Indian History Congress Underway

GO TO SOURCE CALCUTTA, INDIA, January 2, 2001: The 61st annual congress of Indian historians has begun in the city of Calcutta. At the opening ceremony the Nobel Laureate and economist, Amartya Sen, said that current “fundamentalist trends” in India threatened its secular traditions. He said that Hindu epics such as Ramayana should not be treated as part of Indian…

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Vishwa Sangh Shibir Successful Completion in Mumbai

GO TO SOURCE MUMBAI, INDIA, January 4, 2001: “All-round progress can be achieved only through adoption of a plan based on Hindu philosophy,” said Shri K. S. Sudarshan, Sarasanghchalak (head) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The occasion was the valedictory function of a 5-day long Vishwa Sangh Shibir attended by total of 571 delegates coming from 39 countries. Issues…

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Millions Flock to Hindu Festival

GO TO SOURCE ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 7, 2001: Pilgrims have begun arriving in the northern Indian town of Allahabad for Hinduism’s most important spiritual gathering, which is expected to attract at least 70 million people over the next 42 days. The Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years and sees millions of devotees bathe in the Ganga to purify their…

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Saints Protest Land Allotments at Mela

Source: Free Press Journal, Mumbai ALLAHABAD, INDIA, December 15, 2000: Saints of various religious orders are upset with the mela administrators, alleging discrimination in allotment of land. They say fake saint committees have been given land, and object to the construction of 5-star facilities for foreigners and VIPS, which they said was against the religious sentiments linked with the Mela.…

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Immigrants Bring Religious Devotion to Canada

Source: Religious New Service VANCOUVER, CANADA, December 30, 2000: With a multitude of multicultural flavors, Asian immigrants, 50% of whom attend regular religious services, have rescued three of Canada’s largest cities. Previous to the wave of immigration, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto were considered places where there was an indifference to, or even of, rejection of religion. Now Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu,…

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Attempted Burglary at Badrinath Temple

GO TO SOURCE DEHRADUN, INDIA, January 5, 2001: ISI agent Ankur Sharma was apprehended by security guards on January 4 after attempting to steal a cherished statue from the sacred shrine of Badrinath. After some resistance, the culprit was handed over to the local authorities.

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Uttar Pradesh Government Offers Insurance to Pilgrims

Source: India Abroad News Service ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 2, 2001: Taking precautionary measures for the estimated 70 million devotees who are expected to pilgrimage to the holy “Sangam” at Allahabad, the Uttar Pradesh government is providing insurance coverage. Allahabad commissioner Sada Kant, who has orchestrated the huge event, is reported as saying, “Each of the visitors in the 20- to…

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Fatwas Ruled Illegal in Bangladesh

Source: Amnesty International Press Release January 5, 2001: The Bangladesh High Court made a landmark ruling that fatwas — religious edicts issued by the Muslim clergy –are illegal. The court also ruled that such edicts, mainly issued against women, must be made punishable by an act of parliament. Usually imposed against women who assert themselves in village family life, dozens…

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Accident at Sabarimala in Kerala

GO TO SOURCE PATHANAMTHITTA, KERALA, INDIA, December 25, 2000: A woman pilgrim was killed and 150 others were injured when the iron barricade along the Marakkoottom-Saramkuthi section of the Sabrimala trekking path gave way under crowd pressure. The deceased has been identified as Samrajamma, age 55 of Andhra Pradesh. Sabarimala has been witnessing a high volume of devotees since Sunday…

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Conversion an Issue in Gujarat

GO TO SOURCE NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 31, 2000: Conversion and reconversion to and from Christianity has been the source of contention between families and neighbors in India’s state of Gujarat. However, the holiday season passed with no violent incidences among the tribals where the clashes between Hindus and those converted to Christianity are most predominant. Receiving lots of encouragement…

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