Religious Diversity News

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‘We are reclaiming Holi’: College students protest Hindu nationalism with a blackout Holi

Around the world, Holi is known as Hinduism’s festival of colors, a joyful celebration of spring in which people dress in white and take to the streets to shower one another in colorful powders.

But on Thursday evening (March 5) in Harvard Yard, when students arrived at the steps of Memorial Church to mark the festival, they were dressed in black, shouting “Azaadi!” — freedom — while holding slogans such as “No one is illegal,” “Boycott NRC,” and “Stop genocide in India!”

The event is part of a nationwide campaign called Holi Against Hindutva, held in solidarity with anti-government protesters in India and organized at 21 U.S. university campuses including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, Wellesley, Michigan State, Duke and Rutgers.

Source: ‘We are reclaiming Holi’: College students protest Hindu nationalism with a blackout Holi – Religion News Service

Sri Lakshmi to Start $2M Expansion

Author: Jen Richman

Source: India New England

One of Massachusetts’ largest Hindu temples is getting even bigger. With a surging devotee base, the Ashland-based Sri Lakshmi Temple is set to undergo a major $2 million expansion that many in the community say is long overdue.

Hindus Laud Peabody Essex Museum for Organizing Hindu Gods Exhibition

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sify News

Wire Service: ANI

Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem (Massachusetts, USA) is currently organizing “Faces of Devotion” exhibition showing “nearly 40 dramatic sculptures of Hindu gods, goddesses, animal spirits and deified heroes” till January 16.

Hindu Leader Pushes for School Holiday

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WCVB TV

Now that Cambridge Public Schools have added the Muslim holiday of Eid to their calendar of official school holidays, a nationally known Hindu leader is calling for recognition of his faith’s most important holy day.


“Cambridge is very diverse,” said Rajan Zed. “Religion is much more than one person’s belief.”

For Hindus, Room to Grow

Author: Lisa Wangsness

Source: The Boston Globe

New England’s oldest Hindu temple is planning a $2 million addition that will provide its burgeoning community of devotees with more room for religious and cultural programs, as well as space to expand religious education classes for a new generation of American-born children.


Hindus Urge Massachusetts Schools for Choice In Studying Of Religious Texts

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The First Reporter

Hindus have urged Massachusetts (USA) schools to either allow students the flexibility to choose the religious text to study in the class instead of just mandating one religious text on the entire class or teach the texts of all major world religions.

A controversy reportedly arose recently in a Newton (Massachusetts) high school when a student refused to read passages from a religious text as an assignment because he was an atheist.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that opening-up the Massachusetts children to major world religions and non-believers’ viewpoint would make them well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of “others” in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become full participants in the American and world community.

Children Of Hindu, Muslim Immigrants Drawn to Hard Rock

Author: Russell Contreras

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

Artwork from the Punjab state of India decorates the Ray family home. A Jo

hann Sebastian Bach statue sits on a piano. But in the basement — cluttered with wires, old concert fliers and drawings — Arjun Ray, 25, is fighting distortion from his electric guitar.

For this son of Indian immigrants, trained in classical violin and raised on traditional Punjab music, getting his three Pakistani American bandmates in sync is the goal on this cold New England evening. Their band, the Kominas, is trying to record a punk rock version of the classic Bollywood song, “Choli Ke Peeche” (“Behind the Blouse”).

“Yeah,” said Shahjehan Khan, 26, one of the band’s guitarists, “there are a lot of contradictions going on here.”

Deep in the woods of this colonial town boils a kind of revolutionary movement. From the basement of this middle-class home tucked in the woods west of Boston, the Kominas have helped launched a small but growing South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement that is attracting children of Muslim and Hindu immigrants. It also is drawing scorn from some traditional Muslims who say their political, hard-edged music is “haraam,” or forbidden. The movement, an anti-establishment subculture born of religiously conservative communities, is the subject of two new films and is a hot topic on social-networking sites.

Muslim-Hindu Punk Rock Bands Part Of New Movement

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Canadian Press/Google News

Wire Service: AP

A small but growing South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement is attracting children of Muslim and Hindu immigrants and sparking new bands across America.

Bands like The Kominas (kuh-MEE’-nahs), based in Wayland, Mass., are trying to use their music to explore their identities as Americans and fight stereotypes about South Asian immigrants.