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Protest as Hindu Festival Delayed in Yangon, Myanmar
Posted on 2015/3/25 18:37:14 ( 444 reads )


YANGON, MYANMAR, March 26, 2015 (by Myint Thi, The Myanmar Times): An internal dispute has caused confusion among worshippers looking forward to the Sarimari Yaman Hindu Temple festival. The original dates fixed by the temple's religious authority were March 20-29, but the All Myanmar Hindu Central Council wants it to run from March 27 to April 5, citing a one-day clash with matriculation exams. "I know the brahmin said the festival should start on March 20. But the God won't punish us if we hold it a bit later," said U Maung Shwe, president of the All Myanmar Hindu Central Council."This is the matriculation exam period, and I'm worried there may be violence so I decided to postpone the festival," he said, declining to elaborate as to why violence could be a concern.

Worshipers, however, say the council has no authority to reschedule the event. The temple's rules, which have been in force since 1914, state the festival must be conducted.They dismissed the concern of violence, saying there had been no conflict during previous festivals. "I think they want to topple the current trustees. This is the only reason the council has interfered with the temple's activities," said temple patron SP Naathal. This year was to mark the 135th festival of the Sarimari Yaman, a Hindu temple for about 20,000 Tamil Hindu worshippers. It is now unclear when the festival will go ahead.

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Student in Trouble for Posting Hindu Swastika
Posted on 2015/3/25 18:37:08 ( 420 reads )


WASHINGTON D.C., March 24, 2015 (WTOP): A senior law professor at George Washington University is blasting the school for a decision to crack down on a student who posted an image of a Hindu swastika on a bulletin board. The student, a Jewish man, posted the religious symbol on a bulletin board belonging to his largely-Jewish fraternity on March 16. University President Steven Knapp issued a statement calling the display "utterly unacceptable." The symbol has long been associated with hatred toward Jews, Knapp writes in his statement. And the case has been handed over to D.C. police to be reviewed by the department's hate crimes unit.

The student says the whole incident was a misunderstanding. He claims the symbol he posted was a Hindu symbol representing peace that he brought home from a spring break trip to India. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "The swastika has an extensive history. It was used at least 5,000 years before Adolf Hitler designed the Nazi flag. The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means "good fortune" or "well-being."

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Bhagavad Gita English-Translation Collection, 70+ Books Up For Auction--One Day Left!
Posted on 2015/3/25 18:37:02 ( 398 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, March 25, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today is offering at auction its collection of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. These range from Edwin Arnold's early translation to multiple editions issued since 2000. Condition of books is from new (many of them) to fair or poor condition, mostly depending on age.

To see the Ebay auction with a complete list of authors, titles, dates of publication and condition, click "source" above. Bidding started at $101 and is now at $310. Auction ends March 26th at 4:46 pm Hawaii time. There is no reserve.

Direct link to auction: ... ranslation-/281632110136?

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/25 18:36:56 ( 316 reads )


Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her, it is best to bear with those who despise us.
-- Tirukkural

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Oxford University Cancels Lectures by Dr. Subramanian Swamy (on India's Economy) and Rajiv Malhotra (on "Revisionist History")
Posted on 2015/3/24 16:29:35 ( 695 reads )


LONDON, ENGLAND, March 23, 2015 (Press Release from National Council of Hindu Temples UK): Following a series of meetings between prominent and influential members of Oxford University's academic faculty and members of the Oxford India Society on Friday, March 20th, a decision was taken to cancel the lectures of Dr. Subramaniam Swami and Rajiv Malhotra during an April 3 to 6th event at Oxford University, citing 'logistical and internal issues.' We [NCHTUK] have asked for further clarification as to the reasons and justification and await clarification. In light of this very significant development, Shri Rajiv Malhotraji who had been battling health issues to ensure his participation at the events, has now bowed to his physicians recommendation not to travel, and will be participating fully in all of the remaining events by live video conference. Dr. Subramanian Swamy remains undeterred and unsurprised and will be present and will join the other speakers at the remaining events as planned.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy was to speak on "Economic development over the years and new reforms need to take India forward," and Rajiv Malhotra on "Rethinking Indian history based on the book Breaking India: Western interventions in Dravidian and Dalit faultlines."

"We are stunned that a leading British University that should be championing free speech and freedom of thought, has taken such a cowardly decision. We cannot allow the appeasement of extremists to stifle cherished values and I fear this decision will reflect very badly on Oxford University and their much publicized "free rigorous thinking" credentials." Satish K Sharma, General Secretary, National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)

Of interest will be this online petition (mostly aimed at Dr. Subramaniam Swami) by "Oxford Students" on requesting the lectures be cancelled: ... custom_msg&fb_ref=Default

And this somewhat defensive post by the same group when the lectures actually were canceled, apparently to their surprise: ... y-and-malhotra/u/10161516

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