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Analyzing Pakistan's "One Nation" Theory


Posted on 2020/8/10 11:02:15 ( 75 reads )

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LAHORE, PAKISTAN, August 10, 2020 (by Yaqoob Khan Bangash, a historian at Information Technology University Lahore): It has now become fashionable to quote Jinnah's August 11, 1947 speech every year on its anniversary to feel good that Pakistan was created on broad-based liberal principles, and also to give a sop to the minorities that there is hope - still.

One way to look at Jinnah's speech is to note that he was positing a new theory of citizenship for Pakistan based on the concept of "one nation." While Jinnah argued that India was composed of two nations [Hindus and Muslims] which were so different that they could not live together and so Pakistan was a necessity, he also realised that one cannot lead a country which is divided into several nations.

In the seventy-three years since August 11 speech of Jinnah, time and again all non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan have expressed their desire to be part of the "one nation" of Pakistan - only to be scoffed at.

When the Hindus wanted joint electorates to foster national unity in the 1950s, despite the reality that their numbers might decrease, they were opposed by the majority Muslims. When Christians wanted to play a part in the education of the country, they were rewarded by the nationalization of their schools and colleges in 1972. When the Kalash [an indigenous non-Muslim people in northwest Pakistan along the Afghan border] wanted to live in peace and foster a multicultural view of Pakistan, mass conversion drives targeted them.

When Hindus just wanted to survive in Pakistan, their girls were abducted and forcibly converted. And when non-Muslims were still reeling from being denied equality with Muslims in law under the Qanun-e-Shahadat Ordinance, they were gifted the blasphemy law to ensure further subjugation and threats.

Unless we return to this fundamental principle of 'One Nation,' [i.e., one that encompasses its minorities] Pakistan can never develop, nor prosper or be at peace with itself.



New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Visits Hindu Temple To Offer Prayers


Posted on 2020/8/10 11:02:01 ( 72 reads )

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, August 8, 2020 (Indiatimes.com): Hindu Press International readers may enjoy this charming video of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's visit to the Shri Radha Krishna temple where, after removing her shoes, she is welcomed by the temple officials, a loud conch and honored by the priest. According to this report on indiatimes.com, "The video has gone viral and people are sharing it with love and respect calling Jacinda Ardern the leader who respects all religions. With showing her acceptance of all religions, among other things that matter to people, Jacinda is winning hearts all over the world."



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2020/8/10 11:01:47 ( 57 reads )

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It cannot be seen by the eye, and yet it is the eye within the eye. It cannot be heard by the ear, and yet it is the ear within the ear. It cannot be smelt by the nose, and yet it is that which makes the nose to smell. It cannot be uttered by the mouth, and yet it is that which makes the mouth to speak. It cannot be grasped by the hand, and yet it is that which makes the hand to grasp. It cannot be reached by the feet, and yet it is that which makes the feet to walk. It cannot be thought by the mind, and yet it is the mind within the mind. It is the Primal One without past or future. Its form is free from age and sickness. It manifests as father and mother. It blossoms as the Self-Existent. It cannot be described as one or two. No artist can portray It. It is That which lies 'twixt good and evil. It ever abides in the hearts of the wise. It permits no distinction between Vedanta and Siddhanta. It is That which dances at the zenith beyond the realm of sound.
-- Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lanka's most renowned contemporary spiritual master



Gujarat State Prohibits Mass Celebration of Religious Festivals


Posted on 2020/8/9 12:33:39 ( 111 reads )

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GANDHINAGAR, INDIA, August 7, 2020 (Indian Express): With an aim to check the spread of Covid-19, the Gujarat government has prohibited mass celebration or public function of any religious festival and public fairs in the state, said an official release from Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja Friday. The release quoted Jadeja as saying that there were a number of representations from different Padyatra Sangh (foot march associations), service camps, and Ganpati Festival associations requesting a ban on public celebrations of various religious functions and foot march in public interest. And the decision has been taken in public interest while considering those representations, it added.

The state government has appealed to the people of Gujarat not to do public celebration of religious programs and festivals. It has appealed to people not to set up pandals of Ganpati in public and instead do Ganpati Sthapana of clay statues at home and do their immersions at home itself while maintaining a social distance norm.



As Janmashtami Goes Virtual, Houston Hindus Celebrate in New Ways


Posted on 2020/8/9 12:33:26 ( 99 reads )

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HOUSTON, TEXAS, August 3, 2020 (Houston Chronicle): Hindus of Greater Houston have hosted 30 years of Janmashtami festivals -- bringing various traditions from the city's temples together, according to the organization's president, Thara Narasimhan. "India's greatness and diversity lies in the fact that every state celebrates Janmashtami in their own unique way," she said. In the past, Hindus of Greater Houston held a massive free event at George R. Brown Convention Center, complete with music, dance and Indian cuisine. Recently, the organization decided to move the festivities, alternating among area temples.

This year, the 31st annual festival was to be held at the Vallabh Priti Seva Samaj temple. But COVID-19 is forcing festivities to go virtual. Narasimhan is grateful that technology will make the celebration possible in spite of the pandemic. And she is looking forward to using technology to continue Hindus of Greater Houston's most popular Janmashtami tradition: the children's costume parade. Rasesh Dalal, a longtime member and trustee of VPSS temple and a board adviser of Hindus of Greater Houston, explained that since COVID-19, rituals have continued despite limited attendance. Instead of members visiting deities in person at the temple, which is an important part of worship, Dalal uses WhatsApp to share daily photos with them.

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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2020/8/9 12:33:12 ( 95 reads )

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Good thoughts are the foundation stones in the mansion of good conduct. If the foundation is strong, the mansion will endure.
-- Sri Rameshbhai Oza, inspired performer of Vaishnava kathas



Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By


Posted on 2020/8/7 11:41:25 ( 204 reads )

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PAKISTAN, August 4, 2020 (New York Times): Dozens of Hindu families converted in June in the Badin district of Sindh Province in southern Pakistan. Video clips of the ceremony went viral across the country, delighting hard-line Muslims and weighing on Pakistan's dwindling Hindu minority. The mass ceremony was the latest in what is a growing number of such conversions to Pakistan's majority Muslim faith in recent years -- although precise data is scarce. Some of these conversions are voluntary, some not. News outlets in India, Pakistan's majority-Hindu neighbor and archrival, were quick to denounce the conversions as forced. But what is happening is more subtle. Desperation, religious and political leaders on both sides of the debate say, has often been the driving force behind their change of religion.

Treated as second-class citizens, the Hindus of Pakistan are often systematically discriminated against in every walk of life -- housing, jobs, access to government welfare. While minorities have long been drawn to convert in order to join the majority and escape discrimination and sectarian violence, Hindu community leaders say that the recent uptick in conversions has also been motivated by newfound economic pressures. "The dehumanization of minorities coupled with these very scary times we are living in -- a weak economy and now the pandemic -- we may see a raft of people converting to Islam to stave off violence or hunger or just to live to see another day," said Farahnaz Ispahani, a former Pakistani lawmaker who is now a senior fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute, a research group in Washington.

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Ayurveda Magazine Launches Series of Health Tip Videos on YouTube


Posted on 2020/8/7 11:41:12 ( 156 reads )

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UNITED STATES, August 7, 2020: Dr. Virender Sodhi, the first board-certified Ayurvedic and naturopathic physician in the United States, has launched a YouTube channel called Ayurveda Magazine. It so far features 17 videos ranging from two to twenty minutes, most in English but some in Hindi and Punjabi. The well-regarded doctor takes on topics ranging from acid reflux and "belly fat" to protecting your kids from Covid-19 and the dangers of hand sanitizers. View the entire list at "source" above.

For example, the description for the acid reflux video reads in part, "Heartburn, gas, flatulence, dyspepsia, nausea - all the common symptoms of indigestion - are still plaguing Americans, while the excessive use of pharmaceuticals is harming their health over the long term in a variety of ways." In the video, Dr. Sodhi explains why chronic indigestion occurs, why antacids are NOT the answer, and what people can do instead to uproot the core causes of this condition.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2020/8/7 11:40:53 ( 120 reads )

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Hinduism is the most dynamic religion on the planet, the most comprehensive and comprehending. The Hindu is completely filled with his religion all of the time. It is a religion of love. The common bonds uniting all Hindus into a singular spiritual body are the laws of karma and dharma, the belief in reincarnation, all-pervasive Divinity, the ageless traditions and our Gods. Our religion is a religion of closeness, one to another, because of the common bond of loving the same Gods. All Hindu people are a one family, for we cannot separate one God too far from another. Each in His heavenly realm is also of a one family, a divine hierarchy which governs and has governed the Hindu religion from time immemorial, and will govern Sanatana Dharma on into the infinite.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



A New Hindu Temple in Veneto Inaugurated


Posted on 2020/8/6 11:30:34 ( 172 reads )

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VENETO, ITALY, July 30, 2020 (Qdp News Google translated from Italian): Shree Salasar Mandir is the name of the Hindu temple that was inaugurated yesterday, in Corso Tre Venezie in Padua, in the Arcella area. The Hindu community of Veneto therefore has a new place to pray and socialize just a few minutes from the center of a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, capable of welcoming various ethnic groups and tourists from all over the world. The Hindu faithful began to pray as early as 8 am but the religious services and official meetings will continue in the coming days, so as to allow even those who work during the week to participate in the events of the rich program desired by the organizers.

The temple is dedicated to the monkey-God Hanuman, in particular Salasar Balaji according to the religious tradition of the city of Salasar in Rajasthan. Before Covid - explains restaurateur Pankaj Sharma - about 400,000 Indian tourists arrived in Venice each year. "We also work with Indian tourism and travel agencies. When Indian tourists arrive in Venice, we let them visit the city of Padua and take them to our restaurants and hotels in the city. Thanks to this temple, Hindu tourists will be able to pray a few minutes by car from the historic center ."



African Style of Celebrating Ganesh Festival


Posted on 2020/8/6 11:30:21 ( 255 reads )

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ENTEBBE, UGANDA, August 5, 2020 (youtube): The short youtube video at "source" above shows a Ganesh Festival being celebrated African style with enthusiastic drumming and chanting at the Shree Ganesh Temple in Entebbe, Uganda.

A second short video features the Ganesha Visarjana festival celebrated in Africa with the immersion of Ganesha in the ocean. It can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwfThl4yAZA



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2020/8/6 11:30:07 ( 119 reads )

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Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Bengali poet and Brahmo Samaj philosopher



Slideshow Presentation on the British Legacy of India in Three Parts


Posted on 2020/8/1 11:20:00 ( 340 reads )

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INDIA July 30, 2020 (Slideshare by Arindam Bandyopadhyay): This excellent power point presentation by Dr. Arindam Bandyopadhyay of Texas covers the British legacy in India from the 18th century.

In part one ("source" above), Bandyopadhyay explains how the British themselves never tire of "pointing with pride" to what they claim to have done and to be doing for the benefit of the Indian people. But, he points out, what knowledge we have regarding the matter, comes almost wholly from British sources, and hence the majority of us do not suspect that there is another side to the story.

The British were perhaps the most successful pirates in history. They came to India, pillaged the country in the name of trade and then enslaved it in the name of civilization. Perhaps the most important aspect of colonial rule was the transfer of wealth from India to Britain...without capital from India, British banks would have found it impossible to fund the modernization of Britain that took place in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Part Two covers literacy, development and governance in British-ruled India and Part Three covers famines--one of the most extraordinary examples of whitewashing of history is the sustained, continuing deletion from world history of two centuries of massive, recurrent, man-made famine in British India beginning with the Great Bengal Famine of 1769-1770.

Part Two: https://www.slideshare.net/arindamb59/ ... 8a5f8&v=&b=&from_search=1

Part Three: https://www.slideshare.net/arindamb59/ ... 8a5f8&v=&b=&from_search=3



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2020/8/1 11:19:44 ( 229 reads )

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After death, the soul goes to the next world bearing in mind the subtle impressions of its deeds, and after reaping their harvest returns again to this world of action. Thus, he who has desires continues subject to rebirth.
-- Shukla Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.6



Work Starts on $6.5 Million Hindu Temple in Oldham


Posted on 2020/7/31 11:14:17 ( 261 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, July 28, 2020 (The Business Desk): Work has begun on the construction of a US$6.461 million Hindu temple in Oldham, whose design is a blend of modern and traditional features. The project is due for completion in 2022. Around 100 people, including members of the community, senior temple leaders, design team personnel and contractors attended a ground-breaking ceremony to bless the start of the scheme on Copsterhill Road. Site clearance has begun and will be followed by ground works, structural steel works, glass-reinforced concrete works and then the internal finishes.

Once completed, the Shree Swaminarayan Temple will feature a spacious and naturally-lit modern prayer hall, space for sports, events and teaching, a courtyard with landscaped gardens, parking and accommodation. The new temple is being funded through donations from the local community as well as supporters nationwide and internationally. An ornate solid marble feature gate and traditional Hindu temple domes will be hand-crafted in India, imported and installed at the new facility. The Shree Swaminarayan Temple, currently based on Lee Street, opened in 1977. The community has been seeking a new, modern facility for a number of years. Planning permission for the new development was granted in June 2019.

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