Mimicry, Mockery, or Mumukshutva? Jeffery Long’s Response to Deepak Sarma

I do not apologize for opting for universalism over tribalism, and an affirmation of all our experiences.Note: I was recently at the American Academy of Religion's Annual meeting in Chicago and had a chance encounter with one friend and a deliberate engagement with another. Both are what I am not: Ph.D.s, scholars in academia, experts in Hinduism studies. Yet we are all three Hindu. When I ran into Deepak Sarma, he shared with me his┬árecent essay on White Hindu converts. I wanted to … [Read more...]

Diwali’s Invitation to Transcend Differences

Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil, a victory of recognizing the divinity in each of us, being open to dialogue, listening, and trying to find compromise.The weekend before the election, I was at an interfaith conference in Omaha, Nebraska. As a member of the Hindu American Foundation, I was invited by Project Interfaith to be a panelist at┬áThe Stained Glass Ceiling: A Community Conference on the Successes and Challenges of Women's Religious Leadership. I was part of a group … [Read more...]


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