Jain or Hindu? Finding a Distinct Religious Identity In a Multi-Faith Society

December 13, 2010

Author: Nikhil Bumb

Source: The Huffington Post


On the first day of college we were handed an optional Religious Identification Form to complete. Very simply, the form asked if we chose to identify with any of the listed religions or "Other," with a place to fill in what "Other" meant to us, and whether we wished to be contacted by campus religious organizations. Excited at finally escaping the "ignorant South" and assuming that an Ivy League education ensured Jainism's place amongst the listed religions, I eagerly scanned the list.