NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court Tuesday upheld a ban on wearing hijab in class in the southern state of Karnataka, saying the Muslim headscarf is not an essential religious practice of Islam in a ruling that is...
NEW DELHI (RNS) — When riots engulfed Tiangia, a village in remote Kandhamal in eastern India, in 2008, Vikas Nayak was 15 years old. Nayak sought refuge in the area’s dense tropical forests as marauding mobs of Hindu fanatics set...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of devotees crowd to worship at a revered Hindu temple in Nepal’s capital on Tuesday as coronavirus cases drop and life returns to normal. Around 1 million devotees were expected to visit the...
FATEHGARH SAHIB, India (AP) — Amandeep Kaur Dholewal rose from a traditional Indian cot and began speaking to a small gathering of men and women who sat cross-legged in a park opposite a white-domed gurdwara, a place of worship...
(The Conversation) — With the coming of Valentine’s Day, images of a chubby Cupid aiming his arrows of love at unwary humans’ hearts seem to be everywhere. The Cupid that Americans see splashed across greeting cards and chocolate boxes began...
AYODHYA, India (AP) — Under grey skies, construction cranes towered over laborers building a mega three-story temple demanded by millions of Hindus for over 100 years. The shrine is dedicated to their most revered god, Ram, and is being...
(RNS) — Last week, the California State University board of trustees ratified a collective bargaining agreement that added the category of “caste” to the nondiscrimination clause in all faculty contracts. The vote came despite a petition signed by close...
KHAJURAHO, India (RNS) — The ancient, ornately carved Hindu and Jain temples outside this central Indian city have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, and they are on the Archaeological Survey of India’s list of national treasures.  Now,...
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A crowd surge at a popular Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 12 people and injured 15 others on New Year’s Day, officials said. Initial reports suggested an altercation between a group of devotees...
(RNS) — A few days ago, I found out that I had been put up for auction. The “auction” took place on an app called Bulli Bai, which has only just been shut down by its hosting platform, GitHub. If...