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    1. I got 'Champions of Change' honour for mobilizing Hindus to protect environment: Sunita Viswanath

      The White House has chosen an Indian-American woman Sunita Viswanath to be honoured as "Champions of Change" for her efforts to protect environment and communities from the effects of climate change. She is among 12 faith leaders selected for the honour. Sunita Viswanath tells Rohit E David why she got this recognition and how she has encouraged Hindus to take care of the environment. 

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    2. Protesters throw chairs at Nepalese deputy PM, demand country become a Hindu nation

      KATHMANDU, Nepal — Protesters demanding that Nepal be turned back into a Hindu nation scuffled with police Monday and threw chairs at the country’s deputy prime minister when he was collecting suggestions on a draft constitution.

      About 200 protesters from Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal stormed into the national stadium chanting slogans as Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh addressed a crowd gathered as part of a campaign to collect public ...

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    3. Guest columnist on proposed Hindu temple: Love thy neighbor

      Written by John Bost, a former mayor of Clemmons, North Carolina.

      What disturbed me more than the fact that a religious organization would have its sign shot up were the comments at the Winston-Journal’s online site. Did someone really imply that only Christians should be allowed to live in Clemmons? Worse yet, perhaps, was the stereotyping of others as “rednecks living in the area.”

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    4. I am a Hindu—and a proud Pakistani

      I’m a Pakistani Hindu—and I am fed up with the unending list of unaddressed complaints regarding discrimination, marginalisation and hatred spewed against Hindus in books taught at our schools for the last 68 years.

      A few days back, Lal Malhi, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s member of the national assembly (MNA) on a minority seat, seemed to have addressed a similar point.

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    5. MP in Pakistan calls out on others for mocking Hindus with the term 'cow-worshiper'

      Patriotism to one's nation is not dictated by religion. A Hindu in Pakistani, is still a Pakistani, and a loyal and patriotic one at that. That is precisely the point that Pakistani lawmaker Lal Malhi made during an ongoing session.

      Mr Mahli called out on the taunts and remarks that he had received a few days prior to the session. One of them, was being called a 'cow-worshiper'. Mr ...

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    6. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Receive Colombia's Highest Civilian Award

      BOGOTA: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be honoured with Columbia’s highest civilian award on June 24.

      A letter sent by the president of Colombia’s House of Representatives, Fabio Raul Amin Saleme, recognised the spiritual leader’s contribution in spreading the message of peace in society, inter-mediation in war, reducing stress and combating violence through yoga and breathing exercises.

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    7. Lessons in tolerance: MP ask colleagues not to denigrate Hindus in speeches

      Islamabad: Voicing concern at the derisive tone of speeches in the lower house of parliament during the ongoing budget session, Hindu lawmakers on Saturday advised their colleagues in the National Assembly not to target the Hindu faith while criticising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies towards Pakistan.

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    8. On International Day of Yoga, a Trip Down Memory Lane: The HAF Take Back Yoga Project

      Namaste. International Yoga Day is today, and to celebrate, Suhag & Aseem Shukla, and Sheetal Shah, of the Hindu American Foundation embarked on a trip down memory lane.  Over four days, they have shared the story of HAF’s Take Back Yoga Project (TBY).  What started as a simple letter to the editor expressing frustration over the hyper-fixation on the physical aspects of yoga and a delinking of yoga from its ...

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    9. From the community: Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago Hosts Maharudra Yagna: 3-Day Prayer for Peace

      Chicago IL: Last weekend, the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago hosted historic and massive three-day convocation to pray for universal peace, welfare and prosperity. Thousands from the Chicago area and around the world gathered for ancient Vedic ceremonies that transcended boundaries of religion, nationality, or gender and allowed devotees a rare and transcendental experience.

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    10. Bhutanese Hindu refugees have highest suicide rate in US

      Among the many challenges the Bhutanese Hindus face is one of deceptive conversion. According to the Hindu American Foundation, Bhutanese “are succumbing to pressures placed upon them by aggressive, evangelizing churches taking advantage of their vulnerability — converting them not only from their religion, but their families, communities, and heritage.”

      The HAF says. “In some regions, such as Philadelphia, those preying on Bhutanese Hindus and Buddhist are Nepali evangelical missionaries, using ...

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    11. Bangladesh Hindus say they live in 'constant fear', want PM Modi to take it up

      Dhaka: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dhaka on a two-day visit, Bangladesh's Hindu community on Saturday said they live in "constant fear of persecution" by the religious fundamentalists and wanted the Indian leader to take note of this and raise it with the Bangladeshi leadership.

      "The religious majority and the fundamental groups want the Hindus to leave this country, where we are born and brought up," said ...

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    12. This government’s most important social policy ought to be the creation of several centers of excellence in Indian Universities that produce high quality, peer-reviewed scholarship grounded in factual evidence. These centers will eventually shift the cent

      By Swaminathan Venkataraman - HAF Executive Council Member

      This government’s most important social policy ought to be the creation of several centers of excellence in Indian Universities that produce high quality, peer-reviewed scholarship grounded in factual evidence. These centers will eventually shift the center of gravity of Indian/Hindu studies back to India from the West.

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    13. Indian-Origin Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Presented With Pride of Community Award

      WASHINGTON:  Indian-origin US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has been presented with the Pride of the Community Award by a prominent Hindu advocacy group.

      Receiving the award by the Hindu American Foundation at its 12th Annual Day reception at Capitol Hill, Mr Murthy said that he draws inspiration from the life of Swami Vivekananda.

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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.
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    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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