The Race to Find India’s Hidden Languages

INDIA, October 1, 2021 (BBC): Between 1961 and 1971, thousands of languages vanished from Indian census data. One man decided to track them down, before they were lost forever. It was 2010 and Ganesh N. Devy was concerned about the lack of comprehensive data on the languages of India. “The 1961 [Indian] census recognized 1,652 mother tongues,” says Devy, “but…

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Listen to the Beyond Belief Podcast on Ganesha

UNITED STATES, October 18, 2021 (Spotify): Ganesh or Ganesha – also known as Ganpati – is one of the best known Hindu Gods. Easily identified by His elephant head, pot belly and four arms, Ganesha has many fine attributes and is revered as the remover of obstacles and the God of beginnings. As Hindus prepare to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi (the…

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Dussehra, Hindu Festival Enjoyed by Nepalis in Hong Kong, Was the Biggest Event of the Year for Their Gurkha Soldier Forefathers in the City

HONG KONG, October 15, 2021 (SCMP): Dussehra, also known as Dashain, which takes place on October 15 this year, is marked by thousands across Hong Kong. While Diwali – the Hindu Festival of Lights – is more widely celebrated by local Indian communities, Dussehra is beloved of the Nepali contingent. From Yau Ma Tei to Yuen Long, the festival is…

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Muslims, Hindus Protest Amid Communal Violence in Bangladesh

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, October 16, 2021 (ABC News): Protests erupted for a second day in Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday, amid a wave of violence against local Hindus following a viral social media image perceived as insulting to the country’s Muslim majority. Some 10,000 protesters — many of them carrying banners of Islamist political parties — took to the streets outside the…

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Hindu Priestesses Revamp the Indian Wedding

KOLKATA,INDIA, October 15, 2021 (NPR): When Sharmistha Chaudhuri decided to get married in her native India, she faced a dilemma. Chaudhuri, 35, is a PR professional in Austin, Texas. She’s independent, educated and has traveled the world. She wanted her wedding to reflect her liberal values and the equal partnership she has with her American fiance. But Chaudhuri found some…

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Uproar on Durga Puja in Bangladesh, Riots Everywhere

BANGLADESH, October 14, 2021 (News Track Live): In Bangladesh, the inhuman treatment of Hindus has once again come to the fore. Hindu temples were ransacked here due to Durga Puja in such a way that riots broke out. Three persons reportedly died and several others injured in the riots. At present, the Government of Bangladesh has deployed paramilitary forces in…

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Government Board Takes Over Mattannur Temple

KANNUR, KERALA, INDIA, October 13, 2021 (The Hindu): The Malabar Devaswom Board took over the administration of the Mattannur Mahadeva Temple amid strong protests by people, who resisted the entry of the officials and the police into the temple, on Wednesday. Despite the protest, officials led by executive officer P. Sreekumar entered the temple by breaking open the locked gate…

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Goons Attack Hindu temples During Durga Puja

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, October 14, 2021 (oneindia.com): Hindu temples in Bangladesh have been vandalized by some unidentified miscreants during Durga Puja celebrations, prompting the government to deploy paramilitary force in 22 districts after three people were killed and many others injured in riots, media reports said on Thursday. The bdnews24.com news website reported that after allegations of blasphemy, a local temple…

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Trinidad’s Annual Divali Nagar 2021 is Digital

TRINIDAD, October 15, 2021 (by Paras Ramoutar): Despite the Covid 19 Pandemic, patrons will not be shortchanged in terms of the various presentations set to begin on Tuesday October 26, culminating on Wednesday. November 3, at Divali Nagar stage, Chaguanas, according to Surujdeo Mangaroo, public relations officer of the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC), the original promulgator. Divali Nagar…

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