Hinduism

Conservative Author, Religion Professor Debate Cross Removal

February 1, 2007

Source: The Dallas Morning News

Wire Service: AP

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A plain, 18-inch brass cross filled a 120-seat chapel Thursday night at the College of William and Mary, not for a worship service but for a debate on whether it belongs on the altar.

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza came to campus to argue that school President Gene R. Nichol acted "recklessly" by ordering the cross removed last...

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Deepa Mehta's 'Water' Goes From Being Banned to Oscar Nomination

January 28, 2007

Author: Sandip Roy

Source: New American Media

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Deepa Mehta’s film Water has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It’s the third in a trilogy following Fire and Earth. It looks at a colony of widows set in a sacred city whose lives are upturned by a new widow, a child, in their midst. Mehta’s films have caused movie theatres to be burnt down in India by angry mobs and they have also won...

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State Legislature Considers Recognizing Indian Holiday

January 28, 2007

Author: TOM CAIAZZA

Source: Woodbridge Sentinel

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EDISON - Two state legislators have taken steps to further accent the state's diversity by introducing legislation to recognize the Indian holiday of Diwali.

Senator Barbara Buono (D-18) and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-16) are seeking hearings on duplicate legislation in both houses that would make Oct. 15 through Nov. 14, Diwali month, a festival that celebrates, among other things, the...

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Report Says Faiths Believe in Our City

January 26, 2007

Author: Larry Hughes

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

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The Poughkeepsie Institute is a state of mind, not a place.

The now 10-year-old collaboration between area colleges and the City of Poughkeepsie produces an annual report on a particular issue. The 2006 effort resulted in “The Civic Effects of Faith Based Organizations in Poughkeepsie,” a study offered up in a 35-page report and 12-minute video...

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Debate in India: Is Rule on Yoga Constitutional?

January 25, 2007

Author: SOMINI SENGUPTA

Source: The New York Times

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NEW DELHI, Jan. 25 — Hollywood celebrities swear by it. Yuppies the world over have fallen on their knees to embrace it. Now, the question of whether public school students in India should be required to take up the sun salutation, or “surya namaskar” as the common yoga exercise is known in Sanskrit, has engendered a legal...

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Hindu Temple Proposed for Route 27 Site

January 24, 2007

Source: Woodbridge Sentinel

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK - The township might be the home of the only temple for a particular sect of Hinduism in all of New Jersey, if the Zoning Board approves.

An application presented Jan. 11 was filed by Bharat Sevashram Sangha of North America Inc., which currently maintains a house in Kendall Park for use in religious practices. The project, if approved, would entail the construction of a 6,904-square-foot temple on Route 27.

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"Hindu Women Have Won Esteem Despite Bias," a Commentary by Vasudha Narayanan

January 23, 2007

Author: Vasudha Narayanan

Source: The Washington Post

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Hindu women have been both empowered and subjugated by their religious structures. Yes, there have been terrible crimes against women, as in most religions. And yet, it may be argued that within the Hindu traditions women have also created opportunities to be poets, patrons, philosophers, performers, and ritual specialists.

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