Hinduism

Hindus Celebrate Thaipusam

February 5, 2004

Source: Channel News Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/69629/1/.html

On February 5, 2004 Channel News Asia reported, "Thousands of devotees celebrated the Hindu festival of Thaipusam early Thursday morning where many carried milk pots and metal frames called kavadis to pay homage to Lord Muruga...Acting Education Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, was in awe as he observed how devotees had their bodies pierced. '...

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Controversy Surrounds UNICEF Calendar With No Hindu or Sikh Holidays

February 5, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_561918,00050003.htm

On February 5, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "A major controversy erupted after UNICEF's UK branch printed a diary ignoring Hindu and Sikh religious festivals while listing religious festivals from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. The diary which contains 25 days associated with Christianity, three days linked to Islam, two days for Judaism and one day for Buddhism...

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Deputy Mayor Defends Construction of ISKCON Temple

February 4, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_560296,00050003.htm

On February 4, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Amidst protests by local religious bodies, a senior city official has strongly defended the allocation of land for the construction of a Krishna temple and Vedic Centre in Moscow by the local chapter of ISKCON. 'This is an officially recognised structure, this is not a banned religion and has a large following,' Moscow Deputy Mayor...

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Kanchi Seer Questions Dalai Lama's Offers of Mediation in Ayodhya Talks

February 2, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/469147.cms

On February 2, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati on Sunday questioned the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s propriety in initiating a dialogue on the Ayodhya issue. 'The Dalai Lama does not believe in Lord Rama. Nor does he belong to this land. How can he promote a dialogue between the two groups,' he asked. 'Talks are in...

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Largest Hindu Temple in Southern Hemisphere Consecrated in Helensburgh

February 2, 2004

Source: The Syndey Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/01/1075570293746.html

On February 2, 2004 The Syndey Morning Herald ran an article on the consecration of a Hindu temple: "In a ceremony almost as colourful as its past, thousands of Hindu devotees celebrated the consecration of the Sri Venkateswara Temple at Helensburgh in a spectacle of singing, chanting and flower petals yesterday. Around 5000 Hindus, from throughout Australia and...

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Mufti Asks Muslims to Respect Hindu Sentiments, Not Sacrifice Cows for Eid ul-Zuha

February 2, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/469249.cms

On February 2, 2004 The Times of India reported, "In a significant gesture on the eve of Eid ul-Zuha, the influential Darul Uloom school of Islamic theology on Sunday asked Muslims to sacrifice animals other than cows in states where cow-slaughter is banned. 'Though cow-slaughter is legitimate under Shariat, it is advised that sheep, goat and camel be sacrificed in states where...

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NH Community Supports Hindu Temple Destroyed by Fire

February 1, 2004

Source: The Hampton Union

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/hampton/02012004/news/73826.htm

On February 1, 2004 The Hampton Union reported that "the aftermath of a New Year’s Eve fire that gutted the Saraswati Mandiram Hindu Temple on Ladd’s Lane has Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj, the church’s leader, feeling both devastated by the loss and uplifted by the outpouring of community support - a support he did not realize was there until he...

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Hindu Temple Gives Blankets to the Homeless

January 31, 2004

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10671~1927258,00.html

On January 31, 2004 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that "the Hindu Temple of Livermore recently distributed more than 150 winter blankets for homeless people visiting Hope Project, Open Heart Kitchen, Tri-Valley Haven and Shepherd's Gate. Christine Dillman, director of homeless services at the Tri-Valley Haven Pantry, thanked the Hindu Temple, also known...

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Jesus in America Reflects Diversity

January 31, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.projo.com/ap/ma/1075580031.htm

On January 31, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "Readers looking for the one true Jesus won't find him in Boston University professor Stephen Prothero's new book 'American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon.' Instead, they will discover the extraordinary range of identities Jesus has assumed in American culture - in art, music, literature and more - over the past four centuries. The range...

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Hindu Family Asked to Remove Religious Flag in Florida

January 30, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_554088,00050001.htm

On January 30, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported that "a Hindu family in Florida has been asked to remove a religious flag from outside their home or face a fine of up to $100 a day. Residents of the Rivermill development area in Lake Worth, Florida, asked Chola and Leila Persaud, who are of Indo-Guyanese origin, to remove the flag. 'We had a general meeting of homeowners. My...

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Hindu Temple Expansion Sparks Controversy

January 29, 2004

Source: Queens Chronicle

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10888105&BRD=1862&PAG=461&dept_id=152512&rfi=6

On January 29, 2004 the Queens Chronicle reported that "longtime Holliswood residents squared off against the Hindu congregation of the Vaishnav Temple of New York on Monday night, with both sides offering impassioned testimonies before Community Board 8’s Land Use Committee on the temple’s proposed expansion...

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Archeology Dept to Restore Hindu Pilgrimmage Site in Punjab Province

January 28, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_550816,001300270001.htm

On January 28, 2004 the Hindustan Times ran an Asian News International article that reported, "The Archaeology Department in Pakistan's Punjab province has begun supervision of restoration work of the famous Hindu shrine of Ketas, which is located between Kallar Kahar and Choa Saidan Shah. The first phase of the restoration work is likely to cost Rs 8 million and...

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Growing Politico-Cultural Nationalism a Sinhala-Buddhist Version of Hindutva

January 26, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_547837,00410008.htm

On January 26, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Sri Lanka is now witnessing the beginnings of a revivalist movement, the third in the last 100 years. Political circles here are abuzz with talk of the arrival of politico-cultural nationalism akin to Hindutva in neighbouring India. It is being described as Jathika Chinthanaya or National Consciousness, based on the island's 2,500...

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