Hinduism

Coalition of South Asians Opposes “Hindu Supremacist” Curriculum Changes

January 15, 2006

Source: FOSA

http://www.friendsofsouthasia.org/textbook/FOSACAC_Jan15Update.html

On January 15, 2006 the Friends of South Asia reported, "A broad coalition of Indians and other South Asians representing Friends of South Asia, Coalition Against Communalism, Tamil Sangams of North America, and various groups representing Dalits were present in force at the California State Board of Education meeting in Sacramento on January 12, 2006. They were there to...

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Flowood Hindu Temple Gets Facelift, Undergoes Expansion

January 13, 2006

Source: Clarion Ledger

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On January 13, 2006 the Clarion Ledger reported, "In a year, a team of designers from India have transformed the Hindu temple off Old Fannin Road [in Flowood] from a blocky, unassuming building into an architectural work of art with intricate sculptures and delicate, flowing lines. But their work has only begun. By August 2007, an equally elaborate new temple will be serving the area's Hindu community, with the old...

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Pluralism Project Film Acting on Faith Screened at Glastonbury Abbey

January 12, 2006

Source: The Hingham Journal

On January 12, 2006 The Hingham Journal reported, "Glastonbury Abbey's Inter-Religious Lecture Series, 'Listening to Other Voices: Religion and the World We Live In,' continues Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:15 p.m. at Glastonbury Conference Center... The program features 'Acting on Faith: Women and New Religious Activism in America,' a documentary produced by Rachel Antell, narrated by Dr. Diana Eck. The film features three women: Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, who is the spokesperson and past president of the Muslim...

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Hindu American Foundation Retains Law Firm in California Textbook Case

January 12, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

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

On January 12, 2006 the a Hindu American Foundation Press Release stated, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has retained the law firm of Olson, Hagel and Fishburn, LLP of Sacramento, California to represent the Foundation in its interactions with the California State Board of Education (SBE). The SBE is currently...

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Opinion: "Interfaith, Not Infidel"

January 12, 2006

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/faith/ci_3395002

On January 12, 2006 the San Mateo County Times ran an opinion piece by Iftekhar Hai, president of the United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance. "In my 15 years as an interfaith peace activist, I have been asked one question over and over again: Who are the 'kafirs' — 'infidels' — condemned in the Qur'an? Are they Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists,...

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Hindus, Sikhs Demand Funeral Pyres in Britain

January 11, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: IANS

http://in.news.yahoo.com/060111/43/61y6q.html

On January 11, 2006 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "An organisation here plans to petition the European Court of Human Rights to ensure that dead bodies of Hindus and Sikhs are cremated on traditional funeral pyres instead of in electric crematoriums. Britain has a large minority of Hindus and Sikhs, but arrangements for the deceased within the...

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Opinion: "Textbooks and Hinduism -- Why Accuracy Matters"

January 10, 2006

Source: New America Media

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=40201e50a88ae6ca289796f9e5d1396f

On January 10, 2006 New America Media ran an opinion piece by Viji Sundaram, a reporter for the weekly U.S. based Indian newspaper, India-West. "Earlier this month, the arm of California's Board of Education that decides what will and won't go into the history textbooks of millions of students [California...

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Coalition of Indian-Americans Object to "Hindu Supremacist" Changes to California Curriculum

January 10, 2006

Source: San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center/Friends of South Asia

http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/01/1795025.php

On January 10, 2006 a Friends of South Asia Press Release stated, "A coalition of American groups representing the immigrant communities from the Indian subcontinent, led by Friends of South Asia (FOSA), have taken strong [issue with] numerous misrepresentations of India’s ancient history and of Hinduism recently put forward by the Vedic...

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Editorial: “Teaching Religion in Schools: A More Intelligent Course”

January 8, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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On January 8, 2006 The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an editorial stating, "The 'intelligent design' trial, which concluded with a resounding anti-ID ruling, has exposed a surprising, yawning gap in American education. There's a workable solution - but, alas, you won't be seeing it anytime soon. Problem is, there's no place to put ID in our present public school curricula. We have little place to put any religious instruction. And in the...

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Update: California Board of Education Meets to Discuss Proposed Textbook Changes

January 8, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International

On January 8, 2006 Hindu Press International reported, "California State Board of Education members and staff conducted a special, closed-door meeting on January 6 to revisit the Hindu requests [proposed by two Hindu groups, the Hindu Education Foundation and the Vedic Foundation] for changes in the 6th grade social studies books currently proposed for adoption by the State... In the all-day meeting, the group went over every one of the disputed edits. At the beginning, the ground rules were set in such a way by the Board...

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Hotline Set Up to Aid British Hindu Victims of Hate Crimes

January 4, 2006

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article336392.ece

On January 4, 2006 The Independent reported, "A rising number of Hindus are the victims of hate crimes, partly as a backlash from the London suicide bombings, Britain's largest Hindu organisation has said.

A telephone hotline to report attacks is being set up to help the 700,000 Hindus in this country.

Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of...

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Eastern Connecticut Experiencing Immigration Boom

January 1, 2006

Source: Norwich Bulletin

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060101/NEWS01/601010303/1002

On January 1, 2006 the Norwich Bulletin reported, "[Connecticut's] casino-fueled immigration surge, widely acknowledged in the city as the largest increase since at least World War II, isn't expected to slow in the coming year. Business expansion, including a $700 million addition at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the...

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