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HAF Applauds Textbook Publishers for Transformational Changes in Depiction of Hinduism in Texas
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:41:02 ( 171 reads )


WASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 2014 (Press Release): In a landmark moment for the Hindu American community, the Texas State Board of Education voted late last week to adopt new textbooks that dramatically improve the way Hinduism is depicted. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was involved in the adoption process from the beginning, working with scholars and historians to ensure a constructive and accurate understanding of Hinduism. As a result of the changes made by publishers in response to HAF's reviews, the textbooks now present a picture of Hinduism that emphasizes the religion's core philosophies with accurate explanations of key concepts.

"This is a game-changing moment for our community," said Houston-based HAF Board Member Rishi Bhutada. "This is the first time that this type of textbook reform has ever been accomplished on a statewide level anywhere in the US, and to do it in Texas, one of the two biggest textbook markets in the country, is amazing." Educators, several publishers, and other advocacy groups worked closely with HAF to make sure the representations of Hinduism were not steeped in the archaic and inaccurate "caste, cows, and karma" approach that has dominated textbook content for years. "This is transformational for the Hindu American community," Dr. Balaji said.

The textbook vote is final, and the textbook changes will reflect in materials next year. The Hindu American Foundation's evidence-based efforts in education reform have been acknowledged in Texas and across the country, including prominent social studies and history organizations such as the National Council for Social Studies.

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Tobago Hindus get Land Deed
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:40:57 ( 270 reads )


TOBAGO, November 26, 2014 (Newsday): HPI Note: Tobago is the latter part of Trinidad and Tobago. It is 120 square miles, 6% of the country's total land area and holds 4% of its population. We can't find a statistic for how many Hindus live there, but the entire country has a population of 1,328,019 of which 18.2% are Hindus, or 241,699, of which 4%, in theory, live in Tobago or nearly 10,000--but that is just a guess.

The Tobago Hindu Society (THS) received a deed for four lots of land in Signal Hill from Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London on Tuesday. In a statement, the THA said this land, located opposite the Scarborough General Hospital, will be used for the construction of a Hindu temple. Previously, members of the THS had been worshipping at a private home.

"It is the first step in securing a Hindu mandir in Tobago. It is the first that is going to be built here and we hope it will benefit all the people of Trinidad and Tobago," said Deosaran Sinanan, THS public relations officer.

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Yeshu Puja - a How to Guide
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:40:51 ( 339 reads )


UNITED STATES, November 26, 2014 (YouTube): This rather odd YouTube video is a how-to guide to perform a Yeshu, or Jesus puja. It is an example of "inculturation," a deceptive missionary practice in which the religious rites of another faith are adapted to Christian worship. In this video, puja articles, Sanskrit chants, bhajans, and even the breaking of a coconut are all given Christian connotations.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:40:46 ( 191 reads )


Man needs a guru. But a man must have faith in the guru's words. He succeeds in spiritual life by looking on his guru as God Himself. Therefore the Vaishnavas speak of guru, Krishna and Vishnu equally.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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"Gita My Basis for Counselling Hindus in U.S. Military," Says Dharm
Posted on 2014/11/25 16:06:23 ( 319 reads )


UNITED STATES, November 17, 2014 (The Hindu): Indian-American Pratima Dharm has been a pioneer on multiple counts - last month she was appointed as the first ever Hindu chaplain of a U.S. university and in 2011 she made history after the Pentagon named her as its first Hindu and inter-faith chaplain.

She served in the U.S. military through some of the hardest times faced by its soldiers in the battlefields of Iraq, and she counseled many of them afflicted by PTSD, steering them away from suicide, and helping them reclaim their familial relationships. She also participated in humanitarian aid missions into the Kurdish regions of northern Iraq, an experience that left her with a lasting ties to the people there.

In a conversation with Narayan Lakshman Ms. Dharm spoke of her deep links with India and the principles of Hinduism that she associates with her upbringing in the country, and also shared her thoughts on Hindus in the U.S. military and the kind of leader she hopes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be.

Much more of this interesting article at 'source.'

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