!

Stalin K | Posted 06.13.2013 | Impact
Stalin K

How else can we understand that there are no public or government campaigns to remind citizens that Untouchability has been abolished, and that those practicing it will be treated as criminals?

Marriage Equality And The New American Caste System

Sean Santiago | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean Santiago

As a young gay male looking for LGBT success stories in the media, I have to wonder if the success of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge is really a victory for a collective "us." My fear is that the media will exploit their story as something more representative of LGBT issues than it really is.

Is Casting Aside Caste Possible? Can One Reclassify Class?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Self-proclaimed Hindus ought to have a position on the centrality of class and caste. While Hinduism is known for its tremendous diversity, for "Hindu" to be useful category, there has to be some religious claims and teachings that are agreed upon by all who proclaim to be Hindus.

WATCH: Incredible Video Footage Of 'Untouchables' In India

Stalin K | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Stalin K

This first episode of Video Volunteers' new webshow, On the Ground, highlights the past, present, and a hopefully more positive future for the practice of untouchability and the caste system in India.

'Beyond Molasses Creek' Is a Slow-moving But Fulfilling Novel

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.19.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

In Beyond Molasses Creek, Nicole Seitz deals with an interracial romance in the South of the '50s and '60s, as well as the current state of child labor in Nepal. How she merges these areas is a testament to her talent as a writer.

Class Consciousness and Social Mobility

J.D. Roth | Posted 05.11.2012 | Business
J.D. Roth

Whenever I travel, I revisit certain recurring themes -- how little I really need to be happy, the quality of food in other countries, the relative costs of things around the world, and the nature of wealth. This trip, the theme that ran most through my travels was the concept of class.

The Passenger Aircraft Caste System

Dane Steele Green | Posted 01.28.2012 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

As the lines to the back of the jet get backed up with people, the commoners get a glimpse of what is offered in front of them. They are teased as the upper class fidgets with their electronic massage seats while sipping on cold red wine and munching on salted nuts.

The Caste System Of Hindu Society

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

The system of varna insisted that the law of social life should not be cold and cruel competition, but harmony and co-operation. Society should not be a field of rivalry among individuals.

'Great Expectations' Stage Adaptation: A Daring New Take On The Classic

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Relocating "Great Expectations" to Calcutta is a bold move. Arifa Akbar discovers how a playwright rose to the challenge....

Caste, Hindusim And Human Rights

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Contrary to the wide academic conflation of caste and Hinduism, the practice of caste-based discrimination is in contradiction to the Hindu teaching that each individual is equally divine and has the potential to realize God based on his effort.

Government Ignores Rape of Minority Girl in Pakistan

GroundReport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
GroundReport

By Rachel Sterne and William Rathore In late February, Kasthuri Kolhi, a 17-year-old from rural Pakistan, was allegedly raped by a local political le...

India's census fights caste system with technology

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Someday soon a man in a pressed cotton shirt and tie will arrive in Gayriawas, India. This is an uncommon sight in the rural village with its dry fi...