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Hindu Leader Attacked in India
Posted on 2001/5/30 23:49:02 ( 674 reads )


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FAIZABAD, INDIA, 28 May, 2001: A prominent Hindu leader, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, and four others were injured in a bomb attack in the northern Indian town of Faizabad. Das was attacked while on his way to bathe in a nearby river. His condition is not said to be serious. He is a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and is one of the leaders of a group that has pledged to build a temple on the ruins of Babri Masjid in the town of Ayodhya.




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Iran Government and Canada's Jews Condemn Taliban's Dress Code
Posted on 2001/5/30 23:48:02 ( 643 reads )


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DUBAI, May 29, 2001: Iran has condemned the "discriminatory decision adopted by the Taliban" regarding Hindus in Afghanistan where Taliban militia recently issued an edict making it compulsory for all Hindus to wear a piece of yellow cloth as an identity label. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamidreza Assefi said that such moves are clear cases of religious discrimination against ethnic minorities, which is condemned in Islam. "An action of this kind goes against the progressive ideas of our religion and mars the image of Muslims around the globe," Assefi was quoted as saying. A similar condemnation was issued today by the Canadian Jewish Congress, which states in part, "We urge the Canadian government to convey to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan the horror of all Canadians at such clear discrimination against a religious minority and to call for this odious measure to be rescinded immediately." The Congress email is pacific@istar.ca.




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Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan Targeted for Christian Conversion
Posted on 2001/5/30 23:47:02 ( 698 reads )


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BHUTAN, May 30, 2001: Nestled in the Himalayan Mountains between Tibet, China and India, the tiny nation of Bhutan prides itself as being the only Buddhist kingdom in the world, where a tough stance is taken to keep Christian conversion tactics at bay. The native people, known as Drupka, make up a majority of Bhutan's approximately 600,000 citizens and are among one of 1,981 people groups in the world who, the Christian International Mission Board (IMB) claims, have never heard about Jesus Christ. The IMB is targeting this area which they call "The Last Frontier" during its 15th Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelism. Randy Sprinkle, director of the IMB's International Prayer Strategy Office, hopes to deliver those "mired in Tibetan Buddhism and mixed with mysticism and superstition" and introduce them to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ," said Sprinkle. Bhutan's king has advised his people they would be better off following one religion: Buddhism.




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The Evolution of the Indian Immigrant in America
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WASHINGTON,D.C., May 27, 2001: Over forty years ago, the first influx of Indian Asian immigrants arrived in America. As students and professionals, they paved the way for Indian immigrants to become one of the highest-paid immigrant groups. These hard-working and persevering forefathers also suffered cultural shock, from the unavailability of their favorite curries and spices to no place to worship their beloved Gods, plus the challenge of avoiding American casual dating. While many of these new immigrants remained strong in their religious and cultural beliefs and starting building temples in America, explains this report, many fell into the confusion of the ABCD-American born confused Desi, those who tried to fit into the American life-style of eating meat and dating. However in the last ten years things have changed drastically for Asian-Indian immigrants. They often arrive to start working on high-tech jobs in a community where many Indians have already settled. A Hindu Temple is usually within driving distance, Indian grocery stores are around the corner, and music and videos in their native tongue are readily available. Since 1990 in Washington, D.C. alone, the Indian population has grown from 38,000 to more than 78,000 in the year 2000 by attracting the high-tech educated sector. Indian families are now competing with each other to see how Indian they can be by practicing their religion, encouraging their children to develop the Indian arts and speaking their native tongue.




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Russia Condemns Taliban's Newest Decree
Posted on 2001/5/27 23:49:02 ( 678 reads )


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MOSCOW, RUSSIA, May 25, 2001: In a statement issued by the Russian foreign ministry, Russia strongly condemns the Taliban militia's decree to impose a dress code on Afghanistan's Hindu and Sikh minorities. The decree is forcing non-Muslim minorities, particularly Hindus and Sikhs, to wear identity labels and prohibits them from living in the same house occupied by Muslims. Calling the Taliban acts a violation of fundamental human rights, Russia has demanded that the Taliban regime show unconditional respect for the rights of followers of all religions. The Russian press and national television channels have strongly criticized the edict comparing it to Adolf Hitler's inhuman treatment of Jews forcing them to wear yellow Star Of David's during World war II.




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Jews in American Sympathize with Hindus in Afghanistan
Posted on 2001/5/27 23:48:02 ( 645 reads )


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NEW YORK, May 25, 2001: Jews in America are outraged at the similarity between the Taliban action and the yellow star with the word "Jude," that they were coerced into wearing when the Nazis came into power. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League in New York called the order, "a stark reminder of the exclusionary tactics employed by the Nazis as a precursor to genocide." The article also says the Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, finds the yellow cloth humiliating. She is pessimistic that the United States or the United Nations will be able to prevent the mistreatment of Hindus in Afghanistan.




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Vedic Sciences to be Revived on Indian University Campus
Posted on 2001/5/27 23:47:02 ( 668 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 26, 2001: With the word "Yoga" and "expanding consciousness" everyday household words in America, India has taken on the task of restoring the ancient sciences in its colleges and universities. The University Grants Commission, responsible for much funding, is reviving courses on Vedic Astrology and Priestly Rituals, as well as establishing a new course on "human consciousness and yogic sciences." Jawarharlal Nehru University has taken on the task of defining the curriculum for the new course and the chief proctor, Harbans Mukhia, interprets it as "a study of the biological, cultural, social, philosophical aspect of how a human being evolves." Recommending that universities offer one, two and three year courses, the UGC foresees a separate department for these studies and will be forwarding a model curriculum as a guideline. Eight other universities have shown interest in reviving the ancient sciences on their campus.




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Delhi Students Flock to Temples During Exams
Posted on 2001/5/27 23:46:02 ( 719 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 1, 2001: Delhi's temples have noticed an influx of well-dressed students offering prayers for success in their examples. In this curious article, the practice is referred to as a "phobia," and a Marxist professor is approvingly quoted as saying, "irrationality is making a comeback." The article also mentions that many student rooms sport large pictures of the Gods posted comfortably next to their favorite movie star.




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Appeals For Calm After UK Riots
Posted on 2001/5/26 23:49:02 ( 760 reads )


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OLDHAM, U.K., May 26, 2001: Community leaders have appealed for calm after hundreds of Asian youths clashed with police during a night of rioting in Oldham. At least 20 officers were injured and 17 people arrested after weeks of racial tension between white and Asian youths erupted into violence. Greater Manchester Police described the running battles as "sheer carnage." The riots are understood to have begun after a gang of white youths attacked Asian homes in the Glodwick area of the town earlier on Saturday evening. Youth worker Ashid Ali, chairman of the Oldham Bangladeshi Youth Association, said far-right organizations had been trying to provoke violence for weeks. "Unfortunately the whole of the UK will look at this as being a riot between the police and Asian youths, when it was clearly sparked by white youths." Asian youths have blamed police for failing to react to attacks from white racists on their communities over recent weeks. Daoob Akram, who has lived in Glodwick for 35 years, said that "the police and the local authorities need to make sure they protect the Asian community." The report does not specify what is meant by "Asian," which in the UK lumps together both Hindus and Muslims from India. In this case, the only named "Asians" were Muslims. In an earlier racial incident in another city, Muslim and poor white youth were involved in altercations with better-off white and Hindu youth.




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Jain Prayer At U.S. House Of Representatives
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Washington D.C., May 23, 2001: Nearly 200 Jains from across the United States were on hand to hear Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji, a Jain priest from New York, deliver the opening prayer to the US House of Representatives. Chitrabhanuji spent 28 years as a Jain monk. During his years in India, he founded the Divine Knowledge Society and other social welfare organizations. Dr. Mahendra Pandya, national president of the Jain Associations in North America said, "We should be proud about this event that the Jain religion, the Jain culture and the philosophy is also being recognized, not only in India, but now also throught out the world through this national prayer in the US Congress." The prayer was organized by Representative Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat.




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Voters Give Overwhelming 'Yes' To New City
Posted on 2001/5/26 23:47:02 ( 661 reads )


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FAIRFIELD, IOWA, May 23, 2001: Located north of Fairfield, Vedic City will become Iowa's 950th city, its first since 1982 and the first city in the United States to be developed according to the architectural principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. Residents of the area, mostly adherents of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation, voted 64-1 in favor.Vedic City petitioners estimated about 125 people live there, not all of whom voted. Developers of the new city plan to bring in additional territory through voluntary annexation procedures before the state City Development Board.




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U.S. Congressional Pressure on Bush to Go After Taliban
Posted on 2001/5/25 23:49:02 ( 652 reads )


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WASHINGTON, U.S.A., May 25, 2001: Congressional pressure on the Bush administration to go after Afghanistan's Taliban regime for a plethora of human rights violations and its sponsorship of international terrorism has mounted. Sam Brownback, Republican, who chairs the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on South Asia, and Barbara Boxer, Democrat who is a ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as House of Representatives' Eliot Engel, and Minority Leader Richard Gephart, both Democrats, introduced resolutions condemning the Taliban for "their discriminatory policies," requiring Hindus to wear identity labels. Both the Senate and the House resolutions come close on the heels of a letter written to President George W. Bush by over 100 lawmakers urging him to pressure the Taliban to lift the edict imposed against the Hindus in Afghanistan, which is reminiscent of tactics used against Jews in Nazi Germany.




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Polish Bishops Plan Apology for Harming Jews
Posted on 2001/5/25 23:48:02 ( 669 reads )


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WARSAW, POLAND, May 25, 2001: In an unprecedented ceremony, Polish bishops plan prayers Sunday to apologize for a 1941 massacre of Jews in northeastern Poland and the suffering by other Jews at the hands of Roman Catholics during World War II in the hope for reconciliation with Jewish groups who accuse them of being too tolerant of anti-Semitism. Cardinal Jozef Glemp is seizing the opportunity to make a much wider apology. "We know it has to be expanded, because Poles contributed to the extermination of Jews also in other places," Glemp said. He went on to "apologize to God for all Polish citizens who harmed the citizens of the Jewish religion." The apology was not extended to the Hindus for more distant atrocities, such as killing of Hindus in Goa, or destruction of temples in Sri Lanka by Catholics.... or for the ongoing crime of religion conversion.




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Spirituality Focus at Keralite Hindu Convention
Posted on 2001/5/25 23:47:02 ( 629 reads )


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DALLAS, TEXAS, May 25, 2001: A convention of 700 Keralite Hindus was held at the Thrimurti Nagar in Dallas, Texas, to facilitate a spiritual reawakening among the Malayalee-speaking Hindu community in North America. It was the first of its kind in North America, and was addressed by religious leaders from India and the United States, said K.G. Manmadhan Nair, organizing committee chairman. The future conventions will create a forum for children to share their common concerns and help them to continue the Hindu way of living, both socially and spiritually, strengthening the roots of Hindu culture among the younger generation, he said. Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi, head of the Ramadasa Ashram in Chengottukonam in Kerala, inaugurated the event. He suggested that a world parliament be formed for Hindus. Cultural programs included a concert and a Carnatic music recital.




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With an Asian Influx, a Suburb Finds Itself Transformed
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, May 26, 2001: The change in Fremont was subtle. One day, Hillside Drive was renamed Gurdwara Road, for the Gurdwara Sahib Temple, which Sikh residents built there. There is little doubt that over the last ten years, a blue-collar, somewhat anonymous, community has essentially disappeared. In its place has arisen something dazzlingly different: a magnet for Asian immigrants, including many Hindus, forsaking urban enclaves to move to the suburbs in such numbers that they transform them. The new Fremonters include Silicon Valley engineers, entrepreneurs of every persuasion -- from Hindus owning convenience stores to Chinese chief executives living in Mediterranean palazzos -- as well as Fijian Indians, Filipinos and one of the country's largest concentrations of Afghan refugees. The latest census figures disclose that the Asian population doubled since 1990 in this city of 206,000 people, to 37 percent from 19 percent. Nationally, Asians now account for 4 percent of the population. Among cities of more than 100,000 people, Fremont is one of five with the highest percentage of Asian residents.




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