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While hate crimes committed by and against Muslims in Europe receive increasing attention in the global media, the rise of Hindu vigilantism in India receives scant coverage. Yet, the loss of life and the levels of terror under which Muslim and other religious minorities in India now live far exceed anything experienced in the West. […] Read More

Earlier this year, Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, president of a prominent Indian rationalist organization, the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), or Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith, was killed for his efforts to get an anti-superstition law passed. Like other movements of organized rationalism in India, MANS sought to promote scientific knowledge and combat the […] Read More

Can the North American church become more Christian by learning from the history and politics of countries like India and Sri Lanka? Even to suggest this must come as a bit of a shock to those small but highly vocal sections within that church who believe they have nothing to learn from other peoples, even […] Read More

Last month, McDonald’s announced that it will be opening its first purely vegetarian restaurants in India. If you’re headed to the Golden Temple in Amritsar or Vaishno Devi in Kashmir and decide you’d like to grab a burger at the local McDonald’s, you won’t find the Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets but rather an array […] Read More

NEW DELHI (RNS) India plans to lend rare fragments of the Buddha’s bones to Sri Lanka for the 2600th anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment in May, and some see it as part of India’s strategy to gain a regional edge over neighboring China. Indranil Banerjie, head of New Delhi-based think tank Security and Political Risk Analysis, […] Read More

NEW DELHI (RNS) In an unprecedented probe of exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks, Indian officials want to know why top Buddhist leaders had $1.5 million in cash stashed away at their headquarters in Dharmsala. Police seized $1.5 million of cash in Indian and foreign currencies, including Chinese yuan, in a recent raid on the monastery of […] Read More

Bangalore, India (RNS/ENInews) Churches in India have joined other faiths and political leaders in calling for calm after a court ruled that a religious site violently disputed by Hindus and Muslims should be split between the two groups. The high court of northern Uttar Pradesh state issued its ruling Thursday (Sept. 30) in the protracted […] Read More

NEW DELHI (RNS) Tensions between Christians and Muslims in India’s Kerala state have reached the boiling point over allegations of widespread coerced conversions to Islam. Kerala’s communist Chief Minister, V.S. Achuthanandan, accused an Islamist opposition party of conspiring to turn Kerala into a Muslim-dominated state. Youngsters are being given money and are being lured to […] Read More

Leena Lavanya awakens at her home in India about 4 a.m. each day after a four-hour sleep. She prays for two hours, then makes her rounds from 7 to midnight. Rounds include a leper colony, a hospice home for HIV patients, a home for the elderly, an orphanage, a prison, a computer school for marginalized […] Read More

An attack on Christians “on the scale of Orissa” is brewing in Karnataka, a state in the southern part of India, according to local Baptists. A huge increase in anti-Christian violence together with low-level persecution is causing Christians to fear the worst, Rev. Mannepalle Mohan Rao, general secretary of the Karnataka Baptist Convention, told The […] Read More