As I sat there with my mouth wide open, and subject to poking, and prodding by a myriad of tools, my dentist tried to distract my attention from the pain. She tried to make polite conversation. Having noticed my last name, she asked if I was Sindhi.
Should India's Independence Day be celebrated in Hindu temples in America? I think so. We can use the day to reflect on identity, on struggle and sacrifice, and on the deeper, spiritual significance of concepts like freedom or independence.