Hinduism

Muslim Father Fights Custody for Hindu Daughter

October 13, 2008

Author: Vivek Vijayapalan

Source: DNA India

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1197516

This is straight out of a Bollywood tearjerker. A Muslim man who has no family finds an abandoned Hindu girl at a railway station and ‘adopts’ her. The father-daughter duo is living a happy life but by a quirk of fate, the police land at the man’s door and take away the girl, accusing him of keeping her illegally.

Now, at 60,...

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Hindu Fest Has Food for Thought

October 12, 2008

Author: Tom Stafford

Source: Springfield News-Sun

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The words are from another continent, so they feel a little strange on the tongue.

The treats they represent do not.

Some are salty, most are sweet, and one tastes like grainy peanut butter fudge.

All are delicacies Springfield Hindus look forward to tasting at the annual celebration of Diwali, the most joyous Hindu holiday.

The same...

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Christian Youths Turn to Militancy

October 11, 2008

Author: Shaikh Azizur Rahman

Source: The National

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Christian youths in the eastern state of Orissa have turned to militancy by teaming up with local Maoists. Police are concerned that if anti-Christian riots continue, the Christians may also join forces with Muslim militants to take on Hindus.

The shift follows seven weeks of violence triggered by the killing of a local Hindu leader, Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, a leader of the...

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Hindu Community Celebrates Navraatri Festival

October 11, 2008

Author: Sarah Dunn

Source: The Star

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Sheffield's Hindu community came together to celebrate a religious festival with prayers and a traditional feast.

The event, at the Hindu Community Centre, Buckenham Street, Burngreave, was organised to mark the ninth and final day of the Navraatri festival.

It is a precursor to the Diwali festival of light, which takes place later this month, and falls during the...

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Hindu Celebration Draws Many North Georgians

October 11, 2008

Author: John M. Willis

Source: Rome News-Tribune

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The music hits your ears first, well before you enter the carpet showroom off Union Grove Road in rural Gordon County.

Once inside, several hundred men and women of all ages are dancing, clapping in time with the throbbing beat and moving in a counterclockwise circle around an altar on which pictures of the nine aspects of...

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Hindu Girl in UK Wins Fight to Wear Nose Ring

October 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

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A UK teenager has forced her school to allow her to wear a nose stud, with her mother arguing it is a Hindu religious symbol that eases childbirth.

Although most UK schools have strict rules on facial jewellery, Shannon Connolly — backed by mother Madhu and father Brendan — claimed a nose stud is a Hindu religious requirement. Shannon's...

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22 Arrested in TN for Damaging Religious Institutions

October 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

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The Tamil Nadu police detained 22 people for desecrating Christian institutions, even as there were reports of further attacks against select targets.

While two Bibles embedded in the outer walls of Protestant churches in Chennai were damaged, another institution in Coimbatore reported a similar incident.

Tamil Nadu Director...

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Hindu Americans Condemn Religious Violence in India: Hate Speech and Politics to Blame

October 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu American Foundation

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A recent spate of inter-religious riots in India, pitting mostly Hindu and Christian communities against each other, have been widely covered in the international media. The clashes began after a Hindu monk was killed in the eastern Indian state of Orissa in early September, and in the southern city of Mangalore, a pamphlet blaspheming Hindu beliefs was distributed by an evangelical...

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A Hindu-Muslim Durga Puja in Agartala

October 8, 2008

Author: Kishalay Bhattacharjee

Source: NDTV

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Serial bomb blast across various states in the country may have dampened the spirit of Navaratri, but the blasts on the eve of Durga Puja has not changed the festivities in Tripura, which has a unique tradition of Hindus and Muslims celebrating puja together.

Not far from the big-budget colourful Durga Puja celebrations of Agartala is Rajnagar, a township along the Indo-Bangladesh border,...

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Indian Immigrants in Australia Celebrate Durga Puja With Gusto

October 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indians_Abroad/Indian_immigrants_in_Australia_celebrate_Durga_Puja_with_gusto/articleshow/3569438.cms

Thousands of Bengali immigrants and other members of the Indian diaspora ushered in the Durga Puja celebrations with much fanfare and gusto here.

Colourful pandals (marquees...

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Local Gujarati Mark Hindu Celebration With Singing, Dancing

October 6, 2008

Author: Roland Cilliers

Source: Fort McMurray Today

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It was a celebration of good defeating evil for Fort McMurray Gujarati this weekend.

The Navratri, which translates as nine nights, is a nine-day Hindu celebration that features prayer, music and dancing well into the night. In Fort McMurray, the first day of the local celebration attracted close to 400 people and was held in the gym at Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School.
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