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Applications Now Being Taken for HAF Congressional and Advocacy Internship, Summer 2015
Posted on 2014/12/21 12:10:00 ( 205 reads )

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WASHINGTON DC, December 19, 2014(HAF Press Release): Are you interested in public policy? Are you passionate about being an advocate for the Hindu American community? If so, HAF's 2015 summer internship is for you! Learn more about the program and download the application by clicking here. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship is a unique opportunity for select undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight exciting weeks over the summer in our nation's capital. HAF is offering two tracks for the internship: Congressional Intern Track and Advocacy Intern Track. Each track has three (3) intern spots, for a total of six (6) interns.

The HAF Congressional Intern Track is geared towards applicants who are primarily interested in representing the Hindu American community by working in a Congressional office. Selected applicants will work with HAF to secure an internship spot in a Congressional office and will intern full-time in the Congressional office for the eight weeks. This track is open to all majors although government, public policy, and international/foreign relations majors are highly encouraged to apply. Rising juniors and seniors will be given preference.

The HAF Advocacy Intern Track is geared towards applicants who are interested immersion in the full scope of Hindu American advocacy. Interns will spend their summer working alongside HAF staff members on any number of ongoing initiatives from public policy to fundraising and development to marketing to accounting to human rights. This track is open to all majors although religion, accounting, and marketing majors and graduate students in South Asian Studies are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants experienced with graphic design and proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign are also encouraged to apply.

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RSS Reconverts 100 People in Agra
Posted on 2014/12/21 12:06:26 ( 191 reads )

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INDIA, December 11, 2014 (Indian Express): At least 100 persons from 37 families were reportedly re-converted to Hinduism at a ceremony organized by an offshoot of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the cantonment area here.

The Dharma Jagran cell of the RSS and Bajrang Dal claimed to have organized the joint mass conversion ceremony where about 100 people, mostly slum dwellers, were yesterday re-converted and "brought back to the Hindu fold" after a ritual that included tying of sacred threads on their wrists and putting a vermilion mark on their foreheads.

The organizers of the event said the room in which the re-conversion ceremony took place was transformed into a makeshift temple and statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses were placed there. The converts will be given instructions to perform rituals according to Hindu religion for a month, the organizers said, adding that they will also be given new names soon.

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Just Five Percent of Indian Marriages are Inter-Caste: Survey
Posted on 2014/12/21 12:06:20 ( 199 reads )

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INDIA, November 13, 2014 (The Hindu): Just five per cent of Indians said they had married a person from a different caste, says the first direct estimate of inter-caste marriages in India. The India Human Development Survey (IHDS), was conducted by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the University of Maryland. The IHDS is the largest non-government, pan-Indian household survey. It covers over 42,000 households, representative by class and social group. Its findings, yet to be made public, were shared exclusively with The Hindu. When married women aged between 15 and 49 were asked if theirs was an inter-caste marriage, just 5.4 per cent said yes, the proportion being marginally higher for urban over rural India.

There was no change in this proportion from the previous round of the IHDS (2004-05). Inter-caste marriages were rarest in Madhya Pradesh (under 1 per cent) and most common in Gujarat and Bihar (over 11 per cent).

The only other estimate on the extent of inter-caste marriage came from an indirect method. Comparing the answers that the husbands and wives of the same household gave to the National Family Health Survey, researchers Kumudini Das, K.C. Das, T.K. Roy and P.K. Tripathy found that 11 per cent of couples in the 2005-06 NFHS stated different caste groups.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/21 12:06:07 ( 172 reads )

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Like the household fire, devotees seek the glory of the Lord even from afar and enshrine it in their inner chamber for enlightenment. The glory of our Lord is full of splendor, all-illuminative and worthy to be honored in every heart.
-- Rig Veda 7.1.2

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Ancient Deity Worth Stolen from Himachal Pradesh Temple
Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:57 ( 806 reads )

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SHIMLA, INDIA, Dec 10, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Ancient ashtadhatu (eight-metal) Deities of Lord Rama, Hanuman along with Deities made of gold and silver of other deities worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen by thieves from Raghunathji temple at Sultanpur in Rupi Palace at Kullu, police said today. Thieves stolen the Deities of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, a gold locket and a chain, a gold-plated Narsinh Shila (stone), silver Deity of Lord Ganesh and some other articles of worship last night, police said.

A case has been registered on the statement of Devinder Singh, son of Maheshwar Singh, MLA, who is also caretaker of the Deity. A team of forensic experts have reached the spot and started investigations. A massive manhunt has been launched and the interstate borders have been sealed. There was no deployment of security guards in the temple as it is a private property.

The Deities of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman were brought from Ayodhya to Kullu in 1651 during the regime of Raja Jagat Singh. The Deities date back to second or third century but the devotees claim that these belong to the Ramayana era and it is difficult to assess their antique value.

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