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Activist Academics Unleash Hinduphobia in California

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

The SAFG, and submissions endorsing their edits, are motivated by ideology and ignorance in insisting on erasing India and linking Hindu scripture with caste-based discrimination. And as the social media posts above show, rather than increasing understanding, they normalize Hinduphobia.

Progressive Hinduism: A Contradiction in Terms?

Murali Balaji | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Murali Balaji

The following is a speech I gave May 7 at the Princeton University Hindu student commencement. I am especially grateful to the Hindu students at Princ...

The Propaganda War Against Hindus in Academia: A Response to Inside Higher Education

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.22.2016 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

Highly respected professors face intimidation, threats and smear campaigns for deviating from the views of the Hindu right. A cultural and religious war is raging in which Western academics are the enemy.

India, Israel Bring Their Disputes Over History Into Our Schoolbooks, and More

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
David Palumbo-Liu

The debate over how India is to appear in California textbooks has to be seen against the backdrop, not only of Indian political action committees, of what is emerging as a pattern of influence exerted by Hindu nationalist groups here in the U.S. upon U.S. education.

Dear Hindu Leaders: Please Make Our Religion More Accessible

Deya Maldas | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Deya Maldas

Maybe it's my lack of knowledge or an absence of resources, but I don't think I've explicitly ever been told how I, as a 10 year old, 15 year old, and now 21 year old, could interpret the depths of my religion and piece it together for my daily life.

Why South Asia Studies Faculty Are Wrong about Hindu "Revisionism" and Indian History in California's Schools

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 03.24.2016 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

If you are a teacher, school official, or perhaps even a student or parent in California, you have probably heard about the controversy that has raged for a decade about how India and Hinduism are depicted in California's History lessons.

Seva and the Flint Water Crisis

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Murali Balaji

What has transpired in Flint over the past few months has come as a shock for even those who have remained steadfastly optimistic that the city can come back.

For Hindu Americans, Long-Term Hopes for Pluralism More Than Just About Days Off

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Murali Balaji

As we celebrate Black History Month and remember the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights, one of the most striking lessons from history is that movements for social change never go smoothly.

Why a Hindu American Gave up Beef

Deya Maldas | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Deya Maldas

When I tell people I don't eat beef, I get mixed reactions. People that aren't South Asian look at me with confusion, but don't question it. It would ...

Here's A Sneak Preview Of Pixar's New Short On Hindu American Families

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion

As a child of Hindu immigrants from India, animator Sanjay Patel had to learn early on how to navigate between two worlds: the culture of his classmat...

Hindu Nationalism and Hi-Tech in Silicon Valley

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
David Palumbo-Liu

One would not think that an open letter to Silicon Valley tech leaders from eminent scholars of South Asia would cause a huge public uproar spanning two continents. But indeed it has created a tidal wave of incensed reaction from the wider Hindu nationalist movement in India.

Hindu and Indian Advocacy Aren't the Same

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.02.2016 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Why is this important to emphasize? Simply put, many Hindus -- regardless of their background -- are put in positions of trying to explain India, even if they have minimal connection to or interest in the country. They are also wrongly assumed to be the spokespeople for India, particularly its social and economic issues.

Yoga Might Achieve What Communism Didn't: A Response to a Communist Critic of Yoga

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 06.20.2016 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Even if it seems commercialized and narcissistic at times, the yoga culture one sees today has not only an individual health and beauty element but a far more promising social-spiritual one.

Are Hindus Being Undercounted in Religion Surveys?

Murali Balaji | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Murali Balaji

According to Pew, Hinduism is now tied with Buddhism as the country's fourth-largest religion, with approximately 2.23 million adherents. What's fascinating is that, according to the survey, the population of Hindus in the U.S. jumped by over 1 million since the last time Pew collected the data, which led to the research center's acknowledging of a potential undercount last time.

The Future of Hinduism

Manav A. Lalwani | Posted 05.07.2016 | Religion
Manav A. Lalwani

When imagining a future for Hinduism, I believe that, true to form, it will continue to flow forth - negotiating new terrain as needed, at once distinct and the same, sustaining life as it goes.

From 'Deafening Silence' to Desperate Silencing: Hinduphobia Denial Is Hinduphobia Too

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

This essay is not about Narendra Modi's silences, real or perceived. It is not about allegations of silence made and repeated in the echo-chamber of unimaginative media discourses. No. It is about a real silence that no one in the media bothers calling out.

Why the Case of Police Brutality Against Sureshbhai Patel Is Not a Question of Brown vs. Black

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

The point should not be whether neighbors conflated Sureshbhai with a black man, a Middle Eastern man, or a foreigner to evoke a perverse suspicion, but that in Patel's plight, South Asians saw how easily and brutally their turn could come.

Hinduphobia Would Shock Gandhi As Much As Intolerance

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

The more difficult question to think about is that President Obama did not say anything that decent people anywhere in the world or of any faith would disagree with. And yet, something about his comments has upset Hindus very much.

Towards a New Generation of American Hindu Leaders

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

If Oprah Winfrey can be seen as a faith leader, then it can be said that public figures who embrace their Hindu identity and lead in the civic realm can be looked at in the same light. In other words, to inspire others with your own faith doesn't necessarily require religious vocational training or connection to religious centers.

Pankaj Mishra's Incredible India

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Mishra's essay is an incredible exercise in distortion and denial. Even if one grants that there is a glimmer of good intentions around his apocalyptic vision the problem with the sheer fictiveness of his idea of India remains.

Jaweed Kaleem

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...

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Garba On During Navratri

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion

From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, Hindus across the world will be celebrating Navratri. The holiday honors nine different forms of the mother goddess and is ma...

The Three Million Manav March: Why Indian-Americans are Giving Prime Minister Modi a Rock Star Welcome at Madison Square Garden

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Vamsee Juluri

Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.

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.

India v. Hinduphobia: What Narendra Modi's Election as Prime Minister Really Means

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Narendra Modi's victory needs to be understood beyond the two commonly heard positions we have heard these past few months leading up to the election.