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In Supreme Court, Kerala Supports Ban on Women's Entry at Sabarimala Temple

Posted on 2016/2/9 20:03:39 ( 307 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 6, 2016 (Times of India): The Kerala government has told the Supreme Court that banning entry of women of menstrual age in historic Sabarimala temple in the state is a "matter of religion" and it is duty bound to "protect the right to practice the religion of these devotees".

In an affidavit, the state government said, "In the context of Sabarimala, the administration vests with the Travancore Devaswom Board under the provisions of the Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950. Under the Act, there is a statutory duty cast on the Board to arrange worship in temples in accordance with the usage. Therefore, in matters of religion, it is the opinion of the priests that is final," the affidavit filed by state chief secretary Jiji Thomson said.

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice NV Ramana would take up the matter on February 8.

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Why Teachers Should Not Ask Students to Try on the Hijab

Posted on 2016/2/9 20:03:29 ( 266 reads )


UNITED STATES, February 9, 2016 (Religion News Service): Eager to support a Muslim student's effort to dispel stereotypes, teachers at a public high school in Rochester, N.Y., last week helped non-Muslim students try on a hijab for a day. Predictably, there were protests. The school system received about two dozen calls opposing the activity. Residents, many of them parents, told local news stations that they saw the activity as forcing a religion on students.

While some opponents laced objections with anti-Muslim comments, they were right to question the appropriateness of public school teachers' appearing to endorse a religious article of clothing. The school system and the school approved the day, and 150 scarves were donated for the occasion.

The World of Inquiry, a K through 12 school, likes experiential approaches, but religion requires special handling. Besides weighing the effect on the religion being represented, teachers also have to consider whether an activity simulates ritual, makes students uncomfortable or creates the appearance of promoting a particular faith.

More at "source".

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/2/9 20:03:18 ( 215 reads )


Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions: Why am I doing it? What might the results be? Can I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, then proceed.
-- Chanakya (350-275 bce), Indian politician, strategist and writer

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Professor Tanya Rawal's #SareeNotSorry Campaign Uses Fashion to Fight Racism

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:39 ( 883 reads )


SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA, December 23, 2015 (India West): "It's time we stop apologizing for our skin color, language and culture," says the woman behind the viral hashtag #SareeNotSorry, a campaign to discourage negative attitudes of people towards Indian Americans and bring attention to the positive aspects of Indian culture.

Meet Tanya Rawal, an Indian American professor at the University of California, Riverside. Since September, using the hashtag #SareeNotSorry, Rawal has been tweeting and instagramming pictures of herself wearing sarees in myriad colors and fabrics, sometimes accessorized with a belt and boots. At first, the idea was just a teaching experiment.

"My experiment was on what does it mean to be brown and a woman, and I was hoping to generate some questions in the class around being a minority in this country," Rawal told India-West by phone from Riverside. But what started as a teaching experiment ten weeks ago has become a full-blown movement on social media, with women across the world posting pictures of themselves in sarees, using the hashtag she started.

Much more at "source" above.

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Why Schools Are Embracing Yoga

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:28 ( 715 reads )


NEW YORK, USA, February 5, 2016 ( by Lizzie Thompson):In the basement of New Design High School on Manhattan's Lower East Side, seven teenage girls are sitting on yoga mats. Absent are the Lululemon outfits, the scented candles and ambiguously soothing music that are synonymous with yoga classes these days. For the next 49 minutes the girls will focus on themselves and leave their academic and social worries behind. The yoga class is run by Bent On Learning, a nonprofit that brings yoga into New York City public schools. Founded in 2001 by three yoga instructors, Bent On Learning was awarded a SHAPE 9/11 Grant in 2002 to teach yoga in 10 public schools located near Ground Zero to help students there manage post-traumatic stress following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In the 15 years since, Bent On Learning has seen yoga in the classroom grow beyond those 10 schools. They are now bringing the practice to 3,500 students around the city and find the demand for classes growing faster than they can keep up. Program manager Kristin Lalka estimates that there are around 40 schools on the waiting list. And Bent on Learning is just one of many programs bringing yoga to schools.

Outside of New York City, the phenomenon of yoga in schools crisscrosses the country. In Detroit, Michigan 15 public schools have yoga classes offered through Danielle Karmonos' Work It Out, a nonprofit that provides yoga and nutrition classes to students in low-income neighborhoods. In Litchfield, Minnesota, one teacher uses yoga techniques to calm and focus her students who are primarily classified with emotional behavior disorder. In Encinitas, California, yoga is widely taught in the classroom, though its implementation prompted a 2012 lawsuit alleging that it was promoting religion. A California appeals court ruled that yoga did not violate religious freedom.

The effects of yoga on students is still being studied, but it has been shown to reduce stress, improve focus and school performance, foster creativity, and improve self-esteem and body image. All outcomes that create healthy students eager to do well in school.

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