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Remembrance of Halloweens Past: How I Almost Called the Cops on Scary Trick or Treaters

Everything was ready for the familiar Indian ritual of moving into a new home. The…

Tagore’s Girls: A Spellbinding Portrayal of the Kaleidoscopic Beauty of Bengali Women

“Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” is streaming on Netflix (the television series which aired on the…

Bollywood Films are a Perfect Escapist Fare But Not Representative of Indian Culture

Over the past several years, a caring set of friends have indulged me by joining…

Angst and Empathy: How Privileged Background Prevents Idealistic Indian American Youth From Making a Difference

I am back. I moved into this Northern Virginia suburban house with my family in…

Prem Pujari: A Conversation With Hindu Priest Officiating Same-Sex Weddings in the Indian American Community

Raja Gopal Bhattar, (they/them/theirs), Ph.D. uses gender-inclusive pronouns and identifies as genderqueer. They hail from a long…

The Sikh Coalition: Twenty Years of Building Community Power Through Organizational Action

A torrent of hate violence against Sikh Americans and other minorities swept the county in…

Train to Nostalgia: The Many Long and Short Railroad Journeys with Dad Across India

As the world is getting vaccinated against COVID, we are taking more trips. Some of…

Is Distorting Gandhi’s Favorite Bhajan a Part of Subterfuge That Glorifies the Mahatma’s Assassin Nathu Ram Godse?

On Gandhi Jayanti this year, celebrated as Non-Violence Day on October 2nd, Minnesota Governor Tim…

Hinduism Taught Me That God is an Ocean and Finding Justice is the Essence of Religion

I was obsessed with gods when I was a kid. I was raised detachedly as…

Hindutva Will Replace Hinduism’s Colorful and Vibrant Diversity With a Lifeless, Dull and Grey Uniformity

“United be your purpose, harmonious be your feelings, collected be your mind, in the same…

Kamla Bhasin 1946-2021: Poet, Feminist Icon and a Revolutionary in Her Own Right

Kamla Bhasin had covered a lot of ground in her 75 years on the planet…

The Other Side of H1-B Visa Debate: Indian Techies are the Primary Targets of Anti-immigration Lobbyists

On Sept. 19, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough announced that “Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion…