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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.

Is Pakistan Part of South Asia? Yes!

Aparna Pande | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aparna Pande

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary's recent remarks represent a departure from years of attempts by Pakistan to deny its South Asian identity -- and link up instead with the Muslim Middle East.

Sri Daya Mata: A Neighbor's Reflection

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

"When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt," someone wise once said. It seems an apt description of the life of Sri Daya Mata, who led the Self Realization Fellowship for the past 55 years.

Holiday Giving's Not Just For Christians Anymore

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

Every year, the Christmas vs. The Holidays debate is dragged out, dusted off and hung up again. I'd like to propose an alternative way to express a (non-Christian) encounter with Christmas.

Jain or Hindu? Finding a Distinct Religious Identity in a Multi-Faith Society

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

When I meet people who have not heard of Jainism, or who assume it is an obscure branch of Hinduism, it frustrates me. Honestly though, until a few years ago, I barely knew the difference myself.

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.

Letter From Paris: The Skulls of Yahel Chirinian

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Beth Arnold

Ms. Chirinian has produced visually interesting pieces that erupt with energy and light. When the light hits these extraordinary skulls, it explodes across the ceiling and walls like a disco ball.

Meatless Monday: The Season Of Diwali

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Last week, a chef friend told me humans are hardwired to eat seasonally, and sure enough, I woke up the next day wanting the taste of cauliflower and ...

Out Of Many, One: Diwali Illuminates Unity

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Though celebrated for different reasons, Diwali has evolved from a pan-Indian festivity uniting multicultural diversity with worldwide cultures.

Park 51 in India: The Babri Mosque Verdict

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shirin Sadeghi

The judicial verdict? That a holy site for Hindus and Muslims must be shared. The actual verdict? That there isn't a spot of land on Earth that people won't fight for in the name of religion.

Indian Holy Site To Be Divided Between Hindus And Muslims, Court Rules

AP | BISWAJEET BANERJEE and RAVI NESSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LUCKNOW, India — For 150 years, Hindus and Muslims both claimed a site that is sacred to their religions, which triggered some of the worst riot...

Polarization - When We're Threatened We Circle The Wagons

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

A threat to the tribe is a threat to us individually, at the most profound level. We social human animals have evolved to depend on our tribes, literally for our survival.

Julia the Hindu, and the Pray in Eat Pray Love

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The powerful forces of celebrity and popular culture have thrust India's Vedic heritage into the spotlight. All the media attention inspires some to cynicism and others to a genuine spiritual enquiry.

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

Kumbh Mela UNDERWAY: Millions Of Hindus Converge For World's LARGEST Religious Festival (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Millions of Hindus converged Wednesday, April 14, on the banks of the Ganges River for Kumbh Mela, the world's largest religious festival. The New Yo...

Varanasi: India's Holy City (PHOTOS)

Rajan P. Parrikar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rajan P. Parrikar

In this holy place beats the heart of an ancient civilization.

Wedding Bells for Pakistan and India

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

India's biggest female tennis star, Wimbledon contender Sania Mirza, is in love, and she's set to marry a Pakistani -- Shoaib Malik, a well-known member of Pakistan's national cricket team.

Sex Tape Swami Announces Retirement (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Paramhamsa Nityananda, the popular Indian Swami who faced protests after a local television played a video that appeared to show him in bed with two w...

Worshipping the Written Word

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Tarico

For poor people around the world, reading is seen as the means to a better life, a ticket into the 21st century and a way to join the global economy.

Religion, Bigotry, and Political Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Put aside the crazy "Obama's a Muslim" idiocy -- assume John McCain had won the presidency instead. Do you really think the Senate would confirm a Muslim candidate right now, even a conservative right-wing one? I don't.

Hindu Group Protests National Book Critics Circle Nominee 'The Hindus' For Bigotry

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The organization Hindu Janajagruti Samit gathered before a reading of finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards Wednesday night in New Yor...

Ganesha - God of Knowledge and Wisdom (PHOTOS)

Rajan P. Parrikar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rajan P. Parrikar

Ties to Ganesha run deep in Hindu families where he is often viewed as a member of the household.

Swami 'Sex Tape' Rocks India (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nine people have been arrested after ransacking the headquarters of one of India's most famous Hindu holy men, Paramhamsa Nityananda, after a local te...

Sanjay Patel's Graphic Ramayana Adventure (PHOTOS)

Sanjay Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sanjay Patel

My aim isn't to butcher the Ramayana but simply to share it with people in a casual and entertaining way. If I've done my job right, Ramayana: Divine Loophole serves as an intro to a much fuller version of the story.

How the LA Clippers Made Me a Better Hindu

Varun Soni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Varun Soni

As Clippers fans, we've never been attached to the fruits of our fandom because we don't have any fruits to be attached to!