Profile on Hindu Doctor

July 21, 2001

Source: Newsday

On July 21, 2001, Newsday reported on Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, who contributed $1 million to help finance its community center. Born in India, she has a private gynecology practice and is heavily involved in social work. Her philosophy is, "Every human being must have a religion, no matter which religion."

Renovation to Follow Traditional Indian Temple Design

July 21, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News


On July 21, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "a decade after moving into the D/FW Hindu Temple in Irving [Texas], members have decided it's time the brick-and-concrete building looked like a traditional temple in India. They began a plan to 'Indianize' the facility and hired India-based architect Muthiah Sthapathi, a specialist in temple design."

Apology for Hindu-Bashing by Chicago Radio Host

July 17, 2001

Source: News India Times


News India Times reported that "a campaign launched by Chicago radio and TV talk-show host Tony Brown purports to 'inform' the American public about Hinduism...Among other things, Brown said:...Nazism emanated from Hinduism...Untouchability [is] 'widely practiced' in India...[and] female children and women of lower castes are forced into prostitution...Brown...

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New Jersey General Assembly Honors Indo-American Association President

July 16, 2001

Source: News India Times


News India Times reported that "the New Jersey General Assembly has honored Purushottam Karra, founder and president of the Indo-American Senior Citizens Association of NJ, with a resolution...Karra...was recently appointed to the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission...He was honored with a citation...The...

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Diana Eck's New Book Examines Religious Diversity in America

July 14, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On July 14, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on Diana Eck's new book, A New Religious America. "'The religious landscape of America has changed radically in the past 30 years,' Eck writes, 'but most of us have not yet begun to see the dimensions and scope of that change.'" The main part of the book focuses on Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in America.

New Hindu Temple to Be Dedicated

July 10, 2001

Source: Jersey Journal

On July 10, 2001, the Jersey Journal reported that "for part of the Aug. 4-5 dedication ceremonies, leaders of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple [in New Jersey] plan to 'borrow' $7 million worth of gold bullion from a bank to underscore the material value of the enterprise...The temple...will be home from time to time for up to 32 of the Gujarati sect's 'saints' or visiting practitioners" and is now open for worship.

Hindu Woman Travels World, Offering Comfort and Compassion

July 8, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On July 8, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on "the 'Mother of Immortal Bliss,' a.k.a. Mata Amritanandamayi, a Hindu woman...who is fast becoming a world-renowned spiritual leader, like Mother Teresa or Mohandas Gandhi." She "traveled from her home in southern India to Los Angeles...on a 10-city U.S. tour...The drill is the same wherever she goes. From dawn to late at night, people stream toward her. One-by-one they place their heads on her breast or belly or shoulder for a hug. She pats them on the back......

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Hare Krishnas Become Less Monastic

July 8, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On July 8, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Kalki and Kanta Holbrook. "As Kalki and Kanta have grown, as a family and as individuals, so too has the spiritual movement to which they've devoted their lives," the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). ISKCON, "which is viewed as a mainstream Hindu tradition in its native India, has begun to serve the broader population of Hindu immigrants in the United States." A professor of religion said "the movement has matured. They realize that not everyone is going to...

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Hare Krishnas Object to Proposed McDonald's

July 7, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On July 7, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "members of a Hare Krishna temple are fighting a proposed McDonald's restaurant [in San Diego], saying it would foul the air with the smell of meat." They are offended by McDonald's proposal, said one member, because "a big part of our religion is vegetarianism; it's one of our main beliefs."

Kansas Church Embraces Diversity

July 4, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On July 4, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that the nearly all white congregation of the Full Faith Church of Love West, installed the Rev. Don Lewis, an African-American, as its new senior pastor. "Guests at the installation included Charangit Hundal of the Sikh gurdwara and Anand and Dipti Bhattacharyya of the Hindu temple."

Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

July 3, 2001

Source: rediff.com

On July 3, 2001, rediff.com reported that Harish Bharti, the Seattle lawyer who's filed a lawsuit against McDonald's,...said he had concrete evidence that the company knowingly lied to vegetarian consumers about its beef-flavored fries...Bharti released...a letter that was sent by McDonald's' corporate headquarters to a consumer in response to an inquiry about vegetarian menu items," which informed the consumer that the French fries were cooked in 100% vegetable oil. "...

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School for Hare Krishnas in North Carolina

July 2, 2001

Source: Chapel Hill Herald

On July 2, 2001, the Chapel Hill Herald reported on "the small Iskcon School near Hillsborough," North Carolina, for Hare Krishnas, which "follows a long-standing tradition of religious-based education...'The goal of academic instruction is religious training,' [the director of the school] said. 'We see that everything is related to God, then why not education also?'"

Hindu Leader Speaks at Opening of Boston Center

July 1, 2001

Source: Indian New England News

On July 1, 2001, Indian New England News reported that "the spiritual leader of Chinmaya Mission Centers worldwide [Swami Tejomayananda] will speak locally as part of the groundbreaking events taking place for a new center planned for Andover [Massachusetts] ...for the area followers of Swami Chinmayananda, who founded the Chinmaya Mission...The organization teaches...the ancient system of Hindu philosophy. Currently the Chinmaya Mission Boston has close to 150 registered families."