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Gandhi Peace Prize Awarded to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:48:02 ( 1213 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 30, 2003: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, established with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi, has been awarded the coveted Gandhi Peace Prize for 2002. A five-member jury, headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, chose Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan because of its "significant contribution towards spreading peace and harmony among all religions and communities on the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and also integration of the best of ancient and modern values." The recipients receive a cash prize of US$209,226 and a citation, to be awarded at a later date by President Kalam. The Bhavan currently has over 90 centers in the India, with 45 schools where special emphasis is placed on ethical and cultural education, promotion of religious interfaith and understanding, mutual respect and peace. They also have a number of centers worldwide with major cultural centers in London, New York, Lisbon and Mexico.

Magazine Apologizes for Offensive Gandhi Representation

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:47:02 ( 973 reads )


WASHINGTON, USA, January 31, 2003: A massive online protest by Indians and pacifists from many countries has forced Maxim, a British and American soft-porn magazine, to apologize for its literal Gandhi-bashing caricatures in its latest issue. In that issue, a martial arts expert is show in a series of cartoons "exercising" by beating up a character that looks like Gandhi. The apology from editor-in-chief Keith Blanchard came after more than 5,000 Indians clogged the magazine's e-mail addresses with protest messages. Many of them followed up the online protest with angry telephone calls. Maxim vacillated a great deal before coming out with the apology, however what seems to have finally worked was a threat by IndiaCause, a US-based activist group, to approach advertisers with appeals to stop giving ads to a publication that has "insulted the apostle of peace." It even put out a sample letter to corporate heads on its website. Issuing the apology late Thursday, Blanchard said: "We apologize if our cartoon depicting Mahatma Gandhi...was interpreted as offensive. An edgy sense of humor, laced with irony, has always been a central element of Maxim's editorial. For some people, this piece may have gone one step too far."

India McDonald's Controversy Over "No Beef" Posters

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:46:02 ( 2053 reads )


VADODARA, INDIA, February 2, 2003: It seems to be a no-win situation for the US fast food chain McDonald's which has now stirred up activists here for posters saying beef is not sold in its outlets. Sarvadharm Jivdaya Samiti activists entered an outlet on Saturday, asking that the display boards be removed. SJS activists said the boards implied that beef was consumable, although not sold at the restaurant. They forcibly removed one sign and asked employees working there to remove the others. Deepak Gandhi, SJS member, said the fact that McDonald's had to make such an announcement indicated something was wrong. He said no other restaurant in the city felt the need to make such an announcement. McDonald's representatives here said, "It (the sign) was for dispelling apprehensions among those who come to eat here. However, it has been misunderstood. The issue is being raked up unnecessarily." A McDonald's spokesperson in Mumbai said,"...we have been maintaining total segregation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian material from the suppliers. It is also true that we do not serve beef in India and have always taken care not to hurt religious sentiments."

Major Variety of Edible Bananas May Wiped Out

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:45:02 ( 954 reads )


MONTPELLIER, FRANCE, January 16, 2003: Edible bananas, whose botanical forebears are traced back 10,000 years to southeast Asia, may be changing in the next decade. Research conducted by Belgian scientist, Dr. Emile Frison, head of the French-based International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain, indicates that the Cavendish Banana, which is eaten across the planet, lacks genetic diversity. Without genetic diversity the banana could be wiped out by soil fungus or pests. One particular variety of fungal disease called Black Sigatoka has reached epidemic proportions. In the next five years Dr. Frison plans to focus his research on inedible African wild bananas, full of hard seeds that are resistant to black Sigatoka. If Dr. Frison is successful, the edible banana may offer sustenance for another 10,000 years to the half a billion people in Africa and Asia who depend on bananas as a staple food.

Indian-Americans Give Generously for India's Social Causes

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:44:02 ( 1007 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 31, 2003: An average Indian-American contributes up to US$300 a year for social causes in India. If just half the Indian population in the US donated that much, India would receive more than $250 million for social causes every year, says a survey on the giving patterns of the Indian diaspora conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation India. According to R. Gopa Kumar, author of the study, more and more of the 1.7 million Indian Americans are keen to increase their charitable giving to 10 times of what they give now. Among all respondents, 7.3 percent donated more than $3,000 in the past two years and nearly 40 percent donated between $500 and $1,000. The donations came overwhelmingly during times of crises, such as the Kargil war of 1999, the Gujarat quake and other natural calamities. "The study shows that Indians are emerging as a powerful community in the US though they comprise only 0.6 per cent of the total American population."

Malaysia Hosts Third International Conference on Muruga Worship

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:43:02 ( 991 reads )


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, January 21, 2003: The Third International Conference Seminar on Murugan-Skanda will be held in Malaysia, May 1-4, 2003. Scholars and devotees from around the world will be attending the conference as delegates and representatives of the Tamil diaspora from 45 countries are expected to participate. The inaugural function will take place at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. Academic sessions, multimedia and cultural programs, a valedictory function and other related events will take place at the University of Malaysia. For more information and registration forms contact "source" above.

Kerala Minister Urges State to Pass Forcible Conversion Law

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:42:02 ( 968 reads )


PATHANAMHTITTA, INDIA, February 2, 2003: Union Minister of State for Defense and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Rajagopal urged the Kerala government to pass legislation curbing forcible conversions and check what he termed the "onslaught" against Hinduism. Inaugurating the 91st Annual Hindu Matha Parishad at Cherukolpula on the banks of river Pamba here, he said the government was duty bound to protect and preserve the centuries old spiritual traditions. Referring to the recent attack and deportation of evangelist Mr. Joseph Cooper, Rajagopal said the missionary had no authority to preach religion by visiting the country on a tourist visa or cast a slur on Gods worshiped by the local people. India visa requirements state, "Those traveling to India on behalf of a church or for any missionary purpose must complete an additional application form for Missionaries. Processing time for applications is between two-four months." The Indian Penal Code, Section 1860, makes it a crime to outrage the religious feelings of any class of citizens, or to insult the religion or religious beliefs of any class.

Ayodhya Sadhu Stands for New Temple

Posted on 2003/2/3 8:41:02 ( 1051 reads )


LUCKNOW, INDIA, January 21, 2003: Standing on his feet for thirty days, Pagal Das, a sadhu under personal vows, has attracted huge crowds of pilgrims. Pagal decided to undertake these tapas in Ayodhya near the Sri Ram Janmabhhomi-babri Masjid site and has vowed to keep standing until the proposed Ram Temple has been constructed. Despite cold temperatures at night and sleeping while holding onto the branch of a Pakar tree for support, Pagal Das is unrelenting and calls his quest a peaceful agitation. President of the Sri Ram Janmabhhomi Nyas Trust, 90 year-old Mahant Ram Chandra Das Paramhans, fears that the sadhu may die because he cannot see the government relenting to the sadhu's demands to build the temple.

Tamil Nadu Celebrates Thai Pongal with Huge Kolam

Posted on 2003/2/2 8:49:02 ( 371 reads )


THANJAVUR, INDIA, January 30, 2003: Tiny Vayacheri village, near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, celebrated Pongal (the season's first rice harvest) in a big way with a king-size 100-meter-long kolam (rangoli, designs drawn on the ground with colored powders) covering an entire street. Residents believed this may have been the longest kolam in the country. A group of 20 women, who started around midnight completed the intricately designed kolam at 7:00 a.m. the next day.

Kerala Debates Syllabus' Focus, Karl Marx or Gandhi?

Posted on 2003/2/2 8:48:02 ( 1125 reads )


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA, November 19, 2002: Politically-conscious Kerala is in the midst of a debate on who should get prominence in college courses, Gandhi or Marx. The controversy has been extended to the Kerala Assembly where Congress member Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan wondered how Gandhism could be relegated to the background to give prominence to Marxism in the revised syllabus of the MA (Political Science) course of the Kerala University. Education Minister Nalakath Soopy expressed the Government's displeasure at the prominence given to Marxism and said the Government viewed the issue seriously. The issue will be considered by a special meeting of the Board of Studies of the University and any changes in the curriculum would be done based on decisions made at the meeting. Kerala's communist party has long been prominent in the State.

Cambodia and Thailand Claim Ownership of Same Temples

Posted on 2003/2/2 8:47:02 ( 1054 reads )

Source: The Nation (Thailand)

BANGKOK, THAILAND, January 17, 2003: Thailand authorities have asked Fine Arts Department Deputy Director General Sod Daeng-iad to suspend renovations on two ancient Hindu Temples as Cambodia believes the temples are in Cambodia. Both countries have set up a joint demarcation committee which will survey the 798 kilometer border to clear up the question of exactly where the border is. Thailand's Fine Arts Department has already spent US$292,637 on the Sdok Kok Thom temple and $749,151 on the Ta Muen Thom temple. Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai explains that Cambodia has not asked for the return of the temples but he cannot guarantee that the temples will never go to Cambodia. In 1961, Thailand and Cambodia had a similar conflict over the ownership of another temple. The question was taken to the International Court of Justice who ruled in favor of Cambodia. Riots and a breakoff of diplomatic relations have occurred since this first report.

Canadian Multi-Faith Community Comes Together to Stop Racism

Posted on 2003/2/2 8:46:02 ( 1112 reads )

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

ONTARIO, CANADA, January 20, 2003: In the aftermath of 9-11 the Hindu Samaj Temple in Hamilton was subjected to arson. Misguided and racist individuals made an incorrect assumption that the Hindu community associated with the Hamilton temple was connected to the tragedy in New York. Since the burning of the temple, the Hamilton multi-faith community has joined together to support Hindu and Muslim families and to take steps to eliminate racism in the city by educating the community. Hamilton does not want to be known as the city of racists says Rama Singh, writer for The Hamilton Spectator, and she appeals to the Hindu community to forgive the perpetrators of the arson.

New Jersey Greets Ganesha in a Theatrical Performance

Posted on 2003/2/2 8:45:02 ( 1027 reads )


NEW JERSEY, USA, January 27, 2003: Terrence McNally's play, "A Perfect Ganesh," originally produced in England, is now playing at 12 Miles West Theater Company in Montclair, New Jersey. In the play two middle-age women friends decide to vacation in India without their husbands. Both women have endured challenging personal tragedies, and have come to India because they've been told it's a place that heals the soul. They have to endure a great many challenges before that happens, but Lord Ganesha, as the Remover of Obstacles, guides them and they emerge stronger and wiser for the experience. Greg T. Parente's portrays Lord Ganesha. He spends the entire 160 minutes of the play wearing an elephant's head that's covered with pink velour.

H.H. Swami Jeevan Mukhthananda to Visit Malaysia

Posted on 2003/2/2 8:44:02 ( 1102 reads )


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, February 2, 2003: H.H. Swami Jeevan Mukhthananda, Secretary General of the Divine Life Society Headquarters in Rishikesh, India, is visiting Malaysia during February. His Holiness will give a special address in connection with the Malaysian Hindu Sangam's Hindu Renaissance program on Friday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Shree Lakshmi Narayan Temple Hall, located in Lorong Kasipillay 51200, Kuala Lumpur. For additional information kindly contact A. Vaitilingam, President of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam, at "source" above.

Sri Ravishankar Speaks Out Against Religious Conversion

Posted on 2003/2/2 8:43:02 ( 997 reads )


BANGALORE, INDIA, January 21, 2003: Founder of The Art of Living Foundation, Sri Ravishankar, made quite an impression at the World Conference on Spiritual Regeneration and Human Values. He denounced religious conversion as the defamation of one religion in favor of another and proposed instead that different faiths enter into dialogue to find tolerance. He also called war the worst action of reason and suggested that political leaders turn to spirituality for answers. Attended by many government leaders from around the world and people representing a variety of social groups, the conference carried the common thread of the need for spirituality. Sri Ravishankar called it an opportunity for politicians to go back to their roots and connect with their karma.

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