Hindu American community members must work to build interfaith, cross-cultural, and common cause alliances with others impacted by bullying so that the community's voices resonates much more strongly with education policy makers.
While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.
Should they be "repatriated" if they were obtained illegally? Are they art? In whose eyes are they considered art? Or are they artifacts?
An ad campaign by an Indian non-profit advocacy group for women and children called Save the Children India has generated international buzz with a series of posters which depict bruised and beaten Hindu goddesses.
With the spiritual wealth accumulated through centuries of discourse within India, Diasporic Hindu communities have been able to use that capital in helping to evolve the spiritual traditions and acclimate within diverse settings across the globe.
As I strolled down the streets, and sat at one of India's northern hill stations, those who didn't know me would often look at me funny -- a full grown, bearded, well-dressed Indian man flipping through a stack of illustrated Hindi children's storybooks.
The best way to report about the Hindu American community is to engage in genuine dialogue with its members. Showing up to festivals barely scratches the surface of understanding and often gives journalists the wrong impression about the diversity within a community.
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.
Score 1 point for each wrong answer. Add your total number of correct answers to your total number of wrong answers, then divide by the total number of questions. If your result is 1, you are enlightened. If your result is anything else, seek help.
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.
Baker Street was bustling. This is where the march began. The vibrance and colour like no other. The unity displayed was wide-ranging. From almost every institution, age-group, faith group etc, there were representatives showing solidarity.
I am more convinced than ever that to work and create earth-centered ecologically-sound communities and local food cultures, grounded in the timeless wisdom of ancient spiritual tradition, is the most vital justice work of our time and also the true spiritual revolution of our time.
We need to realize there is a connection between all things and that our behavior has a very real impact on the environment around us. Therefore, if we make an attempt to bring peace to others, or at least not disturb the peace of others, then the Universe and God will reciprocate by sending peace our way.
India has taught me that there are endless paths to reach the same destination. Hindus believe in many deities, but ultimately and regardless of the deity they choose to worship, they believe that they will be lead to the same truth.
While I've gotten my fair share of the expected questions (caste, karma, reincarnation), one question continues to be a challenge and opportunity: How can teachers explain Hinduism in a way that moves outside of India?
I charge anyone who is challenged by this to think a little deeper, to broaden their experience working with and knowing the non-religious, to try to understand that the religious and the non-religious have a lot to learn from each other.