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Religious and Political Silence on India’s LGBTQ Decision Speaks Volumes

…and with a Hindu chauvinist and exclusionary social agenda consistent with Modi’s training and membership in the Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.). Though attention to the exclusionary nature of Modi’s social agenda tends to focus on his complicity in Hindu-Muslim conflict, it doesn’t end there. His complicity in the ongoing criminalization of LGBTQ people allowed the B.J.P. and other conservative organizations to propagate a story of how the majori…

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Trump and Hindu Nationalism: A Match Made in Bollywood

…-killing” regulations and Obamacare. Trump also expressed an allegiance to Modi: “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi who has been very energetic in reforming India’s bureaucracy. Great man. I applaud him for doing so.” As Michael Schulson and I argued in RD earlier this month, Modi is a neoliberal Hindu nationalist politician keen on accelerating India’s entry into the capitalist global economy. His rhetoric is a traditionalist one…

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The World’s Most Influential Yoga Teacher is a Homophobic Right-Wing Activist

…rt. “Our yoga guru Ramdev was the first one outside of BJP to campaign for Narendra Modi,” said Swami Agnivesh, a religious leader who has known Ramdev for more than a decade, and who has condemned his Islamophobic remarks. “He needed someone in power who would shield him against all possible legal investigations and charges.” Ramdev’s involvement with Modi has been so substantial that it earned him protection under the central government. Since 2…

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10 Noteworthy Yoga Developments to Recall in 2015

…re power, influence, and authority than ever before. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign, Ramdev served as a major source of support, and once elected, Modi met with Ramdev and discussed the guru’s personal policy concerns. Soon after their meeting, the Indian government provided central security for Ramdev, who is now protected by a large, round-the-clock team of Central Reserve Police Force personnel. And Modi’s newly appoint…

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Claiming Yoga for India

…i, Siddha and Homoeopathy” (AYUSH) and his appointment is part of Narendra Modi’s reorganization of his cabinet toward a larger political goal: that of uniting Indian Hindus against perceived foreign influence. Naik is commited to Modi’s goal to make yoga readily available to Indians across the nation and credits the controversial yoga guru Baba Ramdev for having made major advances in popularizing yoga in India. (Recently, Ramdev has made the out…

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A Debate Rages in India Over Conversion, Secularism, and “Spiritual Violence”

…enter government of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (a self-described Hindu nationalist), are seeking to undermine post-independence India’s secular ideals. It has drawn so much attention, in fact, that it prompted President Obama to issue a not-so-subtle rebuke to Modi’s government for not doing more to protect religious minorities. Among Indian Hindus—particularly the Hindu activist groups who embrace the conflation o…

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With Trump’s Failure to Protect Religious Minorities, Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Face an Uncertain Future in India

…sons in 1999, riots in Gujarat under the leadership of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2002, anti-Christian riots in Orissa in 2008, and the riots following the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Bill in 2019. In regard to the entire situation, attorney and Executive Board Member of the California Democratic Party, Amar Singh Shergill, remains optimistic despite the history of persecution in India: “Although India has a troubling history in…

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Fox News Controversy on Yoga and White Supremacy Reveals Problem of Yoga Discussion

…lso for engendering a Hindu supremacist narrative in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his allies leverage a renewed demand for ancient knowledge systems that will provide meaning and purpose, such as yoga and ayurveda, in order to get elected or sell commercial products (see here and here). They resort to traditionalist rhetoric about yoga that thrives on nostalgia while also betraying a modern flavor of capitalism, all while profiting off…

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Competing Visions of Family & Freedom at UN; Methodists Try to Avoid Schism on Sexuality; Catholic Cardinal Denounces LGBT ‘Demonic Ideology’; Global LGBT Recap

…Manu Balachandran at Quartz writes: To be clear, this isn’t the first time Modi is meeting Cook. The two met in the US last year during Modi’s visit to the Silicon Valley, where same-sex marriages are legal. But in India, homosexuality is an offence punishable by up to life imprisonment. For years, lawmakers have discussed decriminalising homosexuality. Yet, nobody really has the courage, or the will, to do away with the 155-year-old colonial era…

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In the Aftermath of the “Himalayan Tsunami”

…aster prevention and disaster relief, has rebuffed the efforts of Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, to be officially involved with the rebuilding of Kedarnath. Modi is one of the most famous faces of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main national rival of the Congress party. At the same time, Uttarakhand has announced that the rebuilding of Kedarnath will take place in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India, a national organiza…

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