Hinduism

Update: Secular and Hindu India in Tension Over Seer�s Arrest

January 31, 2005

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/jan/31guru.htm

On January 31, 2005 Rediff reported, "Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue S Gurumurthy denounced the English media and blamed 'secular India' for Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati's plight...Gurumurthy, who is considered close to Jayendra Saraswati, said...Hindus were shocked by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's action, as they considered her a 'nationalist.'

Gurumurthy said it took a...

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Hindus in Billerica Move Forward with Temple Plans

January 30, 2005

Source: The Boston Herald

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/01/30/hindu_group_proposes_temple_along_river/

On January 30, 2005 The Boston Herald reported, "the group, named OM Temple Inc., received approval from Billerica's Board of Health on Jan. 3 to proceed with the project. The board's approval is one of several that temple proponents must obtain in what is expected to be a lengthy permitting process. Already,...

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Archbishop of Canterbury Visits Hindu Temple

January 30, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050131/asp/nation/story_4317084.asp

On January 30, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "Britain’s one-million strong Hindu community, some of whose leaders feel it is being ignored because of all the attention being devoted to the country’s 1.5 million Muslims, received some attention today. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, visited the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north-...

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Panel Likely to Submit Report on 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Next Week

January 30, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times/Press Trust of India

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1220723,00080001.htm

On January 30, 2005 Press Trust of India reported, "The one-man Nanavati Commission, which is probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, is likely to submit its report next week. The report is likely to be submitted by Justice GT Nanavati, a retired judge of the Supreme Court who heads the Commission, to Home Minister Shivraj Patil on his return from the Northeast on...

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TV Network for Hindus Prepares for British Debut

January 29, 2005

Source: Asians in Media

http://www.asiansinmedia.org/news/article.php/television/793

On January 29, 2005 Asians in Media reported, "A religious channel from India, targeting British Hindus with its mix of 'socio-spiritual-cultural' programming, is in talks with Sky to debut on the digital platform. It launched in the United States in December and hopes to be here this year, though no date has yet been confirmed. Aastha Broadcasting Network's director Hiren...

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Hundreds of Hindus Die in Pilgrimage Stampede

January 26, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/india/story/0,12559,1398595,00.html

On January 26, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Hundreds of Hindu pilgrims were crushed or burned to death in a stampede and electrical fire at a religious festival in western India. More than 300,000 people were jammed into a hill-top Mandher Devi temple and along a narrow road for the annual pilgrimage near the town of Wai, about 160 miles south-east of Mumbai. Last night...

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U.S. Indian Immigrants Unite to Aid Tsunami Relief

January 25, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0125/p03s01-ussc.html

On January 25, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Here [gathered in a Sunnyvale, CA Hindu temple] are Punjabis and Gujaratis, Tamils and Bengalis, and the only sound is the high waver of traditional Indian singing nearby. So often divided by ties to two dozen states, more than 10 languages, and a kaleidoscope of faiths, Indian immigrants are finding unity in a time of...

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Multi-Religious Settlement Proposal Met with Controversy

January 24, 2005

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=603965

On January 24, 2005 The Independent reported, "The town is meant to offer a blueprint for the new Sri Lanka; a shining example of how the one million people left homeless by the tsunami will live out the rest of their days. But the beleaguered Muslims of the southern coastal town of Hambantota are furious at what their government has in store for them... According to...

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Chicago Police Videos Educate Force About Religious Faiths and Practices

January 23, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/23/national/23video.html

On January 23, 2005 The New York Times reported, "many men of the Sikh faith wear a small sword under their clothing. Orthodox Jews often refuse to move illegally parked cars on Saturdays. Outsiders may photograph statues in Buddhist temples, but not in Hindu ones. These are some of the insights in a series of videos the Chicago Police Department uses to train its officers in dealing...

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US Christian Aid Groups Raising Concern Amid Claims of Proselytizing

January 22, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/22/international/worldspecial4/22preach.html?pagewanted=1

On January 22, 2005 The New York Times reported, "A dozen Americans walked into a relief camp here, showering bereft parents and traumatized children with gifts, attention and affection. They also quietly offered camp residents something else: Jesus... The attempts at proselytizing are angering local Christian leaders...

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Hindus Seek to Reclaim Swastika

January 19, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1446311,00.html

On January 19, 2005 The Times reported, "Hindus in Britain have started a campaign to 'redeem' the swastika from its Nazi past and reclaim it as the symbol of life and fortune it once was. The swastika is a 5,000-year-old symbol that has been used for centuries by Hindus, Buddhists and many other traditions to denote good luck, but because of the Nazis it has come to symbolise hate, anti...

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Investigation Finds Indian Train Catastrophe Accident, Not Hate Crime

January 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4180885.stm

On January 17, 2005 the BBC News reported, " An Indian train fire that killed 59 Hindus and provoked deadly religious riots in 2002 was started by accident, a government inquiry has said. Evidence suggests the fire began inside the train, not that it was fire-bombed, an investigating judge decided. Most accounts from the time and since said a Muslim mob threw petrol bombs at the train,...

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State's First Traditional Hindu Temple Planned Near Chandler

January 16, 2005

Source: Associated Press

http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=2817124

On January 16, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Arizona's 13,000-member Hindu community dreams of turning a swath of desert 30 miles south of Chandler into a spiritual landmark. It is raising funds to build the state's first traditional Hindu temple... There are several Hindu temples in Arizona, including ones in Yuma, Mesa and Scottsdale. But all were installed in existing buildings, such as strip malls and...

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