Hinduism

Desecration of Hindu Temple Prompts Calls for Peace and Tolerance

August 17, 2004

Source: Fiji Times

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=6893

On August 17, 2004 the Fiji Times reported, "The National Council for Reconciliation and Unity backs the fight against religious and cultural intolerance. Deputy chairperson Hari Singh said the council supported the stand taken by police, who this week said it would not tolerate hate speeches and activities undermining stability and leading to the breakdown of law and order. 'All of us should co-operate to...

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Followers of Many Religions Flock to Church for its "Miraculous Powers"

August 14, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20040813-095345-7816r.htm

On August 14, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "Sri Lanka is a seat of conservative Buddhism, but a church here visited out of the blue by the pope is standing out as a symbol of religious harmony amid a heated debate on conversions. Devotees of different creeds flock to St. Anthony's Church even as the predominantly Buddhist nation grapples with proposals to outlaw 'unethical...

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Hindus in Toledo Celebrate Temple Anniversary With a Festival of India

August 14, 2004

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040814/NEWS10/408140312/-1/NEWS

On August 14, 2004 Toledo Blade reported, "amidst the rhythmic Indian music, expressive dancing, and spicy culinary delights being offered this weekend at the Festival of India, members of the local Hindu community will be offering prayers and performing a number of religious ceremonies at the Hindu Temple of Toledo. For devout...

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Hindus Celebrate Festival of Thiruvilzha in Wimbledon

August 12, 2004

Source: Wimbledon Guardian

http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/misc/print.php?artid=517848

On August 12, 2004 the Wimbledon Guardian reported, "Hundreds of Hindu devotees in traditional dress took to the Wimbledon streets to celebrate the colourful summer festival of Thiruvilzha. The event, on July 25, was organised by the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Effra Road, South Park Estate Residents' Association, the Metropolitan Police and Merton Council. A beautifully...

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Western Christians, Hindus and Sikhs Outsourcing Prayers to India and Other Countries

August 9, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15041_1.html

On August 9, 2004 Beliefnet.com reported, "From Orthodox Christians eager to have faraway Russian monks pray for their souls, to U.S. Hindus arranging for Indian temple rituals without leaving home, believers are finding long-distance ways to fulfill their worship needs. One example of this is the outsourcing of Catholic Masses to India...Currently, requests for such Masses are being collected...

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Debated Hindu Temple Makes Progress Towards Development

August 9, 2004

Source: Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-08092004-345075.html

On August 9, 2004 Burlington County Times reported that, "a much-debated Indian temple and cultural center proposed for a site on Route 73 moved a step closer to approval during a hearing Thursday night. The township Planning Board, which over the past years has listened to hours of testimony from professionals and neighbors on the proposal, authorized its...

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"Uniquely Singapore" Branding Campaign Includes Attention to Religious Diversity

August 9, 2004

Source: TODAY online

http://www.todayonline.com/articles/23727.asp

On August 9, 2004 TODAY online reported, "The essence, or 'soul,' of Singapore has had several re-incarnations in the last decade but arguably none on as high a plane of existence as its current avatar. The 'Uniquely Singapore' branding campaign came to life only in March — but its presence is being felt practically everywhere. From the Singapore Zoo and the Post Office to food outlets, shops and even drug...

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Hindu Religious Leader Gives Invocation for Penn. Music Festival

August 9, 2004

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b3_4musikfestaug07,0,6208863.story?coll=all-newslocal-hed

On August 9, 2004 The Morning Call reported, "Bethlehem's City Center Plaza was packed with music lovers Friday night for the hour-long opening ceremonies that launched Musikfest into its third decade. This year's festival theme 'United We Jam' was evident in the performers' patriotic songs interspersed with...

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Documentary on Hindu-Muslim Riots Banned from Public Showings

August 8, 2004

Source: Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/08/08/2003197908

On August 8, 2004 the Taipei Times reported, "Indian censors have banned an award-winning documentary that chronicles one of the country's most painful and deadly episodes of Hindu-Muslim violence. 'Final Solution' is scheduled for release in 40 art house cinemas in Germany next month, where it won an award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. But in India, the...

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Thousands Expected for Consecration of Hindu Temple in IL

August 7, 2004

Source: The Chicago Daily Herald

http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=3820639

On August 7, 2004 The Chicago Daily Herald reported that, "the Hindu temple that rises in Bartlett... sits on Route 59, the same road that bustles with morning traffic and sprouts gas stations, strip malls and other staples of daily suburban Chicago life. As many as 7,000 visitors, most of them Hindus from around the world, are expected to turn out Sunday for the...

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Hindu Temple to Challenge State Judge Concerning Advocacy in NY

August 6, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/04/nyregion/04hindu.html

On August 6, 2004 The New York Times reported, "A prominent Hindu temple in Queens plans to file a motion in federal court today accusing a state judge of violating the separation of church and state by intervening in the temple's affairs. The motion is the latest step in a growing legal struggle at the Hindu Temple Society of North America that is now being followed by Hindus...

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Railway Board Orders Removal of Deities from Stations

August 5, 2004

Source: rediff.com

http://www.rediff.com/news/2004/aug/05train.htm

On August 5, 2004 rediff.com reported, "Should railway stations exhibit pictures of gods, goddesses and religious icons? No, says Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav... A communiqué from Railway Board Chairman R K Singh has instructed railway authorities to remove pictures of gods and goddesses from all stations. But the directive has angered railway employees, travellers and, yes, the Bharatiya Janata Party...

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BJP Says it is "Proud of Hindutva;" Calls it Nationalist, Not Religious, Ideology

August 3, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_926346,0008.htm

On August 3, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Unperturbed by warnings by some NDA allies, BJP asserted it was proud of Hindutva, arguing it was not associated with religion but nationalism and its rival parties were 'misrepresenting' the terminology to 'portray' themselves as secular. The party also claimed that construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya was not linked to religion and...

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