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How Hindu-Americans Are Using Diwali To Teach About The Faith

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

The last time Manav Lalwani celebrated the holiday Diwali in his parents' home city of Mumbai, he was 6 years old. He remembers "lots, lots of firewor...

Civilizational Partners and Equals: What Narendra Modi Means for American Hindus

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For Hindus in America, Modi's leadership will mark a promising opportunity to bring faith, culture, nation, and world together. There is a great deal of hope riding on what he does, not only for India, but also for symbolizing a Hinduism that is modern, strong, and still true to its universalism.

Can There Ever Be an Apolitical Conversation About Hinduism?

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Based on my conversations with folks at IAMCR and even back in the United States, progress is being made to help "de-politicize" Hinduism. It will eventually mean Hindus - no matter how they self-define or self-identify - can start to more boldly be part of the public sphere without politicized or attacked for doing so.

Tanenbaum's Seven Principles Can Be a Driving Force for Pluralism

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

In the year since I left academia to become the Director of Education and Curriculum Reform for the Hindu American Foundation (one of the best decisio...

Common Core's Implementation Is Tricky for Social Studies

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

With Common Core's focus on math and reading, social studies is still on the back burner in many states. Many social studies teachers and administrators I work with have told me that a challenge to eventually applying Common Core frameworks to social studies is the dearth of up-to-date content.

Uganda's Anti-Gay Law and America's Right Hand

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

While every American has a right to free exercise, I believe two initiatives of the U.S. government, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the G.W. Bush administration's expansion of the Faith-Based Initiative, have perpetuated a very asymmetrical view of religious freedom.

Human Rights for Hindus Remains Elusive in Some Parts of the World

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

The quest for religious freedom and equal rights is ongoing, but for years, Hindus have largely been left out of the conversation as victims of religious discrimination and violence.

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.

Academic Integrity: It's What's Missing at the AAR

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

If a few bad apples aren't reason enough for the AAR to adopt its own Code of Ethics, perhaps the reminder that a scholar is not just a researcher, but a mentor to future generations will be.

Yoga in America: Where Bowing to God Is Not Religious

Jill Lawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

The concept of God is a shaky subject. Add to it the yoga-inspired faith in the God within us all, and you have a huge mess on your hands. Calling yoga non-religious isn't just about altering yoga to make a buck. It is to avoid starting a war.

Attention Fellow Progressive Activists and Intellectuals -- It's OK to Be Hindu!

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Among many intellectuals and activists, Hinduism is seen as a backwards and even reactionary religion, and not applicable to our experience as second- and third-generation Americans. I could not disagree more with that sentiment.

What They Teach In Encinitas Wasn't Really 'Yoga'

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

As a mother and as a lawyer, I have to admit, I had serious concerns about yoga in schools. From my own experiences, I could easily place myself in the plaintiff parents' shoes.

Kidnapped, Converted, Married: Tales Of Growing Up Hindu In Pakistan

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

When are freedom-respecting citizens of the world and, especially those in Pakistan, going to step up to the plate and end this terror? How many Rinkels and Rachnas will have to face a life stripped of dignity and freedom of conscience?

Om My God: Who's Wrecking Yoga?

Sandip Roy | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Sandip Roy

Should yoga come with a statutory warning? Practicing yoga can be injurious to health.

Yoga Won't Wreck Your Body But May Make You More Hindu

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Yoga is a holistic and spiritual system of living that is essential to the understanding and practice of Hinduism. What yoga is not is physical exercises alone.

The Dharma Of An Apology

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Regardless of how easy or difficult, heartfelt or empty, the foundation of every apology is dharma, or righteous duty.

Diwali: Finding The Divine In Food, Friends And Family

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

But time, distance from family and the frenetic pace of modern life have taken their toll. In my home, my husband, two sons and I certainly celebrate Diwali, but at best, on the surface.

Fix The U.S. International Religious Freedom Commission or Fuggedaboutit

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

This November, if the Senate does not take action on the bill to reform the USCIRF, yet another chapter of our country's myopic approach to faith-based foreign policy might just come to an end.

The Next Generation Of Hindu Americans

Posted 10.27.2011 | Religion

Note from the editor: "Every day, my Hindu-ness makes me a better American because... " This opening sentence presented the essay challenge that the H...

Human Rights And Religious Freedom's 'In' Crowd

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Imbalances in representation and lack of diverse perspectives lead to skewed, erratic, and misguided U.S. foreign policies, leave alone the fact that scores of suffering humans are left without voice.

The Question Of Evangelism In India

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

"Is conversion wrong?" The answer, as one might expect, is complicated.

We Are Family, Respected Governor Bentley, Even If You Don't Think So

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

As a Hindu American, despite the fact that I find your remarks repulsive and intolerant, I recognize that the same Divine that dwells in me, dwells in you. For that reason, we are family.

The History Of Yoga And Religion In America

Leigh E. Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Leigh E. Schmidt

Yoga used to make a Christian nation writhe; now it has become an embodiment of the country's religious and social elasticity.

Hindu Niyamas: Ancient Resolutions for New Years

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

For all you yogis out there -- my list of resolutions may just be the same as yours -- they are, of course, the five eternal yamas.

To Use Or Not To Use: The Question For Hindu Images And The West

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

We understand that what may be offensive to one Hindu is not offensive to another. But at least for what appears to many to be "misuses", Hindus should and must assert the right to rule-making that others have asserted before us.