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Kenyans of Indian Descent Become 44th Tribe

Posted on 2017/7/26 20:23:15 ( 267 reads )


KENYA, July 22, 2017 (Daily Nation): President Uhuru Kenyatta has gazetted the recognition of the Kenyans of Indian descent as the 44th tribe in Kenya and invited them to participate in the political, economic, cultural and social development of the nation. Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, who made the announcement on Saturday on behalf of the president, noted the community's great sense of civic duty and its key role in setting up learning and health institutions, which he noted, serve to supplement the government initiatives.

"The Head of State acknowledges that the Kenyan Asian's contribution to Kenya has its roots at the dawn of our Nation," Mr. Matiang'i spoke yesterday on the stairs of Harambee house, which houses the office of the president. In mid-May, 2017, the community requested the formal recognition through a petition to the president. "On consideration of the petition, His Excellency the President opined that the petition merits action. In this regard, we are gathered here this morning to honour the requests by handing over the presidential proclamation that grants the community their wishes," he said.

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http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/ ... 4031870-d0o5q9/index.html

India Adding New Cultural Centres Abroad

Posted on 2017/7/26 20:23:05 ( 187 reads )


INDIA, July 26, 2017 (Press Release): ICCR has 36 Indian Cultural Centres and one Sub-Centre. ICCR has plans to establish new Indian Cultural Centres in Washington and Paris. Cultural Centres overseas are ICCR's important arms, which play a significant role in the promotion of India's soft power strength through its variety of activities like facilitating teaching of Indian dance, music, yoga, Hindi etc., organizing cultural performances, film screening, lectures, talks, Seminars & Conferences on themes related to India including workshops/interactions on various streams of Indian dance and music and organizing Festivals of India. Activities are organized in the capital and other cities with the help of involvement of local community and Indian Diaspora.

For a list of Indian Cultural Centres abroad see "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/26 20:22:54 ( 171 reads )


The fragrance of the flower is never borne against the breeze, but the fragrance of human virtues diffuses itself everywhere.
-- Ramayana

Hindu Community Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Temple with Trudeau

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:40 ( 576 reads )


TORONTO, CANADA, July 24, 2017 (CBC News): Thousands from the Hindu community in Toronto and beyond turned out Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of an iconic temple that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders." The celebration of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, temple, located in Etobicoke, also saw His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj be given a key to the city of Toronto by Mayor John Troy. Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth spiritual guru of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).

"I am honored to recognize his Holiness' global and Toronto-based humanitarian, charitable, and community-building efforts through BAPS Charities Canada," Mayor Tory said in a press release. "His Holiness' great contributions have enriched Toronto." Spokesperson Nilesh Mehta says it took 6,000 tons of marble and stone, mined in Italy and Turkey, and 1,500 people to hand-carve the pieces, which were then assembled in Canada with the help of hundreds of volunteers. "That tells you something about the Indo-Canadian community, that Canada is our home. When you put up a building that's going to stand there for 1,000 years, that means we're here to stay."

Trudeau, in Kurta-Pyjama, Does Aarti at Hindu Temple and Hails India-Canada Ties

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:30 ( 386 reads )


TORONTO, CANADA, July 23, 2017 (Hindustan Times): Clad in emerald green kurta and white pyjamas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performed pooja at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto and said how deeply Canada values the "special" relationship with India. "The relationship between our two countries is truly a special one. It's a relationship our government and our ministers both deeply value and actively cultivate," Trudeau said at an event to celebrate the temple's 10th anniversary, which was attended by more than 7,500 devotees. He said he wanted to "recognize the importance of the bond between Canada and India. The more than one million Canadians of Indian origin have made countless contributions to our national fabric."

Trudeau, who started his remarks with "Jai Swaminarayan" and then a "kemcho" ["How are you? in Gujarati], said the temple perfectly represents "modern, diverse Canada." In fact, he pointed out, as travellers arrive at Canada's largest airport, Toronto's Pearson International, this temple is among the first landmarks they see. He pointed out that the temple, which was constructed without the use of steel, was built "according to principles outlined in ancient Hindu scripture. It is without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders with its intricate stone and wood carvings."

Participants Sought for Hindu Youth Survey

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:19 ( 323 reads )

KAUAI, HAWAII, July 24, 2017 (HPI): Hinduism Today is preparing a story on the religious views of today's youth raised by Hindu parents, including those who no longer consider themselves particularly religious.

We're prepared a questionnaire in google forms to get a general idea of what each believes, and this is intended to explore a range of religious belief and non-belief. The questionnaire will be followed up by telephone/skype interviews for selected participants.

If you're interested in participating--and you can do so either with your name and photo being published, or anonymously--contact Acharya Arumuganathaswami, manager editor, ar@hindu.org. Youth from any country in the world may participate.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:09 ( 265 reads )


A Swiss devotee visited Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), the sage of Arunachala. She was disturbed from having a vision of Siva. "Is He not the Destroyer?" she asked. The mystic replied, "Yes, He is the destroyer of sorrows. Siva is the embodiment of auspiciousness." -- Ramana Maharishi

Devotees Throng Pashupatinath Temple to Pay Obeisance to Lord Shiva

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:47:01 ( 1070 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, July 19, 2017 (Google News): Thousands of pilgrims and locals queued up as early as 2 o'clock on Monday morning in the auspicious Shravan month to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred temples for the devotees of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is the ruling Deity of Monday and the Mondays of Shravan month are even more auspicious as the event of Samudra Mathan--churning of the ocean--took place in the Shravan month when Lord Shiva displayed his might by consuming all the poison that came out of it. Short video can be viewed at "source."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:46:50 ( 620 reads )


Peace has three dimensions. Peace within ourselves, peace among nations and peace with nature.
-- Dada J.P. Vaswani, head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Upgrade for Iconic Nadi Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:53 ( 700 reads )


FIJI, July 12, 2017 (Fiji Sun): The Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam has approved capital projects of US$247,000 for the upgrade and beautification of the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple in Nadi. This was agreed by the council of management during its meeting on Sunday in Nasinu. In June 2018 the Temple will celebrate its 24th Anniversary with the Maha Kumbabhishekam Pooja, and the capital works are part of this auspicious occasion.

The Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple is one of the largest Hindu Temples in the Southern Hemisphere and a landmark for the town of Nadi. Jai Narayan, chief executive officer of TISI Sangam said, Sangam's upgrade of the Temple fits in well with Nadi's efforts to become a city and beautify the township. He said the council of management is very appreciative of the efforts of the Temple Board as the full expenditure for the project is self-funded.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:43 ( 605 reads )


When I think of myself as a body, I am your servant, my Lord; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.
-- Lord Hanuman in the epic Ramayana

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:21 ( 0 reads )

Nearly 6000 Acres of Temple Land Retrieved in Last 6 Years

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:11 ( 2787 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, July 15, 2017 (Times of India): Thousands of acres of land belonging to temples across Tamil Nadu continues to be in the name of private persons. The state government has recovered 5559 acres of such lands owned by 789 temples in the last six years. This vast acreage is 1/10th the size of Coimbatore city. It has been restored and registered in the name of temples now. The land is worth (US) tens of millions of dollars, officials said.

Documents tabled in the assembly on Friday show that vast areas of temple land transferred to private persons as pattas [deeds, or record of land ownership] were wrongly transferred during the implementation of the Updating Registry Scheme (UDR). To rectify this and get the pattas back in the name of Hindu Religious Institutions, two District Revenue Officers (DROs) have been posted as special officers at Madurai and Coimbatore, the government said. This is an ongoing process and steps are being taken across the state to restore temple lands, a senior HR and CE official said.

HPI note: In India, temples are legally in the name of the Deity, eg, "Siva Nataraja." In this scheme, a person with the name "Siva Nataraja" would file to have the deed fraudulently issued to him under the UDR .

California Can't Duck Hindu Students' Claim of Educational Bias

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:00 ( 2827 reads )


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, July 14, 2017 (Courthouse News): A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming California treats Hinduism unfavorably compared to other religions in its public education standards and framework. In refusing to dismiss one of four claims against the state, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer cited a student's letter detailing how sixth graders were divided into castes and told the unfair system was derived from Hinduism. "[W]e know that social hierarchies have existed in all societies, so why is Hinduism singled out with such [a] negative portrayal?" the student asked in her letter, submitted as a public comment when the state was drafting new standards last year.

California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials, a group that promotes the accurate portrayal of Hinduism in schools, and three Hindu parents suing on behalf of their children filed their lawsuit in February. They claim the state Board of Education adopted recommendations from an anti-Hindu group of history teachers called the South Asia Faculty Group when it drafted new education standards and frameworks in July 2016. Breyer refused to dismiss a claim that the educational standards violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but he dismissed three other claims alleging violations of due process, free exercise of religion, and equal protection under the law.

More at "source" above on this historic case.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:32:49 ( 2643 reads )


It is Divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts. Your duty is to treat everybody, including yourself, as a manifestation of the Lord.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

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