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Prince Charles, accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and French president Emmanuel Macron greet one another with a ‘namaste’ in London on June 18. Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Why ‘namaste’ has become the perfect pandemic greeting

An ancient Indian greeting is replacing the handshake. An expert explains its roots and why it affirms our inter-connectedness with one another.
Nimai Hajong and his wife, August 2018. Hajong was born in Bangladesh and moved to India when he was an infant. The 58-year-old, now considered a “foreigner” in his own state, poses with paperwork supporting his right to citizenship. A. Shamar/AFP

How the National Citizenship Registration in Assam is shaping a new national identity in India

On August 31, the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the state of Assam, along the India-Bangladesh border will decide upon the future of millions of people in the state.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses party supporters, standing next to his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah at their headquarters in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. (AP/Manish Swarup)

Narendra Modi’s victory speech delivers visions of a Hindu nationalist ascetic

India's re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a victory speech that presented himself as a selfless and humble ascetic. This vision goes far to promote a Hindu nationalist 'new' India.
Mahesh Yogi (seated in front) who gained a following in the United States with musicians and artists. Ben Merk/ANEFO, Nationaal Archief, NL

How Americans came to embrace meditation, and with it, Hinduism

In the 1960s many Americans may have only known Hinduism through meditation, but the story of this country's relationship with Hinduism is much longer and more complex.
‘Not in my name’ Citizens in Mumbai and various cities in India protested early July against mob lynching in the name of the cow. Amit Dave/Reuters

Is lynching the new normal in India?

Hindu "cow vigilantism" against Indian Muslims, is now threatening the social fabric of this multicultural, secular nation.
Be careful! In Uttar Pradesh, the cow trade is now almost wholly criminalised. Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

‘Cow economics’ are killing India’s working class

A crackdown on the beef and leather trades has put hundreds of thousands of Indian Muslims and Dalits out of work, vexing already-tense religious relations and hurting India's economy.
Julie Pimentel

Can yoga be Christian?

A scholar explains how yoga is being Christianized in different parts of the world. But some Hindus and Christians argue that yoga is fundamentally Hindu.

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