PUNE, India (RNS) — In the first week of April, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch, a group dedicated to the ideas of Indian freedom fighter Bhaghat Singh, announced its seventh atheism conference would be held on April 10 in...
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Hindus in Indian-controlled Kashmir staged protests on Friday, a day after assailants fatally shot a Hindu government employee in the disputed Muslim-majority region. Police blamed anti-India rebels for the killing of Rahul Bhat, a revenue clerk,...
(The Conversation) — The California State University system, America’s largest public higher education system, recently added caste, a birth-based social hierarchy system, to its anti-discrimination policy, allowing students, staff and faculty across its 23 campuses to report caste bias...
(RNS) — Amy Wax is an unusual provocateur. She doesn’t have a large social media following, doesn’t have a podcast, nor has she any political presence. But she carries the imprimatur of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is...
NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities used bulldozers to raze a number of Muslim-owned shops in New Delhi before India’s Supreme Court halted the demolitions Wednesday, days after communal violence shook the capital and saw dozens arrested. Shop owners searched through...
(The Conversation) — In many countries in Southeast Asia, such as Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, the arrival of spring also marks the beginning of the new year. Songkran (สงกรานต์), as the festival welcoming in the new year is...
UDUPI, India (RNS) — Babu Habibullah, 44-year-old seller of miniature kitchen utensil sets, was busy setting up his stall at a fair at a Hindu temple in Mulki, a village in Karnataka, a state on India’s southwest coast, last...
(The Conversation) — The confirmation of Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender federal official in the U.S., as assistant secretary to Department of Health and Human Services, showed the progress toward acceptance that transgender people have recently made in...
(RNS) — For decades, there has been an unspoken ban on religious discussion in the workplace. And no wonder: Deeply held beliefs, not to mention religious dress or practices, can become a powder keg in corporate lunchrooms no less...
(RNS) — The arrival of spring always brings sweet memories from my childhood in India of Holi: the sound of drumbeats and people dancing merrily in the streets, bodies smeared with a multitude of colors. In our home, buckets...