Hinduism

Navya Shastra Calls for Broader Representation of Hindus, Including Dalits, in California Textbooks

January 26, 2006

Source: Religions News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR012706.html

On January 26, 2006 a Religions News Service Press Release stated, "Navya Shastra, the international Hindu reform organization, has called for a broader representation of Hindu traditions and a fairer treatment of Dalits in California textbooks. The current version of the school textbooks equates Hinduism with a monolithic reading of the Vedic tradition, which has historically been...

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Hawaiian Legislature United in Diverse Prayers

January 26, 2006

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2002/01/26/features/story1.html

On January 26, 2006 the Star Bulletin reported, "Members of the state house of representatives [in Hawaii] heard an opening-session speaker urge that they 'not be tempted by the lust for power or personal gain.' Leimomi Mookini Lum also called for their 'will to persevere against the onslaught of special-interest groups'... Those words didn't come in testimony from critics or lobbyists,...

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A Hindu and Muslim Reflect on Living in a Majority Christian Country

January 25, 2006

Source: FortWayne.com/Knight Ridder Newspapers

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On January 25, 2006 Knight Ridder Newspapers ran a feature article on non-Christians living in a predominantly Christian country. A Hindu (Arvind Khetia) and a Muslim (Rushdy El-Ghussein) both express their opinions. "Arvind Khetia, engineer and a Hindu [states,] 'People from all over the world come to America for freedom and opportunity... The freedom of religion guaranteed by the American Constitution has created a secular...

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Bush Likely to Visit New Hindu Temple During Delhi Visit in March

January 24, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: IANS

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On January 24, 2006 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "US President George W. Bush is likely to visit the capital's newly built Akshardham Temple. The US President, accompanied by wife Laura Bush, is coming to India on a state visit around March 1. Officially, the dates of the visit are yet to be announced. 'A team of US embassy officials visited the temple along with officers of Delhi Police...

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Indian History Takes Center Stage in US Textbook Controversy

January 24, 2006

Source: CBS News/The Christian Science Monitor

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On January 24, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "In the halls of Sacramento, a special commission is rewriting Indian history: debating whether Aryan invaders conquered the subcontinent, whether Brahman priests had more rights than untouchables, and even whether ancient Indians ate beef. That this seemingly arcane Indian debate has spilled over into California's board of education is a sign of the growing...

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Hindu American Foundation Comments on Indian-American Response to California Textbooks in India Abroad

January 23, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

[hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_letters_india_abroad_textbook.htm]

On January 23, 2006 the Hindu American Foundation's Suhag A. Shukla composed a letter to the editor of India Abroad regarding the current controversy over the content of history textbooks for Californian sixth graders. "While attacks [on the textbook contents] from non-Hindu academics with no expertise in Hinduism, and whose careers have been consumed by advocating pre-modern theories now engulfed by debate, were...

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HAF Offers Presentation to ISKCON Youth Group in Bangalore

January 21, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation press release

[hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_news_iskcon.htm]

On January 21, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation press release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) took the Hindu Awareness Campaign to India, addressing a group of 70 youth at a weekend retreat in Bangalore. Swaminathan Venkataraman, a member of HAF’s Executive Council, addressed the youth group at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in Bangalore on December 24, 2005. Venkataraman said...

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Exquisitely Carved Hindu Temple Underway in Northern England

January 20, 2006

Source: The Times of India

Wire Service: IANS

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On January 20, 2006 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "In the latest example of exquisitely carved Hindu temples in Britain, a team of four marble masons from India has arrived to build a temple in Middlesbrough in north England. There are several Hindu temples in towns across Britain - many of them featuring idols and stonework brought from India or executed here by experts brought...

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Opinion: "Religion is Alive and Well in the Public Square"

January 18, 2006

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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On January 18, 2006 The Dallas Morning News ran an opinion piece by Madan Goyal, chairman of the Plano National Day of Prayer Committee and a member of Thanks-Giving Square and the Texas Faith Network. "Too often lost in the debate over separation of church and state is the reality that religion thrives in our nation. In fact, the American people are among the most...

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Hindus Fear Loss of Only Temple

January 17, 2006

Source: The Moscow Times

http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2006/01/17/002.html

On January 17, 2006 The Moscow Times reported, "The fate of a patch of land behind a supermarket in northern Moscow is raising the wrath of Hindus around the globe, following City Hall's withdrawal of permission for the city's Krishna community to build a temple on the site. On Wednesday, the Defend Russian Hindus campaign is to be launched by 10 member of Britain's House of Commons in...

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Online Hindu Calendar Available for 180 Cities Worldwide

January 17, 2006

Source: Himalayan Academy press release

On January 17, 2006 a Himalayan Academy press release reported, "Himalayan Academy, publisher of Hinduism Today and HPI, is pleased to announce the posting of the Hindu calendar calculated for 180 cities worldwide for both 2006 and 2007 (the Hindu new year beginning in April). These panchangams are primarily used for the sankalpa (declaration of intent, time and place) in ceremonies and they contain the five essential elements for future muhurthas (auspicious timing). They do not contain all of the planetary position...

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Friends of South Asia Speaks Out Against “Hindutva Assault” on California History Books

January 16, 2006

Source: FOSA

http://www.friendsofsouthasia.org/textbook/

On January 16, 2006 Friends of South Asia ran an editorial regarding the current controversy over the content of sixth grade history textbooks in California. "We in California are facing a Hindutva assault on school history textbooks of the kind that went on a few years ago in India. This is an issue of rising concern in the California community, and we at Friends of South Asia, as a group of Hindus, Muslims, Christians...

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