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Converting Bobby Jindal

Does Louisiana's new Catholic governor spell hope for his Hindu homeland?

The Times-Picayune had a lengthy profile last week of Louisiana's new Gov. Bobby Jindal that focused on the India native's conversion to Catholicism and the role that has played in his political ascent.

When Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal converted to Catholicism during high school and college, he took a momentous step away from his inherited faith of Hinduism, the prevalent religion of his parents' generation and Indian homeland.But among Jindal's relatives and among Hindus in India generally, his decision to adopt the Christian way is strongly supported.Jindal's personal path to Christianity, which had politically significant ramifications for Louisiana, was aided by an open-minded attitude among his relatives about theology. Also, he visited India infrequently as a child, giving him little chance to acquire the deeply ingrained appreciation for Hindu culture that comes from exposure to daily life in that country.His relatives' perspective reflects a tolerant side of a religion that for thousands ...
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