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Asian faiths try to save swastika symbol corrupted by Hitler

Nov. 27, 2022 09:13 AM EST

Sheetal Deo was shocked when she got a letter from her Queens apartment building’s co-op board calling her Diwali decoration “offensive” and demanding she take it down. “My decoration said ‘Happy Diwali’ and had a swastika on it,” said Deo, a physician, who was...

Asian faiths try to save sacred swastika corrupted by Hitler

Nov. 27, 2022 09:11 AM EST

Sheetal Deo was shocked when she got a letter from her Queens apartment building’s co-op board calling her Diwali decoration “offensive” and demanding she take it down. “My decoration said ‘Happy Diwali’ and had a swastika on it,” said Deo, a physician, who was...

Clinging to ancient faith, India tribes seek religion status

Nov. 23, 2022 05:45 AM EST

GUDUTA, India (AP) — The ritual began with a thunderous roll of drums that echoed throughout the village. Women in colorful saris broke into an Indigenous folk dance, moving their feet to its galloping rhythm. At the climax, 12 worshippers — proudly practicing a faith not...

Clinging to ancient faith, India tribes seek religion status

Nov. 23, 2022 05:43 AM EST

GUDUTA, India (AP) — The ritual began with a thunderous roll of leather drums, its clamor echoing through the entire village. Women dressed in colorful saris broke into an Indigenous folk dance, tapping and moving their feet to its galloping rhythm. At the climax, 12 worshippers...

In Pakistan's Sindh province, Hindu culture fights the odds

Nov. 07, 2022 01:59 AM EST

SUKKUR, Pakistan (AP) — On the sandy banks of the Indus River, which flows top to toe through Pakistan and into its southern Sindh province, Hindus waited for brightly colored boats to ferry them to a peaceful island that has housed a temple for almost 200 years. Cheers rang out...

UK's Sunak is first PM of color, but equality fight not over

Oct. 25, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Harmeet Singh Gill was excited to hear that Rishi Sunak would become Britain's first prime minister of color — news that came as he celebrated the Diwali festival in a London neighborhood sometimes called Little India. “It’s almost a watershed moment,” the...

Indians embrace next UK prime minister, Sunak, as their own

Oct. 24, 2022 23:08 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The next prime minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, has embraced his Indian and Hindu heritage — and on Monday, people across the former British colony proudly celebrated his victory. Social media and TV channels in India were awash with congratulations...

Indians celebrate Diwali with festivities, dazzling lights

Oct. 24, 2022 02:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indians celebrated Diwali on Monday as bright earthen oil lamps and dazzling, colorful lights lit up homes and streets across the country to mark the Hindu festival that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Diwali, which is a national holiday across...

`Where the goodies are great': Sweets lovers welcome Diwali

Oct. 20, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

Many preparations go into the celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which starts Monday. There’s cleaning and decorating the house, buying new clothes, visiting friends and family — and of course preparing and sharing food. And although the foods associated with...

Activist objects to museum selling toys of Hindu deities

Oct. 18, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Hindu rights activist is calling on a Massachusetts museum to stop selling children's plush toys representing three Hindu deities, which he says are “insensitive." Toys depicting Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman were available on the Peabody Essex...