Hinduism

Rural Madrassa Offers Only Option to Some Hindu Students

March 31, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4829140.stm

On March 31, 2006 BBC News reported, "Narapatipara High Madrassa in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal is a double storied brick building with a large playground. It is surrounded by paddy fields and hectares of green farmland. Its 320 pupils, many of them tribal children and first generation learners, come from the surrounding, largely poor, district of Nadia. The girls...

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Sikh Families Receive Checks as Compensation for 1984 Riots

March 30, 2006

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060331/asp/jamshedpur/story_6038144.asp

On March 30, 2006 The Telegraph reported, "Parminder Kaur of Mango was inconsolable while receiving a cheque of Rs 1.25 lakh from East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Nitin Madan Kulkarni, as part of the compensation to the victims of the 1984 Sikh riots. In 1984, when the Sikh riots hit the country, Parminder’s father, Raghubir Singh, was stabbed...

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Interfaith Sanctuary at University of Chicago Set to Open

March 30, 2006

Source: University of Chicago Chronicle

http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/060330/sanctuary.shtml

On March 30, 2006 the University of Chicago Chronicle reported, "To meet the needs of a community becoming increasingly diverse and mirroring the religious complexion of the world, the underground floor of [Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, built on the University's campus in 1928] has been transformed from a basement into the new Interreligious Center... The new space provides a...

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Bus Tour Highlights Chicago's Religious Diversity

March 30, 2006

Source: The Star

http://www.starnewspapers.com/star/spnews/news/30-sp9.htm

On March 30, 2006 The Star reported, "Historical landmarks, life-size biblical murals and a temple styled from the first century B.C. Kalinga dynasty — and all right here in the South Suburbs. They were among the highlights of 'Steeples, Temples, Domes and Shrines,' a recent bus tour of religious sites that served as the 19th annual South Suburban Cultural History Conference sponsored by...

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Iowa State Legislature Opens with Hindu Prayer

March 25, 2006

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060325/LIFE05/603250317/1045

On March 25, 2006 The Des Moines Register reported, "Although it didn't receive a lot of fanfare, something historic happened this month at the capitol. For the first time, a Hindu priest offered the opening prayer at the legislative session in the Iowa House and Senate. Pandit Krishna Pandey prayed in Sanskrit and...

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Final Edits Underway in Contested Textbooks

March 24, 2006

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_3634817

On March 24, 2006 The Argus reported, "Members of the California Board of Education began meetings with publishers Thursday for final editing sessions of sixth-grade history textbooks. The Sacramento meeting comes despite lawsuits filed against the state by two Hindu groups, who challenge the way Hinduism is presented in the books and who say they take issue with the way the state went about...

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Hindu American Foundation Signs Interfaith Statement on Immigration Reform

March 24, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_immigration.htm

On March 24, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation today joined numerous faith-based groups in urging President George W. Bush and elected leaders in congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation that establishes a safe and humane immigration system consistent with American...

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Researcher Goes on Scene to Interfaith Meeting

March 23, 2006

Source: Athens News. Tim Pappa

On March 23, 2006 the Athens News reported, "Tim Pappa, 23, an Ohio University graduate student in the Southeast Asia Studies Department, is in Indonesia researching communication of progressive Islamic ideas among Islamic boarding school communities. He is filing a series of dispatches about his experiences for The NEWS. He writes, '[Marzuki] Rais [the Islam & Democracy program manager at Fahmina Institute, a Cirebon-based Muslim NGO that promotes inclusive, democratic environments through...

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First Hindu Chaplain Appointed to Australian University

March 18, 2006

Source: Hindu Society of South Australia Newsletter

On March 18, 2006 the Hindu Society of South Australia Newsletter reported, "Carl Vadivella Belle, Vice President of the Hindu Society of South Australia, has been appointed Hindu Chaplain at Flinders University, where he will officiate along with chaplains from other communities within the Flinders University Religious Centre. This appointment is believed to be the first of a Hindu Chaplain to any university in Australia, and may be a forerunner of other such appointments. It represents growing official...

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California Parents’ Organization Files Lawsuit in Textbook Controversy Case

March 14, 2006

Source: CAPEEM Press Release

http://www.capeem.org/capeem1_files/page0003.htm

On March 14, 2006 a California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials Press Release reported, "[CAPEEM] has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California against the California State Board of Education and the California Department of Education. The complaint is about Hindus and children's civil rights, derogatory portrayal of Hinduism...

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After Letter, Prof Gets Hate E-mail

March 14, 2006

Author: LULU ZHOU

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=512081

Harvard’s only tenured Sanskrit professor, Michael E. J. Witzel, received e-mails labelling him a “bastard” and calling for his death after he entered a debate over the portrayal of Hinduism in California textbooks earlier this year.

In November, Witzel, the Wales professor of Sanskrit, was notified about edits submitted by the...

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