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Jayalalithaa Asks Modi to Resolve Thiruvalluvar Statue Issue


Posted on 2016/7/22 18:43:47 ( 388 reads )

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TAMIL NADU, INDIA, July 21, 2016 (The Hindu): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urgently take up with the Uttarakhand government the issue of installation of a statue of Tamil sage poet Thiruvalluvar in Haridwar. "It is learnt that the Thiruvalluvar statue is now lying in the Dam Kothi Guest House, Haridwar, in an abandoned condition. The visuals beamed on television screens is causing outrage in Tamil Nadu," Ms. Jayalalithaa said.

Thiruvalluvar is a celebrated poet believed to have lived between 3rd Century BC and 1st Century BC. He wrote the most popular Tamil literary works Thirukkural, also known as the common creed. The verses are a moral guide for human beings and have been translated in several languages. "The object of the Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam is to show solidarity of the North with the Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar's message of equality and ending social discrimination in society," Ms. Jayalalithaa said.

According to her, due to the local protests, the installation of Thiruvalluvar statue at Har ki Pauri was prevented and was installed at Shankaracharya Chowk, Haridwar, on June 28. The statute was to be unveiled on June 29 by the Governor and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.



Five Star Mayor of Turin to Create Italy's First Vegetarian City


Posted on 2016/7/22 18:43:36 ( 359 reads )

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TURIN, ITALY, July 21, 2016 (The Guardian): From vitello tonnato - veal with tuna sauce - to beef braised in the Piedmont region's most famous red wine, brasato al Barolo, meat dishes have been central to the food tradition of northern Italy for centuries. But Chiara Appendino, the new mayor of Turin and a force in the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), could be about to change all that with her pledge this week to promote vegetarian and vegan diets as a "priority" in her administration.

According to M5S's 62-page manifesto - which also called for better urban planning and the protection of public land - Turin's new mayor said the endorsement of meat-free and even dairy-free living was fundamental to the protection of the environment, health, and the wellbeing of animals. While the specifics of the strategy have not been disclosed, the city is expected to set up educational projects in schools to teach students about animal welfare and nutrition.

The move is unprecedented in Italian municipal government, but is in keeping with the views of the eurosceptic M5S. The party espouses some progressive values, such as environmentalism, conservation and green energy, but is ambiguous on migration and did not support a recent extension of parental rights to LGBT Italians.



Be a California Textbook Reviewer


Posted on 2016/7/22 18:43:26 ( 363 reads )

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, July 21, 2016 (Hindu American Foundation): In order to ensure an accurate and balanced portrayal of Hinduism and ancient India, Hindu American community members in California are urged to apply to become reviewers for the state's textbook adoption process. This process, which concludes in 2017, selects new History-Social Science textbooks for grades K-8.

Between now and October 19, the California Department of Education is accepting applications for instructional materials reviewers. If selected, a reviewer would participate in the textbook adoption process next year.

Your feedback would be critical to shaping how Hinduism is viewed in California textbooks for up to the next two decades. Parents, community members, educators living in California are amongst those encouraged to apply.

To apply to become a reviewer, go to the California Department of Education Website:

here

which fully explains the duties and requirements.

To learn more about the textbook adoption process, contact the Hindu American Foundation at education@hafsite.org.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/7/22 18:43:16 ( 254 reads )

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You may develop a thousand virtues and be reckoned as the greatest in the land. But the lotus of your heart will not blossom until you receive the grace of the Guru, the grace of God!
-- Dada Sadhu Vaswani



Years-Long Advocacy for Reform and Equity in California Textbooks for Hindu, Indian and South Asian History Concludes with the Approval of the New Framework


Posted on 2016/7/21 20:10:00 ( 651 reads )

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, July 21, 2016 (Diya TV): State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Thursday that the State Board of Education approve the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, which will update and upgrade history and social science instruction in California. Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation also announced Thursday that important progress had been made in the effort to ensure that Hinduism and India are presented equitably and accurately in the aforementioned framework.

"This is a big win for our students," Torlakson said in a statement. "This document will improve the teaching and learning of history and social science. It will give our students access to the latest historical research and help them learn about the diversity of our state and the contributions of people and groups who may not have received the appropriate recognition in the past." Approved after a nearly two-year long process, the framework, with the input from multiple Hindu American community groups, parents and schoolchildren, now incorporates prominent mention of Hinduism's pluralistic ethos, Hindu sages of diverse backgrounds, and the importance of the Bhakti movement.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom presented the Board with a letter on July 11, urging them to adopt a framework that would "accurately portray the unique contribution of California's diverse communities." Newsom applauded the Board's efforts to reinsert specific references to India in the framework, however, added that replacing references to Hinduism still left much to be desired.

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, sent a letter to the Board as well. She applauded the efforts of the Instructional Quality Commission, just as Newsom had, but urged the Board to ensure the additional concerns of the Hindu-American community were addressed. "As the first and only serving Hindu American Member of Congress, I have worked actively throughout my many years of service to promote diversity, equality, and pluralism," she wrote. "I firmly believe in the significance of creating an education system and textbooks that uphold these important American values."

Hindu American Foundation's senior director and Human Rights Fellow Samir Kalra voiced public disappointment after the Board could not be swayed to hear those additional changes requested by Hindus. "The Board showed much sensitivity to activists representing Islam and Muslims, by adjusting the frameworks slightly to show the religion in a more positive light," Kalra said, adding however that the same sentiment was paid to the further discussion of additional changes for Hindus. "We only wish they had shown the same empathy when discussing further changes on the presentation of Hinduism," Kalra said.

Much more at "source" above including an excellent video interview.

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