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    1. How the NYT Masks Hinduphobia with Science

      The New York Times recently featured a story in which NYT South Asia correspondent, Gardiner Harris conflates India's serious problem of open defecation with Hinduism. Hindu American Foundation co-founder and member of its Board of Directors, Aseem R. Shukla, MD, offers the following response and analysis as a guest on this blog. Dr. Shukla is a pediatric urologist in Philadelphia and works extensively in India teaching at several of ...

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    2. Nose Deep in Their Own... Prejudice: Hinduism and The New York Times' Sewage Problem

      What might have been an excellent piece of reporting on an important public-health concern in India has turned out instead to be one of the most absurd, far-fetched, and ugly pieces of Hinduphobic racism in journalism ever.

      After being told for several years now that Hinduism is to blame for everything in India from the gang rape of women to the mere questioning of Wendy Doniger's strange claims, The ...

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    3. Hindu temples documented in a Pakistani book

      Pakistani author Reema Abbasi will launch here July 23 her new book "Historic Temples in Pakistan - A Call to Conscience" documenting Hindu shrines, and pilgrimage sites in Pakistan through 400 photographs. 

      The book highlights unreported aspects of harmony, and will act as a window for the people of India, feels Abbasi who will launch the book at India International Centre. 

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    4. Preserving Human Rights Through Article 26 of the UN Declaration

      Preserving Human Rights Through Article 26 of the UN Declaration

      According to the Hindu American Foundation (HAF)’s 10th  annual  human rights report, Hindus in South Asia & the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2013, Pakistan is one of those countries that has failed to uphold Article 26 and is instead known as an egregious violator for engaging in or allowing rampant and systematic human rights violations to take place against non-Muslim populations. In Pakistan, women lack formal education for ...

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    5. Hindus just as displaced but not treated as other families, say reps

      PESHAWAR: Twenty-two Hindu families, have been displaced as a result of the Zarb-e-Azb operation, and they have taken shelter at Balmik Temple in Bannu city. Apart from food rations, the families say they have not been provided aid in any other form, their representatives told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.

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    6. Hinduism is Arizona's second-largest religion

      Hinduism is the second-largest practiced religion in Arizona, according to the U.S. Religious Congregations & Membership Study from 2010. The study only took a count of people who are members of a church or organized body within a faith, so there are some people who might consider themselves to be of a certain religion who were not counted if they do not attend services regularly. That means 64 percent of ...

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    7. Lone Hindu Brahmin family in Pakistan's Chakwal leads a secluded life

      Chakwal: "When I first went to a local college two years ago, students and teachers gave me a strange look," recalls 18-year-old Manisha Chhiber, a Hindu girl whose family lives a secluded life in Kariyala village located at the top of Surla Hill, some 10 kilometre away to the south of Chakwal city. A report in Pakistan's influential newspaper 'The Dawn' throws some light on the lives of Hindus ...

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      Mentions: Pakistan Delhi India
    8. How archaeology in Pakistan is forced to deny the nation's Hindu past

      The nation's archaeological investigations are motivated by a desire to grant Pakistan historical legitimacy.

      The answer is not in religion but in politics. Pakistani archaeology doesn’t ignore Hindu monuments because they are idol worshippers, but because of the two nation theory. We want to exert even through our scholarship that we are separate and were throughout history. The Gandharan civilisation was divorced from the Gangetic plain, the India ...

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      Mentions: Pakistan India
    9. Update: Urban Outfitters pulls Lord Ganesh duvet cover after Hindus protest

      “It was never the intention for this item nor any of the items we carry that feature illustrations of Lord Ganesha to offend our customers,” the company said in a statement. “We are supporters of Valentina Ramos’s unique and uplifting illustrations and this item, to us, was another example of her beautiful work. Though Lord Ganesha merchandise is popular within the market we understand the sensitivities certain items may ...

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      Mentions: Rajan Zed
    10. Headteacher at Hindu school at centre of row urges new parents to visit – but stands by “no meat” policy and meditation lessons

      The headteacher of a Hindu school at the centre of a row over school places has broken his silence – urging angry prospective Muslim and Christian parents to visit the school to become “better informed”.

      Avanti Court Primary School in Barkingside hit the headlines after non-Hindu children were offered places at the school after being overlooked for their six preferred choices.

      Speaking to the Recorder, headteacher James Biddulph said the school ...

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    11. Pakistan works to stop Hindu girls' forced marriages

      PESHAWAR – The prospect of forced marriages of kidnapped Hindu girls is on the radar of Pakistani lawmakers.

      They're reacting to cases like one last December in Sindh Province, when unidentified kidnappers abducted 6-year-old Jumna and 10-year-old Pooja and forced the pair to "convert" to Islam and to "marry" a man named Rajab Pathan. The girls' parents learned about their fate through media reports and courts.

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    12. Urban Outfitters' Lord Ganesh duvet cover upsets Hindus

      Urban Outfitters' Lord Ganesh duvet cover upsets Hindus

      Murali Balaji, director of education at the Hindu American Foundation, said he doesn’t think the duvet cover is offensive but it worries him about the future.

      “They really don’t get it,” Balaji said, and he predicted that what he called the company’s “hipster racism” will continue.

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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. You can put him in a frame and on the wall. That is fine.
      By Rajan Zed
    2. The J& K bank gives crores of rupees of loans to people from other states and hushes up the matter while denying small loans to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
      By Yasin Malik
    3. With a number of primary elections coming up on June 3 in different states, we felt it would be a good idea to collate all of those endorsements together for voters heading to the polls.
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