Hinduism

Members of VHP Attack Catholic Church in Gujurat

July 23, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=57289

On July 23, 2004 Zenit reported, "After a recent episode in Hyderabad, in southeastern India, where a group of 100 extremists attacked several priests and Catholic faithful, Hindu agitators have attacked another Christian community. The latest incident of religious intolerance occurred in Gujarat state, in western India, well-known for its extremist backers of the nationalist ideology of 'hindutva...

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Houston Parade Welcomes Deities to Hindu Temple

July 23, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2698024

On July 23, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported,"Events celebrating the dedication of the new BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir kick into high gear today with a parade that will travel from the Fort Bend County temple to the Galleria area. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the temple, 1150 Brand Lane near Stafford, with a motorcade of decorated floats, including one of a...

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Police Officers Display Hindu Identity Prominently

July 20, 2004

Source: Ahmedabad Newsline

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=92203

On July 20, 2004 Ahmedabad Newsline reported, "At the Naroda Police Station, in a corner of Senior Inspector V.S. Gohil’s chamber is a mini temple. There are idols and pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses on a shelf. Garlands, flowers, and agarbattis indicate there is daily puja. Gohil readily admits as much. He says he’s religious, of course, and is bewildered that...

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Company Apologizes for Using "Om" Symbol on Sandals

July 16, 2004

Source: Sify

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13523197

On July 16, 2004 Sify reported, "A leading footwear company of London, which displayed the sacred 'Om' symbol on its sandals, has apologized to Hindus and withdrawn the sale of the product after the community members protested against the 'insensitive' depiction. 'I take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of Lacey's Footwear for any offence or hurt the design on the sandal has caused to any member of the Hindu...

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Communist Party of India Calls for Multicultural Rewrite of History Textbooks

July 16, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0716/p06s01-wosc.html?s=hns

On July 16, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "In the past five years, Indian schoolchildren of all faiths have learned quite a bit about the culture of the Hindu majority. With the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party in charge, history textbooks were rewritten to extol the virtues of Indian kings like Shivaji and the Mauriyan and Vijayanagar empires. Hindu...

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Controversy Over Wigs Made of Hair Shorn in Hindu Rituals Has Little Impact on Business

July 14, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/14/international/asia/14hair.html?pagewanted=all

On July 14, 2004 the The New York Times reported, "A majority of Hindus, who make up 85 percent of India's billion-plus population, have their heads shaved at least once in a lifetime as prescribed by Hindu scriptures, and much of India's hair exports, which totaled $62.5 million last year, come out of the customary Hindu tradition of...

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Hindu Temple Event Promotes Interreligious Understanding Among Children

July 12, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times/Indo-Asian News Service

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5967_881166,001600060001.htm

On July 12, 2004 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "South African children got a glimpse of Hindu rituals and the rationale behind them at a temple here in an event aimed at fostering cross-cultural understanding. Children of devotees at the Swaminarayan Temple joined many others, including some invited from homes in Gauteng, to share the...

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At Parliament, Debate Over Meaning and Definition of Religion

July 10, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0407100135jul10,1,1475107.story?coll=chi-printnews-hed

On July 10, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "In a quiet room, spiritual leader Hum Bui and his followers, women dressed in sky-blue tunics with cone-shaped headscarves, enlighten a mesmerized crowd about their Vietnamese faith. Their founder established the CaoDai movement in 1925 to...

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