Hinduism

Christians Angered by Conversion Law in Chhattisgarh

August 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5246328.stm

On August 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "Christian groups have reacted strongly to a new law passed by the Indian state of Chhattisgarh which requires official approval of any religious conversion. They said they were prepared to take the case to India's Supreme Court. The General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, Arun Pannalal, said they hoped to persuade the governor to withhold assent. Mr...

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Minority Faith Involvement in the Immigration Debates (2006)

In recent months, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu immigrants have organized to make their presence known and to vocalize their faith commitments to American ideals at stake in the national immigration reform debates. They have added poignant personal stories, diverse religious opinions, and budding political voices to the debate, offering a view of America seldom spotlighted. The unique combination of experiences and faith commitments these first, second, and third generation immigrants bring to the public square both challenges and supports America's national identity at a fundamental level....

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Op-ed: "India's Conversion Laws"

July 30, 2006

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_29561.shtml

On July 30, 2006 The New Nation reported, "An alliance of Indian groups representing various faiths and castes has raised alarm over 'anti-conversion laws' and condemned the move of banning religious conversions in several Hindu nationalists' government-run states of India. Last week a statement from the alliance of groups that included over 100 Muslim, Buddhist and Christian...

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Ontario Hindus Flock to Temple for Chariot Festival

July 29, 2006

Source: The Toronto Star

http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/484

On July 29, 2006 The Toronto Star reported, "As the temple bells tolled, women in multicolour saris parted ranks to make way for the gold-plated chariot circling Scarborough’s Sri Varasiththi Vinaayagar Hindu Temple. As some lifted their hands in prayer yesterday, others held out flaming clay pots. Atop the chariot, a priest known as an Iyar performed the Hindu prayer ritual of puja for Lord...

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Schools Struggle to Accommodate Myriad Religious Holidays

July 29, 2006

Source: The Free Lance-Star

Wire Service: AP

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/072006/07292006/208825

On July 29, 2006 The Free Lance-Star reported, "Growing religious diversity has public schools around the country re-examining how they accommodate the holy days of different faiths. The Virginia Department of Education allows each locality to determine its own academic calendar, said Julie Grimes, a department...

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Hindus Make Progress in Protecting Temples

July 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/7/27.shtml#1

On July 27, 2006 Hindu Press International published a press release by Datuk A. Vaithilingam Chairman Special Committee on Temples and President Malaysia Hindu Sangam: "The first meeting of the City Hall Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) Liaison Committee Regarding Places of Worship (non-Muslims) was held on Monday this week at the DBKL...The meeting comprising various officials of the DBKL, FT Land...

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U.S. Congressman Helps Launch Book Detailing Hindu Temples in America

July 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/7/30.shtml#4

On July 27, 2006 Hindu Press International reported, "Author K. Panchapakesanand and U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina, jointly released 'Bharat Rekha in America,' a guide to 53 Hindu Temples in 33 American states. In his welcoming address, Congressman Wilson lauded the efforts of Mr. Panchapakesanand for publishing such an outstanding book which will help the Hindu Community...

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Hindu Heritage Camp Celebrates 21st Anniversary

July 26, 2006

Source: Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America

http://www.vhp-america.org/press/pr_2006-07-27_01.htm

On July 26, 2006 the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America reported, "When was the last time 150 youths got together, went canoeing and played garba-raas (an Indian traditional dance) in the same day? The 21st annual Houston area Hindu Heritage Camp was a success with a record number of campers, ages 7 to 17, attending. Campers participated in several physical activities such as...

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Hindu Temples Destroyed in Kashmir to be Reconstructed

July 25, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International/Rediff

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/7/27.shtml#2

On July 25, 2006 Rediff reported, "An amalgam of 16 Kashmiri Pandit Organizations have formed a trust for restoration and reconstruction of over 200 temples and shrines destroyed by Islamic militancy in the valley and demanded financial aid from the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir... He... urged Kashmiri Muslims, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to...

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Government Announces Rehabilitation Plan for Victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

July 22, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1750574,000900010004.htm

On July 22, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Uttar Pradesh government has announced a rehabilitation package for the victims of 1984 Sikh riots in the light of the recommendations of the Nanavati Commission. Ex-gratia relief would be distributed among the riot victims under the package, official sources said on...

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Columbia Hindu Temple Holds Fundraiser Concert

July 21, 2006

Source: The Missouran

http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=20724

On July 21, 2006 The Missouran reported, "In its first large-scale fundraiser since it opened in September, the Hindu Temple and Community Center of Mid-Missouri will host a morning concert of classical Indian music by singer Sandhya Pandurangi. Organizers hope that, in addition to raising money for the temple, the event will increase the visibility of Indian culture in Columbia, temple...

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