The Future of Hinduism in America: Publicly Engaging Pluralism for Peace

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith in America: Eastern Religions. Read other perspectives here. When I last wrote about the Future of Hinduism, I had become a voice for the Hindu community in interfaith relations, as co-founder of both the local interfaith group in Michigan’s most Asian American cities and the Outreach Committee of one of Michigan’s oldest and largest Hindu temples. Because of my interest in the way that Hinduism i … [Read more...]

Farce or Dialogue: Who should be discussing Proselytism & Pluralism?

I  recently received an email about an event at Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, where Rick Warren and Ruth Messinger will be the keynote speakers on Sharing the Message? Proselytism and Development in Pluralistic Societies: A Public Dialogue. On perusing the site, it appears that no one from the Indian or Hindu community will be on a panel during the day-long dialogue. India is home to one of the most pluralistic societies I know, and in need of de … [Read more...]

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 share what advocacy is with some stellar college students who join HAF's Congressional Internship program each summer. Current intern Tej Desai recently shared his experience after a month in DC where HAF's main offices are, but it is former intern Suneeta Israni's thoughts on the importance of the Hindu American Foundation's annual Human Rights Report and its relevance to Article 26 in the UN Declaration of Human R … [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...]

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...]