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    1. For a New Generation of Hindu American Parents, a Changing Model of Religion and Culture

      For those who identify as Hindu, the conflation between the religious identity and being Indian has been especially problematic, since being Hindu doesn't necessarily mean being Indian, and vice versa. For many of our parents' generation, however, it was hard to articulate a religious identity separate from homeland culture because the way they were raised often fused local cultural norms with religious practice, though there were certainly overlaps (and ...

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    2. PHOTOS: Stunning Hindu temple in New Jersey is one of the largest in America

      Faithful Hindus are flocking to a newly-dedicated temple in New Jersey to see God face to face.

      The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville is now the home of 15 sacred statues — called murtis — and their presence is already drawing up to 1,000 visitors every weekend.

      “This is now a living, breathing house of God,” BAPS spokesperson Lenin Joshi told The News. “This is not just another building which ...

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    3. Pakistan Hindus protest order to raze temple in Islamabad

      The Hindu community in Pakistan's Rawalpindi is protesting against the demolition order of a temple located in the heart of the garrison city.

      Built in 1935, the Maharishi Walmeck Sawami Jee temple serves as the hub of religious activities of the Hindus living in Rawalpindi. The temple is situated in high-security zone surrounded by residential and official buildings of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).

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    4. US media hail BKS Iyengar as one of the greatest yoga gurus Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/40646433.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

      The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) in a statement mourned the loss of Iyengar. 

      "Iyengar's lifelong work of teaching the whole of yoga or the understanding that yoga is not just the physical endeavour of mastering postures, but a spiritual practice rooted in the Hindu concept of dharma, has deeply informed our work at the Foundation," said Sheetal Shah, senior director of Hindu American Foundation and one of the leads ...

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    5. Indonesian Hindus Make Annual Offerings at Mount Bromo

      Tenggerese worshippers trek across the "Sea of Sand" to give their offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival at crater of Mount Bromo on Aug. 12, 2014, in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia. The main festival of the Tenggerese people, Kasada lasts for about a month, and on the 14th day the Tenggerese journey to Mount Bromo. There they make offerings of rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers and livestock to the mountain gods ...

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    6. Hinduism Is Arizona And Delaware's Second-Largest Religion

      So where are America's Hindus? Arizona and Delaware are the two states where Hinduism is the second most-practiced faith, based on a 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations and Membership Study.

      There are thirty-five Hindu congregations in Arizona, which serve 32,887 adherents, according to AZ Central. Though that number of observant people is larger than any other minority religion in the state, it still pales in comparison ...

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    7. Why Hindus should be more vocal on issues affecting our communities

      When Hindu Americans are asked to join interfaith efforts to advocate or speak out on these issues, a common response is "How does this affect us?" That question is driven in part by the demographics of the Hindu American community, which is still overwhelming of South Asian descent. As a result, there still tends to be a conflation between ethnic and religious identities.

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    8. USCIRF Issues Report On Sectarian Violence In Pakistan

      The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom yesterday issued a Factsheet titled Violence Towards Religious Communities In Pakistan . It reports that  from July 2013 to June 2014 there were 122 incidents of sectarian violence resulting in 430 deaths and another 773 injuries. The most common kind of violence was targeted shooting. The largest number of attacks were against Shi'a Muslims, with 222 deaths. The second largest number were ...

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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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  2. About Hindu American Foundation

    The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is an advocacy group providing a progressive voice for over two million Hindu Americans. The Foundation interacts with and educates leaders in public policy, academia, media and the public at large about Hinduism and global issues concerning Hindus, such as religious liberty, the portrayal of Hinduism, hate speech, hate crimes and human rights. By promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism, HAF stands firmly against hate, discrimination, defamation and terror.

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    1. Iyengar's lifelong work of teaching the whole of yoga or the understanding that yoga is not just the physical endeavour of mastering postures, but a spiritual practice rooted in the Hindu concept of dharma, has deeply informed our work at the Foundation.
      By Sheetal Shah
    2. Where too many yoga practitioners conflate yoga with asana, he sought to educate seekers on all of yoga's limbs and their essential spiritual aim.
      By Sheetal Shah
    3. Of the accused, five including Mufti Hannan were present at the court room when the judge charged them for murder. The remaining eight are absconding.
      By Asaduzzaman Rochi
    4. You can put him in a frame and on the wall. That is fine.
      By Rajan Zed
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