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Life After Life

Tim Arnold | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Tim Arnold

I believe there is another world, another life beyond the one we're in now, that's available to us, a more enduring existence open to anyone able to embrace some kind of a "leap of faith," or at least see it as JK Rowling puts it in one of her "Harry Potter" novels: for a "well-organized mind: death is but the next great adventure."

Is God More Insulted by Cartoons or Those Who Kill in God's Name?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Bosnia's Muslim leadership answers without ambiguity. We have to worry more about those who would appoint themselves to defend God against presumed insult than those purportedly committing the offense.

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.

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...

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

Urban Outfitters Apologizes To Hindus For Offensive Duvet Cover

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Urban Outfitters has pulled a new duvet cover featuring Lord Ganesh after an outcry from some Hindus. The cover depicted the elephant-head Hi...

How Will Narendra Modi Do As India's PM?

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Parthiv N. Parekh

The rise of Narendra Modi is as loud a statement as ever that the country is sick and tired of the Congress's disastrously inept and corrupt rule.

The Great Migration From Life Through Death

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion
Molly Alexander Darden

"I'm going on a journey soon, by myself." -- John R. Fenn, Jr. With my older brother's passing recently, my thoughts have turned to death itself; wha...

The Imaginary War on Christmas

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media
Lincoln Mitchell

The War on Christmas story reflects the discomfort that many socially conservative media figures, and presumably at least some of their followers, feel with an increasingly diverse country where people are no longer afraid to express their views.

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.

Saeed Mirza: A "Leftist Sufi," Indian film maker & author of the book, "Ammi: letter to a democratic mother"

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

A few of weeks ago in New York, I met Saeed Mirza the thoughtful globalist and secularist film maker at his book reading in an Indian art gallery, ho...

Helicopter Crashes During Rescue Mission, Killing 20

AP | By RAFIQ MAQBOOL | Posted 08.25.2013 | World

GAUCHAR, India (AP) — Paramilitary soldiers on Wednesday recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in northern India where a helicopter crashed whil...

Mimicry? Mockery? Mimic. Cry.

Deepak Sarma | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

By performing the play of the pilgrim, does the Indian-American elementary school student inadvertently become the oppressor? Or confirms the oppression? Or conforms to the oppressor?

Newtown: A Crisis of Faith

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Eliezer Sobel

But my question remains: is it ever even possible to feel and experience a sense of utter and absolute safety in this life in the very same breath that we inhale the daily news?

The Hindu Santa 'Clause'

Deepak Sarma | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

That festive "Holiday" season is again upon us. It's a challenging time for members of the Hindu Diaspora, who often reflect upon the degree to which they and their children have acculturated or assimilated.

Holy Cow, There's A Hindu In Congress!

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Supriya Dwivedi

The first Hindu elected to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, will be taking her oath on the Bhagavad Gita. This is interesting because she wasn't born Hindu and because there is no one HIndu text or doctrine.

The Extreme Makeover of India's (Possible) Next Leader

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.18.2012 | World
Parvez Ahmed

The core narrative in Narendra Modi's extreme image makeover is that he is as an economic miracle worker, with a clean anti-corruption record in a country where corruption remains an anathema.

Should Hindus Study Hinduism?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

If one claims to be a Hindu and upholds the centrality of the Brahma Sūtras and the Upaniṣads, both deemed Hindu texts, then it is essential for one to study and to become virtuoso.

Should Hindus Study Hinduism?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.09.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

A self-proclaiming Hindu ought to be able to explain who is a "Hindu" and what is "Hinduism." If such a student took a class with me then s/he would learn that the answers to these questions are thorny.

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 Birth Of Krishna: When God Came To Earth

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

It's not possible for us, with our limited and inaccurate sense perception and logic, to comprehend the nature, quality and personhood of Krishna. Krishna is God as never seen before.

Hindu Americans Come Of Age

Philip Goldberg | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

While in many ways the advent of Hindu Americans recapitulates the familiar immigrant story, it is also uniquely significant.

India's Thriving Economy Slows Down

Posted 07.31.2011 | Business

NEW DELHI (Rajesh Kumar Singh) - India's economy grew at its slowest annual pace in five quarters in January to March, as rising interest rates cr...

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.