Magazine Links
What Is Hinduism?
Join the Conversation
Translate This Page
Hindu Press International
« 1 ... 835 836 837 (838) 839 840 841 ... 916 »
Hindus Observe Hunger-Strike at Puja Pandals
Posted on 2001/10/25 22:49:02 ( 692 reads )


Source: The Hindu





DHAKA, BANGLADESH, October 24, 2001: Several Hindu organizations in Bangladesh observed hunger-strikes across the country during the Durga Puja celebrations to protest against repression of religious minorities, demanding equal rights for religious minorities and strong government action to halt attacks on them. Puja festivities were subdued in capital Dhaka and other parts of the country amid reports of attacks on Hindu icons and extortion at many places. Several puja centers in the capital displayed black banners calling for rehabilitation of victims of attacks on minorities and restoration of the secular character of the country's Constitution. The government issued a stern warning to perpetrators of such acts and tightened security around Puja "pandals," temporary festival stages, following allegations that attacks against minorities had risen after the recent elections.




No comment
Christianity Flourishing in North Korea
Posted on 2001/10/25 22:48:02 ( 744 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





KOREA, October 25, 2001: Many North Koreans have become Christians as refugees in China, because of a number of missionaries and Christian groups operating near the border. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the government in North Korea suppresses all independent religious activity. People who engage in public religious expression continue to be arrested and imprisoned. North Korean officials have stratified society on the basis of family background and "perceived loyalty to the regime" into 51 categories. Religious adherents are by definition relegated to a lower category, receiving fewer privileges and opportunities. To that end, a coalition of Korean churches and businesses, in conjunction with Worship Alliance of Laguna Nigel, Calif., joined forces to produce "Worship Explosion 2001," a five-day prayer and worship event designed to bring healing, oneness and vision to Korea. South Korea, now a majority Christian country, is considered a great success by Christian missionaries. They look forward to similarly claiming North Korea as reunification begins to look possible. Korea used to be a Buddhist country.




No comment
Giant Hanuman for Trinidad
Posted on 2001/10/25 22:47:02 ( 766 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today, Paras Ramoutar





CARAPICHAIMA, TRINIDAD, October 26, 2001: The ground-breaking ceremony for one of this country's biggest religious projects got under way yesterday at the Dattatreya Yoga Center (DYC), Datta Drive, Orange Field Road, Carapichaima. The project, when completed in June, 2002, is a 78-foot Hanuman statue costing at a cost of close of US$167,000. At yesterday's religious ceremony to start the project, Sat Maharaj, president general of the Sanathan Dharma Maha Sabha, unveiled a model of the Sri Kaarya Siddhi Hanuman murti and pledged $8,333. In attendance were Noble Khan, president of the Inter Religious Organisation (IRO); Chandresh Sharma, member of Parliament; Ganase Ramdial, president of the Senate; RK Shravastav, director of the Gandhi Institute and most of this country's leading pundits. Ramesh Persad-Maharaj, president of the DYC said, "This project isn't a DYC project, it is a project for all the Hindus in this country and the people of Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of religion, creed or race." Sat Maharaj joked that his organization is a poor one, and then listed the projects, such as the building of four colleges and other religious projects, that his organization will undertake. The ceremony started with a Ganesh puja in the Dattatreya Temple and proceeded to the north western side of the complex with the unveiling of the model Hanuman and blessing of the foundation site. The 78-foot murti will be made from 300,000 fire clay blocks, steel and concrete. The model statue made of fire clay blocks and concrete was carved out by architect Subramanian and 14 sculptors from South India, who will now proceed with the final construction.




No comment
Leading Nepal Hindu Dies
Posted on 2001/10/25 22:46:02 ( 702 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today, Dr. Hari Bansh Jha





KATHMANDU, NEPAL, October 20, 2001: Dr. Jojendra Jha, Secretary General of the World Hindu Federation and a leading Hindu of the country, died today. His death ritual was observed according to the Arya Samaj tradition on October 25. "His death is a loss to the Hindu world," writes our correspondent.




No comment
Delhi Takes Serious View of Attacks on Bangladesh Minorities
Posted on 2001/10/24 22:49:02 ( 648 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





NEW DELHI, INDIA, October 24, 2001: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said India is in touch with Bangladesh in connection with reported attacks on minority Hindus in that country and New Delhi has taken a "serious view" of damage to Durga Puja pandals (temporary festival shrines) in Bangladesh. Vajpayee, who was talking to reporters in Lucknow on Monday, said the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka had taken up with Bangladesh leaders who have assured that elements behind the incidents would be sternly dealt with. Meanwhile, nearly 500 activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and some other frontal wings of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) yesterday staged a demonstration in front of Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi protesting reported atrocities on minority Hindus in Bangladesh.




No comment
OMNI Online, a Journal Of Spiritual And Religious Care
Posted on 2001/10/24 22:48:02 ( 727 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





ONTARIO, CANADA, October 19, 2001: The previously published OMNI journal has undergone a change in the form of communication from a printed format to a web site. A product of the Ontario Multifaith Council on Spiritual & Religious Care, OMNI features articles and reports on the latest issues and developments within the practice of chaplaincy ministry in multifaith settings. The Journal provides critical reviews of recent books that pertain to the work of chaplains providing spiritual and religious care. OMNI encourages and supports research on new developments in pastoral practice and education, including innovative models for the training of chaplains, on-call clergy, and volunteers. In a recent article, "An Understanding of Jainism and the Importance of Non-Violence," Prakash Mody, who is the Jain representative on the Ontario Multifaith Council, provides a brief overview of the basic beliefs, values, and symbols of Jainism, together with a statement about the significance of non-violence within Jain belief system.




No comment
The Plight of Thai Elephants
Posted on 2001/10/24 22:47:02 ( 645 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





BANGKOK, THAILAND, October 18, 2001: After stepping on a land mine when she was looking for food, Motola, a three-ton elephant, had her left front foot amputated. It has been two years since the accident and the wounded leg has not healed properly. As a result even though more than US$125,000 has been raised for the pachyderm's recovery, the prosthetic foot cannot be fitted until the leg has totally healed. Motola's misfortune has brought to everyone's attention the plight of Thailand's working elephants. In the last 30 years, their numbers have dwindled from 10,000 to around 2,000.




No comment
A Little Flavor of Bengal for Durga Puja
Posted on 2001/10/21 22:49:02 ( 753 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





AHMEDABAD, INDIA, October 22, 2001: Bengalis all over the world will involve themselves with the five-day long Durga puja celebrations that form the center of their religious calendar. The Bengal Cultural Association of India here is celebrating its 64th year. With a budget of US$21,000, the organizers have commissioned an 18-foot image of Goddess Durga from famed Kolkata artist Mukunda Pal. The organizers hope to create an authentic Bengali Durga celebration, while still incorporating Gujarati programs.




No comment
Improving America on Ghandi Day
Posted on 2001/10/21 22:48:02 ( 700 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





WASHINGTON, DC,October 17, 2001: In the wake of a national tragedy, thousands of professionals and students united in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi to volunteer in their local communities. On October 6, the weekend anniversary of Gandhi's birth, close to 5,000 volunteers around the country collectively contributed 25,000 hours of community service towards improving their communities. The annual event, now in its third year, is organized by South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT), a national nonprofit organization that fosters leadership and civic engagement among South Asian Americans. Jeet Bindra, chairman of SAALT said, "While many Americans were unable to directly help those in need in New York and Washington, DC, we can honor their memory by helping those who need us in our own neighborhoods. Sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, preserving the natural beauty of our country will make us stronger as a nation and defeat the purpose of those who attacked us."




No comment
Indian Americans March Against Terrorism
Posted on 2001/10/21 22:47:02 ( 654 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





CANTON TOWNSHIP, DETROIT, October 21, 2001: Hundreds of Metro Detroit's Indian Americans were expected in Canton Township this weekend to protest terrorist activities with a Unity Walk. The event is geared toward local Asian Indians, in addition to area businesses and officials, and sponsored by the Ford Asian Indian Association. Area students will sing the national anthem for both the United States and India. "We're doing this in memory of all that's happened since Sept. 11," said Arvin Ramachandran, a member of the Ford group. The Unity Walk was scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Heritage Park, on Canton Center Road between Cherry Hill and Palmer.




No comment
Honoring Our Ancestors
Posted on 2001/10/21 22:46:02 ( 730 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





CANDLER, NORTH CAROLINA, October 13, 2001: Inspiring us all to honor and cherish our ancestors is Maya Ma's message. She offers simple and heart-warming ways that we can do so, such as "Making a conscious effort not to injure, pollute, or otherwise compromise the earth, her rivers, animals, plants, and environment." When we give of ourselves, our time, energy, and money, our ancestors are pleased and bless us now and assist us when we make our own transition. Maya Ma also shared her vision of the many lost souls after their tragic death at the World Trade Center. Quoting her words," It is the spirits of the ancestors who come to guide our shed bodies onto their journeys as we begin our ascent into deep space." She feels that our ancestors are not pleased with our pursuit of wealth and our neglect of the human spirit in all beings. In her appeal, she motivates each of us to honor our ancestors on Pitri Paksha, which falls at the end of September or the beginning of early October.




No comment
Top Navaratri Dance Venues Shut Down in Mumbai
Posted on 2001/10/20 22:49:02 ( 631 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





MUMBAI INDIA, October 19, 2001: Navaratri celebrations in Bombay will be without the heady festivities of the dandiya ras dancing clubs this year, thanks to environmental deadlines set by the Supreme Court that prohibits playing loud music after 10 pm. Organizers of the biggest dandiyas in the city have closed their venues after they failed to get favorable response from the central and state governments to their request to extend the 10 pm deadline of the Supreme Court to 12:30 am. Two of the biggest venues shut down rather than abide by the curfew.




No comment
Temple Storming Embarrasses BJP
Posted on 2001/10/20 22:48:02 ( 669 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





NEW DELHI, INDIA, October 20, 2001: If the VHP's storming of the Ayodhya complex two days ago was a well-crafted political strategy to benefit the BJP, it has gone awry. The move to register a case against the erring leaders is being seen as an indication of the pressure building up on account of public opinion on the episode. In January this year, Vajpayee had to put an end to a controversy over his remark that the temple was an expression of national sentiment. "Should any organization attempt to disturb the status quo," he said, "the government will not remain a silent spectator and adopt delaying tactics as unfortunately happened eight years ago." The PM is likely to reinforce this position again either in Parliament or outside. Home Minister L K Advani has "disapproved" of the VHP's action of forcibly entering the makeshift temple at Ayodhya. VHP leaders today dared the government to take action against them. "The government has a right to acquire land but has no right to acquire our right to worship. No court has stopped us from offering prayers," said VHP International General Secretary Praveenbhai Togaidya. Additional stories are at: www.hindustantimes.com/nonfram/201001/detNAT04.asp and www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/oct19/ivhp.htm\




No comment
Bringing Hindu Dharma to Teachers in Houston
Posted on 2001/10/20 22:47:02 ( 710 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





HOUSTON, TEXAS, October 21, 2001: Houston will be using the VHP-UK book "Explaining Hindu Dharma: A Guide to Teachers" for seminars starting Nov. 8, 2001, for teachers in the greater Houston area. The three-hour seminar will target mainly social studies which are World History and World Geography. Short lectures with PowerPoint presentations, along with PowerPoint presentations on CDROM will be available for the teachers to print out transparencies for use in class. Paperback copies of the text will be available to those attending at a reduced price. Teachers will be made aware of opportunities for guided tours of Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland. This is an effort of the local Hindu community under the banner of World Hindu Council, Houston Chapter, in the hope that it can become a model for similar seminars nationwide. For further information and/or for follow-up information after the first seminar contact Beth Kulkarni, President, World Hindu Council, Houston Chapter, at "source" above.




No comment
No Loudspeakers After 10:00 PM for Mumbai Navaratri Dancing
Posted on 2001/10/19 22:49:02 ( 797 reads )


GO TO SOURCE





MUMBAI, INDIA, October 19, 2001: Dance organizers have decided not to challenge the state government's orders prohibiting the use of loudspeakers after 10:00 pm. For the first time in 20 years, Mumbai's famous garba dance was not held on the first night of Navratri as a mark of protest. Traditionally, garba celebrations go on till well past midnight. However, this new rule has hit the organizers hard. There are 15 major dance mandals (locations) in the city and ticket sales alone amount to thousands in profits each year. With the festivities cut short, organizers say they will lose much money Jitendra Mehta, Chairman, Ghatkopar Gujarat Samaj revealed, "We sell most of the tickets three days before the festival starts. Because of this whole dispute over the new order, in the last three days, we have sold very few tickets." This decision has however come as a welcome respite for the residents who live near the mandals and have to bear the brunt of loudspeakers throughout the night. Visit www.dandiyazone.com/navaratri.html for a thorough introduction to Navaratri, Mumbai style.




No comment
« 1 ... 835 836 837 (838) 839 840 841 ... 916 »

Search Our Site

Loading