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We must respect the wisdom yoga gurus pass on, but never lose our own moral compass

What these renewed accusations against K Pattabhi Jois and the charges against Choudhury drive home is that a guru can be very much fallible in ordinary social affairs.

10 Dec 2019 4:05 am
Steve Bannon has a CliffsNotes understanding of dharma

If you want to get inside the mind of Steve Bannon, and thus understand the political rise of Donald Trump as well as the worldview of some of Trumps most ardent supporters American Dharma does that. What the film unfortunately doesnt do is push back on Bannons apparent limited understanding of the concept of dharma.

7 Dec 2019 12:05 am
From the moment I sat down at my desk at the State Department I was treated as a foreign service officer, not just an intern.

As a Hindu-American I found that the perspective I brought to policy meetings was something different and would have been missed if I wasnt sitting at the table.

21 Oct 2019 11:54 pm
In August leading Western media failed in their coverage of Kashmir

New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, BBC News all presented an incomplete, simplistic story to readers

16 Oct 2019 11:41 pm
Bhakti yoga as an foundational eco-spiritual practice

From October 3-5, 2019 I was invited to speak at the Yeoju EcoForum, in Yeoju, Korea. The following talk was prepared for presentation during the panel session The Potential Role of Independent Spiritualists on October 4th.

10 Oct 2019 10:28 pm
HAF Summer Interns Meet Dr Tara Kartha at USIP

One of the realizations I came to was the fact that while I have been working as an American, I was not taking my Hindu identity into perspective.

21 Sep 2019 12:05 am
How mainstream media continue to get it wrong on Kashmir

The Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post coverage all falls short.

17 Sep 2019 5:41 am
The Washington Post’s Kashmir coverage is neither fair, nor accurate, nor comprehensive

This past weekend a group of Kashmir Pandits protested outside the Washington Post offices in Washington, DC. They decried as one-sided the coverage by the Post of the ongoing tense situation in Kashmir resulting from the Government of India repealing two articles of the Indian constitution, which ended the semi-autonomous status of the state of […]

10 Sep 2019 7:51 pm
The Weaponization of Hindutva: When the Hindutva Label Is Used to Harm Hindu Americans – Part II

While the meaning or intent behind the label of Hindutva may not always be obvious, the impact is. Labeling is being used to discredit Hindus, and override legitimate concerns. It paints legitimate Hindu American efforts to self-define as inherently suspect and robs them of their agency to engage in the public square...

5 Sep 2019 1:47 am
The Weaponization of Hindutva: Same Words, Different Meanings – Part 1

Hindutva, right-wing, nationalist, fundamentalist, supremacist — these are the tired monikers all too familiar to advocates identifying as “Hindu” in the public square. A well-worn narrative it may be, but it is tone-deaf to conversations that occupy the vast space between “left-elite” and “right-wing-nationalist”...

5 Sep 2019 1:06 am
Why Bernie is so wrong on Kashmir

Bernie Sanders wants to win the Democratic nomination to be president.  Bernie wants to reorient U.S. foreign policy to one that privileges diplomacy over military entanglements.  Bernie wants peace in South Asia.  Maybe it was the audience — he was one of only two presidential candidates speaking at the Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) […]

4 Sep 2019 2:34 am
Kashmir, Right Now: 6 Things You Need to Know

The recent actions by the Government of India to repeal Articles 370 and 35A were a decisive and momentous step towards attempting to bring peace and prosperity to Kashmir.  This is what you might be asking yourself and need to know about what’s happening. 1. Didn’t the Government of India need to consult the people […]

15 Aug 2019 10:50 pm