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    1. Hindus and Indians put Cameron back into 10 Downing Street

      LONDON: Up to a million ethnic minority votes helped put David Cameron back into Downing Street.

      In what was a historic swing never seen before in a British parliamentary election, the country's ethnic minority communities including the enormous Indian population played the king maker that saw Cameron become PM for the second time with a clear majority, embarrassing every known election pundit, all of whom had predicted a hung ...

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    2. Steep rise in citizenship to Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan and Afghanistan under PM Modi-led government

      NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi-led government has in the past one year granted Indian citizenship to more than 4,200 Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan and Afghanistan, nearly four times the number of the preceding five years.

      At the end of April 2015, the BJP government has approved citizenship for 4,230 Hindus and Sikhs from these two countries who have sought refuse in India, compared with 1,023 granted ...

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    3. Are Hindus being undercounted in religion surveys?

      Last week, the Pew Research Center released a report on how Americans identify in terms of their religious beliefs, noting the growth of non-Christian traditions within the country.

      According to Pew, Hinduism is now tied with Buddhism as the country's fourth-largest religion, with approximately 2.23 million adherents. What's fascinating about this count is that, according to the survey, the population of Hindus in the United States jumped ...

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    4. Almost One-Third of Hindu Americans Not Married, Says Pew Report

      In a surprising nod to ever-searching singletons and their anxious parents, the Pew Research Center reported May 12 that almost one-third of Hindu Americans have never been married.

      The number of Indian Americans who have never been married has risen sharply, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study, which surveyed more than 35,000 Americans.

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    5. Bihar's Muslims donate land for world's largest Hindu temple

      PATNA: Muslims in Bihar, in a stellar demonstration of communal harmony, have donated land to help build the world's largest Hindu temple which will have the capacity to seat a staggering 20,000 people. 

      "Muslims have not only donated land, they have also provided land at a nominal rate for construction of the world's largest Hindu temple. Without help of Muslims, it would have been difficult realise this ...

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      Mentions: Patna Bihar
    6. Pak Hindus condemn attack on Ismailis

      AMRITSAR: Hindu minority population in Karachi has come forward in support of Ismailis, a sub-sect of Shia Muslims, after 45 of them were gunned down in sectarian violence in restive financial capital of Pakistan on Thursday.

      "We organized special prayers on the killings of Ismailis and also held a candle vigil on Saturday night," informed, Sanjesh Dhanja, president PHSWT while talking to TOI over phone from Karachi on Sunday.

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    7. Indian American Kids Learn Indian Culture from ‘Bharat Babies’ Storybooks

      This year, Bharat Babies, a publishing company whose CEO is Indian American Sailaja Joshi, hopes to put out eight cultural storybooks to be sold online and in retailers across the country, with “Hanuman and the Orange Sun” as their debut offering.

      The idea for Bharat Babies first came about in 2013, when Joshi — who holds degrees from Northeastern University, Harvard and Simmons College — was having a difficult time finding developmental ...

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    8. HAF Testifies on Bangladeshi Religious Minorities

      WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hindu American Foundation testified April 30 before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, on the violence often faced by religious minorities in Bangladesh.

      The subcommittee hearing titled “Bangladesh’s Fracture: Political and Religious Extremism” examined the conditions of the violent political impasse in Bangladesh that began in 2013 and the ongoing human rights abuses against Hindus and other religious minorities ...

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    9. Hindu Population Up in US, Becomes Fourth-Largest Faith

      NEW YORK: Fueled by immigration, America's Hindu population has reached 2.23 million, an increase of about one million or 85.8 percent since 2007, making Hinduism the fourth-largest faith, according to estimates based on wide-ranging study of religions in the nation.

      The proportion of Hindus in the US population rose from 0.4 percent in 2007 to 0.7 percent last year, according to the Pew Research Center ...

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    10. Pew Report: Jews and Hindus are most highly-educated in US

      The Pew Research Center on Tuesday released its annual report on religion in the United States which showed that Hindus and Jews were the most highly-educated people in the country, as well as those with the highest incomes on average.

      According to the 2014 US Religious Landscape Study, 59 percent of Jews in the US said they were college graduates, while 77% of Hindus also said they were holders of ...

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    11. Book that says Ram's Ayodhya is in Pakistan

      Ayodhya, the birthplace of Hindu warrior-god Ram, is in Pakistan, claims a book by a top Muslim leader. 

      Ayodhya in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh is not the original city by the same name as it was inhabited by human beings only in 7th century BC while Rama is believed to have been born 18 million years ago, says "Facts of Ayodhya Episode" authored by Abdul Rahim Quraishi, assistant general ...

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    12. Massive Hindu god angers Catholic neighbours

      A neighbourly holy war is heating up in rural Auckland over the erection of a giant Hindu god statue.

      Ravin Chand plans to worship the 6.4-metre image of Shiva, which his Catholic neighbours are describing as "bizarre" and "offensive".

      "Religiously and culturally it's a bit insensitive to us and I can't believe they're able to do this," Bryce Watts told the New Zealand Herald.

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      Mentions: Auckland
    13. Modi turns emotional as he visits Belurmath

      Modi calls himself ‘ghar ka ladka’ (boy of the house).

      For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first visit to Belurmath — the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission — after assuming the high office, was an intensely personal and spiritual experience.

      Mr. Modi spent more than an hour, walking barefoot across Belurmath on Sunday and praying in different temples of the mission headquarters.

      Swami Subhakarnananda Maharaj, a monk who took Mr. Modi around at ...

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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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    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. Some 70,000 houses have been destroyed and another 530,000 homes have been damaged across 39 of Nepal's 75 districts. Millions of people are in need of food assistance and safe drinking water, the timing of intervention remains of the essence.”
      By Jamie McGoldrick
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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.
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