Hinduism

Chinmaya Maruti Opens in Andover, Mass

July 4, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On July 4, 2003 India Abroad reported the opening in Andover, Mass, of Chinmaya Maruti, "an education center, with a Hanuman shrine included... The center is used for spiritual and Vedanta teaching and cultural and religious celebrations."

Hindu Activist Speaks Out Against 'Om' Socks

July 4, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On July 4, 2003 India Abroad reported that Gold Medal Hosiery Company put out a line of socks "with 'Om' displayed all over [them]... The designer who created the motifs for the socks conceded she was unaware of the religious sensibilities of putting the symbols on an article of footwear... Gaurang Desai, a Fremont, CA-based community activist... [said] 'It's ok for shirts or trousers or even caps to have these symbols, but footwear is demeaning; here it is okay to put symbols on shoes but in our culture, shoes are considered unclean...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

July 3, 2003

Source: News Channel 10

http://www.turnto10.com/news/2310456/detail.html

On July 3, 2003 News Channel 10 reported that "New Bedford residents say there is no place in their city for hatred... More than 150 people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds gathered on the steps of City Hall Wednesday to condemn last week's brutal attack on a pizza delivery man... Bhalerao is recovering at home from his injuries and was unable to attend the event. Organizers read a...

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India Cause Protests "OM" Socks

July 3, 2003

Source: India Cause

http://www.indiacause.com/Cause/C21_OM_Socks.htm

On July 3, 2003 India Cause reported that "IndiaCause sent formal letter to the President of Gold Medal Hosiery, Mr.Paul Rotstein... [regarding] a product (socks with 'OM') distributed by Gold Medal Hosiery in New York." Mr. Rotstein replied, "Gold Medal Hosiery in New York, which distributes the offending socks, declined to comment. The label on the socks says the product has been made in South Korea....

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Hindu Community in Seattle, WA

July 2, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/129120_cwong02.html

On July 2, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "for Hindus in the Northwest, [the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center] has become a central place to worship a supreme being and focus on the different deities who symbolize this God and non-violence, prosperity, good health, respect and knowing right from wrong... But the largest Hindu temple in the area is also a...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

July 1, 2003

Source: The Standard-Times

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/07-03/07-01-03/a01lo003.htm

On July 1, 2003 The Standard-Times reported that "resting on an old mattress next to several Hindu texts, Saurabh Bhalerao struggled yesterday to describe the four men police said brutally attacked him last week because they thought he was a Muslim... 'Ignorance is the best word I can use,' he said, whispering through a jaw wired shut. 'They do not know about the...

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The Vedic Foundation Opens in Austin, Texas

July 1, 2003

Source: Barsana Dham Qarterly Newsletter

On July 1, 2003 the Barsana Dham Quarterly Newsletter reported that "K.C. Gupta, President of the Hindu University of America, and Dr. Vijay Mahajan, highly acclaimed marketing professor at the University of Texas, Austin, unveiled the logo for The Vedic Foundation during the annual Barsana Dham Mela in April. 'The Hindu University looks forward to collaborating with The Vedic Foundation and working towards the common objective of re-establishing the greatness of authentic Hinduism,' Gupta said... The Vedic...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

June 29, 2003

Source: The Standard-Times

http://www.s-t.com/daily/06-03/06-29-03/a06lo021.htm

On June 29, 2003 The Standard-Times reported that "friends of beating victim Saurabh Bhalerao say they haven't experienced the kind of hate that police believe motivated four attackers who mistook him for a Muslim... Fellow UMass Dartmouth student Bhushan Bauskar said the perpetrators would have beaten Mr. Bhalerao, who is Indian and Hindu, even if they hadn't thought he was Muslim... Also...

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Paths to Interfaith Marriages

June 28, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/features/ny-lsfaith0628,0,4818410.story

On June 28, 2003 Newsday reported that "under a Jewish wedding canopy called a chupah, in front of a Christian unity candle and with a Cherokee prayer, Richard Goidel and Debra George were married earlier this month... It wasn't easy to find clergy willing to perform an interfaith ceremony, says George, 44, a widow. Some wouldn't return her phone calls and some admonished her, she...

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Indo-American Convention Draws Concerns about Alleged Ties to Extremists

June 27, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6182961.htm

On June 27, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "Silicon Valley's Indo-American community has an influence over homeland politics perhaps unprecedented for an immigrant group... So it is not surprising that a convention of expatriates to be held Saturday at the Santa Clara Marriott attempts to pull together an array of groups varied in religion, but with the same political aim...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

June 27, 2003

Source: The Standard-Times

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/06-03/06-27-03/a09lo052.htm

On June 27, 2003 The Standard-Times reported that "community leaders from across the state yesterday denounced the robbery and beating of a pizza delivery man, an attack local police have categorized as a hate crime... Two local Domino's Pizza franchise owners, Nelson Hockert-Lotz and Anthony Squizzero, offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

June 25, 2003

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/presrele/hatcr_51/4277_51.asp

On June 25, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release stating that "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the attack of an Indian graduate student in a deplorable hate crime... Robert Leikind, ADL New England Regional Director, issued the following statement: This week, our community was shaken by a deplorable crime -- the attack on Saurabh Bhalerao in New Bedford on...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

June 24, 2003

Source: Standard-Times

http://www.s-t.com/daily/06-03/06-25-03/a01lo005.htm

On June 24, 2003 the Standard-Times reported that "a vicious robbery of a pizza delivery man escalated when the assailants mistook the graduate student for a Muslim, Fairhaven police said yesterday, as they filed hate crime charges against a second man arrested in the attack... Police Chief Gary F. Souza said Ryan Marsh, 17, of 369 Brook St. was one of four men who helped ambush Saurabh...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

June 24, 2003

Source: The Standard-Times

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/06-03/06-24-03/a01lo002.htm

On June 24, 2003 The Standard-Times reported that "the crime was a violent attack on a peaceful man, said Dr. Madhu Jhaveri, the adviser to the Indian Students Association at UMass Dartmouth. Mr. Bhalerao came from Indore, India, and was president of the association for 18 months starting in 2001... During his tenure, Dr. Jhaveri said, Mr. Bhalerao frequently drove...

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