India’s Caste System and American Society: Similarities

Source: www.uwf.edu [HPI note: Dr. M. Lal Goel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at The University of West Florida, wrote about the similarities between India’s caste system and American society. You can read the full article at the source link, above. Here is a summary provided by the author.] UNITED STATES, July 30, 2010: A recent article in Newsweek by…

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Hindu of the Year Award Presented to Sri P. Parameswaran

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…

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Can Sikhs, Hindus Get Elected Without Converting?

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…

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Daily Inspiration

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com The greatest source of strength for any society is its faith in God. The day it renounces such faith will be the day that society begins to die.    Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

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15,000 Pilgrims Start This Year’s Amarnath Yatra

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…

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Indian Tradition Celebrates Virtue and Lights

Source: www.signonsandiego.com SAN DIEGO, CA, October 24, 2010: As the sun began to set Sunday night, volunteers lit the wicks of dozens of ornate brass lamps arranged near Balboa Park’s Alcazar Garden. They were among the thousands of people who had gathered for the third annual Diwali Festival of Light, a little early, in San Diego. [HPI note: Diwali happens…

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Chief Minister Sanctions 113 Posts In Sanskrit Colleges

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…

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Will Rising Prices Affect Ganesha Chaturthi?

Source: sify.com INDIA, August 1, 2010: Every year the Ganesha festival is commemorated with deep fervor in Maharashtra. However, this year the surge in the petrol and diesel-price is likely to affect the ardent devotees. The murthi makers lament that the price of commodities. Rising prices of petrol and diesel in the last five years, and increased transport charges have…

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Diwali Lights Up Tribal Lives Liveshttp://www.hindustantimes.com/Diwali-campaign-to-light-up-students-lives/Article1-617589.aspx

Source: “Schedule tribes or endogenous communities are amongst the most ecologically evolved communities amongst the world, but sadly also amongst the most economically backward ones in India,” says Darren Lobo of Grassroutes. He informs that most tribal villages just receive two-three hours of electricity per day, hampering a child’s ability to read or play once the sun sets. Lobo says,…

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