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    1. Why the Freedom of Faith Act Matters

      While comprehensive immigration reform languishes in Congress, an important program critical to ensuring religious pluralism is set to expire unless legislation is passed.

      The non-minister provision of the religious worker visa program, which has been a pipeline linking expatriate communities such as Hindu-Americans with their roots, is under a sunset provision that lapses next summer unless it's re-authorized. For Hindu-Americans, most of whom trace their ancestry to the Indian ...

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    2. Speaking for Hinduism in the Absence of a Conversation

      HAF’s objections were not over Doniger’s right to interpret Hinduism, but rather Doniger’s assertion that she has a right to interpret Hinduism any way she wants to and in the absence of vetted discourse. Additionally, Doniger claims to speak for Hinduism when in fact her interpretations diverge from lay historical accounts, lived experiences (including of the Dalits and women she claims to speak for), and years of ...

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    3. Freedom Of Faith Act – Something for All Faiths

      The Non-Minister category is essential to ensure that Hindu temples and religious centers are operational, but there has been a caveat: a “sunset” provision which means that the category will expire in 2015. A bill passed by the U.S. Senate, S. 744, already removes this “sunset” provision, allowing religious centers to make better staffing and management decisions, by removing uncertainties and bureaucratic inefficiencies. As recently reported on TheHill.com ...

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    4. Yale Institute of Sacred Music Fellows 2014-2015

      New Haven, Conn. – The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) is pleased to announce that six new fellows will be joining its interdisciplinary community for the 2014-2015 year.

      Sitarist Rabindra Narayan Goswami has been a professional musician and teacher for over 40 years and is recognized as a senior artist in Uttar Pradesh, India.  His project proposal, entitled The Christian Rāga: Making Connections between Hindustani and Western Sacred Music, is ...

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    5. Pak Hindus seek refuge in Delhi

      Activist and former journalist Zulfiqar Shah is also a Pakistani refugee in the capital, currently living on the street near Jantar Mantar with his wife. Shah had worked on the denial of human rights to the Hindu minority in Pakistan, and he alleges it was one of the reasons why he was hounded out. "Roughly 500 Hindus leave Pakistan every year. The elite go to Dubai, US or the UK ...

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    6. BJP for action against illegal migrants from Bangladesh: Rajnath Singh

      “In the case of Hindus being harassed in Bangladesh and forced to flee that country, we cannot treat them as refugees, but must be sympathetic to their cause,” he said.

      “BJP does not believe in distinction between different religions or on division of the country on the basis of religion as was done during the time of Independence,” he said.


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    7. Religion and Culture: SoCal man builds business selling Indian idols

      Lotus Sculpture, a large warehouse in Oceanside, Calif., sells handcrafted Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. Since his initial visit to India, Tortora has established relations with artists throughout Asia. He spends two months each year meeting with them and recruiting new ones for his team. Tortora currently buys from about 20 groups of artisans, and that number continues to grow.

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    8. Bill would make it easier for religious workers to gain visas

      Supporters of the bill include the United Conference of Catholic Bishops, American Jewish Community, Hindu American Foundation and the Council of American-Islamic Relations.

      This provision of immigration law has tended to be less controversial than other aspects that some lawmakers say merit an overhaul. The last authorization of the non-minister religious workers program passed the Senate by unanimous consent and the House 412-3 in 2012.

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    9. Why the West finds Modi’s rise inconvenient

      The rise of Modi bothers the West because the BJP and Modi, unlike the Congress, appear to stand for the Hindu civilisation. This view may not be far off. Unlike the other parties, the BJP’s manifesto, explicitly invokes continuity with Hindu kingdoms of the past. It sees modern India, as not just born today, but as a continuity of an ancient civilisation. This threatens both the Christian Right and ...

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  1. HAF Blog

    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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    Legislation for religious workers introduced in Congress Our Favorite Pictures From India's Holi Celebrations Hindu Temple and Houses Burnt by Muslim Mobs in Pakistan During Hindu Festival of Colours Happy Holi (Shubh Holi) – The Most Colourful Festival – March 2014 Academic Integrity: It's What's Missing at the AAR Coalition Urges NYC Mayor for Diwali as Public School Holiday Shubh Maha Shivaratri – Happy Night of Shiva – Feb 2014 The Potential Challenges of Temple Visits as Teaching Tools Indian Mujahideen More Lethal Due to Pak Support: Report Yogic turf wars 'IM more lethal and resilient due to support from Pak' America’s Largest Hindu Rights Group Responds to Allegations Leveled by Islamist and Communist-Linked Groups
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  5. Organizations in the News

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    3. (3 articles) Congress
    4. (3 articles) BJP
    5. (2 articles) Bharatiya Janata Party
    6. (1 articles) Harvard University
    7. (1 articles) House of Representatives
    8. (1 articles) University of Chicago
    9. (1 articles) Sikh
    10. (1 articles) University of Notre Dame
  6. People in the News

    1. (2 articles) Narendra Modi
    2. (1 articles) Zulfiqar Shah
    3. (1 articles) Hafiz Mohammad Saeed
    4. (1 articles) Rajnath Singh
    5. (1 articles) Lalji Tandon
    6. (1 articles) Amit Shah
    7. (1 articles) Ravi Shankar
    8. (1 articles) Hafiz Saeed
    9. (1 articles) Wendy Doniger
    10. (1 articles) Swami Narayan
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    4. (2 articles) Hyderabad
    5. (1 articles) Karimganj
    6. (1 articles) Berkeley
    7. (1 articles) Bangladesh
    8. (1 articles) USA
    9. (1 articles) Assam
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    1. I often cannot answer my children when they ask me who they are, Muslim or Hindus. Unfortunately we are treated as third-grade citizens of this country with no rights.
      By Omparkash Bhatia
    2. They can opt for ethics instead of Islamiat. They are not forced to opt for Islamiat.
      By Humayun Iqbal
    3. DCF seeks to build enduring bridges between the ancient Spiritual traditions of India and modern academic environments. These bridges are long overdue, both in the west and in India.
      By Kalyan Viswanathan
    4. Roughly 500 Hindus leave Pakistan every year. The elite go to Dubai, US or the UK. The poor gravitate towards India.
      By Zulfiqar Shah
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