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    1. Pakistani Hindus ask government to give Diwali holiday

      Pakistani Hindus ask government to give Diwali holiday

      Leaders of Pakistan's minority Hindu community are calling for the festival of Diwali to be a national holiday.

      A member of Pakistan's parliament, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, says he raised the issue with the Speaker of the National Assembly on Monday.

      The move was a basic right for the minority community, he said, and would soften Pakistan's international image.


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    2. Hindu migrants from Pakistan meet Rajnath at Jodhpur airport

      Hindu migrants from Pakistan are disappointed at the sluggish response to their demand. Around 600 Hindu migrants from Pakistan met [Home Minister Rajnath] Singh at the Jodhpur airport on Wednesday seeking relief at the earliest. Seemant Lok Sangthan president, Hindu Singh, Sodha and Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat led the delegates and briefed Singh about how the migrants from Pakistan were subjected to ill-treatment and were made to fend for ...

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    3. 3 Hindus injured, their house burnt 'to grab land'

      3 Hindus injured, their house burnt 'to grab land'

      Three members of a minority Hindu family at Baushi Bangalipara village in Sharishabari upazila were injured while their house was burnt by men of an influential neighbour allegedly to grab a disputed land early yesterday.
      The accused are Abdul Jalil, 52 and his men who launched the attack around 2:30am.

      The injured are Kul Bala, 75, mother of Gokul Chandra Shil, 38, the owner of the house, his elder ...

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      Mentions: Abdul Jalil
    4. Prambanan, the exotic Hindu temple

      Prambanan, the exotic Hindu temple

      This, the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers distinctive features unlike other well-known tourist destinations both at home and abroad.

      Prambanan is around 20 kilometers from the hub of Yogyakarta city, alongside the highway leading to Surakarta, Central Java.

      Displaying exceptional splendor, Prambanan is a masterpiece of Hindu culture, rising to a height of 47 meters. It is a slim ...

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    5. Growing up Hindu in Louisiana

      Growing up Hindu in Louisiana

      Growing up Hindu in Shreveport, Louisiana, wasn’t always easy for Tulane University senior and public health major Neha Dhawan.

      “I always knew I was different, and it never mattered to me, but in eighth grade when my name was found on a hit-list comprised of only Indian students, I realized others wouldn’t always be so accepting,” Dhawan said.

      Her parents moved to Shreveport to work as doctors. They ...

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    6. On Professional Development Days, D.C. Teachers Become Students

      On Professional Development Days, D.C. Teachers Become Students

      Scott Abbott, the social studies director at [DC Public Schools], says the school system partners with museums, universities and non-profits. World history teachers asked for more professional development in Hinduism, "so we partnered with the Hindu-American Foundation. They did a session called Hinduism 101 so they could build teachers content knowledge around that religion so they could teach it in comparison to other major word religions," he says.

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    7. A Hindu’s faith journey

      A Hindu’s faith journey

      "On these pages, rabbis, pastors and imams sometimes share their faith traditions. Though I’m not a religious leader by any means, I thought I’d share my non-Abrahamic faith tradition, and also my own faith journey.

      Readers know I was born and raised in India, as a Hindu. My parents weren’t overly religious, and practiced their Hindu faith, low-key, more as a way of life. Their gentleness and ...

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      Mentions: India
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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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  5. Organizations in the News

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    2. (2 articles) National Assembly
    3. (1 articles) BJP
    4. (1 articles) Sikh
    5. (1 articles) BBC
    6. (1 articles) Union Home Ministry
    7. (1 articles) The Jakarta Post
  6. People in the News

    1. (2 articles) Ramesh Kumar Vankwani
    2. (1 articles) Yousaf Raza Gilani
    3. (1 articles) Narendra Modi
    4. (1 articles) Muhammad Ali Jinnah
    5. (1 articles) Rajnath Singh
    6. (1 articles) Imran Khan
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    1. (4 articles) Pakistan
    2. (2 articles) India
    3. (2 articles) Bangladesh
    4. (1 articles) Rawalpindi
    5. (1 articles) Singapore
    6. (1 articles) Malaysia
    7. (1 articles) Sri Lanka
    8. (1 articles) Mauritius
    9. (1 articles) Nepal
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    1. Iyengar's lifelong work of teaching the whole of yoga or the understanding that yoga is not just the physical endeavour of mastering postures, but a spiritual practice rooted in the Hindu concept of dharma, has deeply informed our work at the Foundation.
      By Sheetal Shah
    2. Where too many yoga practitioners conflate yoga with asana, he sought to educate seekers on all of yoga's limbs and their essential spiritual aim.
      By Sheetal Shah
    3. Of the accused, five including Mufti Hannan were present at the court room when the judge charged them for murder. The remaining eight are absconding.
      By Asaduzzaman Rochi
    4. You can put him in a frame and on the wall. That is fine.
      By Rajan Zed
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