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    1. The Good of Hinduism: A Solid Foundation of Pluralism

      The Good of Hinduism: A Solid Foundation of Pluralism

      In trying to understand or discuss the “good of Hinduism” – how faith has, in big and small ways, theoretical and very concrete, served humanity and the world for good– one can simply state the obvious. A Hindu can do good by serving others, as indicated in the oft repeated “Manav seva, Madhav seva.”  While the loose translation – Service to humanity is service to God  - doesn’t capture the selfless nature ...

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    2. Kashmiris clash with police over plan to settle Hindus

      Kashmiris clash with police over plan to settle Hindus

      SRINAGAR: Police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against a government plan to build townships for hundreds of thousands of Hindus in India-held Kashmir.

      A photographer working with a local newspaper and a policeman were injured in the clashes as the protesters chanting pro-independence slogans marched towards the city centre, Lalchowk, in Srinagar.

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    3. Law to rehabilitate Hindu refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh?

      NEW DELHI: The government is likely to soon enact a law for rehabilitation of Hindu refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh. At a meeting held at home minister Rajnath Singh's residence, the issue was discussed along with the recent Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh and how to get past the roadblocks in the way of the land acquisition bill. 

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    4. India plans to build new townships in Kashmir to resettle Hindus

      (Reuters) - India's nationalist government plans to resettle tens of thousands of Hindus in three new townships in Muslim-dominated Kashmir, setting up a confrontation with separatists who say it is an Israel-style policy of creating settlements in occupied territory.

      Many Kashmiri Hindus, or Pandits, also say they are not in favour of the plan. 

      Between 200,000 to 300,000 Hindus are estimated to have fled Kashmir after an armed ...

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    5. Kashmir’s native Hindus encouraged to return under controversial plans

      Kashmir’s native Hindus encouraged to return under controversial plans

      NEW DELHI // The new government in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state has stirred up controversy by announcing plans to build townships for Kashmiri Pandits, to encourage the return of the Hindu community that fled two-and-a-half decades ago.

      More than two-thirds of the Pandit population – about 24,000 families – left the Muslim-majority state in the early 1990s as a separatist movement became increasingly militant. They have remained in exile ever ...

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    6. Bringing Pandits back: Dump 'Palestine-like' plan for separate colonies, say Kashmiris

      Bringing Pandits back: Dump 'Palestine-like' plan for separate colonies, say Kashmiris

      Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday finally reaffirmed what most of the Kashmir valley felt about the Pandit community: that they should return to their original homes and not to separate clusters reserved for them.

      The chief minister told the state assembly that there was no plan to set up separate clusters of homes for members of the community.

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    7. Pakistan’s Troubled Minorities: Veengas Yangeen on forced conversions and dubious convictions of blasphemy

      Pakistan’s Troubled Minorities: Veengas Yangeen on forced conversions and dubious convictions of blasphemy

      What are your thoughts about the forced conversions of minority girls, particularly of Hindus and Christians, in Pakistan?

      First, our society is male-dominated; second, unethical and criminal acts usually take place in the name and under the cover of religion and honor. Forced conversions of Hindu and Christian girls shows that certain groups can commit crimes in the name of religion.

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    8. SC Bangladesh upheld death sentence of Mohammad Kamaruzzaman

      SC Bangladesh upheld death sentence of Mohammad Kamaruzzaman

      Mohammad Kamaruzzaman was a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh who was sentenced to death in May 2013 by a domestic war crimes court for torture, abduction and murder including a mass killing at a site which has become known as the “Village of Widows”. He was active member of Al Badr brigade of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan that was fighting against Bangladeshis along with the than West Pakistan Army. Al Badr called this ...

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    9. Pakistan: Grand Hindu congregation being observed at Hinglaj

      Pakistan: Grand Hindu congregation being observed at Hinglaj

      Karachi: A large number of Hindus travelled on Sunday towards Hinglaj mountain range, 250 kilometres west of Karachi, for the annual pilgrimage of Nani Mata, the Hindu deity, whose centuries-old temple is located in a cave.

      Thousands of Hindus had travelled from across the country to join others from India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangladesh to take part in the rituals and festivities at the temple of the Mata, also ...

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    10. India-administered Kashmir's Hindu Refugees Look For Salvation

      India-administered Kashmir's Hindu Refugees Look For Salvation

      Hindus who migrated to Kashmir from Pakistan during Partition are still awaiting full rights as citizens. 

      Seven decades after fleeing the carnage of Partition, Mangu Ram is still regarded as a second-class citizen in India-administered Kashmir, unable to own property or vote in state elections. But, now aged 82, Ram is daring to hope he will finally be able to shed his refugee status after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ...

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    11. Not fit to print: Hindus take to the streets over defamatory article

      Not fit to print: Hindus take to the streets over defamatory article

      PESHAWAR: The All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement (APHRM) has said it will not tolerate any attempts to desecrate their holy books.  

      This was said at a protest held outside Peshawar Press Club on Sunday. A large number of APHRM members and civil society activists took to the streets against an article published in an Urdu newspaper which accused Hindus living in Pakistan of being “foreign agents”. APHRM Chairman Haroon Sarbdiyal ...

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      Mentions: Lahore Pakistan Sindh
    12. School Yoga Program Does Not Violate California Establishment Clause

      In Sedlock v. Baird , (CA App., April 3, 2015), a California state appellate court held that the yoga program introduced in California's Encinitas Union School District does not violate the Establishment Clause of the California Constitution.  The court concluded:
      While the practice of yoga may be religious in some contexts, yoga classes as taught in the District are, as the trial court determined, "devoid of any religious, mystical, or ...
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      Mentions: California
    13. Hinduism to become world’s third largest religion by 2050: Report

      Hinduism to become world’s third largest religion by 2050: Report

      Hindus will become the world’s third largest population by 2050, while India will overtake Indonesia as the country with the largest Muslim population, according to a new study.

      According to the Pew Research Center’s religious profile predictions assessed data released on Thursday, the Hindu population is projected to rise by 34 per cent worldwide, from a little over 1 billion to nearly 1.4 billion by 2050.

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      Mentions: China Japan Thailand
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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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    1. Going forward, either grants to FBOs should be genuinely inclusive, and widely engage non-Christian FBOs, or the next administration should seriously consider turning the clock back to the days in which the makers of US foreign policy and development assistance took seriously the First Amendment.
      By Rupa Subramanya
    2. Same sex couples deserve the same rights and respect granted to opposite sex couples, and we commend the Secretary General's efforts to treat all UN employees with equal dignity.
      By Samir Kalra
    3. The essential core of Hindu teachings is that an individual's value is not based on his or her sexual orientation, but on one's ability to transcend the body, senses, and ego.
      By Swaminathan Venkataraman
    4. We walked on the same street in Dhaka where Roy was killed. This has hit closer to home than ever before.
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