Aditi Banerjee

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Aditi Banerjee is a practicing attorney from New York, United States. She is American citizen of Indian origin. She is co-author and editor of Invading The Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America.[1] Her other published works include Hindu-Americans: An emerging identity in an increasingly hyphenated world - which is included in The Columbia documentary history of religion in America since 1945, it is described as an attempt to understand how to connect two worlds, Hinduism (a highly individualistic religion) in America (a highly individualistic society).[2] The same essay is quoted in Children and childhood in American religions, in which she writes about a childhood where the bonds between other Indians were those of being brown in a white world, of being expected to excel in math and science, of facing questions like 'Do you speak Indian?', the bond was of being "foreigners born in this country, a shared experience of alienation.[3] Her essays have been published by Outlook.[4] In 2009, she criticised Wendy Doniger for grossly misquoting the text of Valmiki Ramayana.[5]


She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, magna cum laude, from Tufts University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.[6]

Hindu-American identity[edit]

She argues that Hindus in America should take a "Hindu-American" identity as religion is more deep-rooted an identity than ethnicity or culture.[7]


  1. ^ Francis X. Clooney (9 September 2011). Comparative Theology: Deep Learning Across Religious Borders. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 123–. ISBN 978-1-4443-5643-4. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Paul Harvey; Philip Goff (2005). The Columbia documentary history of religion in America since 1945. Columbia University Press. pp. 465–. ISBN 978-0-231-11884-2. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Don S. Browning; Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore (16 March 2009). Children and childhood in American religions. Rutgers University Press. pp. 162–. ISBN 978-0-8135-4481-6. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Aditi Banerjee". New Delhi: The Outlook Group. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wendy Doniger Falsehood". 
  6. ^ "About the Contributors". United States: Editorial board of Invading the Sacred. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Prema A. Kurien (July 2007). A place at the multicultural table: the development of an American Hinduism. Rutgers University Press. pp. 56–. ISBN 978-0-8135-4056-6. Retrieved 4 March 2012.