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Parth Parihar
Parth Parihar is a graduate student of Economics at Princeton University, where he also completed his bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He is president emeritus of Princeton Hindu Satsangam, the Hindu group on campus, and is a key organizer of the Global Dharma Conference.

Entries by Parth Parihar

Pants on Fire?: Fact-Checking Mehdi Hasan's Head-to-Head with Ram Madhav

(1) Comments | Posted January 1, 2016 | 6:48 PM


Have you seen Mehdi Hasan's Head-to-Head with Ram Madhav? As expected, the hard-hitting interview generated heated debate on the true nature of India's current regime, Hindu nationalism, and (unbelievably) whether the country is decaying into fascism. On display were...

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The Rajiv Malhotra Controversy and the Connection to Hindu Studies

(32) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 12:48 PM

In the past week, the blogosphere and Twitter have been aflutter with talk of the charges of plagiarism leveled against author and Hindu scholar Rajiv Malhotra by Richard Fox Young, an associate professor at Princeton Theological Seminary (Disclosure: The author recently edited an anthology of research papers presented at a...

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Why Narendra Modi's Election as India's Prime Minister Brings Hope

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:34 PM


As the dust settles from the agonizing, six-week-long Indian electoral process, I am afforded the opportunity to share my thoughts on this remarkable outcome. In the lower house of Indian parliament (Loksabha), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by its prime ministerial candidate...

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Hinduism and the Eco-Activist Vacuum

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 10:40 AM

A Hindu devotee empties vibhuti into a stream in Rohini, New Delhi.

The four of us looked completely ridiculous carrying a 10-foot tall bamboo staff draped with a canvas rag bearing the ubiquitous #NoKXL hash-tag onto the Metro. But after marching through...

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Narendra Modi: Extremist Conservative? Really?

(43) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 4:22 PM

"Merchant of death," Milosevic, Hitler, fascist, murderer, Bhasmasura. If you can name an insult, it has been hurled at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. With Modi's prime ministerial candidature in 2014 virtually assured, the viciousness of the Indian political discourse has only been amplified. In the "conventional wisdom," Modi has...

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'Asi Me Sakhā': A Personal Experience on Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:05 PM

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
-- Marcel Proust

Reading this quote -- blazoned by my desk calendar -- every time I came back into my dorm room was an enriching reminder. In fact, this...

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Go Green, Not Pink, for a Sustainable Future in India

(13) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 4:10 PM

India has long harbored a tradition of ethical vegetarianism, anchored on the dharmic traditions' commitment to ahimsa (nonviolence). This tradition can perhaps be encapsulated by Prabhupada's statement, "Indulgence in animal killing for the taste of the tongue is the grossest kind of ignorance," in his translation of Bhagavad Gita...

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Why Do Hindus Celebrate Diwali?

(10) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 12:14 PM

"Why do we celebrate Diwali?" This is a question that many Hindu-Americans are asked during this time of year. Diwali, or Deepavali, literally means "row of lights," and most people do know of Diwali as the festival of lights. What they often don't understand is the symbolism behind the oil...

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