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    1. Bangladesh jails 2 Hindu teachers for insulting Islam

      DHAKA, Bangladesh — A court has jailed two teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, invoking a rare law from the British colonial era that makes insulting any religion a crime.

      The case began when students at Hijla High School in Bagerhat district complained that the assistant teacher of a science class Sunday dismissed the Quran as the word of Allah and said there ...

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    2. Hindus fall prey to post-polls violence

      [Bangladesh] Hindu people living in Khidirpara union parishad under Louhojong upazila in Munshiganj have been passing days with anxiety since Saturday’s union parishad election as supporters of an Awami League supported chairman candidate vandalised over 15 houses and threatening them with dire consequences.

      Many people of the community have already left their dwelling houses and are living at their relatives’ houses located at neighbouring places.

      Local sources said Khidirpara ...

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    3. Anger over kidnappings, forced conversions of Hindu girls in Pakistan

      Earlier this month, on April 9, 2016, three teenage girls of Hindu community in Sindh province went missing from their villages.

      Threatened by kidnappings and forced conversions of their teenage girls and abandoned by the government of Pakistan, the Hindu minority living in Sindh province is waiting for a divine miracle to rescue them.

      Earlier this month, on April 9, 2016, three teenage girls of Hindu community in Sindh province ...

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    4. Hindus Need Long Term Political Strategy And Dharmic Awakening

      Lack of political strategy and vision results in the failure of Hindu unity and infighting. It has made them politically weak in spite of being in the majority.

      It is necessary to develop a dharmic awakening in the overall society.

      Hindu unity and a strong national dharma is the need of the times, allied with a long-term vision, and a realistic estimation of current difficulties.

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    5. South Asia in South Texas

      The temple opened in 2004, said a volunteer there, Viral Desai, and was the first to open of the six major North American centers for BAPS, a Hindu denomination. It often gets around 1,000 visitors per month, including school groups and tourists. Roughly 200 to 300 families from all over Texas, including San Antonio and Beaumont, regularly come to pray and make offerings to themurtis, small statues of ...

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    6. Hindu girl abducted in Pakistan, police inaction alleged

      Pakistan's ruling party PML(N)'s prominent minority Hindu community Member of National Assembly (MNA) Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has alleged police inaction in the abduction of a 14-year-old Hindu girl in the Sindh province.

      While talking to TOI over phone from Karachi, Vankwani, who is also founder of Pakistan Hindu Council, informed that on April 10th , a 14 years old Hindu girl Leela Bai was abducted from Sanghar district ...

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    7. Centre to Allow Pakistani Hindus to Buy Property, Open Bank A/C

      New Delhi: People belonging to minority communities of Pakistan, staying in India on a Long Term Visa, will soon be allowed to buy property, open bank accounts and get PAN and Aadhaar cards, with the Modi government planning to roll out special facilities for them.

      Among other concessions the BJP-led government is all set to offer them include reduction in fees for registration as citizens of India from Rs 15 ...

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    8. Battle for Bangladesh’s soul

      Battle for Bangladesh’s soul

      ....the country’s success in its fight against extremism should matter to the entire world “Offending religious sentiments shows a perverted mindset,” the Bangladeshi Premier, Sheikh Hasina, recently said at a celebration of the Bengali New Year on April 14. She was careful to add, however, that anyone “killing another person in response to what they have written is not Islamic”.

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    9. This Kumbh Mela, Let's Return To Our Culture Of Caring For Mother Earth

      The connection of the people with nature is still very visible in our practices today. This Friday, tens of millions of Hindus across the country will take dips in the sacred Shipra River as part of the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain.

      However, the rivers in which we attempt to cleanse ourselves are heavily polluted. Even the air we breathe is in many areas among the most polluted in the ...

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    10. Who is God? Pluralism is the Answer

      In the upcoming episode of The Story of God, Morgan Freeman attempts to discover who God is – and how he/she or they have evolved over history,  Leading off with questions such as “What are all the ways that people connect to God?” And “Is god fundamentally different to different faiths?” – Freeman heads to my spiritual homeland, India, the cradle of not only Hinduism, but several other faiths as well ...

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    11. ISIS threatens to wipe out Hindus from India, vows to carry out guerrilla attacks

      New Delhi/ Dhaka, April 14: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS threatened to carry out ‘guerrilla attacks’ in India with the help of its fighters in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, the ‘amir’ of ISIS fighters in Bangladesh, in an interview carried by the Dabiq magazie - mouth piece of the terror outfit, vowed to implement ‘sharia’ law in India and Bangladesh after wiping out disbelievers and ...

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    12. Study: Pakistan’s public school textbooks portray non-Muslim citizens as “religiously inferior, scheming and intolerant”

      Religion should be harboring tolerance and promoting peace but unfortunately, things are often different in real life. A new report that analyzed 78 textbooks from all four provinces of Pakistan found that children in schools are encouraged to disregard non-Muslims.

      Pakistan is one of the most populous countries in the world, with some 200 million inhabitants. It’s also one of the biggest Muslim countries, with 95-98% practicing the religion ...

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    13. Indian citizenship for Hindus from Pakistan to be made easier: Government

      There are around 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Raipur, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Delhi and Lucknow.

      People belonging to minority communities of Pakistan, staying in India on a Long Term Visa, will soon be allowed to buy property, open bank accounts and get PAN and Aadhaar cards, with the Modi government planning to roll out special facilities for them.

      Among ...

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    1. Obituaries: The Newest Route to Convert the Living

      Professor Anantanand Rambachan’s recent column in the Huffington Post reveals a stunning practice that I had never heard of before: strangers sending condolence letters upon the death of a loved one to try and convert grieving family members to Christianity. It is wholly inappropriate, as Prof. Rambachan writes, to try and exploit “an occasion for emotional vulnerability.”

      We at HAF consider the above to be an instance of “predatory ...

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