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    1. What Some Muslims Are Doing For Hindus In Pakistan On Holi Will Make You Stand Up & Applaud Humanity

      What Some Muslims Are Doing For Hindus In Pakistan On Holi Will Make You Stand Up & Applaud Humanity

      The National Students Federation of Pakistan, a platform to redirect the thinking of students and others alike from the inept politics of the ruling powers, has proposed an event that is as heartwarming as it is heart wrenching. They want to form a human shield for the Hindu Holi revellers, to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters.

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    2. Saudi Arabia Facebook Arrest: Religious Police Detain Indian Citizen For 'Offensive' Hindu Mecca Photo

      Saudi Arabia Facebook Arrest: Religious Police Detain Indian Citizen For 'Offensive' Hindu Mecca Photo

      An Indian citizen has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting offensive religious images on Facebook, Gulf News reported on Tuesday. The man was detained by Saudi religious police after reportedly posting a photo of Mecca’s Grand Mosque and its iconic black “Ka’aba” cuboid replaced with Hindu religious symbols.

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    3. New York City Hindus Hope Muslim Holidays In Public Schools Will ‘Pave The Way’ For Diwali

      New York City Hindus Hope Muslim Holidays In Public Schools Will ‘Pave The Way’ For Diwali

      “While the addition of two Muslim holidays is commendable, the mayor’s decision to exclude Diwali, a festival that is celebrated by thousands of Hindu, Jain, and Sikhs in NYC, is beyond disappointing,” Sheetal Shah, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation, said in a statement Wednesday. “These communities are a vibrant and integral part of this city and deserve to be able to celebrate their festivals. In excluding Diwali ...

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    4. 3 lawmakers refuse to attend opening of Idaho Senate because of Hindu prayer offering

      3 lawmakers refuse to attend opening of Idaho Senate because of Hindu prayer offering

      BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.

      Rajan Zed, guest chaplain, gave a lengthy prayer in both English and Sanskrit on Tuesday that focused on selflessness and peace. Senators from both sides of the aisle shook his hand and thanked him for coming.

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    5. Farce or Dialogue: Who should be discussing Proselytism & Pluralism?

      Headlines today feed the continued stereotype that Hindu activism is to be feared, even when it is meant to end the violence and human rights abuses that occur as a result of coercive conversion.   Centuries of missionary efforts have converted entire populations to Christianity, leaving indigenous groups such as the Native Americans in North America, Babaylans in the Philippines, and Tainos in the Caribbean, decimated. And more recently, evangelicals are ...

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    6. Second Temple Attack in Washington Spreads Concern Among U.S. Hindus

      Second Temple Attack in Washington Spreads Concern Among U.S. Hindus

      ween July and October in Loudon County in Virginia, police have documented 17 separate incidents of anti-Hindu vandalism, the Hindu American Foundation said.

      In a twist to the Kent incident, an Islamic organization tried to deflect attention away from Hinduism, claiming that the attack was directed against Muslims, even though the building had a large sign, “Kent Hindu Temple.” 

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    7. Human Rights Group Condemns Bangladesh’s #CharlieHebdo Moment, Urges Govt to Take Action

      Human Rights Group Condemns Bangladesh’s #CharlieHebdo Moment, Urges Govt to Take Action

      Leaders at the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) strongly condemned the brutal murder of Atlanta-based Bangladeshi American writer and blogger, Avijit Roy, in Dhaka on Thursday. Roy, a humanist of Hindu origin and an outspoken critic of religious fundamentalism, was attacked by machete wielding assailants while on his way back from a book fair at Dhaka University.

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    8. B’desh ex-lawmaker sentenced to life

      B’desh ex-lawmaker sentenced to life

      [Dhaka] “[Abdul Jabbar] was found guilty of all five charges including genocide, murder, arson and religious persecution,” Zahid Imam told AFP.  “He was allegedly involved in murdering 36 people and forcibly converted 200 Hindus to Islam.”

      Jabbar is the 18th person convicted by the International Crimes Tribunal, a domestic court set up by the government.

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    9. Pat Robertson Claims Yoga Forces People To Pray 'To A Hindu Deity'

      Pat Robertson Claims Yoga Forces People To Pray 'To A Hindu Deity'

      Pat Robertson has some words of caution for anyone considering taking up yoga.

      Responding to a viewer's question posed during Tuesday's episode of "The 700 Club,” Robertson claimed that the ancient mindfulness practice tricks people into "praying to a Hindu deity." During yoga lessons, he said, participants unknowingly repeat mantras "in Hindu" -- though Robertson did not say whether he has ever personally taken a yoga class.

       

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    10. US inter-faith leaders to seek hate crime probe into Hindu temple vandalism

      US inter-faith leaders to seek hate crime probe into Hindu temple vandalism

      Leaders from the Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities said that the incidents appear to fit a pattern of increased hate-motivated crimes nationwide.

      Several inter-faith leaders in the U.S. have decided to seek hate crime probe into the incident of vandalism at a Hindu temple in Washington State, saying law enforcement authorities should send out a strong message that those responsible will be held accountable.

       

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    11. Bangladesh Islamist Leader Gets Death for 1970s Massacre, Rapes

      Bangladesh Islamist Leader Gets Death for 1970s Massacre, Rapes

      Bangladesh sentenced the top leader of the country’s biggest Islamic party to death for war crimes, the ninth person to face execution for atrocities during the country’s independence struggle in 1971.

      A Dhaka tribunal found Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, guilty of crimes against humanity, including involvement in mass killings and rapes, Law Minister Anisul Huq told reporters in Dhaka after the verdict. Nizami leads the Jamaat-e-Islami party and ...

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    12. When they had nowhere to go

      When they had nowhere to go

      A study of Sindhi Hindus during partition, when they were denied space in both their place of origin and refuge.

      Ashis Nandy in his foreword to this book [The Making of Exile: Sindhi Exodus and the Partition of India] says, “ … Bhavnani attempts to bring to us the cultural self-definition of the Sindhi Hindus as a community, the continuities and the discontinuities in it, and the way that self-definition sets limit ...

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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. We walked on the same street in Dhaka where Roy was killed. This has hit closer to home than ever before.
      By Jay Kansara
    2. The purpose of Hindu Environment Week is to increase the global Hindu community's engagement with critical environmental issues. The aim is to have Hindus volunteer at events where they can discuss climate change, hike in a national park, or clean up their local temple grounds.
      By SriVani Ganti
    3. Hindu scriptures focus a great deal on Mother Nature, or Matru Bhumi and how we should honor her for all the resources she provides us, so environmental activism is a natural fit.
      By SriVani Ganti
    4. No matter the participant's station in life, Hindu Environment Week encourages them to put into practice the ancient Hindu teachings about respecting and protecting nature with simple lifestyle choices including Meatless Mondays, walking or biking to class instead of taking public transport, or cleaning local parks.
      By SriVani Ganti
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