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India’s Christians: What would Gandhi do?

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 What would Gandhi do? Hindu extremists recently dragged several new Christian converts from their homes in Assam, India, beat them and threatened them for five hours, trying to get them to renounce Jesus. When finally released, the shaken converts did […]

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Ancestor-worshipping village shaman divines a path around Indonesia’s bureaucracy

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In Tumbang Saan, a village of huts built on stilts in Borneo’s vast rainforest, village elder Udatn had a problem. He’s a spiritual leader in Kaharingan, one of a number of names for the ancestor-worshipping, spirit-divining religion of Borneo’s indigenous forest people, the […]

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Australian play pits Hitler vs elephant god Ganesh, infuriating down-under Hindus

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Already annoyed by ads with the goddess Lakshmi in skimpy swimwear and a disk jockey who called the holy Ganges River a junkyard, Australian Hindus are irked by a play pitting Hitler versus the god Ganesh. “Ganesh Versus the Third […]

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Environmentalists eye India’s funeral pyres

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Between 50 and 60 million trees are consumed in India’s 7 million open-air Hindu cremations each year, worrying a group of environmentalists. The traditional Hindu funeral pyre — an ancient ritual that goes back thousands of years — poses a threat to the living, says […]

High court orders Pakistan to let Hindus worship in historic temple

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Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to allow Hindus to worship in a temple closed after Pakistan’s independence 64 years ago. A two-member judicial panel comprised of Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice […]

American Hindu mixes tradition, Texas culture

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In many ways, 29-year-old Rishi Bhutada is a good ol’ Texas boy. But he’s also a traditional Hindu, not so different from his Indian-born parents. An officer at his dad’s pipefitting company, U.S.-born Bhutada had an arranged marriage in India […]

Kathmandu a sea of red as Hindu wives celebrate Teej festival, pray for husbands’ long lives

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Red was the dress code in Nepal Wednesday as Hindu women of all ages, castes and communities thronged the Shiva temples in the country to celebrate the festival of Teej. “Streets became seas of red, the color of good fortune, […]

Times of India: Pakistanis kidnapping Hindu, Sikh girls for forced conversions, ransom

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Incidents of abduction of Hindus and Sikhs girls, for forced conversion and marriages to Muslims, as well as for ransom have increased, a Pakistani official told the Times of India newspaper. Pakistani parliament member Dr. Haresh Chopra of the Pakistan Muslim League […]

India court orders Catholic bishops’ attorneys to read Hindu scriptures

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A court in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has ordered attorneys representing the local Catholic Bishops Council to read Hindu scriptures before a lawsuit can continue. The state’s government had ordered public schools to incorporate “Gita Sar”– a summary of the Hindu scriptures, the […]

NY Times: Local Hindus make pilgrimage to “Ganges” beach in Queens, NY

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The shells bobbed in the surf, not far from clay bowls, rotting limes and waterlogged rags that had washed back ashore, flotsam from previous Hindu ceremonies to mark festivals, births, deaths and everything in between. However, the location was not […]

16 New Jersey Hindus want free trips to India to atone for restaurant’s mistake

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Should a group of strict Hindu vegetarians — who were mistakenly served meat — get all-expenses-paid trips to India so they can cleanse themselves in the Ganges River? An appeals court has overturned a judge’s ruling – and will allow their […]

India tells 63-year-old nun to leave; pressure from Hindu extremists blamed

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A 63-year-old British nun caring for leprosy patients for three decades in Bangalore, India, was preparing to leave the country Monday after the Indian government refused to extend her resident permit without giving any reason. “I’m leaving with a heavy […]

Exhibit Highlights Hinduism’s ‘Blue-Skinned Savior’

By BOB SMIETANA c. 2011 Religion News Service NASHVILLE (RNS) In Hindu tradition, Lord Vishnu shows up in many forms. There’s Prince Rama, who killed the demon Ravana; Vamana the dwarf; Parashurama the vengeful; and Matsya the great fish. Then […]

TSA, Airlines Tread Carefully on Religious Expression

(RNS) Air travelers want to feel safe, and federal security officials want to make sure they actually are safe. If only it were that simple. Misunderstandings over religious expression have led to recent incidents that prompted apologies from airlines. On […]

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