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 Western MI and host of the radio show Common Threads, spoke with Dana Trent and her husband, Fred Eaker about their interfaith marriage - and I was intrigued. Dana is the author of the book, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk, a book that I was fortunate to read this past week. The book reaffirms my belief that real and transformational interfaith dialogue is … [Read more...]

Culture Wars Around the World: Evangelism’s Impact in Uganda on LGBT Rights

There is no one collective Hindu view of most things, but I think many of us agree on the challenges caused to the pluralistic Hindu worldview by predatory proselytization.  Be it in America, India or elsewhere, my colleagues at the Hindu American Foundation and I don’t hesitate to speak out about human rights violations caused when there is an abuse of power. Below, Harsh Voruganti, Associate Director of Public Policy, gives voice to our concern about the anti-gay laws passed recently in Uganda … [Read more...]

Books, Lies and Videotape: Wendy Doniger’s Misrepresentations about Hindu History

I am a big fan of public funding for various things - public education, public television, and public radio. And I am usually impressed with the way National Public Radio ((NPR) presents news, providing a multifaceted and balanced perspective on the news - the underlying dharma or justice of presenting more than one perspective is very much in line with the pluralism that is inherent in the way that I live my day to day life. No one way is necessarily "The Right Way." Yet I was horrified to find … [Read more...]

Accepting an Inclusive Identity: On Being an Indian-American Hindu

I am a product of two republics: born in India, raised in America, I typically celebrate my American national identity through holidays such as the Fourth of July because I am a naturalized US citizen. So I didn’t think to get involved when a celebration of India’s Republic Day here in Michigan included Miss America - even though I share her cultural and linguistic identity as a Telugu-speaking Indian-American. But I wondered what my friends of Indian origin do, and did a quick survey. About a th … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Legacy of MLK Jr. with Empathy, to Ensure Equality

Equality is what is taught in all our traditions - we must move beyond the divisions created by caste and race.  In 2012, I was honored by the City of Troy to have the opportunity to speak about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and welcome everyone to the annual celebration that we organize in our community to reflect on where we are today and where we need to go. This year’s celebration starts off with a welcome by Prasanna Vengadam, founding President of South Asian American Voices f … [Read more...]

“Coalition Against Genocide” Seeks to Stifle Debate

The latter part of 2013 was largely taken up by my trying to ensure that a Hindu voice was part of the American mix - be it in interfaith, public policy, whatever.  A guest post from my fellow-Hindu American Foundation member Raman Khanna, of HAF's Executive Council, expresses clearly where we at the Foundation and others stand, defending our right to a seat at the table.  Let us hope that we can move forward in 2014, and get beyond the Hinduphobia. As Americans go, I am left of center: pr … [Read more...]


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