Residents of a remote village in northern India have few connections to the outside world. They live in mud dwellings with thatched roofs. Electricity is available just two hours a day. And a computer -- well, what's that?
Two decades after helping to design the first atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project, was asked to describe how he felt after the bomb's first test. "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky," he quoted from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, "that would be like the splendor of the mighty one. Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds."
A high court's decision to divide a disputed holy site in India to satisfy competing religious claims to the site was expected to provoke violence, but authorities said the news has been received calmly.
South India's sun beats down on a long line of trucks wending to the Bay of Bengal. In the back of these trucks, giant, brightly painted statues of the Hindu god Ganesha are waiting to be dropped in the nearby ocean.
A devout Hindu said Wednesday he was confident that a British court will rule that laws preventing him from being cremated on an open-air funeral pyre in "a sacrament of fire" are a breach of his human rights.
Mukesh Chabba lit the funeral pyre on which seven of his relatives -- including his wife and daughter -- were cremated Monday, the day after a stampede at a remote mountaintop Hindu temple killed 145 people
A little-known group called Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's near-simultaneous bomb attacks that killed 63 people in the northwest Indian city of Jaipur. It also warned of more attacks in the country.
Whether we are actively religious or not, religious belief permeates the very fabric of our existence. Namely, it influences -- if not directly shapes -- our legal systems; and therefore our constitutions; and therefore our nations' policy choices, both at home and abroad.