The idea of secularism that the founding fathers Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, and Ambedkar fought for is something we have slowly come to purge from our public discourse in modern India. "Secular" has now become the new slur; the secular is the new outcast.
Growing up in New York, I've seen how religious freedom in America has allowed the Sikh community to strengthen relationships within the faith and outside of it, even as prejudice persists.
I suppose, I am an accidental filmmaker. For it was by sheer accident that bored of making sales calls in New Delhi, I called up the offices of National Geographic, asking for a job on a Friday and started working with them a week later.
Terrorism has been described generally as the use of violence, or the threat of violence, to accomplish a political, religious, or ideological purpose...
Theologians and theists--in all theistic traditions--can offer a remedial theology that insists upon benign images of God and alerts the faithful to the human tendency to image God in their own likeness, even to the point of attributing human imperfections to God.
Right now, Islamophobia is hurting all of us South Asians, Muslim or not. On a very basic level, South Asians -- from Hindus and Sikhs to atheists -- are being dehumanized based upon how we look. This is a burden we all share, not just Muslims.
We cannot view all Muslims or Sikhs as potential terrorists if we are to continue to live in a free and peaceful society. But in today's environment we also should be ready to keep our airports and other open public areas safe.
Last Wednesday, President Obama visited an American mosque for the first time in his eight year Presidency. While POTUS has visited several prominent...
The Howard County (MD) Board of Education's unanimous vote to approve Diwali (Deepavali) as a day off for students isn't just significant for the Hindu community there. It represents a broader discussion on pluralism in rapidly diversifying regions, and is likely to have national consequences as religious minorities grow in number.
Unfortunately, religion doesn't handle unbelievers well and it handles "apostasy" even less well.
A day will come when others like Waryam Singh will feel the warm embrace of freedom. This freedom will be possible due to heroes like Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa and his lionhearted fight for human right
It's been inspiring sharing the stories of our diverse communities, highlighting their contributions to Spokane. Sikhs have farmed in the area for a hundred years. Jewish pioneers helped start the founding of Spokane. Muslims have been integral professors and teachers at local universities.
The Christmas greeting, "Peace on earth, goodwill toward men," is rooted in the Gospel yet has a universal pull. As an aspiration it seems as distant as ever.
These tips or suggestions aren't meant to tell faith communities what and what not to do, but Islamophobia, hate, racism, and bigotry cannot be overcome by the Muslim American community itself. We need allies and we need friends to overcome these societal ills.
We have learned through our forefathers that hate does not last, and love and truth eventually overcome. You may feel big by attacking us, but with each blow you only strengthen our resolve. You have bullied our children in schools, attacked our places of worship all in your skewed misinformed and small view of the world.
Recently, I came across a racist meme featuring my friend. His name is Darsh Preet Singh. For those who know Darsh, he is a kind and friendly person. In fact, Darsh's friends would tell you he's nicer than most anyone you know, if not everyone you know.