By Jessica Ravitz, CNN (CNN) Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, sits a magical place ripe for exploration. It’s called Rishikesh, and for the next two weeks it will be our spiritual playground. I am going there thanks to a religion reporting fellowship, and I’d like to […]
The boatman barely flicked his wrist, yet we moved forward in a terrifically straight line. How was he doing it?
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By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN A railroad station crush left 36 people dead Sunday among tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims flocking to the banks of the Ganges River for the world’s largest religious gathering, authorities reported. The stampede occurred on Sunday evening as floods of pilgrims entering the station in Allahabad, the scene of [...]
By Naomi Canton, for CNN (CNN) – Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals in India – but the colorful customs and meanings associated with it can vary dramatically depending on whether you reside in the countryside or the city. On the streets of densely populated conurbations like Mumbai, Diwali – popularly known [...]
Editor's note: David Van Biema, the chief religion writer at Time Magazine for ten years, is author of the illustrated biography "Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint," now being reissued and made available in Spanish as "La Madre Teresa: La Vida y las obras de un santa moderna." By David Van [...]
By Moni Basu (CNN) - India approved quotas for minority groups Thursday in a move that was widely seen as the ruling party's attempt to woo Muslim voters in a key state. The federal cabinet set aside a 4.5% minority quota in jobs and education within an existing 27 percent quota for what are known as [...]
By Moni Basu, CNN Nwe Delhi (CNN) – What could possibly be more popular than the latest iPhone? An Indian company is hoping that among India's Muslims, it will be the new Quran mobile, a smartphone loaded with Islamic features. The new ENMAC Quran MQ3500 phone, launched last month in India, comes with Islam's holy [...]