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Chief Minister Sanctions 113 Posts In Sanskrit Colleges
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 866 reads )

Source: www.ptinews.com

DEHRADUN, INDIA, June 10, 2010: To give more prominence to Sanskrit, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank today sanctioned the creation of 113 posts on government grant basis in 11 non-government Sanskrit institutions in the state. The posts include 11 principals, 39 lecturers, 30 assistant teachers, 11 clerks and 22 peons.

As the government has already extended the benefits of sixth pay commission to the teaching as well as non-teaching staff of Sanskrit University, the new recruits at the recognized institutions would also get the benefits of the pay commission, an official release said today.

The state government has already accorded the status of second official language to Sanskrit.

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Record Number of Indian-Americans Seeking Office
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 760 reads )

Source: www.google.com

UNITED STATES, June 19, 2020: Meet the new wave of Indian-American politicians. At least eight children of Indian immigrants are running for Congress or statewide office, the most ever. The star of this trend is Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, who is favored to win the election for governor of South Carolina.

Indian heritage is where Haley's similarity with the other candidates seems to end. She is the only Republican, the only one who has been widely mistaken for a white woman, the only one who has been accused of abandoning her heritage for converting from the Sikh faith to Christianity.

Bobby Jindal was elected the nation's first Indian governor in 2007, at age 36. Named Piyush at birth, he told his Hindu parents when he was 4 that he wanted to be called Bobby. He converted to Catholicism as a teenager.

Speaking about their faith is rarely in the agenda for those who have not converted to Christianity like Jindal. J. Ashwin Madia, a Minnesota Democrat who lost a congressional election in 2008 and is a follower of the Jain religion, says their faith is irrelevant. "They can choose to be called what they want to be called, they can worship what they want to worship," said Madia. "I don't think being Indian-American is this thing they need to strive for or meet some sort of purity test. They are finding the right balance for themselves."

Barack Hussein Obama, known as Barry in his younger days, proved that an unusual name was not an insurmountable political barrier. Some Indian politicians seem to be following his blueprint as they embrace their Indian names while describing their faith in voters' lack of bias. "This campaign is all about vision and values and policies," said Raj Goyle, who is battling for the Democratic congressional nomination in his hometown of Wichita, Kan. "I don't spend time thinking about differences, I think about ways that Kansans can come together." In 2006, he became the first Indian-American elected to the Kansas Legislature and the first Democrat to hold his statehouse district.

Indians began immigrating to the United States in large numbers about 50 years ago, but just two have been elected to Congress: Dalip Singh Saund in 1956 and Jindal, who entered Congress in 2004 and became governor midway through his second term. In 2008, Madia says he was the only major Indian-American candidate for Congress. Today there are six, including Goyle and Trivedi. Ami Bera in California, Ravi Sangisetty in Louisiana and Reshma Saujani in New York face upcoming primaries, and Surya Yalamanchili won a primary in Ohio.

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Can Sikhs, Hindus Get Elected Without Converting?
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 793 reads )

Source: Religion News Service

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 5, 2010: (RNS) What does it mean when the two best-known Indian-American politicians in American politics are converts to Christianity?

In South Carolina, Nikki Haley won the Republican nomination for governor despite a whisper campaign that criticized her name and religion. Many questioned the validity of Haley's Christian faith. Some, including Republican state Sen. Jake Knotts, called her Christian conversion into question.

But in a country that has demonstrated that religion matters when it comes to politics, the issue remains: does it remain difficult for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs to be voted into high office? Both Haley and Louisiana Gov. Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, who became the nation's first Indian-American governor in 2007, are Republicans and converts to Christianity. Both also have faced questions about their religion. Haley has a special section of her campaign website devoted to dispelling rumors and to setting "the record straight." On the site, Haley affirms her Christianity, saying "being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day."

The extra attention carries both positive and negative implications for members of minority faiths, said Suhag Shukla, managing director and legal counsel for the Hindu American Foundation. "I think it sends a mixed sense of hope to young people in the Indian-American community that while we may have, as a society, gotten somewhat over the race barrier, the religion barrier is still there," she said. At least seven other Indian-Americans are running for Congress or statewide office this year, many of whom openly embrace Sikhism, Hinduism or other Indian religions. Democrat Reshma Saujani, candidate for Congress from New York's Manhattan-based 14th district, identifies herself "first and foremost" as a "daughter of political refugees" of Indian descent. She is a practicing Hindu who says her faith has not caused friction in her campaign. "I think that there might be more pressure ... where there might not be as much diversity in religious faith," she said. "But in New York, there definitely is (religious diversity)."

Where a candidate is running can determine how much scrutiny a candidate's faith will attract, Shukla said. A Hindu running for office in New York is one thing; a Sikh-turned-Methodist in the Bible Belt is another. "We still see this type of discrimination in other places, and it plays out in some elections," she said. "Again, I think it would have to depend on geography," she added. Indeed, some candidates are reluctant to reveal specifics about their faith. Ravi Sangisetty, running as a Democrat for Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District south of New Orleans, details his Catholic school education and membership in the Catholic Church on his campaign website. But when asked whether Sangisetty had converted, a campaign spokeswoman responded, "Like I said, he's Catholic."

While religion and ethnicity pique interest in the national media, with some viewing Indian ethnicity as a potential handicap, Manan Trivedi, Democratic congressional candidate from Pennsylvania, believes "the American electorate is smarter than that." An Indian-American himself, Trivedi hasn't faced questions about his Hindu faith. A spokesman for Trivedi's campaign said "people care much more about jobs and what their candidates are going to do." "Issues are much more important," he said.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 890 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

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Hindu of the Year Award Presented to Sri P. Parameswaran
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 794 reads )

Source: HPI (by G.K. Nair, correspondent)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA, June 30: Mr P. Parameswaran, Hinduism Today's Hindu of the Year 2010, has received the award from the magazine's correspondent in Kerala, G.K. Nair. Speaking on behalf of Hinduism Today, Nair said, "to raise India to the heights Vivekananda spoke of is no easy task, but that is the defining thread of P. Parameswaran's life."

P. Parameswaran became the recipient of this prestigious award is a result of his dedication to fulfilling a vision of a strong India forged in Hindu wisdom and strengthened by dharma. His accomplishments as a creative thinker, tireless social worker and peerless leader overseeing many institutions inspire Hindus across the globe. As a thinker, a philosopher, a reformer and current president of Vivekananda Kendra, P. Parameswaran strives to defend both India and Hinduism, which to him are inseparably linked. "He founded several institutions that contribute to this vision," Mr Nair said during the presentation. In 2004, the President of India awarded Parameswaran the prestigious Padma Shree, India's greatest honor for civilians.

Thanking the editorial staff for his selection as Hindu of the Year 2010, Mr Parameswaran said " selecting me for the coveted award is not a recognition of my services, but of the organizations such as Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram, Vivekananda Kendra and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. It is a beacon of the acceptance of Sanathana Dharma as a perpetual solution to the problems the humanity is facing today by the Western world"

The Hindu Renaissance Award was created in 1991 by the founder of Hinduism Today, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, to recognize and strengthen Hindu leaders worldwide.

You can read the article about P. Parameshwaran in the latest issue of Hinduism Today here.

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15,000 Pilgrims Start This Year's Amarnath Yatra
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 873 reads )

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

SRINAGAR, INDIA, July 1, 2010: The annual Amarnath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir kicked off on Thursday with over 15,000 pilgrims beginning the climb to the cave shrine dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

"More than 7,000 yatris began their uphill 14-km trek at 8 am on Thursday from Baltal to the cave. Another batch of 1,100 yatris has also left the Manigam transit camp for Baltal," a senior police officer said here. "All the pilgrims are safe. Adequate arrangements of security have been made at Baltal, Manigam and all along the yatra route," he added.

The nearly two-month-long Amarnath Yatra (pilgrimage) ends on Aug 25.

Hari Prasad, 49, a resident of Haryana who left the Manigam transit camp for Baltal, said: "We shall pray for peace in Kashmir and the rest of the country when we reach the holy cave. This is the land of saints and rishis besides being the abode of Lord Shiva. The people here are nice and hospitable. This is my third yatra and I know the locals have always helped the yatris in times of emergency," he added. While 1.5 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves so far, it is expected that the number of pilgrims will cross the half-million mark this year. The cave shrine has a natural ice stalagmite that is worshipped as a Shiv Lingam, a symbol of Lord Shiva.

Extraordinary security arrangements have been made for the pilgrimage this year because of the heightened tensions in the Kashmir Valley.

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Chief Minister Sanctions 113 Posts In Sanskrit Colleges
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 965 reads )

Source: www.ptinews.com

DEHRADUN, INDIA, June 10, 2010: To give more prominence to Sanskrit, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank today sanctioned the creation of 113 posts on government grant basis in 11 non-government Sanskrit institutions in the state. The posts include 11 principals, 39 lecturers, 30 assistant teachers, 11 clerks and 22 peons.

As the government has already extended the benefits of sixth pay commission to the teaching as well as non-teaching staff of Sanskrit University, the new recruits at the recognized institutions would also get the benefits of the pay commission, an official release said today.

The state government has already accorded the status of second official language to Sanskrit.

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Record Number of Indian-Americans Seeking Office
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 791 reads )

Source: www.google.com

UNITED STATES, June 19, 2020: Meet the new wave of Indian-American politicians. At least eight children of Indian immigrants are running for Congress or statewide office, the most ever. The star of this trend is Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, who is favored to win the election for governor of South Carolina.

Indian heritage is where Haley's similarity with the other candidates seems to end. She is the only Republican, the only one who has been widely mistaken for a white woman, the only one who has been accused of abandoning her heritage for converting from the Sikh faith to Christianity.

Bobby Jindal was elected the nation's first Indian governor in 2007, at age 36. Named Piyush at birth, he told his Hindu parents when he was 4 that he wanted to be called Bobby. He converted to Catholicism as a teenager.

Speaking about their faith is rarely in the agenda for those who have not converted to Christianity like Jindal. J. Ashwin Madia, a Minnesota Democrat who lost a congressional election in 2008 and is a follower of the Jain religion, says their faith is irrelevant. "They can choose to be called what they want to be called, they can worship what they want to worship," said Madia. "I don't think being Indian-American is this thing they need to strive for or meet some sort of purity test. They are finding the right balance for themselves."

Barack Hussein Obama, known as Barry in his younger days, proved that an unusual name was not an insurmountable political barrier. Some Indian politicians seem to be following his blueprint as they embrace their Indian names while describing their faith in voters' lack of bias. "This campaign is all about vision and values and policies," said Raj Goyle, who is battling for the Democratic congressional nomination in his hometown of Wichita, Kan. "I don't spend time thinking about differences, I think about ways that Kansans can come together." In 2006, he became the first Indian-American elected to the Kansas Legislature and the first Democrat to hold his statehouse district.

Indians began immigrating to the United States in large numbers about 50 years ago, but just two have been elected to Congress: Dalip Singh Saund in 1956 and Jindal, who entered Congress in 2004 and became governor midway through his second term. In 2008, Madia says he was the only major Indian-American candidate for Congress. Today there are six, including Goyle and Trivedi. Ami Bera in California, Ravi Sangisetty in Louisiana and Reshma Saujani in New York face upcoming primaries, and Surya Yalamanchili won a primary in Ohio.

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Can Sikhs, Hindus Get Elected Without Converting?
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 883 reads )

Source: Religion News Service

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 5, 2010: (RNS) What does it mean when the two best-known Indian-American politicians in American politics are converts to Christianity?

In South Carolina, Nikki Haley won the Republican nomination for governor despite a whisper campaign that criticized her name and religion. Many questioned the validity of Haley's Christian faith. Some, including Republican state Sen. Jake Knotts, called her Christian conversion into question.

But in a country that has demonstrated that religion matters when it comes to politics, the issue remains: does it remain difficult for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs to be voted into high office? Both Haley and Louisiana Gov. Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, who became the nation's first Indian-American governor in 2007, are Republicans and converts to Christianity. Both also have faced questions about their religion. Haley has a special section of her campaign website devoted to dispelling rumors and to setting "the record straight." On the site, Haley affirms her Christianity, saying "being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day."

The extra attention carries both positive and negative implications for members of minority faiths, said Suhag Shukla, managing director and legal counsel for the Hindu American Foundation. "I think it sends a mixed sense of hope to young people in the Indian-American community that while we may have, as a society, gotten somewhat over the race barrier, the religion barrier is still there," she said. At least seven other Indian-Americans are running for Congress or statewide office this year, many of whom openly embrace Sikhism, Hinduism or other Indian religions. Democrat Reshma Saujani, candidate for Congress from New York's Manhattan-based 14th district, identifies herself "first and foremost" as a "daughter of political refugees" of Indian descent. She is a practicing Hindu who says her faith has not caused friction in her campaign. "I think that there might be more pressure ... where there might not be as much diversity in religious faith," she said. "But in New York, there definitely is (religious diversity)."

Where a candidate is running can determine how much scrutiny a candidate's faith will attract, Shukla said. A Hindu running for office in New York is one thing; a Sikh-turned-Methodist in the Bible Belt is another. "We still see this type of discrimination in other places, and it plays out in some elections," she said. "Again, I think it would have to depend on geography," she added. Indeed, some candidates are reluctant to reveal specifics about their faith. Ravi Sangisetty, running as a Democrat for Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District south of New Orleans, details his Catholic school education and membership in the Catholic Church on his campaign website. But when asked whether Sangisetty had converted, a campaign spokeswoman responded, "Like I said, he's Catholic."

While religion and ethnicity pique interest in the national media, with some viewing Indian ethnicity as a potential handicap, Manan Trivedi, Democratic congressional candidate from Pennsylvania, believes "the American electorate is smarter than that." An Indian-American himself, Trivedi hasn't faced questions about his Hindu faith. A spokesman for Trivedi's campaign said "people care much more about jobs and what their candidates are going to do." "Issues are much more important," he said.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 1001 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

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Hindu of the Year Award Presented to Sri P. Parameswaran
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 799 reads )

Source: HPI (by G.K. Nair, correspondent)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA, June 30: Mr P. Parameswaran, Hinduism Today's Hindu of the Year 2010, has received the award from the magazine's correspondent in Kerala, G.K. Nair. Speaking on behalf of Hinduism Today, Nair said, "to raise India to the heights Vivekananda spoke of is no easy task, but that is the defining thread of P. Parameswaran's life."

P. Parameswaran became the recipient of this prestigious award is a result of his dedication to fulfilling a vision of a strong India forged in Hindu wisdom and strengthened by dharma. His accomplishments as a creative thinker, tireless social worker and peerless leader overseeing many institutions inspire Hindus across the globe. As a thinker, a philosopher, a reformer and current president of Vivekananda Kendra, P. Parameswaran strives to defend both India and Hinduism, which to him are inseparably linked. "He founded several institutions that contribute to this vision," Mr Nair said during the presentation. In 2004, the President of India awarded Parameswaran the prestigious Padma Shree, India's greatest honor for civilians.

Thanking the editorial staff for his selection as Hindu of the Year 2010, Mr Parameswaran said " selecting me for the coveted award is not a recognition of my services, but of the organizations such as Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram, Vivekananda Kendra and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. It is a beacon of the acceptance of Sanathana Dharma as a perpetual solution to the problems the humanity is facing today by the Western world"

The Hindu Renaissance Award was created in 1991 by the founder of Hinduism Today, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, to recognize and strengthen Hindu leaders worldwide.

You can read the article about P. Parameshwaran in the latest issue of Hinduism Today here.

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15,000 Pilgrims Start This Year's Amarnath Yatra
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 933 reads )

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

SRINAGAR, INDIA, July 1, 2010: The annual Amarnath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir kicked off on Thursday with over 15,000 pilgrims beginning the climb to the cave shrine dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

"More than 7,000 yatris began their uphill 14-km trek at 8 am on Thursday from Baltal to the cave. Another batch of 1,100 yatris has also left the Manigam transit camp for Baltal," a senior police officer said here. "All the pilgrims are safe. Adequate arrangements of security have been made at Baltal, Manigam and all along the yatra route," he added.

The nearly two-month-long Amarnath Yatra (pilgrimage) ends on Aug 25.

Hari Prasad, 49, a resident of Haryana who left the Manigam transit camp for Baltal, said: "We shall pray for peace in Kashmir and the rest of the country when we reach the holy cave. This is the land of saints and rishis besides being the abode of Lord Shiva. The people here are nice and hospitable. This is my third yatra and I know the locals have always helped the yatris in times of emergency," he added. While 1.5 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves so far, it is expected that the number of pilgrims will cross the half-million mark this year. The cave shrine has a natural ice stalagmite that is worshipped as a Shiv Lingam, a symbol of Lord Shiva.

Extraordinary security arrangements have been made for the pilgrimage this year because of the heightened tensions in the Kashmir Valley.

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Chief Minister Sanctions 113 Posts In Sanskrit Colleges
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 799 reads )

Source: www.ptinews.com

DEHRADUN, INDIA, June 10, 2010: To give more prominence to Sanskrit, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank today sanctioned the creation of 113 posts on government grant basis in 11 non-government Sanskrit institutions in the state. The posts include 11 principals, 39 lecturers, 30 assistant teachers, 11 clerks and 22 peons.

As the government has already extended the benefits of sixth pay commission to the teaching as well as non-teaching staff of Sanskrit University, the new recruits at the recognized institutions would also get the benefits of the pay commission, an official release said today.

The state government has already accorded the status of second official language to Sanskrit.

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Record Number of Indian-Americans Seeking Office
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 855 reads )

Source: www.google.com

UNITED STATES, June 19, 2020: Meet the new wave of Indian-American politicians. At least eight children of Indian immigrants are running for Congress or statewide office, the most ever. The star of this trend is Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, who is favored to win the election for governor of South Carolina.

Indian heritage is where Haley's similarity with the other candidates seems to end. She is the only Republican, the only one who has been widely mistaken for a white woman, the only one who has been accused of abandoning her heritage for converting from the Sikh faith to Christianity.

Bobby Jindal was elected the nation's first Indian governor in 2007, at age 36. Named Piyush at birth, he told his Hindu parents when he was 4 that he wanted to be called Bobby. He converted to Catholicism as a teenager.

Speaking about their faith is rarely in the agenda for those who have not converted to Christianity like Jindal. J. Ashwin Madia, a Minnesota Democrat who lost a congressional election in 2008 and is a follower of the Jain religion, says their faith is irrelevant. "They can choose to be called what they want to be called, they can worship what they want to worship," said Madia. "I don't think being Indian-American is this thing they need to strive for or meet some sort of purity test. They are finding the right balance for themselves."

Barack Hussein Obama, known as Barry in his younger days, proved that an unusual name was not an insurmountable political barrier. Some Indian politicians seem to be following his blueprint as they embrace their Indian names while describing their faith in voters' lack of bias. "This campaign is all about vision and values and policies," said Raj Goyle, who is battling for the Democratic congressional nomination in his hometown of Wichita, Kan. "I don't spend time thinking about differences, I think about ways that Kansans can come together." In 2006, he became the first Indian-American elected to the Kansas Legislature and the first Democrat to hold his statehouse district.

Indians began immigrating to the United States in large numbers about 50 years ago, but just two have been elected to Congress: Dalip Singh Saund in 1956 and Jindal, who entered Congress in 2004 and became governor midway through his second term. In 2008, Madia says he was the only major Indian-American candidate for Congress. Today there are six, including Goyle and Trivedi. Ami Bera in California, Ravi Sangisetty in Louisiana and Reshma Saujani in New York face upcoming primaries, and Surya Yalamanchili won a primary in Ohio.

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Can Sikhs, Hindus Get Elected Without Converting?
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 924 reads )

Source: Religion News Service

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 5, 2010: (RNS) What does it mean when the two best-known Indian-American politicians in American politics are converts to Christianity?

In South Carolina, Nikki Haley won the Republican nomination for governor despite a whisper campaign that criticized her name and religion. Many questioned the validity of Haley's Christian faith. Some, including Republican state Sen. Jake Knotts, called her Christian conversion into question.

But in a country that has demonstrated that religion matters when it comes to politics, the issue remains: does it remain difficult for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs to be voted into high office? Both Haley and Louisiana Gov. Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, who became the nation's first Indian-American governor in 2007, are Republicans and converts to Christianity. Both also have faced questions about their religion. Haley has a special section of her campaign website devoted to dispelling rumors and to setting "the record straight." On the site, Haley affirms her Christianity, saying "being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day."

The extra attention carries both positive and negative implications for members of minority faiths, said Suhag Shukla, managing director and legal counsel for the Hindu American Foundation. "I think it sends a mixed sense of hope to young people in the Indian-American community that while we may have, as a society, gotten somewhat over the race barrier, the religion barrier is still there," she said. At least seven other Indian-Americans are running for Congress or statewide office this year, many of whom openly embrace Sikhism, Hinduism or other Indian religions. Democrat Reshma Saujani, candidate for Congress from New York's Manhattan-based 14th district, identifies herself "first and foremost" as a "daughter of political refugees" of Indian descent. She is a practicing Hindu who says her faith has not caused friction in her campaign. "I think that there might be more pressure ... where there might not be as much diversity in religious faith," she said. "But in New York, there definitely is (religious diversity)."

Where a candidate is running can determine how much scrutiny a candidate's faith will attract, Shukla said. A Hindu running for office in New York is one thing; a Sikh-turned-Methodist in the Bible Belt is another. "We still see this type of discrimination in other places, and it plays out in some elections," she said. "Again, I think it would have to depend on geography," she added. Indeed, some candidates are reluctant to reveal specifics about their faith. Ravi Sangisetty, running as a Democrat for Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District south of New Orleans, details his Catholic school education and membership in the Catholic Church on his campaign website. But when asked whether Sangisetty had converted, a campaign spokeswoman responded, "Like I said, he's Catholic."

While religion and ethnicity pique interest in the national media, with some viewing Indian ethnicity as a potential handicap, Manan Trivedi, Democratic congressional candidate from Pennsylvania, believes "the American electorate is smarter than that." An Indian-American himself, Trivedi hasn't faced questions about his Hindu faith. A spokesman for Trivedi's campaign said "people care much more about jobs and what their candidates are going to do." "Issues are much more important," he said.

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