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Hinduism in America

Race Matters in the Classroom

Deepak Sarma | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

I am successful when my students and conversation partners begin enclosing and confining these colonial categories in quotation marks, recognizing their construction and significance, historicizing them, disrupting them, and depriving them of their power.

A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The heart is the place where we keep that which we treasure the most. What might it mean to make our hearts a temple?

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 11.26.2014 | 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.

Changing How California Teaches History

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

History can be either a boring, anachronistic and even disempowering subject for children, or a magnificently life-changing and worldview-shaping one. California is at a moment now when it has to choose which of these approaches schools get to teach.

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.

Mentoring: The Hindu-American Community's Great Seva

Murali Balaji | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Mentoring is probably one of the most individually fulfilling activities I experienced, but only in recent years have I truly appreciated how intrinsic the concept has been to Hinduism.

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...

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.

Critiquing the 'Sacred:' Promoting the Idea of Discourse Within the Hindu American Community

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

With the spiritual wealth accumulated through centuries of discourse within India, Diasporic Hindu communities have been able to use that capital in helping to evolve the spiritual traditions and acclimate within diverse settings across the globe.

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth, 'Abused Goddesses' and Those Myths About Hindu Violence

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

the "Abused Goddess" campaign would do well to distinguish its good intentions of restoring respect for women from the tendency to be co-opted as another piece of malicious anti-Hindu propaganda.

How Do We Move Discussions About Hinduism Beyond India?

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

While I've gotten my fair share of the expected questions (caste, karma, reincarnation), one question continues to be a challenge and opportunity: How can teachers explain Hinduism in a way that moves outside of India?

Educating Our Teachers -- A Community's Unappreciated Right

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Exercising your right as parents to educate your child's educators can help us make for more respectful and pluralistic discourses in the classroom while helping your child feel equally American and Hindu.

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?

Orlando Retirement Complex Caters To Aging Hindu Immigrants

Religion News Service | Sravaani Pere | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Fifty years after they began arriving from India, the first generation of Indian-Americans is retiring and finding itself in a quandary. Alth...

The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Rajiv Malhotra

Neglecting people of color was a big reason for losing elections, he claimed, implicitly positioning himself as the solution. But does Jindal truly speak for any community of color, or is this just another round of creative political opportunism?

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.

Arjuna's Grief: A Hindu Mourns The Newtown Tragedy

Vineet Chander | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Why do such unspeakable tragedies take place to begin with? Hinduism, like other spiritual traditions, offers us a great deal of philosophical insight to grapple with the question.

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.

PHOTOS: Most And Least Hindu Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 12.06.2012 | Religion

Click through the slideshow to see most and least Hindu cities in America: A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, ...

Upholding Dharmic Values Of Self Reliance: Protecting Our Temples, Gurudwaras And Places Of Worship

Anju Bhargava | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

In keeping with the American tradition and in line with the Dharmic values of self reliance, it is time we, the Dharmic Americans, empower ourselves and understand how to make our places of worship secure.

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.

A Hindu Hurricane Reflection

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Seeking the shelter of the Divine, and then striving to share that shelter with others, is the essence of this time of year -- and perhaps of all holy days. Sometimes it just takes a hurricane to remind us.

Is Sanskrit (In)dispensable For Hindu Liturgy?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

It may be a critical time for Hindus, especially diasporic Hindus, to reflect on this. After all, many second-generation diasporic Hindus are neither familiar with Sanskrit nor with the vernacular language of their parents and may, consequently, opt to jettison their Hindu identities.