Archives for April 2018

RSS chief warns against attempts to divide Hindus

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has expressed his displeasure over the alleged attempts to divide the Hindu community. He criticized “the division of people following the same religion into different segments.”

 

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Thousands of Hindus in Klaten perform Melasti at spring

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Jakarta Post12 Mar. 2018
Performed on Sunday, March 11, by thousands of Hindus in Klaten, the Melasti ritual was held to mark the beginning of the ceremonies prior to Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence) which will be commemorated on March 17. Klaten is one of the biggest Hindu structures in Indonesia. Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. Despite most devotees performing Melasti on the beach, Hindus in Klaten chose Umbul …
 

Hindus being isolated from mainstream society in Kerala

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Though Hindus form the majority in Kerala, they are being ignored and isolated from mainstream society due to their secular attitude, said Justice M Ramachandran (retd) on Friday. Hindus are not provided with the kind of acceptance and rights extended to the minority communities, he said while ….

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Upset Hindus urge Kohl’s to withdraw Lord Ganesh Throw Pillow & apologize

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Upset Hindus are urging Wisconsin headquartered leading omnichannel retailer, Kohl’s Department Stores, for immediate withdrawal of Throw Pillow carrying image of Hindu deity Ganesh; calling it highly inappropriate.

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More Than 60 Hindu Homes gutted in Myanmar

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More than 60 houses in a predominantly Hindu village in the Maungdaw district of Myanmar’s Rakhine state were gutted by fire on Thursday in an apparent act of negligence, a local community leader told RFA’s Myanmar Service.

Local Hindus, including Ni Maul, and the Myanmar government in late September said ARSA militants detained nearly 100 people from several Hindu villages in the Kha Maung Seik village tract on the same day that the attacks occurred, killed most of them, and dumped their corpses in mass graves.

The militants also forced the young Hindu women to convert to Islam and took them to a Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh. Other Hindus fled to Bangladesh or to other parts of Rakhine state to escape the violence.

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Borneo Hindus celebrate Tamil New Year

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MIRI: More than 200 Hindu devotees and their family members gathered at Kamini Durga Eswari Amman Temple in Taman Tunku here to celebrate the Tamil New Year yesterday. The colourful event organised by Miri Hindu Society (MHS) was attended by Miri Mayor Adam Yii. “Tamil New Year is one of the world’s most vibrant and colourful events celebrated with revelry across the globe.

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Hindus mark Hanuman Jayanti in Trinidad & Tabago

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Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018

This year, Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on March 31. The event is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the Hindu god Hanuman who is known for his courage, power and faithful, selfless service to his Lord Rama. Asked what Hanuman represents and what lessons we ought to learn from the humble Hanuman, Pundit Veda Persad of the Ramjit and Basso Persad Hindu Mandir, St Helena Village, Piarco, stated: “The message is that we have our own lives and we bring karmic values from past lives. What we do in this life, we must do to bring good karmic value.

Hinduism is a minority religion in Trinidad and TobagoHindu culture arrived in 1845 in Trinidad and Tobago.[1] In the 21st century, pro Hindu parties were elected.[2] In the 2011 census, There are 240,100 declared Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago. There are also various temples in Trinidad and Tobago to accommodate Hindus.

 

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Severe shortage of Hindu SRE teachers in NSW schools

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NSW

Currently there is an estimated short fall of about a 1,000 Hindu Special Religious Education teachers in NSW.

2017 Statistics

In the enrollment year 2107, there were about 20,000 Hindu students in NSW out of a total of 755,000 student in 2,160 schools, making 2.64% of all students. Buddhists had about 15,000 and Muslims about 50,000 while Sikhs and Jains together had only just over 2,300 students enrolled in public schools.

Of the 2,160 schools, 1,600 were Primary schools and about 400 Secondary schools, rest being others. About 140 Primary schools out of 1,600 have six or more Hindu students, many having more than 200 students. Of 400 secondary schools, about 140 have more than six students with some having numbers in hundreds.

Schools with more than 200 Hindu students  :

Name Type postcode operational_directorate principal_network Total Studen

ts

Number of Hindu Students % Hindus
Westmead Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Holroyd 1441 920 64
Girraween Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Parramatta 1134 777 69
Parramatta Public School Primary School 2150 Macquarie Park Parramatta 910 416 46
Matthew Pearce Public School Primary School 2153 Macquarie Park The Hills 1395 341 24
Parramatta High School Secondary School 2150 Macquarie Park Parramatta 858 320 37
Blacktown South Public School Primary School 2148 Macquarie Park Nirimba 1007 306 30
Rosehill Public School Primary School 2142 Macquarie Park Parramatta 664 304 46
Girraween High School Secondary School 2145 Macquarie Park Parramatta 759 297 39
Macarthur Girls High School Secondary School 2150 Macquarie Park Parramatta 1013 297 29
Wentworthville Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Holroyd 524 293 56
Darcy Road Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Holroyd 654 284 43
Penrith High School Secondary School 2750 Macquarie Park Penrith 930 274 29
Cherrybrook Technology High School Secondary School 2126 Macquarie Park Dural 1930 250 13
Baulkham Hills High School Secondary School 2153 Macquarie Park The Hills 1213 229 19
Quakers Hill Public School Primary School 2763 Macquarie Park The Hills 956 223 23
Riverbank Public School Primary School 2769 Macquarie Park The Hills 811 221 27
Macquarie Fields High School Secondary School 2564 Ultimo Glenfield 1109 205 18

There are no reliable numbers available as to how many of these schools and students are actually getting Hindu SRE education. But it is estimated that with a maximum class size of 20, about 1,200 Hindu SRE teachers are needed where as only about two hundred teachers have been trained so far by four SRE providers namely, VHP, Chinmaya Mission, Saiva Manram and J.E.T.

Currently there is a short fall of about a 1,000 Hindu SRE teachers in NSW.

(source: Based on Department of Education NSW and on Hindu Council’s research)

Persecution of Hindus in Russia

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Russian religious persecution of Hindus are sparking a call for an investigation from two American law makers. In an effort in order to create a more Russian identity, the Russian Orthodox Church has intensified their campaign with increasing persecution and threats towards Hindus under President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Meeks and Weprin noted that the most prominent Hindu spiritual leader, Shri Prakash Ji, has been experiencing Hindu persecution while living in Russia for the past several years. He and his family over the last several years are victims of threats and unauthorized police raids of both his cultural center and home. Smear campaigns are also being used to turn the Russian population against the Hindu spiritual leader. 

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Wishing you a Happy Vaisakhi, Baisakhi, Vishu, Pahela Baishakh, Bihu and Puthuvarusham

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(Compiled by : Madya Lila, ASMY)

Wishing You A Happy Vaisakhi! For many of the world’s Hindus, Vaisakhi also known as Baisakhi, Vishu, Pahela Baishakh, Bihu and Puthuvarusham is an ancient harvest festival that celebrates the beginning of the solar new year. People clean their homes and businesses, prepare special foods, observe sacred customs, visit the temples and participate in unique regional dances, fairs and festivities.

Vaisakhi is an auspicious day all around as it was also on this very day, thousands of years ago, that Goddess Ganga descended to earth. In her honour, the devout celebrate with a dip in her holy rivers at the break of dawn.

Traditionally, Vaisakhi is observed by the farming community as a day of joyfully thanking God for the abundant harvest. The best of the harvest is lovingly offered to God in gratitude. The community also seeks blessings for future prosperity and progress in the coming year.

No matter where we are in the world we too can celebrate this sacred day of Vaisakhi by setting aside our daily concerns and taking a little time to go within our hearts to reflect and give thanks to God for our countless blessings. There are many challenges in life and when things go wrong we find it hard to see things to be thankful for. By consciously practicing thankfulness we open our eyes to the many gifts God has given us.

On this day of Vaisakhi let us make an auspicious beginning to our New Year by filling our hearts with gratitude. In this mood of thankfulness, may we also be moved to share our blessings, our gifts and our talents in the loving service of God and all living beings. Happy Vaisakhi!

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