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Hindraf seeks Urgent Meeting with Chief Minister on Demolition of 100 Temples in Malaysia
Posted on 2015/2/27 18:12:14 ( 81 reads )

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KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA , February 24, 2015 (Freemalaysia Today): Hindraf Makkal Sakthi is seeking an urgent meeting with Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali on a reported 100 Hindu temples in the state which have purportedly been earmarked for demolition.The NGO maintains all these temples in Selangor were legally built. The meeting follows a public admission by Selangor Exco V. Ganapathi Rao that some 100 Hindu temples, older than the recently demolished 60-year-old Sri Kottai Munisvarar Nageswary Temple, would be demolished by the state government. He did not state the reasons for the pending demolitions.

"Rao's statement reminds us of the era of MIC and BN where they kept giving lame excuses for their inefficiency in tackling matters of public interest and concern," said Hindraf vice-president Tamil Selvam. "He's the lone Indian representative in the Exco and clearly outnumbered by the others." His helplessness, pointed out Tamil Selvam, stems from the fact he has not been given the mandate to handle the issue. "The temples, he added, originated from plantations which were subsequently acquired by the government or sold to private developers. "Just because the plantations where the temples sit have been acquired by the government and developers, it does not mean that they can go on a demolition spree."

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Why, to Many Critics, Mother Teresa is Still no Saint
Posted on 2015/2/27 18:12:08 ( 88 reads )

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INDIA, February 26, 2015 (by Adam Taylor, Washington Post): Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic missionary who became an international icon for her charitable work, has been dropped into modern India's religious debate after the head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) criticized the intentions behind her work. "It's good to work for a cause with selfless intentions. But Mother Teresa's work had ulterior motive, which was to convert the person who was being served to Christianity," RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said at the opening of an orphanage in Rajasthan state on Monday, the Times of India reports. "In the name of service, religious conversions were made. This was followed by other institutes, too." Bhagwat's comments caused a storm among opposition politicians, angered by the implication that a woman who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in India would have had ulterior motives.

This controversy about Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, is far from her first. Her saintly reputation was gained for aiding Calcutta's poorest of the poor, yet it was undercut by persistent allegations of misuse of funds, poor medical treatments and religious evangelicalism in the institutions she founded. Many who support Mother Teresa dispute these accounts, of course, but they exist and are frequently debated. In fact, when compared to the criticism that already exists about Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity, Bhagwat's words look relatively meek: Multiple accounts say that Mother Teresa's nuns would baptize the dying and she had a reputation for proselytizing.

A good video accompanies this article.

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New Jersey Schools to Close for Diwali
Posted on 2015/2/27 18:12:02 ( 86 reads )

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GLEN ROCK, NEW JERSEY , February 24, 2015 (by Chris Harris, NorthJersey.com): Schools in the borough will be closed on Nov. 11, since the Board of Education voted to add Diwali, a Hindu holy day, to the district's calendar. District officials claim Glen Rock, which has a burgeoning Indian community, is the first district in Bergen County to formally recognize Diwali with an instruction-free day.

Rona McNabola, the board's president, said she hopes Monday's vote "sends a message to other communities" with growing Indian populations to at least consider recognizing Diwali with a day off. The school board's move Monday night followed a formal request from a group of parents late last year that schools be closed on Diwali to make it easier for Hindu families to observe the holiday. Sanjiv Ohri, the school board's vice president, said that Glen Rock's "Indian community is very happy that the school has recognized the change and addressed the need of a growing community."


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/2/27 18:11:55 ( 74 reads )

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Parents must teach children to appreciate those who are different, those who believe differently; teach them the openness that they need to live in a pluralistic world where others have their unique ways, their life and culture; teach them the value of human diversity and the narrow-mindedness of a provincial outlook; give them the tools to live in a world of differences without feeling threatened, without forcing their ways or their will on others; teach them that it never helps to hurt another of our brothers or sisters.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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Indians Knew Small Pox Inoculation Before Jenner invented Vaccine
Posted on 2015/2/23 15:54:11 ( 883 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 23, 2015 (NDTV): Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan today claimed that modern medicine originated in India and that Indians had practiced inoculation against smallpox even before the vaccine for the disease was invented by Edward Jenner. Dr Vardhan, who is himself an ENT surgeon, said that most of what is taken to be modern medicine had come back to India through the "American route" after being first translated into Arabic and Persian in 9th century ce and, from that, into the European languages in the 17th century.

"When I studied the history of Ayurveda or what you can call Hindu medicine... I found that in the ninth century, the Caliph of Baghdad got all our knowledge of Ayurveda translated into the Arabic and Persian languages."The same knowledge was again translated into the European languages in the 17th century and all that great knowledge has come back to us and it's explained to us as modern medicine that has come through the route of the Americas."But the origin of all this knowledge, if you go into the depth of this, was basically in India," Dr Vardhan said at an international conference on the Vedas in New Delhi.

"All of us know that Edward Jenner was the man who invented the vaccination for smallpox, but our Vedas will tell that the Hindus and Mohammedans of this country had done smallpox inoculations hundreds of years before the vaccine was invented. So, it's not about boasting, but the facts will all remain facts," he said

The minister further said that even before the Hippocratic oath begun to be administered to medical professionals, Sushruta and Ashwini, the surgeons of ancient India, told people to practise the same."Sushruta and all great surgeons taught to the whole world plastic surgery of nose. I have read in my own literature that surgical instruments were so precise, they split the hair into two," the minister said.

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