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

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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.

Smithsonian's Yoga: The Art of Transformation Brings to Light Yoga's Hindu Roots... Almost

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Visually stunning and simultaneously soothing, the exhibit has a quietness about it. It weaves through time, taking the visitor from a prehistoric era of self-study, that continues to baffle scholars and laypeople alike as to its depth and timelessness, to an age where yoga studios are as prolific as Starbucks.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi: The Liberating Power of Non-violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Both Martin Luther King and Gandhi were people who gained tremendous inspiration from their faith traditions and were able to perform tremendous feats of courage through the implementation of non-violence.

The Sacred Art and Duty of Cow Protection

Chris Fici | Posted 01.06.2014 | Green
Chris Fici

The beef industry may have a powerful lobby, but who wants all that heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, not to mention all that bad karma from killing innocent animals! Don't we all hanker for a simpler, cleaner, more wholesome, less violent Earth?

Essential Wisdom for Our Existential Crisis: Mahabharata, the Eternal Quest

Chris Fici | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Chris Fici

The Mahabharata is considered one of the oldest and of the greatest epics of antiquity. Composed more than 5,000 years ago by the great Vedic sage Vyasa, the Mahabharata tells the story of what is both a heart-rendingly personal and catastrophically collective battle that threatens the very structure and fabric of civilization.

Bangladesh -- Toxic Factionalism and Constitutional Confusions

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The nation is divided into numerous large and small political factions untutored in the science of politics. Emotions run high and irrationality rules decisions.

Serving Food With a Healthy Portion of Love

Lisa Levart | Posted 01.26.2014 | Food
Lisa Levart

"When I am in the kitchen, or when I am teaching about cooking, the most important thing I talk about is imparting the food you are cooking with the secret ingredient of love!"

Yoga in America: Where Bowing to God Is Not Religious

Jill Lawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

The concept of God is a shaky subject. Add to it the yoga-inspired faith in the God within us all, and you have a huge mess on your hands. Calling yoga non-religious isn't just about altering yoga to make a buck. It is to avoid starting a war.

A Hindu Halloween Lament

Vineet Chander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Behind the compromises and negotiation of clashing cultures, there lie important questions about assimilation, accommodation, and appropriation; minority communities growing and evolving in a multi-faith world; the interplay of power, normativity, hegemony, and identity.

Diwali: Garlanding the Light of Diversity

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.

Hindu Art or Hindu Artifact? Museums and (Objectifying?) Hindu Objects

Deepak Sarma | Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Should they be "repatriated" if they were obtained illegally? Are they art? In whose eyes are they considered art? Or are they artifacts?

The Secret to a Wonderful Life: Kill the 'Me' Who's Living It

Nancy Colier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

It takes a tremendous amount of effort to uphold a fixed identity. We have to keep doing things that a "person like us" would do. We have to keep making sure that nothing happens that threatens our identity or who we have decided "we are."

Say What? If Miss America Is Not a Nice White, Christian Gal, She Must Be a Muslim Terrorist? Even My Dog Knows Better!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Ms. Davuluri was born and raised American. That ought to be enough. About half the tweets I saw attacked her for being a Muslim or a terrorist. A number of them linked her appearance with the anniversary of September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attack.

Remember the Goddess Within Us

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

An ad campaign by an Indian non-profit advocacy group for women and children called Save the Children India has generated international buzz with a series of posters which depict bruised and beaten Hindu goddesses.

Is This What the Gods Would Want?

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tarun Sakhrani

I'm trying to think back to the point when the definition or display of religion and religious beliefs in India changed -- when religion in India suddenly became a display of aggression and a matter of pomp and show.

Egypt & Bali: Opposites Attract

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

For me, having been to Egypt nearly 20 times and to Bali over a dozen, they are the perfect Yin/Yang complement to each other -- the masculine and feminine sides of spirituality.

An Encyclopedia of Hinduism? Just One More Step in Understanding and Preserving the Religion's Legacy

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

While the Encyclopedia of Hinduism's publication should be celebrated, it's just one more step in the long journey of Hinduism into the core of the American public sphere.

Understanding Karma and The Hindu's Response to Suffering

Joe McKnight | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Joe McKnight

As catastrophe followed tragedy this summer, I wondered what Hinduism had to say to the innumerable and needless suffering experienced in her home of origin. Christians and Jews can look to Job, Buddhists to non-attachment, but what about Hindus?

Hinduism's Suggestions for a Peaceful Coexistence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

We need to realize there is a connection between all things and that our behavior has a very real impact on the environment around us. Therefore, if we make an attempt to bring peace to others, or at least not disturb the peace of others, then the Universe and God will reciprocate by sending peace our way.

A Chinese-Jewish Christmas

Write for the Future | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Saru Nanda I am a Hindu who always wanted to trade in her religion during one month of the year: December. I could never resist my adoration of ...