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Pankaj Mishra's Incredible India

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Mishra's essay is an incredible exercise in distortion and denial. Even if one grants that there is a glimmer of good intentions around his apocalyptic vision the problem with the sheer fictiveness of his idea of India remains.

Jaweed Kaleem

How Hindu-Americans Are Using Diwali To Teach About The Faith

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

The last time Manav Lalwani celebrated the holiday Diwali in his parents' home city of Mumbai, he was 6 years old. He remembers "lots, lots of firewor...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Utsav Seva

Anju Bhargava | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

What would our life be like without the caring love of our friends and families, the opportunity to have learned from and be loved by those who are wi...

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 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 ...

What They Teach In Encinitas Wasn't Really 'Yoga'

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

As a mother and as a lawyer, I have to admit, I had serious concerns about yoga in schools. From my own experiences, I could easily place myself in the plaintiff parents' shoes.

Mimicry? Mockery? Mimic. Cry.

Deepak Sarma | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

By performing the play of the pilgrim, does the Indian-American elementary school student inadvertently become the oppressor? Or confirms the oppression? Or conforms to the oppressor?

Who Owns Hinduism?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Consider, for example, Selena Gomez's use of the bindi, which seemed to a few to be a significant Hindu symbol.

Being Brown After The Boston Bomb Blast

Deepak Sarma | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

I weep for the families and friends for those immediately affected and for those whose lives and memories have forever changed. But I worry, especially after incite-ful rumors that automatically point the finger at (an) international terrorist(s), who, is/are in the imaginations of those easily deluded, brown-skinned.

Anyone Can Do Seva! A Hindu American High Schooler's Serendipity Moment

Anju Bhargava | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Neil Davey, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School, eloquently describes his struggles as he contemplated seva, his motives to serve and the resulting fruits of his action.

Celebrating The Interfaith Social Justice Message Of Swami Vivekananda

Anju Bhargava | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

We ask what Swami Vivekananda asked: Are you unselfish? If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

Mainstreaming Hindu And Dharmic Americans And Values: Reflections On The Obama Impact

Anju Bhargava | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

A path to inclusion has been created. Now it is up to the community to take it forward; to continue addressing priority issues facing our nation and make more visible our evolving needs and strengths as we the New Americans weave our professional skills, traditions and culture in the pluralistic tapestry of America.

Hindus In The Heartland: Let Me Hear You Say "Namaste"

Philip Goldberg | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Temple attendance is an awful criterion to apply to Hindus, since their tradition does not emphasize congregational activity and many Hindus prefer to do their spiritual practices on home altars and meditation cushions.

The Hindu Santa 'Clause'

Deepak Sarma | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

That festive "Holiday" season is again upon us. It's a challenging time for members of the Hindu Diaspora, who often reflect upon the degree to which they and their children have acculturated or assimilated.

The Bhagavad Gita Comes To Congress

Varun Soni | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Varun Soni

When Tulsi Gabbard takes her oath on the Gita, its political wisdom will not only be instructive for her as a Hindu but also for all members of Congress.

Tulsi Gabbard: Living The Gita, Beyond The Photo Op

Vineet Chander | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The Gita is not a playbook that offers easy, formulaic answers to relieve us the burden of decision-making. Rather, it is a moral and spiritual compass that offers us an amazing perspective with which to wrestle with the difficult questions. I suspect that Tulsi feels the same way.

An Open Letter To Tulsi Gabbard From A Hindu-American

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

Fifty-five years before Swami Vivekananda spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago (1893), Hinduism was being practiced in the Caribbean. It is a story of religious survival in the midst of abject poverty and colonial hostility.

Holy Cow, There's A Hindu In Congress!

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Supriya Dwivedi

The first Hindu elected to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, will be taking her oath on the Bhagavad Gita. This is interesting because she wasn't born Hindu and because there is no one HIndu text or doctrine.

America The Beautiful: Why A New Politics Is Also A New Religion

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

What happened this week was not just a diverse group of people finding their hope for their country renewed, but faith in whatever good the divine embodies as well. One might say a lot of prayers were answered this election.

Hawaii Democrat Poised To Be Elected First Hindu In Congress

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 11.02.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Hindu Americans have run America's major companies and universities, won Nobel prizes and Olympic gold medals, directed blockbuster movies, and ...