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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Britain’s PM David Cameron Unveils Encyclopedia of Hinduism

      Britain’s PM David Cameron Unveils Encyclopedia of Hinduism

      British Prime Minister David Cameron held a Diwali party in London to launch the new Encyclopedia of Hinduism, as his Conservative Party attempts to strengthen relations with the country’s large Indian community ahead of national elections next year.

      The encyclopedia, which took 25 years to compile, contains 11 volumes and is published by the India Heritage Research Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, head of the ...

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    4. How Hindu-Americans Are Using Diwali To Teach About The Faith

      Nationally, the Hindu American Foundation is also putting forth its own effort to teach Diwali this year. The nonprofit, which often focuses on civil rights and public policy issues, has launched a fundraiser to train public school teachers on how to educate students on Hinduism and Diwali.

      "There's a frustration we have in how Hinduism and ancient India are presented in textbooks" -- often as caricatures -- "and it's a ...

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    5. Hindu gods find a home in Boston

      Hindu gods find a home in Boston

      You’ve never seen Hindu gods like this.

      Brahma the creator appears as a stand-up comedian working through gender-assignment issues on stage. Vishnu the protector appears as a tough-girl avatar named Kalki, who saves a couple of outcasts from the dangers of high school. And Shiva the destroyer sails her mattress on a “cosmic ocean” while trying to navigate post-colonial identity and post-concert T-shirt sales.

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    6. Hindu community in Pakistan celebrates Diwali

      Pakistan's Hindu community on Thursday celebrated Diwali with religious zeal and fervour. Earthen lamps were lit at houses, special prayers held at temples, sweets distributed and fireworks also exhibited.

      Balmiki Hindus in Bahawalpur and Bheel and Mangwal Hindu communities in different villages of the great desert of Cholistan also celebrated the festival with gaiety.

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    7. Pakistan President Greets Hindus on Diwali

      Pakistan President Greets Hindus on Diwali

      Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain today greeted Hindus on Diwali and assured the minorities in the country that their rights and security will be safeguarded.

      "I extend my heartiest greetings to the Hindus and Scheduled Caste community on the occasion of Diwali. May this occasion bring peace, prosperity and joy in the lives of all those who commemorate this day," Hussain said in his Diwali message.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    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. 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.
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