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6 Teachable Lessons From 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Waiting for my coffee to brew at dawn on October 10 I got an instant jolt scanning news on my phone when I saw the headline Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobel Peace Prize Creates Important Moment For Interfaith Unity

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion

History pits them against each other, but a fiery passion united this year’s interfaith Nobel Peace Prize winners around the common goal of children...

Narendra Modi: From Tea Seller to Prime Minister

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

As a Muslim woman born and raised in India, Modi as prime minister presents a dream and a conundrum.

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...

The Three Million Manav March: Why Indian-Americans are Giving Prime Minister Modi a Rock Star Welcome at Madison Square Garden

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Vamsee Juluri

Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.

Navratri 2014: A Hindu Celebration Of The Mother Goddess

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

Navratri is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. In 2014, Navratri starts on September 25 and lasts until October 3. Durga Puja celebration...

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

How One Indian Housewife Switched Gears To Become A Hindu Priest

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

Megha Gokhale has been many things in her life: A graduate student, an accountant, a wife, a mother. In 1992 her life took yet another turn when she b...

58 Frenetic Hours in Cairo

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.15.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

Cairo under the best of circumstances is frenetic, so 58 hours in the Egyptian capital proved an exhausting undertaking requiring a hardy stamina and lots of patience.

A Look At The New, Massive Hindu Temple Gracing New Jersey

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion

Robbinsville, New Jersey may seem like an odd place for a religious pilgrimage, but that is exactly what it may become. The Bochasanwasi Shri Aksha...

Krishna: The Original Avatar

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Hundreds of millions of adherents of the Hindu faith will gather together, around the world, in temples and homes, to celebrate the advent of God on Earth. This festival of the birth of Krishna is known in Hinduism as Janmastami.

The Point of 'Period Parties'

Uloop | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Uloop

While most teenagers await their first driver's license to signal that they have entered adulthood, I enjoyed the pleasure of the entire Indian community finding out about my internal plumbing problems. I have unofficially dubbed these awkward events as "period parties."

Civilizational Partners and Equals: What Narendra Modi Means for American Hindus

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For Hindus in America, Modi's leadership will mark a promising opportunity to bring faith, culture, nation, and world together. There is a great deal of hope riding on what he does, not only for India, but also for symbolizing a Hinduism that is modern, strong, and still true to its universalism.

Reincarnation and Karma: How It All Works

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Do we only live once? It all depends on one's perspective.

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature

K. Ullas Karanth | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
K. Ullas Karanth

Hopefully, Mr. Modi will recognize that the fragile nature he holds in temporary custody is a product of millions of years of evolutionary Karma. Grandmother Nature gave birth to Mother India, which he has sworn to serve.

Nose Deep in Their Own... Prejudice: Hinduism and The New York Times' Sewage Problem

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

What might have been an excellent piece of reporting on an important public-health concern in India has turned out instead to be one of the most absurd, far-fetched, and ugly pieces of Hinduphobic racism in journalism ever.

Letting Go of Unnecessary Necessities

Chris Fici | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Chris Fici

While we certainly no longer live in traditional times, there are still those who identify as monastics who are walking the talk of humanity and providing profound examples of connection, compassion, and inter-connectivity.

India v. Hinduphobia: What Narendra Modi's Election as Prime Minister Really Means

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Narendra Modi's victory needs to be understood beyond the two commonly heard positions we have heard these past few months leading up to the election.

India: The World's Largest Democracy Goes to the Polls

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

As we approach the election, there are two noteworthy points regarding Muslim voters: One, Muslims do not vote as a monolithic bloc and two, they have tended to vote strategically in consecutive elections.

Festival of Colors Starts to Swarm America

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Gunjan Bagla

The Festival of Colors, known as Holi, is now celebrated across American cities and towns from Boston to Los Angeles, from Salt Lake City to Houston. While the festival originates in the religious tradition of Hinduism, all parts of society are welcomed regardless of spiritual affiliation.

Holi: A Time for New Beginnings at SOS Children's Villages

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Holi, the joyous spring festival of colors in Hinduism, is quickly approaching. In Hindu tradition, people of all ages celebrate Holi by covering each...

A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

Sister Jenna | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion
Sister Jenna

As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...

The Scholars: An Alternative Story About Wendy Doniger and The Hindus

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

There are Hindus who decline to celebrate a lie. They refuse to participate in the oblivious celebration of racial, national, and class privilege that denies them their own voice. They do not share the academic and literary elite's admiration for a book like The Hindus.

India: Religion vs. Elections

Connor Ryan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Connor Ryan

Starting April 16, the people of India will determine the government of the country for the next five years. The elections will end on May 13 and the previous government will cease to exist on May 31.