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America's Most Segregated Schools May Not Be in the States You'd Expect
Posted on 2014/5/24 16:03:19 ( 499 reads )

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2014 (The Washington Post): Sixty years ago this Saturday, the United States Supreme Court found state laws imposing segregation unconstitutional. Progress has been made, but the nation has been slipping, according to a new report analyzing government data from UCLA's Civil Rights Project. And the states where segregation is most prevalent today are not the ones where it reached its boiling point in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Northeast was the only region where, on average, the share of black students in almost completely minority schools has risen since 1968, according to the report titled "Brown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat and an Uncertain Future." More than half -- 51.4 percent -- of black students in those states in 2011 were in schools whose student populations were 90 percent to 100 percent minorities. In every other region of the country -- the Midwest, West, South and "border" states -- black students today are less likely to be in heavily minority schools.

New York is one of the most segregated states for black students. It has the highest rate of black students in high-minority schools and the lowest rate of black exposure to white students. Illinois is second on both measures. Maryland is third when it comes to the share of black students in high-minority schools and fourth-lowest when it comes to black exposure to white students. California, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas also rank highly among the indicators suggesting high rates of segregation among blacks.

Today, a typical white student is likely to attend a school where about three in four students is also white. That means that an average white student looking around a typical 30-person classroom in her school will see 22 other white students, four Latinos, two blacks, an Asian and one more who would qualify under an "other" racial category. A typical black student today would see 15 blacks, eight whites, five Latinos, one Asian and one student of another racial category. A typical Latino student in a 30-person class would likely have 17 Latino classmates, eight white ones, three black and one Asian and one other.

An Asian student is likely to have 12 white classmates, seven Asian ones, seven Latino ones, three black ones and an "other."

More at source.

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REVISED REPORT, NEW URL: Complete Report on 2002 Gujarat Riots
Posted on 2014/5/24 16:03:12 ( 682 reads )

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INDIA, May 23, 2014 (scribd.com): Available at "source" above is an extensive report on the 2002 Gujarat riots by French journalist Nicole Elfi. It has been recommended by an HPI reader as the most in-depth account available. This new URL takes you to the 2013 revision of the article.

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New Jersey to Pay Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi with Statue
Posted on 2014/5/23 16:01:04 ( 474 reads )

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SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY, May 13, 2014 (Hudson Reporter): A life-sized statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be dedicated to the state at a ceremony in Secaucus on Saturday, May 31. The statue was hand crafted in India from a single piece of rock, and is a gift to the state of New Jersey from Secaucus residents Shantaben, Maneklal, Raj, and Parul Patel of the Swaminarayan Temple. The monument will be located at the entrance to the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden at the Recreation Center on Koelle Boulevard in Secaucus.

In keeping with Gandhi's teaching of Ahimsa (nonviolence), the event is being co-sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The dedication ceremony will be conducted by Revered Dada J.P. Vaswani, who will deliver the keynote address following the ceremony. HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle will also speak, and the two will engage in a town hall-style meeting with the audience.

Several state and local officials, as well as dignitaries from American and Indian institutions across the United States, are expected to grace the occasion. Among them is United States Congresswoman and war veteran Tulsi Gabbard, who said, "Gandhi is the world's most famous Hindu, but the impact that he made throughout his life spans far beyond any one sect or religion. As just one example, he made a profound impact on Dr. [Martin Luther] King who actually went and visited India, providing inspiration in the civil rights movement here at home."

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Italian Tax Donation Helps Hindu Group
Posted on 2014/5/23 16:00:58 ( 540 reads )

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ITALY, May 28, 2014 (Lettera 43, summarized from the original Italian): The 8xmille (literally, "eight per thousand") initiative in Italy is a mechanism by which the taxpayer directs a small percentage of their income tax (0.8%) to 11 recognized religious denominations or the state. There are check-off boxes at the bottom of the tax form to allow the taxpayer to designate their preferred recipient. Of the funds raised by this initiative in in 2011, 87%, US$1.4 billion. The Italian government itself gets a major part of what remains for humanitarian work. The other ten recognized groups (which includes the Italian Hindu Union), are eligible to receive a portion of the remaining 8Xmille funds. This is the first year Buddhists and Hindus are among the recipient and it is not yet known how much each will receive.

For more information on this unusual system, see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_per_thousand

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Complete Report on 2002 Gujarat Riots
Posted on 2014/5/23 16:00:52 ( 879 reads )

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INDIA, May 23, 2014 (Jaia Bharati): Available at "source" above is an extensive report on the 2002 Gujarat riots by French journalist Nicole Elfi. It has been recommended by an HPI reader as the most in-depth account available.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/5/23 16:00:13 ( 430 reads )

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By constantly repeating, "I am free, I am free," a man verily becomes free. On the other hand, by constantly repeating, "I am bound, I am bound," he certainly becomes bound. The fool who says only, "I am a sinner, I am a sinner," verily drowns himself in worldliness. One should rather say: "I praise the name of God. How can I be a sinner? How can I be bound?"
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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Government Taking Stock Of Bangalore's Temple Riches
Posted on 2014/5/20 11:59:18 ( 545 reads )

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BANGALORE, INDIA, May 17, 2014 (New Indian Express): The Banashankari temple on Kanakapura Road is the richest among all temples administered by the government in Bangalore. The Anjaneya (Hanuman) temple in Mahalakshmi Layout and the Dodda Ganapathi temple on Bull Temple Road are the other two big revenue earners in Bangalore.
Together, the three temples earn an annual income of US$1.15 million. This includes donations, offerings and hundi collections, but excludes what devotees put into the arati plate. All the three temples are managed by the Endowment Department of the Karnataka government.

Bangalore Urban district has 985 temples while Bangalore city, with about 60 temples, earned $2.7 million in 2013-14. In addition to their annual earnings, the temples accumulate assets in the form of gold and silver ornaments and decorative items, now being assessed and valued by the department. Till date, about 50 per cent of the valuation has been completed and it may take two more months for a comprehensive assessment, an official said.

Jayaprakash, Assistant Commissioner, Muzrai Department, said, "The Banashankari temple alone holds gold and silver jewelery worth about $767 thousand, while the Jayanagar Ganesha temple holds jewels worth more than $511 thousand. We are now building a complete data bank with photos and videos of jewels with details of their weight, size, and purity."

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Wyebank Hindu Temple Gets Revamped
Posted on 2014/5/20 11:59:12 ( 428 reads )

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WYEBANK, SOUTH AFRICA, February 5, 2014 (Highway Mail): After months of construction, the Wyebank Hindu Temple is finally at a stage where devotees can worship again, starting February 5th. According to Venessa Pillay, a committee member at the temple, the Wyebank Hindu Temple was small, and as the congregation grew the committee decided to renovate it to leave a landmark and place of worship for the future generation.

The Wyebank Hindu Temple was established in 1932. Over the years, numerous changes were made to enhance the general appearance, as well as install murthis to cater for the spiritual needs of all those devotees that attend the Shri Vilvanatha Esperar Alayam. Instead of demolishing parts of the temple structure and adding bit and pieces, it was decided to upgrade the entire structure. The mammoth project of rebuilding the Wyebank Hindu Temple commenced and earnest and skilled artisans from South India were engaged to commence with the rebuilding of the temple.

Guru Shiyamsunthar Sharma and committee members thanked the community, individuals, organisations and families who have contributed in cash and kind to the rebuilding of the temple.

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Why Foreigners Can't Pronounce Sanskrit Word 'Sri'
Posted on 2014/5/20 11:59:06 ( 537 reads )

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NEW YORK, U.S., May 1, 2014 (Odisha Sun times): Ever wondered why most Britishers could not pronounce the Sanskrit word "sri" - a common Indian honorific for males - and instead settled for "shri," a combination of sounds found in English words like shriek and shred? This is because the brain does not work like a computer when it comes to recognizing speech sounds, rather it decides whether or not a combination can be permitted based on words that are already known, a fascinating study has said. Words that begin with the sounds "sr-" are not found in the English language.

"Our findings have implications for the idea that the brain acts as a computer, which would mean that it uses rules - the equivalent of software commands - to manipulate information," said David Gow, a clinical instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. "Instead it looks like at least some of the processes that cognitive psychologists and linguists have historically attributed to the application of rules may instead emerge from the association of speech sounds with words we already know," he explained.

Human beings speak more than 6,000 distinct language, and each language allows some ways to combine speech sounds into sequences but prohibits others. Although individuals are not usually conscious of these restrictions, native speakers have a strong sense of whether or not a combination is acceptable.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/5/20 11:59:00 ( 429 reads )

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You shine, all living things emerge. You disappear, they go to rest. Recognizing our innocence, O golden-haired Sun, arise; let each day be better than the last. Rig Veda (X, 37, 9)

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Indian Shop Keepers Helped Build Eastern Africa
Posted on 2014/5/19 16:43:33 ( 482 reads )

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MOMBASA, KENYA, May 16, 2014 (Coastweek): The pioneering Indian Dukawalla or shopkeeper introduced the use of money to buy goods in Eastern Africa. Thus he launched the monetary economy in this part of the world, writes Kul Bhushan. The Duka, derived from the Hindustani word Dukan, was set up in the remote locations after the British built the Uganda Railway at the end of the 19the century.

Housed behind the Duka, the hardy Dukawalla faced wild animals at night, hot sun during the day and isolation from his relatives and friends but he persisted and survived. Over time, he built a stone structure and then enlarged the building as his business flourished. More traders came and the sole Duka multiplied into many more and their location became a mini-township with administrative services moving in.

All over Eastern Africa, these Duka's can still be seen in isolated locations and observe them as foundations of every town and city as the bazaar created by these Dukas. The Dukawala's have, in no small measure, played an important role, in the economic growth of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania: and also Zambia and Malawi. The story of Dukawalla is the heroic story of hard work, persistence and survival against massive odds.

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India To Digitize Ancient Manuscripts
Posted on 2014/5/19 16:43:27 ( 575 reads )

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BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, May 9, 2014 (Times Of India): Thousands of significant Sanskrit and Hindi manuscripts written on palm leaves kept in University of the Punjab in Lahore and University of Dhaka will soon be digitized by Government of India.

Director of National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) Prafulla Mishra said NMM will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran Culture House (ICH), New Delhi, for the digitization work. ICH has already been digitizing Persian and Arabian manuscripts in Lahore and Dhaka.

Mishra said there were around 9,500 Sanskrit and Hindi manuscripts in Punjab University, the largest and oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan established in 1882. The collection includes around 2,000 palm leaf writings. Besides Hindi and Sanskrit, the stock includes texts in Prakrit, Telugu, Sharada, Tamil, and Nandinagari languages. The over 90-year-old Dhaka University has over 10,000 such texts. Some of these scripts are over 1,000-year-old while many others are of pre-independence era, Mishra said.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/5/19 16:43:21 ( 443 reads )

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One day three wise, blind elephants were discussing what humans were like. Failing to agree, they decided to determine what humans were like by direct experience. The first blind elephant felt the human and declared, "Humans are flat." The other blind elephants tested and said, "We agree."

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Court Advisor Recommends Padmanabhaswamy Temple Priests be paid $8,500 per month
Posted on 2014/5/18 16:55:11 ( 561 reads )

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KERALA, INDIA, May 15, 2014 (Times Of India): [HPI Note: The logic behind the advisor's recommendation is not explained in this widely circulated article and remains something of a mystery.]

The best graduates from IITs and IIMs dream of the salary amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam has recommended for head priests of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. In his report to the Supreme Court on management of the temple, which shot into the limelight after wealth estimated at US$17 billion was discovered, Subramaniam listed the hierarchy of priests with thantris at the top followed by periyanambi, panchakavyathunambi, thakkadam and thiruvambadi nambis. He said the thantris should be paid US$8,500 (rupees five lakh) per month.

Starting with the thantris, the amicus said none of the four main priests reside within the temple complex. This is because their earnings from conducting rituals in the temple were meagre which forced them to perform rituals outside. He said their residential quarters too were in dilapidated condition. "It is submitted that an amount that is proportional to the stature of the thantris should be fixed by the temple authorities, preferably a sum of $8,500, to be paid according to the directions of the (head) thantri," the report said.

Subramaniam said the salaries of the four periyanambis, the high priests who maintain celibacy during their tenure in the temple to perform archana and offer worship to the deity, was worse. "The salaries of nambis are very low, around $213 per month and they are not entitled to emoluments being temporary staff," he said and provided a graded salary structure for them as per their status in the conduct of rituals in the temple. The amicus recommended to the apex court that "archana commission can be fixed at 7% after consultation with the temple authorities and the salary of the periyanambi should be around $1,500 per month". "The panchakavyathunambi should be paid $1,365 per month as salary while thakkadam and thiruvambadi nambis should receive $1,025 per month," he said.

More information in this article:
http://www.newindianexpress.com/state ... /04/30/article2197135.ece

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The Dharma Santi Celebration Of Nyepi Holy Day For Hindus In Balikpapan
Posted on 2014/5/18 16:55:05 ( 538 reads )

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BALIKPAPAN, INDONESIA, May 5, 2014 (Kaltim Post): It's not only Indonesia's Muslims who have the halal bi-halal ceremony. Indonesian Hindus also have a tradition of a day dedicated to seeking forgiveness and harmony with friends and relatives. It's called Dharma Santi and is observed after the Nyepi New Year's day.

Dharma Santi means cleaning the mental, moral, and spiritual parts of life. This manifests religious harmony. "It's like halal bi-halal. Where all devotees of the religion can forgive each other. In doing so harmony is materialized." said the chairman of the Balikpapan branch of the Indonesian Hindu Association (PHDI), I Dewa Made Wirya Atmaja, on the sidelines of the celebration of Dharma Santi at the Pura Giri Natha Jaya temple on Re Martadinata Street.

This activity has been held for the last ten years. It was attended by over 500 people. Made said that there are 400 Hindu families in Balikpapan comprising 1,600 souls. The festivity went from 7 to 10 pm and featured dances from around the country. It closed with a Bondres mask dance, which is a humorous Balinese dance depicting funny folk stories.

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