Hinduism

Wisconsin Indian-Americans Donate Gandhi Statue to Courthouse

January 8, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On January 8, 2002, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who preached non-violence and helped bring independence to India, will be placed in the gardens of the Milwaukee County Courthouse in Wisconsin. The statue, "a replica of the Gandhi statue in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is being donated by the Wisconsin Coalition of Asian Indian Organizations. The group is raising $50,000 to pay for and maintain the statue. County Board members recently accepted the...

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Florida Hindu Temple Seeks Variance to Build New Tower

January 7, 2002

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On January 7, 2002, The Tampa Tribune reported that "since it opened in 1994, the Hindu Temple of Florida lacked a significant religious and architectural element: a gopuram... The gopuram - a majestic, pyramidlike tower - should have spiraled nearly seven stories toward the heavens, calling worshipers to the sanctuary. But lack of money prevented its construction... Temple leaders compare the lack of a gopuram to a church having no steeple... 'It is something that stands as the centerpiece of a village,' said Ramanuja C. Kannan of...

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The "Sacred Sites" of Houston

December 23, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On December 23, 2001, The Houston Chronicle featured an article on the "Sacred Sites" of Houston, TX. "Houston has thousands of houses, centers and buildings of worship and prayer for literally every faith known: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others. What it does not have is the large-scale, sacred architecture built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and found in older, major cities like New York, according to Stephen Fox, a Rice University architectural historian... Compared with those other...

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Holidays and Increasing Diversity at Religious Private Schools

December 22, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 22, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "December is the time at Christian private schools for lessons and carols, for Advent wreaths and archangels--whether you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or still sampling religions. Although some prep schools remain enclaves for certain faiths and cultures, other religiously affiliated schools enroll students of all traditions while making no apologies for holding to the schools' holiday heritages... 'Most schools, even though they may want to ground children of that...

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South Asian Solidarity After September 11

December 20, 2001

Source: The New Republic

http://www.thenewrepublic.com/122401/diarist122401.html

The December 24, 2001 edition of The New Repbulic features the article "All for One." The article details the "post-September 11 paradox" of "South Asian" identity. It continues, "While the war on terrorism has inflamed religious and national divisions on the subcontinent ... in the United States it has probably done more to unify America's disparate South Asian communities than any...

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Menorah Most Recent Target of Vandalism in Queens

December 19, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 19, 2001, Newsday reported that "a holiday menorah was destroyed over the weekend" at a park in Flushing, NY. "Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said his office and detectives from the 109th Precinct were investigating... The destruction of the menorah came within weeks of an arson at a Hindu temple in Flushing, which is also under investigation."

South Asian Solidarity After September 11

December 19, 2001

Source: www.satyacircle.com

http://www.satyacircle.com/rathod3.html

On December 19, 2001, Satyacircle.com published another view on South Asian solidarity in the editorial "E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One." It noted, "While the invocation of this phrase certainly is appropriate for America as a whole, its message is particularly relevant to the South Asian-American community, which has been placed under considerable strain over the past few weeks. As increasing numbers of South Asian...

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Connecticut Hindu Temple Celebrates Holiday Season with Unique Festival

December 15, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On December 15, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured an article on Kalpavriksha, "a holiday created by Hindu parents who wanted an event focused on Indian heritage and Hindu faith for their children to enjoy during the season... 'You've got Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and you have Kalpavriksha now. The kids get to celebrate and be a part of the fun,' says Reddy Ganta, a member of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society in Middletown... The society sponsored its first Kalpavriksha celebration more than a decade ago......

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Indian Cultural Society of Lansing: Interfaith Efforts to Help Needy

December 14, 2001

Source: The Lansing State Journal

http://www.lsj.com/news/local/011214indians_3b.html

On December 14, 2001, The Lansing State Journal reported, "Indian community helps food bank feed the hungry." The article noted, "Leaders of the area's Indian community Thursday apologized for donating only $10,000 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank this year. But food bank officials were thrilled to receive the money from one of their largest donors during a lunch for senior citizens...

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Kansas City Celebrates Pluralism

December 12, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.cres.org

On December 12, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "since Sept. 11, leaders in government - like those in schools, hospitals, media and business - want to be sure they are discharging their duties with particular sensitivity to religious concerns... As part of a recognition of pluralism in the [Kansas City] area, Jackson County Executive Katheryn J. Shields is developing a six-month calendar of community open houses scheduled by ethnic and faith...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 10, 2001

Source: United Press International

On December 10, 2001, The United Press International reported that "the 'real story' of the blaze at the Gobind Sadan shrine actually developed into a rather marvelous one, recounts Ralph Singh, the center's spokesman... Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists came out to express their solidarity, Singh recalled. And then there were individual acts of kindness... With a trembling voice, Ralph Singh spoke of the 'outpouring of love' the 100-strong congregation at the former farmstead received from neighbors and...

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Atlanta Area Police Force Holds Interfaith Blessing for its Cars

December 6, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 6, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "religious leaders, including Buddhists, Roman Catholics, Hindus and Muslims, lined up side by side one day last week while uniformed police officers stood inside the open doors of their cars, engines roaring, blue lights flashing. Taking turns, each cleric approached a podium and offered a special prayer during the first interfaith blessing of the fleet for the Morrow Police Department... A Buddhist monk concluded the ceremony by splashing...

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Hindu Temple in Connecticut Raises $20,000 for WTC Victims

December 1, 2001

Source: India New England News

On December 1, 2001, India New England News reported that "In the weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., members of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society pulled together and raised $20,000 for World Trade Center relief." The article quoted Dina Bhatt, vice president of the society: "We are Americans, we live here and our children are growing up here. ... We love to help and everybody is interested in doing so." Temple president Prasad Srinivasan noted, "All of us have come here with our rich...

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Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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