Jainism

Diamond Baron in Mumbai Renounces Wealth to Become Jain Monk

November 4, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051105/main7.htm

On November 4, 2005 The Tribune reported, "Hundreds of followers of Jainism were emotionally touched during the preaching session of Jain muni Gyanchand, when a Mumbai-based diamond baron announced his decision to take renunciation here on Wednesday. The multi-millionaire businessman, Mr Uttam Chand Kheevamsara, said he had enough of material prosperity and worldly pleasures and had therefore...

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Diwali Celebrated the World Over

October 28, 2005

Source: National Geographic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1028_051028_diwali.html

On October 28, 2005 National Geographic reported, "On Tuesday, fireworks and festive lights will brighten the moonless night as an estimated billion followers of the Hindu religion around the world celebrate Diwali, the festival of light.

Diwali may be news to many U.S. residents, but 'it is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the...

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New Gurdwara Inaugurated in Rockville

October 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/B60340F73C893B4D872570A600617B6F!OpenDocument

On October 24, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "[This past Sunday], Sikhs of the Washington area thronged the newly built gurdwara in the outskirts of nation’s capital in the city of Rockville, Maryland. [An audience of] 1000... Sikh men, women and children participated very proudly in the...

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Hindu Holy Days Coincide with Muslim, Jewish Holidays

October 13, 2005

Source: The Examiner

http://www.dcexaminer.com/articles/2005/10/12/features/faith/71faith13hindus.txt

On October 13, 2005 The Examiner reported, "October this year brings together not only the Jewish High Holidays and the Muslim month of fasting but also a season of Hindu religious festivities, starting at the beginning of this month with Navaratri, or 'nine nights,' and stretching until Diwali, or the 'festival of lights,' on Nov. 1....

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Up and Coming Politician Connects South Asian Immigrants with New York Politics

October 2, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/02/magazine/02martins.html?pagewanted=3

On October 2, 2005 The New York Times ran a feature article by the author Suketu Mehta on Alex Martins an Indian-American lawyer, political figure and supporter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Martins is not a high-profile mover and shaker in New York City politics. But he does play a role in helping to meet the needs of many of the city's residents -...

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Interfaith Gathering in Hartford to Discuss Global Warming in the Wake of Katrina

September 8, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-enviro0908.artsep08,0,683056.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

On September 8, 2005 the Hartford Courant reported, "Leaders from a range of denominations and faiths will gather for the first time Friday at Hartford Seminary to discuss the responsibility of faith communities to care for the environment. Religious communities have become more inclined to embrace...

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Western Kentucky University Students Have Range of Local Worship Options

September 8, 2005

Source: Western Kentucky University Herald

http://www.wkuherald.com/media/paper603/news/2005/09/08/Diversions/Many-Worship.Options.Available.Near.Campus-979061.shtml

On September 8, 2005 the Western Kentucky University Herald reported, "Many students have difficulty finding a place to worship after enrolling at Western. Other students may have trouble adjusting to new venues of worship... Several...

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Bill Gives Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist Women Equal Property Rights in India

August 16, 2005

Source: Sify News

Wire Service: PTI

http://sify.com/news/othernews/fullstory.php?id=13918853

On August 16, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "A landmark legislation aimed at giving Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Sikh women equal rights in inheritance of property was passed by the Rajya Sabha today. The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Bill, 2004, moved by Law Minister H R Bhardwaj, proposes to remove the discrimination contained in...

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Interfaith Dialogue Held in Delhi

August 15, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International / Cihan News Agency

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2005/8/16.shtml#3

On August 15, 2005 the Cihan News Agency reported, "A symposium titled, 'Peace, tolerance and harmony among world religions,' was held in New Delhi Sunday by the 'Inter Faith Harmony Platform,' which was established by Indian Muslims. Many representatives from different religions participated in the symposium that was held for the first time in India. Indian deputy...

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Indian Supreme Court Says Sikhs, Jains Part of Broader Hindu Religion

August 10, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050811/nation.htm

On August 10, 2005 The Tribune reported, "In a significant ruling defining the status of communities like Sikhs and Jains within the Constitutional frame work, the Supreme Court has declined to treat them as separate minority communities from the broad Hindu religion, saying encouraging such tendencies would pose [a] serious jolt to secularism and democracy in the country... The court said in...

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Butchers Close Shop Voluntarily for Jain Holy Week

August 3, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=75568

On August 3, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "They have won the legal battle to keep meat shops open during the eight-day Jain holy period of Paryushan, but for the sake of communal harmony, butchers in the city have decided to down shutters during that period... The Qureshi Jamaat, an organisation of traditional butchers and slaughterers, has appealed to meat shop...

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Jain Nun Fasts to her Death in Ganj Basoda

July 24, 2005

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: AP

http://www.hindu.com/2005/07/24/stories/2005072413341000.htm

On July 24, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Thousands of people flocked to the cremation of a 75-year-old woman here after she gained attention by slowly fasting to death over six months in a rare example of an ancient salvation rite of the Jain religion, her family said. Ratan Bai died on Friday in Ganj Basoda, a small town in...

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