Asia

India's mega Kumbh festival gets BJP boost ahead of election

Billed as the world's biggest gathering of humanity, the eight-week festival begins in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj city.

India's mega Kumbh festival gets BJP boost ahead of election

Inside Story

Will women win fight to worship in Hindu temple?

Protests paralyse the southern Indian state where two women defied an ancient ban on entering shrine.

India

India braces for mass Hindu gathering at disputed Ayodhya site

Over 3,500 Muslims have fled Ayodhya before a far-right gathering to be held at the ruins of a Mughal-era mosque.

India braces for mass Hindu gathering at disputed Ayodhya site

India

'Parliament of religions': Kolkata's multi-faith street

From synagogues with Muslim caretakers to a Chinese temple with an Indian twist, this Kolkata area is a rich hub.

Tales from streets of mosques, synagogues, churches, temples

Opinion

Dalit conversions: An act of rebellion against caste supremacy

The mass conversion of Dalits to other religions continue to stir anxiety and anger among India's Hindu intelligentsia.

Rahul Sonpimple

by Rahul Sonpimple

Rahul Sonpimple

Indonesia

Bali switches off internet for New Year 'reflection'

Nyepi began at 6am, emptying streets and beaches for 24 hours, except for special patrols to ensure silence is observed.

Bali observes 'Day of Silence', amid complaints over internet cut

Asia

A feast of spectacular colour as Hindus celebrate Holi

Millions in the Indian subcontinent celebrate the Hindu festival with fervour.

A feast of spectacular colour as Hindus celebrate Holi

Arts & Culture

Holi festival of colours celebrated with fervour

Hindu holiday celebrated in India and other South Asian countries marks the beginning of spring.

Holi festival of colours celebrated with fervour

Nepal

Nepal rejects reverting back to a Hindu state

More than two-thirds of lawmakers vote to keep secular system brought in after fall of monarchy in 2008.

Nepal rejects reverting back to a Hindu state

US & Canada

US court rules in favour of school yoga classes

California court finds that yoga is not a gateway to Hinduism and does not violate the religious rights of students.

US court rules in favour of school yoga classes

AJ IMPACT

Mumbai's beef ban: A swipe at cultural diversity

Some Hindus celebrate beef ban in Maharashtra state, but minorities, the poor, and the animals themselves could suffer.

Mumbai's beef ban: A swipe at cultural diversity

Asia

India's Maharashtra state bans beef

Sale or possession of beef is punishable by up to five years in jail in western state - home to financial hub Mumbai.

India's Maharashtra state bans beef

Asia

Uproar in India over 'forced' conversions

Shouting matches erupt in parliament as calls grow to stop 'forced' conversions of Christians and Muslims to Hinduism.

Asia

Furor over 'conversion' of Muslims in India

Opposition MPs attack ruling party over mass conversion of about 200 Muslims to Hinduism by far right Hindu groups.

Furor over 'conversion' of Muslims in India

India

Hindu right rewriting Indian textbooks

Books by Hindu nationalists merging myth with reality proliferate in PM Modi's home state of Gujarat.

Hindu right rewriting Indian textbooks