Jainism

Valley Muslims Seek Equality in School Holidays

January 21, 2007

Author: Daniel Patrick Sheehan

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a1_5muslimjan21,0,6392682.story

Kulsum Soonasra is one of perhaps 50 Muslims at Parkland High School but 1.5 billion in the world. And, while her argument for public school recognition of Islam's holiest day isn't a statistical one, those numbers mean something.

''We're a huge religion,'' the 17-year-old junior from Upper Macungie...

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"Gujarat Freedom of Religion Bill: Assault on Jainism" a Commentary by Bal Patil

January 14, 2007

Author: Bal Patil

Source: Indian Catholic

http://www.theindiancatholic.com/newsread.asp?nid=5566

Following the pattern set by several Indian states that include Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the Gujarat state assembly has not simply passed an anti-conversion law but recently amended its contents, classifying two distinct Indian religious identities – Jains and Buddhists – as Hindus.

Not only is such a classification...

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A Quiet Religion: Even Showing your Wealth is an Act of Violence to Jains

November 30, 2006

Author: AIIT JAIN

Source: Toronto Sun

http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2006/11/30/2560808-sun.html

There's a small but relatively affluent religious community that keeps a very low profile in the GTA.

With about 4,000 followers in the area, Jains strictly follow their basic religious tenet of "Ahimsa parmo dharma" -- non-violence, in thought and action.

This tenet extends to their diet -- Jains...

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'Jainism Needs More Research'

November 13, 2006

Source: The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/2006/11/12/stories/2006111215880300.htm

The spread of Jainsim in South India should be extensively researched, said experts participating in the first national seminar on `Jainism in South India,' which began here on Saturday.

The seminar has been organised by Kannada University, Hampi, the Abheraj Baldota Jain Samskriti Adhyayana Peetha and the Dravida Samskriti Adyayana Peetha in association with Alva's...

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Only 23 Parsi Families Left in the Capital

November 13, 2006

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200611130311.htm

Only 23 Parsi families are now residing in the National Capital while among the minorities, Muslims are the largest chunk who have chosen their abode here.

According to the Delhi Minorities Commission's annual report 2004-05, which has been tabled in the Delhi Assembly, there are only 23 Parsis families staying in the city.

As per the Census 2001, minorities constitute 17 per...

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ADL Condemns Hate Crime Against Pakistani Muslim In Brooklyn

November 2, 2006

Source: Anti-Deformation League Press Release

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HatCr_51/4922_51.htm

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned the brutal assault of a Pakistani man in Brooklyn and praised the NYPD and Brooklyn District Attorney's Office for apprehending the alleged perpetrators, five Jewish teenagers, and charging them with a hate crime.

Shahid Amber, 24, was approached by the alleged perpetrators, ranging in age from 15 to 17 years, who shouted, "...

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Companies Spot a Niche for Diwali Merchandise

October 20, 2006

Author: Ansley Roan

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/201/story_20180_1.html

Vasudha Narayanan was browsing in a Walgreens in Gainesville, Fla., last year when she saw something she'd never seen before in an American drugstore -- greeting cards for the holiday Diwali.

"I was so happy," said Narayanan, who was born in India. "It was like a piece of home almost. It was a real symbol of being part of the American fabric."...

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Diwali Event Attracts Thousands

October 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6049522.stm

Thousands of people have gathered in London for celebrations to mark Diwali - the Hindu festival of light. Light displays and floating lanterns in Trafalgar Square set the mood for one of the most important religious occasions for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Diwali welcomes the New Year and symbolises the power of good triumphing over evil and the renewal of life.

Mayor...

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'Preserve Cultural Heritage of Jains'

October 20, 2006

Source: The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/2006/10/15/stories/2006101508800300.htm

Governor R.L. Bhatia has called upon the Centre and the State Government to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Jains in the country.

He was inaugurating a seminar on Jainism in Kerala organised by the Bharatvarshiya Dig. Jain Mahasabha and the Wayanad Jain Samaj at Puliyarmala, Kalpetta North, on Saturday.

Mr. Bhatia said the State Government should take...

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Festival of Lights Brightens up the Fairgrounds

October 20, 2006

Author: Poorva Singal

Source: Silver Chips Online

http://silverchips.mbhs.edu/inside.php?sid=6807

Freshman Ruhi Vasavada stands in a small tent crowded by performers, dressed in a long skirt decorated with mirrors, a matching blouse and a sash draped over her head. This performance signifies her fourth year performing for Diwali Mela, a fair to celebrate the Diwali festival. And in front of her are hundreds of people, waiting eagerly for the many...

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Religious Festival Fire Warnings

October 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/6062358.stm

Warnings about fire safety have been given to people celebrating two major religious festivals this month.

South Wales Fire Service is urging people celebrating Diwali and Eid Ul Fitr to be aware of fire safety in the home during the festivities.

Diwali is associated with candle use, while special meals are prepared for Eid - both of which the brigade says cause a...

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Accommodating Religion: Special Favors or Religious Freedom?

October 15, 2006

Author: Charles C. Haynes

Source: First Amendment Center Press Release

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=17529

The village of Suffern, N.Y., treats Orthodox Jews just like everyone else and that’s why it’s being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for religious discrimination.

Equal treatment, it turns out, sometimes keeps the faithful from practicing their faith.

Orthodox Jews, for...

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A Hundred Thousand Dalits Gather in Maharashtra to Burn Anti-Conversion Laws

October 11, 2006

Author: Nirmala Carvalho

Source: Asia News

http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=7449

More than 100,000 Indian Dalits or outcastes are meeting on Saturday in Nagpur, Maharashtra, to publicly burn copies of the anti-conversion laws adopted by some of India’s states and express their support to anyone who wants to abandon the Indian caste system. The event will also mark the 50th anniversary of the conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism of Baba...

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