Hinduism

Update: Florida Couple Can Fly Hindu Flag, But It Must Be Hidden

February 12, 2004

Source: The Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_569420,00050001.htm

On February 12, 2004 The Hindustan Times reported, "After much controversy, a Hindu couple in the US have been permitted to fly a religious flag in front of their home as long as it is kept hidden behind some foliage. Chola and Leila Persaud, residents of Rivermill Development in Lake Worth, Florida, have been allowed to fly the flag by the homeowners' association there. The...

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Hindu Nationalists Threaten to Punish Those Celebrating Valentine's Day

February 12, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35408-2004Feb12.html?nav%3Dheadlines

On February 12, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Hindu nationalists who claim they are fighting against Western cultural influence have threatened to shave young lovers' heads and beat them if they exchange Valentine's Day cards and gifts. Valentine's Day, which falls on Saturday, has in recent years gained popularity in...

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McMaster University to Get Vegetarian/Vegan Cafeteria

February 11, 2004

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

On February 11, 2004 The Hamilton Spectator reported, "McMaster University campus should have a cafeteria where vegans and vegetarians will be able to dine by the fall of 2004. The idea for the cafeteria was first promoted by Aaron Orkin, a third-year arts and science student, who along with a friend, wanted to open a kitchen where Jewish, Hindu and Muslim students could have a place to eat where their dietary needs would be served. Orkin says, 'The cafe is not just another option for lunch but a welcoming open space where...

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New Jersey Suburb Sees Influx of Religious Centers

February 9, 2004

Source: The Courier News

http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,903589,00.html

On February 9, 2004 The Courier News reported on the influx of religious centers being built in Franklin, a suburb of New Jersey. Muslim, Presbyterian, Jain and Hindu congregations all have plans to build in the area, and existing Jewish, Hindu, and Christian centers are expanding... The township has a tradition of religious diversity, said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein...

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Madison Hindu Priest Takes His Practice Home

February 9, 2004

Source: The Capital Times

http://www.madison.com/captimes/features/stories/67699.php

On February 9, 2004 The Capital Times published an article on Frank Gaetano Morales', a Hindu priest who holds weekly one-hour "satsanghas" at his home in Madison. The session often involves meditation and chanting. Morales "looks at his ashram as a way to unite Hindus in the Madison area, and a way to help others see what they have in common with the religion. Vegetarians who...

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Deputy Prime Minister: Ram Temple Will Be Built With Consent of Hindus and Muslims

February 8, 2004

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2004/02/09/stories/2004020906280100.htm

On February 8, 2004 The Hindu reported, "Kicking off the BJP's election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat, the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, today sought a fresh mandate for the NDA at the Centre to fulfill its unfinished tasks which included building a Ram temple with the consent of Hindus and Muslims and ensuring the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the...

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Michigan Hindu-Jain Temple Seeks Expansion

February 8, 2004

Source: Lansing State Journal

http://www.lsj.com/news/local/040208_temple_1b-2b.html

On February 8, 2004 the Lansing State Journal reported, "The Meridian Township Board is expected to decide this month whether to approve a 4,140-square-foot expansion to the Bharatiya Temple to meet religious standards. The Hindu and Jain temple, at 955 Haslett Road, needs an addition because the current building doesn't meet the requirements of the religion's scriptures, members...

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Diversity in Mississippi

February 6, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/7887577.htm

On February 6, 2004 The Sun Herald reported. "Religion in South Mississippi is more diverse than many who live in this strongly Christian region realize. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cindy Brown, an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi who spent three years documenting the religious diversity with photographs. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Hare Krishnas and Jews...

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Immigrants Shape the Michigan Election

February 6, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/politics/0402/06/a02-57279.htm

On February 6, 2004 The Detroit News reported on how immigrant voters may shape the outcome of the 2004 presidential election in Michigan, noting that "their numbers may be small, but they could carry a lot of weight in a tight race, which the presidential contest in Michigan is likely to be. Among these swing voters in a swing state are Arab- and Muslim-Americans and two of the...

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Controversy Surrounds UNICEF Calendar With No Hindu or Sikh Holidays

February 5, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_561918,00050003.htm

On February 5, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "A major controversy erupted after UNICEF's UK branch printed a diary ignoring Hindu and Sikh religious festivals while listing religious festivals from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. The diary which contains 25 days associated with Christianity, three days linked to Islam, two days for Judaism and one day for Buddhism...

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Hindus Celebrate Thaipusam

February 5, 2004

Source: Channel News Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/69629/1/.html

On February 5, 2004 Channel News Asia reported, "Thousands of devotees celebrated the Hindu festival of Thaipusam early Thursday morning where many carried milk pots and metal frames called kavadis to pay homage to Lord Muruga...Acting Education Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, was in awe as he observed how devotees had their bodies pierced. '...

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Deputy Mayor Defends Construction of ISKCON Temple

February 4, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_560296,00050003.htm

On February 4, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Amidst protests by local religious bodies, a senior city official has strongly defended the allocation of land for the construction of a Krishna temple and Vedic Centre in Moscow by the local chapter of ISKCON. 'This is an officially recognised structure, this is not a banned religion and has a large following,' Moscow Deputy Mayor...

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Mufti Asks Muslims to Respect Hindu Sentiments, Not Sacrifice Cows for Eid ul-Zuha

February 2, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/469249.cms

On February 2, 2004 The Times of India reported, "In a significant gesture on the eve of Eid ul-Zuha, the influential Darul Uloom school of Islamic theology on Sunday asked Muslims to sacrifice animals other than cows in states where cow-slaughter is banned. 'Though cow-slaughter is legitimate under Shariat, it is advised that sheep, goat and camel be sacrificed in states where...

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