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Last week, the Times of India reported that the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is making yoga mandatory for school children in grades 1 – 5.   What a great idea! The article can be found online at http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-31/news/40914078_1_yoga-teachers-chouhan-master-trainers.

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My good friend and colleague at the Hindu American Foundation, Swaminathan Venkataraman, recently had the amazing opportunity to attend the Hindu festival of Kumbha Mela.  Below are a few lovely thoughts he shared with the team: Today, Feb 10, 2013, a larger […]

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History was made on Nov. 6, for a number of reasons.  But the reason I’m talking about is the election of the first Hindu American.  Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic contender from Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, will be the first Hindu […]

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I just learned that today, in addition to being 10/11/12, is also Day of the Girl. This initiative, established through the United Nations, is about “highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe.” In light of […]

On this crisp morning, I am staring at the partially constructed Freedom Tower.  In fact, I look out at that tower every morning from my office window and every night from my bedroom window.  Some days, it’s easier to not […]

If you have any interest in minority human rights in Pakistan and have the patience to sit through 30 minutes of mayhem, this news segment on Hindus in Pakistan is worth a watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06cUS2IcN7I&feature=share. As most of us who stay […]

In the wake of the horrific attack at the Sikh gurudwara yesterday, I share my deepest condolences with the families of the victims and the Sikh community at large.  Last night, the Hindu American Foundation – of which I am a part […]

My friend, Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, the Hindu Chaplain at Columbia University was invited to speak at TEDx.  In his talk, Pandit shares with us his riches to rags life story, which eventually led him to the Bhagavad Gita and to […]

Over the past few weeks, the news from Pakistan has been dominated by the case of Rinkel Kumari, a Hindu teenage girl who was kidnapped from home. Rinkel eventually turned up…but converted to Islam, supposedly of her own free will, […]

Almost one year later, NPR invited me back to their studio here in NYC to record another segment on the ongoing debate over yoga’s Hindu roots.  The piece, by Margot Adler, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition today.  It also […]