March 7, 2024

  “There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved.” These might sound like the words of modern-day progressive. Or maybe it’s the latest slogan for International Women’s Day! After all the theme for 2024 is to “Invest in Women-Accelerate Progress” However, these words date to the 19th century, from Swami Vivekananda, a iconic Hindu philosopher and monk. And in speaking as he did, one could argue, his thoughts were nothing more... Read more

December 4, 2023

For Hindu’s living in America, 2023 was the year caste dropped in with all the force of a weapon –  disrupting long held assumptions of the place and life in America. And while we won some battles (California ) and lost others (Seattle) the war continues. With a new legislative session looming in the coming year, further volleys are expected. Through it all- one question comes up over and over again –WHY? Perplexed community members and bystanders continually wonder –... Read more

June 13, 2023

If the media is to be believed, America is being overrun by a new scourge – “caste discrimination” brought to our fair land by “Indians or South Asians” as they flock here in “large numbers”. This is the stated belief of many of the caste equity champions who have been driving the caste narrative from their privileged positions in academia and government – even though data on the ground shows a completely different picture. Over the past two years caste... Read more

January 25, 2023

For Hindus across the world, it’s the time to mark the festival of Basant Panchami, dedicated to the worship of Devi Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning and Music and celebrating the advent of spring. In a way it is the perfect combination because Saraswati symbolizes creativity and was herself born on this day, just like the nature itself emerges from winter and renews  the world with new creativity each spring. This is also the time, swaths of the Indian countryside... Read more

December 3, 2022

Once upon a time, North America was a stranger to Diwali. Back then, we Hindus made do with what was available- like homemade sweets or off the shelf holiday decor repurposed for Diwali, and a hurried puja since the kids had to go to school just like any other busy weekday. Real festivities with family and friends had to wait for the weekend with most such festivities being private events. Public acknowledgement or large-scale celebration was far too distant an... Read more

October 29, 2022

Hindus just completed their most popular festival Diwali, which is fast becoming a staple of mainstream America. The conclusion of the five-day festival mostly marks the end of a long season of festivity for most Hindus, except for those who hail from the India’s eastern belt comprising of states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, parts of Nepal and surrounding areas. For these communities, the sixth day after Diwali is celebrated as Chhath and on a scale that rivals Diwali for... Read more

August 31, 2022

  Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi  Nurvi Purvi Prema Kripa Jayachi       (Salutations to the deity who is the giver of joy, the remover of sorrow and the one who eliminates hurdles. The one who spreads love and grace everywhere.)   The harbinger of good luck, a protector and confidante, a patron of the arts and sciences, the champion of virtue and a fount of wisdom – few deities are as beloved in the Hindu pantheon as Ganesh! Also... Read more

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