Aseem Shukla

Stories by Aseem Shukla

A Hindu guide to love

Spencer Platt GETTY IMAGES A “love lock” is viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed … Continued

The beef over beef: A student protest devolves in India

NOAH SEELAM AFP/GETTY IMAGES A Hindu devotee makes an offering of food to a sacred cow on the eve of … Continued

Mahatma Gandhi, Mormon?

Is Mahatma Gandhi in heaven or hell?  Where will the Dalai Lama sojourn in the afterlife?  Will two thirds of … Continued

In Diwali celebrations, Hindus assimilate in America

Christmas, Yom Kippur and, increasingly, the Eid celebrations after Ramadan are ingrained in the national consciousness as days of significance. … Continued

Abortion: pro-choice and pro-karma

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Political monotheism and the slippery slope to Tucson

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

A (Hindu) Christmas Carol?

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

Hinduism is not cast in caste

Millenial questions haunt various religious traditions, and their adherents are too often forced into the roles of apologist or antagonist. … Continued

Failure of marriage marks a society’s rot

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Obama right on Indonesia, wrong on “Muslim world”

President Obama’s charge to Indonesia last night was to rise above platitudes. It was to be billed as the second … Continued

Must separate church from state…and sex!

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

A mosque, a temple and a court verdict in India

An emotional battle over a drive to build a mosque on disputed ground–tense with fear of violence– has transfixed a … Continued

Religious illiteracy’s win is pluralism’s loss

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Imam’s silence allows malice to fester

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

Right to build vs. right to ask questions

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Stay, release, transform

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

Pakistan and US: Drying out after the Wiki flood

A WikiLeak earlier this week, advertised as a tidal wave of secret communication, later elicited little more than a collective … Continued

Lessons from a Buddhist/ Jewish/ Hindu/ Christian family

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Bhutanese refugees’ American dream

Speak of Bhutan and most will return a blank stare. Naming the capital (Thimphu), or pointing its location, nestled high … Continued

Religion was defamed at Ground Zero

The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque planned for construction near Ground … Continued