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Indian prime minister’s party notches key state election win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party on Saturday ended the 25-year uninterrupted rule of a communist party in a northeastern state and consolidated its position in two other states in key provincial elections.

Indian journalist gunned down outside her home

An Indian journalist was gunned down outside her home the southern city of Bangalore – the latest in a string of deadly attacks targeting journalists or outspoken critics of religious superstition and extreme Hindu politics.

Rainstorm kills 7, injures 65 during Hindu pilgrimage

A heavy rainstorm Thursday collapsed several tents, sheds and gates at a sprawling Hindu pilgrimage site with hundreds of thousands of devotees in central India, killing at least seven people and injuring 65 others, police said.

Idaho state senator defies call for apology to Hindus

BOISE – An array of religious leaders is calling for an Idaho state senator to apologize for her comments this week that Hinduism “is a false faith with false gods.” But not only is Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll refusing to apologize, she added new assertions Friday, including a suggestion that the Hindu population is prone to terminating pregnancies and killing newborns.

Seven Idaho senators skip Hindu prayer

BOISE – Seven Idaho senators remained outside the state Senate chamber Tuesday morning as guest chaplain Rajan Zed delivered the chamber’s first Hindu invocation, then took their seats immediately after it was done. Three said their absences were unrelated to the prayer – they were just running late from other meetings. But three said they stayed away on purpose, and a fourth questioned why a Christian prayer wasn’t offered as well.

Hindu prayer should not be allowed in Senate, Idaho lawmaker says

BOISE – A North Idaho senator is objecting to allowing a Hindu prayer as the opening invocation for the Idaho Senate this morning and says he’ll walk out. “They have a caste system,” explained state Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. “They worship cows.”

Hindu god sculpture draws critics in CdA

Members of the Kootenai County Constitution Party are planning to protest today the dedication in Coeur d’Alene of a public artwork sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesha – a four-armed being with an elephant head. A posting on the party’s website encourages Christians to protest the artwork, calling it an “abomination” approved by the “godless group of individuals” who manage the city’s public art program.