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Proselytizing As a Human Rights Issue
Posted on 2000/11/13 22:46:02 ( 874 reads )


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ITHACA, NEW YORK: Rajiv Malhotra challenged attendees at a November 8 conference on "Human Rights and Religion." He said in part, "We have heard numerous talks at this event about the human rights problems related to white supremacy groups, but do we have the courage to examine the possibility that there might be Christian supremacy groups as well, often camouflaged as proselytizers? We have heard numerous condemnations of hate speech, but do we exempt hate speech when it is done in the name of God or religion, even quoted from a sacred book? Let me start by listing the following phrases that are commonly used by proselytizers in describing their non-Christian target prospects: 'sinners', 'condemned', 'damned', 'heathen', pagan, etc. If it were not done in the name of religion, would this have been declared as hate speech? Does such talk, even if disguised or deferred until a later stage of a proselytizing campaign, build communal tension? Is this responsible for negative eruptions in India between Hindus and Christians who co-existed peacefully for centuries before the arrival of the proselytizers? Given that America is a tapestry of pluralistic faiths, and that therefore Hindus are also amongst one's classmates, neighbors, and colleagues at work, would this language lead to social problems in the future as opposed to the kind of harmonious society we all seek? Does it violate the UN Human Rights provision that guarantees 'dignity' to all people as a basic human right?"




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Yoga Research Foundation Buys New Headquarters
Posted on 2000/11/13 22:45:02 ( 825 reads )


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SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA: Dr. George Feuerstein announced the acquisition of an 11,000 square-foot office building in Santa Rosa to serve as the Yoga Research and Education Center as its headquarters and teaching center. The purchase of the building costing $1.8 million was made possible by a donation from two of YREC's board members. The building will allow YREC, a nonprofit organization established three years ago, to begin classes and seminars on a wide range of subjects from traditional Yoga and also to offer training programs for Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists.




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QuarkXpress Adds Support for Indian Languages
Posted on 2000/11/13 22:44:02 ( 901 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Quark India Pvt. Ltd. announced the release of QuarkXPress Mudra, the Indian-language version of QuarkXPress, the world's leading publishing software. Mudra supports critical typographic and publishing features like the spell checker, kerning and tracking, finding and replacing, multiple keyboard layouts, and true outline for Indian languages--including Sanskrit. Quark India said, "It provides powerful Indian-language publishing capabilities previously available only for Roman languages."




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Southern Baptists Do It Again
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:49:02 ( 874 reads )


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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: Last year, the Southern Baptists offended in turn Muslims, Jews and Hindus with their prayer booklets designed for each religion. Next, former president Jimmy Carter, a member since childhood, quit the huge Christian church because he no longer agreed with their increasingly fundamentalist stance. Then the Southern Baptists of Texas cut off US$5 million in funding to the national organization for the same reasons Carter quit. Now the Southern Baptists have insulted the world's Blacks. They've come up with a poster advertising their overseas missionary program (the world's largest) "using symbolism some members, including African Americans, are calling racially insensitive," according to the Washington Post. The poster shows an African man, his bare chest draped in beads, sitting in a dark room. His unshaven face concentrates on a piece of paper; his hands hold a pen and a book. A beam of light shines down on him. Above him large letters read "Dispel the Darkness." "Given the Southern Baptist Convention's history on race, the image just seems loaded, grossly insensitive," Robert M. Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics, a progressive Southern Baptist group, told the Post. "Why couldn't they use a blond Scandinavian, to avoid sending this cultural message?"




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RSS targets Delhi residents
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:48:02 ( 885 reads )


Source: Agence France Presse, November 12, 2000





NEW DELHI, INDIA: "Some 30,000 RSS activists will establish contact with 2.5 million families in New Delhi" in the month-long drive, said Satyanarayan Bansal, chief of the RSS Delhi chapter. "We will tell the minorities (Muslims and Christians) that we are not enemies. We are friends. We want to live together. We are not aggressive Hindus. We are only assertive Hindus," he said. The campaign is part of events surrounding the 75th anniversary of the RSS or National Volunteer Corps, India's largest religious organization with several million members.




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Dharma Gets Trademarked
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:47:02 ( 918 reads )


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BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON: Hindus and Buddhists may have to find a new word for the concept of "dharma," now that Interactive Objects, Inc., has trademarked the term for a "hardware platform for digital audio appliances." The company explains that "In Hindu [sic] the word Dharma stands for a principle that orders the universe. Dharma also speaks to the notion of digital harmony. For iObjects, Dharma is the inspiration behind a new platform that integrates the most common digital audio applications and hardware subsystems into a single design."




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Pilgrims throng Garhmukteshwar
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:46:02 ( 1018 reads )


Source: The Hindustan Times, November 12, 2000





GHAZIABAD, INDIA: Today, all roads led to Garhmukteshwar where people thronged Garh Ganga for a holy dip on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. More than 2.7 million people took a bath in the holy Ganga today. Due to the heavy rush of pilgrims, all the roads leading to Garh Ganga were blocked at several places. Also, no proper arrangements were made for deploying private and public busses in sufficient number to carry the large number of pilgrims. In spite of strict restrictions on liquor sale by the administration, liquor was being openly sold at the Garh fair. Below standard and stale foodstuffs were being sold everywhere and there was no proper sanitation.




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Sikh bodies upset over RSS posters
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:45:02 ( 987 reads )


Source: The Hindustan Times, November 12, 2000





AMRITSAR, INDIA: A poster brought out by Punjab unit of RSS has raised yet another controversy, as radical Sikh organizations have reacted sharply on it. The poster, both in Hindi and Punjabi, has been seen in various parts of Amritsar. The poster in Punjabi carries the insignia of "Omkar" at its bottom, which gave a sufficient reason to the Sikh organizations here to denounce it. "Omkar" is the syllable "Om" in Gurumukhi script, and signifies in the Sikh religion the oneness of God. According to Kanwar Pal Singh of Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh organization, the RSS should not carry Omkar in its literature as they do not believe in one God the way Sikhs believe. Secondly, it should have been on the top of the poster as is done by Sikhs. Interestingly, the Hindi version of the poster has a standard Sanskrit Om instead of the Gurumukhi Omkar. This is also at the bottom of the poster.




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Sharma Wins Post at Harvard
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:44:02 ( 1007 reads )


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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS: Dr. Arvind Sharma has been appointed the Infinity Foundation Visiting Professor in Indic Studies at Harvard University.




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Oxford Funds New Professorship
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:43:02 ( 876 reads )


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OXFORD, ENGLAND: The University of Oxford in central England is launching a new professorship in Indian history and culture. It has been funded by US$3 million from the Indian Government. The new professor will be expected to specialize in the medieval and early modern period - an area the head of Oriental Studies at Oxford, Dr Jeremy Black, said had been neglected.




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"Hindus of New York" at The Interfaith Center
Posted on 2000/11/12 22:42:02 ( 961 reads )


Source: Interfaith Center, November 12, 2000





NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Interfaith Center of New York will hold "Hindus of New York" on November 30, 2000 in New York City. The one-day event is part of series on living faith traditions in New York and designed to inform religious leaders, students, and the interested public about important religious communities in the City. This event offers an introduction to New York's many Hindu communities, their rich history, social concerns, and cultural heritage - through conversation, music, and ritual. Presenters include: Swami Amarnathananda (Bharat Sevashram Sangha), Geeta Bhatt (Office of Mental Health, State of New York), Swami A. Bua (Indo-American Yoga Vedanta Society), Sachi Dastidar (State University of New York, Old Westbury), Prof. John Stratton Hawley (Barnard College), Dr. Uma Mysorekar (President, Hindu Temple Society of North America), Prof. M.G. Prasad (Hindu Temple and Cultural Society, Bridgewater, New Jersey), Syanda Shivnarian (Shri Layshmi Narayan Mandir) others. The Interfaith Center of New York, 40 East 30th Street New York, NY 10016 212-685-4242, 212- 685-4222 fax




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The Presidential Election Snarl: An Astrological Analysis
Posted on 2000/11/8 22:49:02 ( 999 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today





KAPAA, HAWAII: According to the Hindu astrological system of jyotish, Al Gore and Gorge W. Bush both have Cancer "lagna," or ascendant. This means the planets transiting their charts are in identical houses. For example, Saturn and Jupiter are right now in the sign of Taurus, which puts them in the 11th house of both candidates, indicating fulfillment of ambitions. Hence, a very close race. Of course, each candidate has the nine planets at birth in different placements in their chart, so the Moon's placement in each chart becomes a key to their prospects of winning. In Jyotish there is a simple system used to determine whether or not it is a good day for you, based solely on the fixed stars the Moon is in alignment with. This is call "tarabala" or star strength. On election night the Moon came into the star of uttaraprostapada, which is the 8th from Mr. Gore's birth star, "friendly for the execution of normal affairs," and the 4th from Mr. Bush's birth star, "success at your endeavors." Again the stars looked pretty good for both, but slightly better for Bush. But, as we know, the polling didn't finish on election night. The following evening of November 8, the Moon came into alignment with the star of revati, which is 9th from Gore's star indicating, "very friendly for achieving your desired ends," and 5th from Bush's star, "obstacles to your endeavors." And suddenly Gore's prospects were improving and the Presidency started to slip through the hands of Bush. The Moon remained in this position until 6:08pm EST, Nov 9. Now for the next 24 hours the tables are turned again in favor of Bush, "fulfillment of ambitions" and not so fortunate for Gore, "danger to the body, no risky actions." The word is the final results may not be in until next Tuesday. On that day until 12:17pm EST, the stars are bad for both of them. After 12:17 pm, it's "financial prosperity" for Bush and "fulfillment of ambitions" for Gore.




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American Fast Food Establishments Adapt to Indian Tastes
Posted on 2000/11/8 22:48:02 ( 1007 reads )


Source: Inter Press Service, October 30, 2000





NEW DELHI, INDIA: Whether you ordered in New York, London, Rome, Tokyo or Mexico City, it was "Big Mac with fries" at McDonalds. No more, as the fast food chain adapted to local palettes with teriyaki burgers in Japan and kosher meat in Israel. Now they've introduced the vegetarian McAloo Tikki Burger to their menu in India. The fast food chains learned a lesson from the failure of Kentucky Fried Chicken in India. Local anti-multinational activists failed to oust the KFC chain, even after burning down a shop in Bangalore. But then the Indian consumer dubbed their food too bland, KFC refused to change and folded. Now Pizza Hut is adapting quickly to Indian tastes, running exclusively vegetarian restaurants. It even offers a sattvic pizza, containing nothing that grows below the ground, such as onions or garlic.




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Chinmaya Mission Encounters Opposition to Temple
Posted on 2000/11/8 22:47:02 ( 915 reads )


Source: The Record, Northern New Jersey, October 30, 2000





CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY: Local farmers oppose construction of a Chinmaya Mission center in this rural community. The Mission wants to build on a seven-acre tract in an area of permanently preserved farmland. The temple would be in a barn-like structure designed to fit in the area, and attract 100 people on Sundays and up to 350 on festival days. Local farmers fear the temple goers may eventually object to the use of heavy machinery and pesticides in the area. The Township Committee, at their request, is trying to change the zoning to block the planned temple. Under the new rules, the temple would have to be smaller and have less parking space. However, this zoning attempt may run afoul of the newly passed "Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act" signed into law by President Clinton this year. That act specifically prevents towns from using zoning to restrict religious building, unless they meet stringent requirements.




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Communist Politician Wants VHP Denied UN Consultative Status
Posted on 2000/11/7 22:49:02 ( 998 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA: K. Suresh Kurup, a Marxist Member of the Indian Parliament, has urged Prime Minister A. B.. Vajpayee to instruct the Indian representative in the UN to object to the entry of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) into the UN Economic and Social Council. He also appealed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that VHP should not be granted consultative status in the council. He said the VHP, which "does not at all represent the lofty and tolerant tradition of Hindu faith," was trying to get a consultative status in the UN Economic and Social Council. There are currently more than 1,500 organizations with such status. The Council was "established by the UN Charter as the principal organ, under the authority of the General Assembly, to promote: (a) higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development; (b) solutions of international economic, social, health and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation; and (c) universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion." (see www.un.org/). A quick scan of the list of 1,500 organizations (www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/) revealed only one other Hindu organization, the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Sanstha (the Swaminarayan Fellowship under Sri Pramukh Swami Maharaj). There were dozens of Christian, Muslim and Buddhist organizations along with hundreds of social welfare groups and even the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations. Hardly any other India-based groups were noted on the list.




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