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    1. In absence of marriage law, Pakistani Hindus have no option but to embrace Islam

      Islamabad: There is no marriage law for the millions of Hindus living in Pakistan, a leading daily said on Friday, noting that this "legal vacuum naturally creates a multitude of issues for Pakistani Hindus, especially the women". 

      An editorial "Hindu marriage bill" in Dawn on Friday said that while many politicians are quick to issue public statements about the rights of minorities in Pakistan, when it comes to taking practical ...

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    2. Minority students in Pakistan to study ethics instead of Islam

      Minority students in Pakistan's Sindh province will not be required to study Islamic studies in future and can instead follow a book on ethics that includes the teachings of religions like Hinduism and Sikhism, authorities said on Tuesday.

      "Students belonging to minority communities in government schools will study the curriculum according to their own religion," Sindh Text Book Board (STBB) chairman Syed Zakir Ali Shah said.

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    3. These temples in Pakistan are now Islamic schools

      There were old houses located in this street, which must have once belonged to Hindu families living here. I wondered in what condition they must have left their homes in 1947, temporarily locking their doors, perhaps burying their precious belongings, hoping to return one day. They never returned, but perhaps they told their loved ones about their homes they left behind and this temple? Perhaps their survivors have fragments of ...

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    4. Why a Hindu American Gave up Beef

      When I tell people I don't eat beef, I get mixed reactions. People that aren't South Asian look at me with confusion, but don't question it. It would be rude for them to ask without reason, so they don't.

      On the other hand, Hindu Americans look at me suspiciously and nod their heads in disbelief. They automatically perceive me as a extremist. With my proclamation that ...

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    5. Malaysian Hindus mark Thaipusam with vivid displays of devotion

      BATU CAVES (AFP) - More than a million Hindus in Malaysia celebrated the colourful Thaipusam festival on Sunday (Jan 24), thronging temples to display their devotion with wince-inducing body piercing and offerings to the deity Murugan.

      Hundreds of thousands converged on the Batu Caves - an important religious site for Tamil Hindus on Kuala Lumpur's outskirts - with many walking up to 10 hours to the site, capped by a final 272-step ...

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    6. 60 Hindu couples tie the knot at Karachi mass wedding

      KARACHI: Drumbeats greeted a throng of relatives as around 60 Hindu couples tied the knot at a mass wedding at the YMCA Lawns on Sunday. What set this ceremony apart was the coming together of people from various castes and ethnicities all seated under a big tent.

      A similar story could be heard by most of the families standing beside their daughters or sons, a story of being unable to ...

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    7. Saptapadi, sindoor and sweets: 60 Hindu couples tie the knot in mass wedding in Karachi

      KARACHI: As 60 Hindu couples tied the knot at the YMCA Lawns on Sunday, the parents of those getting married were overjoyed.

      "We couldn’t afford the wedding expenses and were planning on a small ceremony at home," said Radha, mother of bride Laxmi.

      "Seeing so many people here, especially when they stop by and ask if we need anything, means a lot. I couldn’t have given my daughter ...

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    8. Forsyth County battle over Hindu facility wrapping up

      A legal battle between a Hindu group that sought to build a spiritual retreat/worship center in West Forsyth County and an adjacent homeowners group appears to be ending.

      The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved 5-0 a settlement agreement between Chinmaya Mission of Alpharetta and the Polo Golf and Country Club Homeowners Association, which had appealed the commission’s 2014 decision allowing the religious group to build a 35 ...

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    9. Will reclaim Kashmir from ‘cow-worshipping Hindus’: Islamic State

      “There’s a big opportunity … to establish the religion of Allah there (Kashmir) and for the Islamic State to expand to it.”

      Islamic State (IS) group has claimed that people in Kashmir will soon hear “pleasant news about the expansion of Caliphate to their region occupied by cow-worshipping Hindus”, a media report said today.

      Quoting from the 13th issue of the group’s propaganda magazine, Deccan Herald wrote: ““It (Kashmir ...

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    10. Pune: Teenager’s father alleges his son was burnt alive after he said he was Hindu

      The death of a teenager who was set on fire by three people, including two brothers, who accused him of stealing vehicle batteries has acquired a communal colour in Pune. While the 17-year-old’s father has alleged that his son was burnt alive after he identified himself as a Hindu, a purported video of the boy confirming the allegation while on his death bed has gone public. - See more at ...

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    11. The Persecution of Kashmir's Minority Hindus

      Pastor Martin Niemöller’s words on German intellectuals who didn’t raise their voice against Nazis are pertinent for Indian intelligentsia when it comes to the issue of ethnic cleansing and persecution of minority Hindu community of Kashmir, known as Kashmiri Pandits. There has not been enough clamor for bringing to justice the perpetrators of the 1990 mass exodus of Pandits from Kashmir.

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    12. Why a County School Board's Vote on Diwali Has National Implications

      The Howard County (MD) Board of Education's unanimous vote to approve Diwali (Deepavali) as a day off for students isn't just significant for the Hindu community there. It represents a broader discussion on pluralism in rapidly diversifying regions, and is likely to have national consequences as religious minorities grow in number.

      The vote to add the holiday on the 2016 calendar was a surprise, given that Hindu community ...

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    13. A-G says will study court papers first before deciding on Indira Gandhi’s appeal

      Putrajaya will decide whether to consent to kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi’s leave application to reverse the unilateral conversion of her minor children after studying the court papers, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali says. - See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/a-g-says-will-study-court-papers-first-before-deciding-on-indira-gandhis-ap#sthash.sRnuj5Jt.dpuf

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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. 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
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