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Women in Kashmir Valley Toss Their Burqas Aside
Posted on 2001/11/25 22:46:02 ( 821 reads )


Source: Times of India





SRINAGAR, INDIA, November 19, 2001: While the women of Afghanistan are celebrating the fall of the Taliban, their sisters in the Kashmir valley have also been liberated from wearing a burqa to cover their faces. Quoting Rifat Hyder, a working woman, " If Afghan women who were covered from head to foot can now remove their robes, why should we cover our faces? Islam has ordained women to wear a loose dress but it does not mention wearing a burqa. These are alien to Kashmir." Hindu women were exempt from the burqa requirement, but had to wear an identifying forehead mark.




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Bangladesh Court Investigates Hindu Attacks
Posted on 2001/11/25 22:45:02 ( 727 reads )


Source: The Daily Star, November 25, 2001





DHAKA, BANGLADESH, November 25, 2001: A Division Bench of the High Court of Bangladesh yesterday issued a order asking the government to explain within four weeks why it should not be asked to take proper steps to protect the country's Hindus from terrorist attacks and harrasment. The court will also hear on November 27, petitions for the punishment of persons, identified in investigations, for perpetrating pre-and post-election attacks on the Hindu community and other incidents. According to the complaint brought before the court, both the home ministry and the police administration failed to carry out their constitutional responsibilities by not taking necessary actions against atrocities against Hindus.




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U.K. Vicar Bans Yoga in Church Hall
Posted on 2001/11/24 22:49:02 ( 631 reads )


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ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM, November 24, 2001: A vicar in Essex has banned yoga classes from his church hall because he fears it is not compatible with Christianity. Reverend Dick Farr of St Mary's Church in Henham, near Saffron Walden, said he became concerned on discovering an aim of the class was to "ascend to a higher spiritual plane." He said a leaflet advertising the classes had "overtones of Eastern mysticism". "That is not what we are into. We are into telling people about Jesus, and we do not want to muddy the waters by confusing people and giving a platform to the promotion of something else," Mr Farr said. Howard Kent, founder and director of the Bedfordshire-based Yoga for Health Foundation, said the vicar's action was "regrettable." "There is absolutely no question of trying to convert anyone to another religion."




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Sanskrit Text Oldest Example of Printing
Posted on 2001/11/24 22:48:02 ( 679 reads )


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CHINA, November 25, 2001: The exact year in which woodblock printing was invented is still very much debated in academic circles because no artifacts or documentary records related to the earliest printing have been discovered. However, a sheet with mantras of the Dharani Sutra, in Sanskrit, printed in the early Tang and unearthed in the suburban district of Xi'an is the earliest extant printing relic. A picture of the still readable sheet is shown at "source" above. The Dharani Sutra is the teaching of Buddha on "Longevity, the extinction of offenses, and the protection of young children.




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Hindus convert to Christianity in Orissa village
Posted on 2001/11/24 22:47:02 ( 618 reads )


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BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, November 22, 2001: At least six Hindus have converted to Christianity in Orissa. Kalicharan Behera and five members of his family converted to Christianity in Chapalli village in Kendrapara district but a Hindu organization says the family converted under duress. Subash Chouhan, convener of the Hindu Jagran Sammukhya, claimed that Behera's in-laws had adopted Christianity few years ago, and had been pressuring Behera and his family to become Christians. Behara has denied that he had been forced to convert. "We decided to adopt Christianity," he said.Chouhan claimed that more than 60 people had been illegally converted to Christianity in the Kendrapada district during the last few months. "We have registered cases against the persons who have violated the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act," said district police chief Sanjaya Kumar.




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Another Place of Worship Damaged in Jagatsinghpur
Posted on 2001/11/24 22:46:02 ( 738 reads )


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ORISSA, INDIA, November 22, 2001: The police registered a case on a fresh complaint of damage to a place of worship in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa on Thursday, even as indefinite curfew was clamped in three subdistricts. Damage was caused to a place of worship at Dhoti village. Ten platoons of armed police were maintaining vigil with senior police and district officials camping in the areas. Three nearby subdistricts had witnessed violence and arson after Hindus and Muslims people fought over ownership of a four-acre plot at Piteipur, which was used both for grazing and burial.




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Bangladesh Refugees Face an Uncertain Future in India
Posted on 2001/11/24 22:45:02 ( 668 reads )


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BONGOAN, BENGAL, November 22, 2001: Hundreds of Bangladeshi Hindu families who have crossed the border into India to escape repression at home are refusing to return to their country. To escape any possible move by the Indian authorities to send them back, these families were apparently hiding in a village near the Thakurnagar railway station. Dipali Adhikari related how a group of armed men entered their house of and looted everything they had. "We also heard stories of Hindu women being raped and murdered by armed hoodlums in neighboring villages," Dipali said.




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Overview of Recent Incidents in Bangladesh and Protest in UK
Posted on 2001/11/24 22:44:02 ( 721 reads )


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DHAKA, BANGLADESH, November 24, 2001: This website contains and extensive account of recent acts of violence against the Hindu community in Bangladesh. "From the day after the election," they state, "members of the Hindu community have been living in fear as news of terrible acts of violence dominated the daily papers. The group "Hindu Human Rights" is holding a protest Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 12pm outside the Bangladesh High Commission, 28 Queens Gate, South Kensington, London.




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Los Angeles Times Reports on Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's Maha Samadhi
Posted on 2001/11/24 22:43:02 ( 722 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, November 23, 2001: An excellent article on the passing of the founder of Hinduism Today and HPI appears at "source" above.




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Swami Krishnanandaji Attains Mahasamadhi
Posted on 2001/11/23 22:49:02 ( 599 reads )


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RISHIKESH, INDIA, November 23, 2001: His Holiness, Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj, of Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, who was one of the foremost disciples of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj of Rishikesh, passed away and attained Maha Samadhi today, Friday, November 23, 2001 at 4:30pm at Sivananda Ashram. He had served as the General Secretary of the Divine Life Society founded by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj for more than forty years. He was a well-known sannyasi all over Uttarakhand, an example of dispassion, detachment and discipline. He was one of the greatest living philosophers of the world, with a great mastery over both Indian and Western philosophy. His mortal body has been kept for the last view of his innumerable devotees and will be given Samadhi on Sunday, November 25 in the morning.




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What to Send a Hindu for Christmas?
Posted on 2001/11/23 22:48:02 ( 693 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today





KAUAI, HAWAII, November 24, 2001: Hinduism Today received an interesting letter from a New Jersey business with many Hindu clients. "We would like to do something for these clients around the holiday, but want to respect their religious beliefs. What should we give?" Hinduism Today replied, "Hindus in America are, by now, quite used to getting Christmas cards, gifts, etc., and take these items in the spirit they are given. If you want to be really culturally aware, you should send your Hindu customers Deepavali greetings, the major Hindu festival which takes place in October/November (November 12 this year). You can get Deepavali cards from any Indian store, and send the same kinds of gifts as you do for Christmas -- cookies, candies, fruit. Be sure gifts are vegetarian. And if you want to just stay with the one season, then generic 'Holiday Greetings and Happy New Year' cards are quite appropriate."




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South African President Gives Diwali Greetings
Posted on 2001/11/23 22:47:02 ( 629 reads )


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, NOVEMBER 14, 2001: South African President Thabo Mbeki extended Diwali greetings to Hindus in South Africa and across the world. Diwali marks the return of Hindu gods Lord Ram and Sita from exile to their homeland and symbolizes the victory of divine forces over wicked oppression, and good triumphing over evil, said Mbeki in a statement. "South Africans can well relate to this experience, having emerged from a period of intense oppression. Many of us know only too well the pain of a long and arduous exile." Mbeki commended the Hindu community's role in the freedom struggle and also in South Africa's economic life. "Your spirit of hard work and self-reliance can today, in earnest, stand the whole nation in good stead. May you continue, together with all other South Africans, to light the lamps leading towards a better life for all in our beloved country," said Mbeki.




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Ekadasi and Music Festival Draws Crowds to Guruvayur Temple
Posted on 2001/11/23 22:46:02 ( 730 reads )


Source: The Hindu





GURUVAYUR, KERALA, November 20, 2001: There is a heavy rush of devotees and Sabarimala pilgrims at the Sree Krishna Temple here as the 15-day long Chembai Music Festival in connection with the Ekadasi festival entered the ninth day today. The temple town is all geared up to receive the flow of pilgrims which is expected to reach its peak on Ekadasi on November 26. The Chembai Music Festival, a rare opportunity where Carnatic music lovers could listen to concerts of maestros as well as budding artistes, was extended to 15 days this year from the usual 12. The Guruvayur Devaswom which received 6,000 applications for appearing in the music festival invited only 2,800 of them. The Chairman of the Guruvayur Devaswom, Mr. M. Venugopala Kurup, said the devaswom expected over 100,000 devotees this Ekadasi season and has made all arrangements to meet the rush of devotees.




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Pilgrims Die in Temple Stampede
Posted on 2001/11/23 22:45:02 ( 697 reads )


Source: The Hindu





MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA, November 17, 2001: Pilgrims, visiting the famous shrine in honor of Goddess Sharda Devi at Maihar in Satna district after Diwali, were exposed to the threat of fire while climbing up the hill to the temple. Apparently a pile of coconuts were ablaze nearby the path pilgrims were ascending. Cries of "fire-fire" from a rooftop started a stampede of devotees. Sadly enough, the result of this frantic crowd resulted in the death of five women pilgrims and at least 22 others were injured. An investigation is also being conducted to determine if the coconut shell fire was started deliberately.




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Tributes for Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in Edmonton and Illinois
Posted on 2001/11/23 22:44:02 ( 652 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today





KAUAI, HAWAII, November 24, 2001: Special temple meetings will be held in honor of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami at the Sita Rama Temple in Lemont, Illinois, at 3:00 pm in the Rama Temple auditorium. For further information, contact Sudha Rao at 630-782-2161. The Maha Ganapati Temple, 128 Running Creek Road Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will conduct Mrithyunjay Homa in honor of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswmai beginning at 9:00 am, November 25. The temple announcement reads, Gurudeva's vision of a Ganesha Temple in Edmonton led to the building of the present Maha Ganapati Temple in Edmonton."




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