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October 17, 2017
Watching Marshall, Lighting the Diwali Lamp for Dharma
The days before and after Diwali are always surrounded by a surfeit of activities: religious...
April 19, 2017
Religion and Science: Complementary Not Conflicting
During my childhood, my father referenced Albert Einstein often, with quotes like “Science without religion...
February 28, 2017
Hindus in Hijabs or Showing Solidarity in Saris?
I recently watched a video of Hindu- and South Asian American activists showing their support...
February 24, 2017
Embracing a Hindu Life: Finding My Way Home (Part 2)
In my last blog post, I shared the beginning of Fred Stella’s journey to becoming...
February 15, 2017
Purushartha: Pursuing the Four Goals of a Human Life
My focus on doing the right thing(s) means that these days, my Facebook notifications and my newsfeed...
January 15, 2017
The Story of God: The Chosen One(s), Parallels across Traditions
In the first episode of Season 2 of National Geographic’s The Story of God, Morgan...
December 21, 2016
A Holiday Season to Give the Gift of Listening
Modern Woman magazine’s issue ran an article entitled "Peace on Earth," on how interfaith families...
November 07, 2016
Vote Your Conscience, Vote with Pluralism
It's almost Election Day. I am reminded that I and many other Hindu Americans have...
October 26, 2016
Denial the Movie: Denying Intolerance, Seeking Truth
To consider the question of whether faith prevents or propagates intolerance, I am stuck, as...
September 10, 2016
A Summer of Advocacy: an HAF Intern’s Story
September marks both the start of the school year, and the end of the summer....
September 05, 2016
Ganesha Chaturdhi and the Start of the Academic Year
Usually the Hindu holiday of Ganesha Chaturdhi falls in late August or early Sept. -...
July 31, 2016
Being a Hindu, Being an Ambassador for Hinduism
We live amid challenging times, where ignorance about your neighbor can lead to not just...
July 11, 2016
A Foundation for Constructive Interfaith Dialogue: Equity in Education
Fifteen years ago, I was a community activist who came into the space of actively...
June 28, 2016
The Who, What and Why of WISDOM – Part 2
The presentation by the WISDOM panel at the NACCC Annual Conference continues, where former WISDOM Board...
June 26, 2016
The Who, What and Why of WISDOM – Part 1
As an Advisory Board member of the Michigan-based interfaith organization, WISDOM, I had the opportunity...
May 17, 2016
Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias Against Hindu Students in American Schools
As a mother, I’ve drawn on my experiences growing up between cultures as an immigrant...
April 23, 2016
Shining a Light on Autism
As a Board member of a national Hindu advocacy organization, I have the opportunity to work...
January 17, 2016
Baby Shower And/Or Seemantham: Bundle of Hope and Joy
It is indeed special to celebrate the start of a new year, and the new...
January 06, 2016
Hindu Studies: An Education in Religious Studies and Bias
I was pleased to start the new year off with information about how, in pre-colonial...
December 29, 2015
The Reality of Santa Claus: Imagine Joy this Holiday Season
Christmas is a time when those of us who are not Christian also get to participate...
July 31, 2015
Practicing Pluralism & Protecting Religious Freedom
Both Rev. Dana Trent, author of Saffron Cross, and Alicia Chandler, co-founder of AJC Access Detroit, recently posted...
June 30, 2015
The Future of Hinduism in America: Publicly Engaging Pluralism for Peace
When I last wrote about the Future of Hinduism, I had become a voice for the...
June 21, 2015
On International Day of Yoga, a Trip Down Memory Lane: The HAF Take Back Yoga Project
Namaste. International Yoga Day is today, and to celebrate, Suhag & Aseem Shukla, and Sheetal Shah, of the Hindu American...
May 13, 2015
Another Rite of Passage: Celebrating a Decade of Interfaith Activism
A week ago the Troy-area Interfaith Group celebrated its 11th annual National Day of Prayer...
May 06, 2015
Rites of Passage: A Hindu American Experience
Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Rites of Passage....
March 30, 2015
Freedom to Choose: Conversion to Hinduism
At a recent HAF Awareness Event, a group of people came to learn about the...
February 27, 2015
A Hindu Eulogy for Leonard Nimoy: I am not Spock, I am Spock.
Star Trek: The Next Generation became religious worship in my uncle’s home around when their...
August 05, 2014
Hindu Activism in America: Moving beyond bias, with India’s election of the BJP and PM Modi
Editors' Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on...
July 20, 2014
Preserving Human Rights Through Article 26 of the UN Declaration
As a Board member of the Hindu American Foundation, I have had the opportunity to...
March 26, 2014
Faith, Hope and Love: Rev. Dana Trent and her Hindu Husband, Advocates for Pluralism
Earlier this year, a friend who is the President of the Interfaith Dialogue Association in...
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