Hinduism

New Jersey Planning Board Hears Indian Temple Proposal

January 16, 2004

Source: The Courier-Post

http://www.southjerseynews.com/issues/january/m011604n.htm

On January 16, 2004 The Courier-Post reported, "The planning board in Evesham heard revised plans Thursday night for a proposed $2.5 million Indian temple, cultural center, hotel and shopping center on 28 acres off Route 73. Board members said they were concerned that the 190 parking spaces would be inadequate since the assembly hall would host religious festivals, weddings and...

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Dalai Lama Encourages Hindu-Muslim Dialogue Over Ayodhya Dispute

January 14, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/423310.cms

On January 14, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has accused politicians of gaining mileage out of the Ayodhya dispute and urged leaders to resolve it thorough dialogue. He said India was known for communal peace and harmony and the Ayodhya dispute, which caused Hindu-Muslim riots in the country, must be settled through dialogue...The Dalai...

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US Congressman Says Religious Intolerance Growing in Bangladesh

January 13, 2004

Source: The Daily Star

http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/01/13/d4011301044.htm

On January 13, 2004 The Daily Star reported, "US Congressman Joseph Crowley yesterday warned that Bangladesh's image abroad might be tarnished due to recent incidents of religious intolerance in the country. 'The image of Bangladesh as a moderate Muslim country is very important, but it is increasingly coming under threat because intolerance has taken hold in the country,' he told The Daily...

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Hindu Nationalist Movements Evoke Fears of Extremisim

January 12, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3383883.stm

On January 12, 2004 the BBC News ran an in-depth story on the fears of a growing Hindu extremism in India, in the wake of the Gujurat riots of 2002. The article reported on religious segregation and isolation of formerly integrated communities in the wake of the 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots. The article investigates the questions, "Is a new and more aggressive form of Hinduism emerging in India? If so, what...

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Research Institute Vandalized Over Controversial Book on Hindu King

January 6, 2004

Source: Mid Day

http://web.mid-day.com/news/nation/2004/january/73070.htm

On January 6, 2004 Mid Day reported, "The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) was vandalised by about 250 members of the Sambhaji Brigade, a sister organisation of the Maratha Mahasangh, over a book written on Shivaji by James Laine. It is not known which specific passages provoked the group. It is known, however, that they ransacked BORI because Shrikant Bahulkar, a Sanskrit...

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Hindus and Jains Worry Over "Vegetarian" Foods

January 5, 2004

Source: India-West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=f9ac0bdba978a3c9ec591eba49a294ad

On January 5, 2004 India-West reported on the growing concerns among vegetarians that food companies are putting meat in their products without recording the fact on their labels. Although meat must be mentioned on a food label if it appears as a stand-alone ingredient, meat may also appear under a vague listing of "...

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For Many, New Year's is not a Secular Holiday

January 3, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs3jan03,1,2771185.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 3, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that members of the Konko Church of Los Angeles celebrated the new year with a purifying ceremony using elements of an ancient Japanese ritual "aimed at clearing out the negative energies of the past... Although New Year's Day has become a secular...

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Helena, MT's First Baby of 2004

January 3, 2004

Source: Helena Independent Record

http://www.helenair.com/articles/2004/01/03/helena_top/a01010304_05.txt

On January 3, 2004 the Helena Independent Record reported, "After two days of labor, Subhashini Sakthivel gave birth Thursday to Helena's first child of 2004 at St. Peter's Hospital...Originally from Madurai, India, this is the first child for the Sakthivels." The article discusses how the Indian couple adapted to different American customs such...

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Rhode Island Courthouse Sees Religion... Again

January 2, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0104/02barrow.html

On January 2, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "Another religious display has been set up in the Barrow County Courthouse. The latest display includes alternate versions of the Ten Commandments, Hindu stories, Buddhist teachings, excerpts from the Quran and writings defining agnosticism. It has been placed across a breezeway from a Ten Commandments...

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Proposed Law Would Limit Religious Conversions

January 1, 2004

Source: ZENIT News Agency

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=46903

On January 1, 2004 ZENIT News Agency reported, "Sri Lanka hopes to introduce a law that will limit conversions from one religion to another, the country's Minister of Religious Affairs announced. The Colombo government will promote a legislative disposition directed to those who use a variety of 'incentives' to convince others to change their religion. 'More than 7,000 Hindus, from the...

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Indian Traditional Weddings

January 1, 2004

Source: North Shore Magazine

http://www.northshoremag.com/cgi-bin/ns-article?articlewhat=articles/01-04-monsoon_wedding.dat

On January 1, 2004 North Shore Magazine published an article on traditional Indian wedding ceremonies: "Like the festivities depicted in last year's award-winning film Monsoon Wedding — which introduced Western audiences to a typical, upper-middle-class Hindu wedding ceremony — the entire affair is not...

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