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Kamala And Gopal Singh: Embodying The Progressive Heart Of Hinduism

Sunita Viswanath | Posted 07.08.2016 | Religion
Sunita Viswanath

The mission of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus is to build a platform for social justice minded Hindus. Since the founding of Sadhana: Coali...

Improving Human Rights and Welfare in India

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Recent articles on bonded labor and human trafficking in India highlight the all too easily overlooked fact that democracies often sustain egregious human rights violations within their own borders.

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.

Malcolm X and the Black Lives Matter Movement

David A. Love | Posted 02.23.2016 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Malcolm X resonates with a Black Lives Matter movement born decades after his death. Yet, this nascent movement fights the same hopelessly persistent problem of American racism, one born of the badge of slavery.

Is Narendra Modi Losing his Chance to Reform India?

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The Modi dream is fading. An Economist report found him widely described as an "authoritarian" and a "megalomaniac" even by supporters. More important, by all accounts, he does not believe in a liberal free market. Rather, like so many Republican politicians who routinely applaud free enterprise, he is more pro-business than pro-market.

Diwali: The Threshold Light in the Midst of Darkness

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The light at the threshold of the home on the night of Diwali is there to remind us that our awakening to the light of God in our hearts is incomplete if it does not radiate from within us to the darkness of the world outside.

India's Lost Opportunity For Reform: Narendra Modi Falters

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

India has extraordinary potential. Modi recently acknowledged that "there are huge global expectations for India." But for decades the Indian government has squandered its future.

An American Hindu in the 21st Century

Chris Fici | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Chris Fici

The global Hindu community, while inextricably rooted in the peoples and soil of India and their diaspora, can't be superficially contained or constrained by boundary or ideology, or any kind of classification of race, gender, sexuality, or caste.

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.

Trouble in Paradise

Michaela Haas | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Michaela Haas

Ven. Dr. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She just returned from South India where she established the first nunnery for "Untouchables," and she told me about the urgent need for support for girls and women.

It's Time to End the Conspiracy of Silence

Kayonaaz Kalyanwala | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Kayonaaz Kalyanwala

A frantic series of emails disturbed an uneventful May morning at the Video Volunteers office. At a human rights and media organization like ours, there are many days that shake the very foundations of one's belief systems.

Resolution on Dalits Commendable But Outdated

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

For many years, the complex social practice of caste in the Indian subcontinent (and to a lesser degree, the South Asian Diaspora) has been the subject of activism and reform efforts.

New Delhi Archbishop Demands Equal Rights for Christians, Muslims

Joop Koopman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

The Indian Constitution prohibits discrimination based on religious affiliation. Dalits account for more than 65 percent of India's 27 million Christians. Archbishop Couto spoke with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need on Dec. 18, 2013.

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.

Families Flee Indian Village To Escape Threats

Posted 10.06.2013 | World

Members of a Dalit population of a village in India's Dindigul district packed up their belongings and left their homes en masse Saturday to protest a...

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?

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.

Touching the Untouchables in a Rural Indian Village

Jim Luce | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
Jim Luce

I have been privileged to visit two "Untouchable" villages while here on pilgrimage in India -- the first about four miles outside Bodh Gaya in Bihar province, and the other about four hours south of here, in the village of Dumri in Jharkhand province.

Anna Hazare: Savior or Destroyer of Democracy?

Rio Helmi | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Rio Helmi

It is impossible to ignore the deep psychological need of most Indians, indeed most Asians, to follow a charismatic leader -- institutional or not -- imbued with real or imaginary spiritual qualities.

Indian Untouchables Become Millionaires

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar | Posted 11.01.2011 | World
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

The poorest, lowest of all Hindu castes -- once called untouchables and now called dalits (meaning the oppressed) -- have started spawning millionaires.

Satirizing India in the Age of Globalization

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This remarkable debut novel is one of the very best novels ever to come out of South Asia, and points to a new direction after the earlier wave of writing by Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, and Vikram Seth.

Merry Christmas from Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Christmas is the only time of year when Pakistani Christians find some time for enjoyment and relaxation, as they mostly constitute the lowest rung of Pakistani society.

India's "Untouchables" Break Through the Caste System

Ellis Cose | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ellis Cose

Some 60 years after India's "untouchables" gained equal status under the law, many of their fellow citizens still see them as the lowest of the low. But in one boarding school, Dalit kids are treated as equals.