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Hinduism

‘What fear?’: Hindus bathe in frothy, polluted Indian river

By Shonal Ganguly and Altaf Qadri — November 11, 2021
Hundreds of Hindu devotees entered the Yamuna river for a holy dip to mark the festival of Chhath Puja, despite it being covered in a layer of toxic foam.
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Meet the Hindu god Rama, an immigrant

By Khyati Y. Joshi — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — How the Diwali story lights our path in the U.S.

Modi’s Diwali extravaganza shows why we need to tell the many stories of Rama

By Kalpana Jain — November 2, 2021
(RNS) — Some Hindus fear that Hinduism’s rich diversity is being erased in favor of a common Hindu canon.

Digitizing sacred spaces: How COVID-19 fueled innovation of Hindu ritual websites

By Dheepa Sundaram — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — The pandemic has led to a boom in innovative digital ritual applications.

Young Hindus get creative with home temples in cramped apartments

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — Despite space and time restrictions, Indians who have migrated to the U.S. find ways to stay close to their roots.

At Durga Puja, Hindus wrestle with the West’s sexualized destroyer

By Kalpana Jain — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — Taken out of her cultural context, Western depictions of the goddess can be quite unrecognizable.

Families of different faiths swap houses, lives in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — In the unscripted TV series, 16 families from different religious, racial and economic backgrounds or sexual orientations trade homes for a week.

American Girl releases doll outfits for Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah celebrations

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Happy Christmahanukwanzadan!

How Hindu chaplains went from anomaly to necessity

By Kathryn Post — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — In 2008, Princeton University's full-time Hindu chaplain was not just the only one at any place of higher learning at the time; he was the first in the United States ever to fill the role.

Claiming the freedom to decide who is Hindu American

By Indu Viswanathan — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — A conference claiming to protect Hindu Americans dismisses the dangers we face.

Hinduphobia is a smokescreen for Hindu nationalists

By Feminist Critical Hindu Studies Collective — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — Hindus do experience racism, but co-opting the term to critique a conference on Hindu nationalism doesn't help.

Practicing Hinduphobia in the guise of academic freedom

By Deepali Kulkarni — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — Academic freedom doesn't justify demonizing Hindus who don’t share a predetermined viewpoint.

9/11 became a catalyst for interfaith relations and cooperation

By Adelle M. Banks — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — Though anti-Muslim sentiments grew in the wake of 9/11, another legacy of that historic day is the evolution and advancement of interfaith cooperation in the United States.
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