Archives for April 2018

A new film on Love Jihad by Sudipto Sen

Renonwned film artist Sudipto Sen has made a new film titled ‘In the Name of Love-Melancholy of God’s Own Country’. A screening of the film was organised by Global Indian Foundation and Vivekanand Vichar Manch of Jawahar Lal Nehru University in Delhi. The film focuses on the issue of ‘love jihad’ and religious conversion of girls in […]

Australian city Mayor promotes Yoga for mental health

CITY of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst has urged kids to take up yoga as a way to help maintain mental health. Mayor Dewhurst joined children at Leisure World in Thornlie to promote the centre’s junior yoga program and encouraged youths to take up yoga to help manage stress. Gosnells is a suburb of Perth, located within the City of Gosnells. Gosnells […]

Hindu Council rebuts ABC radio’s biased program against Hindus

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) is generally well known for its balanced view of the world. Despite its high journalistic standards, it sometimes slips into Hindu bashing in the garb of India bashing.  Mr Philip Adams one of the respected, popular and long standing radio broadcaster did it this time under the heading “India Now : […]

The most sacred Hindu places of worship in Bali

Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the oldest and the most revered temple in Bali, Indonesia. The temple is actually a collection of several temples along the hiking path to the summit. The main temple also the highest, the Pura Lempuyang Luhur, lies at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang.[1] The temple is located on […]

Jakarta President urges Hindu community to improve quality of human resources

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on the Hindu community to improve the quality of human resources and to prepare for facing global challenges and rapid industrial development. “Global challenges necessitate Hindus to become more intelligent, creative, and innovative in responding to the changes,” President Jokowi remarked in his speech while attending the commemoration of […]

Anzac Day celebrations in Canberra

Hindu Council of Australia represented by its National President Mr Prakash Mehta, attended ” Australian Jewish ANZAC Day Service” at National Jewish Memorial Centre in Canberra. The Ceremony was attended by a many few multi-faith religious leaders, by the Ambassador of Israel to Australia, by ACT leader of opposition and many other dugnatories. The program […]

100 years on, remembering the Hindu-German effort to end the British Raj

In April 1918 ended the US trial of Ghadar leaders and their German financiers who were trying to smuggle arms to South Asia. hen the Hindu-German conspiracy trial began in the US on November 20, 1917, American newspapers competed to describe the scenes in the San Francisco courtroom that – as their narratives went – […]

Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrated in Sydney

A function to celebrate 70th Independence Day of Israel was held in Sydney at Four Seasons Hotel. The function was attended by NSW Premier  Gladys Bereziklian, MP Luke Foley, Israel ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer, President Zionist Council of NSW Richard Balkin and President NSW Jewish board of deputies Jeremy Spinak. Hindu Council was represented by […]

Anzac Day ceremony at Hornsby NSW

Members of Hindu Council of Australia attended a pre-dawn memorial service to commemorate Anzac ceremony at Hornsby. The march started from Hornsby RSL club and the actual ceremony took place in front of the Hornsby Railway Station.  The ceremony was attended by Parveen Gupta on behalf of  MP Julioan Leeser, Phillip Ruddock mayor of Hornsby […]

Bible lessons should be a must for Hindu students, says Christian activist

Australian students should be ­required to study the Bible as part of a well-rounded education, ­regardless of their religious background, according to American investor and Christian activist Chuck Stetson.  “I argue that if you don’t have knowledge of the Bible you can’t understand the English language, literature, history, art, music or culture fully,” he told The […]

Shashi Tharoor – Why I am a Hindu

Dr Shashi Tharoor’s latest book was apparently meant to take on the Hindutva narrative, and demolish it. Sadly, it seems it will be one of those books celebrated at literary festivals, obsessed over in high society conversations as validation of pre-conceived notions, create a placebo of having captured the narrative, but then, in all probability, […]

Bollywood music for Hindu Benevolent Fund Raising

Please find attached your invitation to attend a Bollywood Musical Extravaganza hosted by Hindu Council of Australia  and Bandeesh Group- “LOVE YOU ZINDAGI” Let us all join together and soak in the melodious memories of Bollywood hits , with the dynamic live orchestra by AKS – A musical reflection. This event is in charity for the Hindu […]

Yezidis and Bangladeshi Hindus: A modern day Exodus story

By: Rachel Avraham, Israel National News. In the spirit of this time of year, we should recall the plight of the Yezidi and Bangladeshi Hindu people, who are experiencing a modern day form of slavery and flight as we speak. Bangladesh has now been independent for 48 years but during this period of time, Shipan Kumer Basu, […]

HBF sends help to Fiji Cyclone victims

Fiji has been hit by a series of cyclones causing floods and havoc. Hindu Benevolent fund of Hindu Council of Australia issued an appeal for new clothes, bed sheets and shoes. There was an overwhelming response by the Hindu community in Sydney and many pallets of helpful goods were collected at Gateway Cafe. Sai Ji […]

BAPS Chief blesses WA chapter of Hindu Council of Australia

It was a great opportunity to honor on bahalf of the WA chapter of Hindu council of WA and various other Hindu religious organizations met B.A.P.S Mahant Swami Maharaj in Perth on 30th March 2018 and honored him on behalf of Hindu coommunity in Western Australia. Swami Maharaj blessed the Hindu community in Perth. Hindu Council […]

Pakistani Hindu parents allege their daughter forced to convert to Islam

In the predawn darkness on Feb. 24, Rinkel Kumari, a 19-year-old student from a Hindu family, disappeared from her home in Mirpur Mathelo, a small village off a busy highway in Sindh Province. Hours later, she resurfaced 12 miles away, at the home of a prominent Muslim cleric who phoned her parents with news that […]

RSS chief warns against attempts to divide Hindus

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.”   [Click here to read more ….]

Thousands of Hindus in Klaten perform Melasti at spring

Jakarta Post–12 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 […]

Hindus being isolated from mainstream society in Kerala

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 …. [Click here to read more …]

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

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. [Click here to read more …]

More Than 60 Hindu Homes gutted in Myanmar

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 […]

Borneo Hindus celebrate Tamil New Year

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 […]

Hindus mark Hanuman Jayanti in Trinidad & Tabago

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 […]

Severe shortage of Hindu SRE teachers in NSW schools

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 […]

Persecution of Hindus in Russia

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 […]

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

(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 […]

Liverpool police community engagement

By:Somesh Sibal Liverpool police community engagement program was attended by Somesh Sibal of the Hindu Council of Australia’s Chaplaincy team along with members of about 15 different cultural and religious groups in the area. The program was organised on 29th March 2018 to meet the new Liverpool area commander Superintendent Paul Albury. Paul addressed the attendees. Among […]

Let’s Take Yoga To Work

Fret not, you can always bring yoga to your desk – here’s how! The Indian telegraph explains. [Click here to read more ….]

Wealth of Heritage – A special volume on Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The Hindu newspaper brings out a special volume (its ninth in a series on southern Indian religious centers). Titled ‘Wealth of Heritage’, the special volume has articles, accompanied by an array of pictures, on the traditions associated with the temple, its rich history, its amazing architectural splendor and the many rituals and festivities associated with […]

Pakistan elects a Hindu woman senator, second time in its history

Compare that with how many Muslim women have been elected in India since 1947. Krishna Kumari Kohli’s election represents a major milestone for women and minority rights in Pakistan. Ms. Kumari’s victory was a rare bit of good news for the country’s Hindu minority. Pakistan has a dismal record over the treatment of vulnerable religious minorities. […]

How Americans came to embrace meditation

In the 1960s many Americans may have only known Hinduism through meditation, but the story of this country’s relationship with Hinduism is much longer and more complex. [Read more …]

APPEAL to help Flood/Cyclone victims in FIJI

You may be aware of natural disaster that hit Fiji two consecutive weekends and many people are without homes, food and water. Situation is still worse and again Category 3 cyclone likely to hit. The floods have washed away all domestic belongings. Worst affected area is the Western Division of Fiji which has almost half […]

Illinois and Iowa Senate-House open with Hindu prayers

India Post News Service CHICAGO: On February 27 and 28 respectively, Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives in Springfield started their sessions with Hindu prayers, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.  [Click here to read more…]

Quarterly update from Victoria Chapter

A quick update from Victoria chapter on activities during the first quarter of 2018   1 Quarterly participation at Multifaith Advisory Group within the Premier’s Cabinet Office 2. Feb 18 : Participation in the multifaith consultation called by the PM on freedom of religion, chaired by Philip Ruddock 3. Presentation of Certificate of Honour to […]

Hindus attacked by Rohingyas in Myanmar

The attaches from international community met with local Hindu women who had been abducted by Muslim insurgents responsible for killing about 100 other Hindus during the crackdown, Hindu leader Ni Maw said. The women said they wanted to know why the world is talking only about Muslims,” Ni Maw told RFA. “Hindus also were killed […]

Carl Sagan on How Hindu Culture is basis for modern Cosmic theories

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Statue de Shiva Nataraja (Tanjore, Inde), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51894760

Team building exercise by Hindu Council

Hindu Council team had a one day workshop at Swami Narayan Temple today. About 35 office bearers and volunteers attended the meet. The day started with a sumptuous breakfast followed by some team building and mind games. It was followed by presentations and group discussions.

Changes to Marriage Celebrants law and rules 2018

The Marriage Regulations 1963 were repealed on 1 April 2018 and have been replaced with the Marriage Regulations 2017, which commenced on 1 April 2018. A copy of the new regulations can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L01359. We would appreciate your assistance with advising your authorised celebrants of this change.  The Marriage Regulations 2017 have simplified […]

HBF Fund Raising Event – LOVE you Zindgi 19th May 2018

Hindu Council of Australia (Sydney) in Association with Bandeesh Group presents its fund raising event LOVE you Zindgi, a Bollywood Musical Journey. Part of the money raised will go towards Hindu benevolent Fund to help people in crisis.

Youth start planning their Parliament of World’s religions for 2018

The cabinet of Youth Parliament of World’s religion met for its first meeting to plan its annual event. The first meeting has kick started the event planning. The emphasis in the meeting was to get more religions and more youth involved in the planning process. Youth Parliament of World’s religions is an annual conference for […]

Pad Yatra A pilgrimage walk to temples in NSW Australia

By Sai Pravastu Paada.yatra, pilgrimage to the temple by foot has started this time on auspicious #Chaitra #Purnima (full moon day), also known as Chait Purnima, its the Purnima in the #Hindu month of Chaitra. Chaitra Purnima is the first Purnima of the new year after #Ugadi, #Yugadi #GudiPadwa. This day is dedicated to Lord […]

Artificial Intelligence should be taught Compassion and non-voilence

In a forum on the theme of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) : Challanges and opportunities for religious communities, organized by and facilitated by Venerable Miao You, a demand was made by Surinder Jain of Hindu Council of Australia that Artificial Intelligence must be taught about various religions including Hinduism. Here is an excerpt of the speech. […]

Harmony Day at Nan Tien Temple

Hindu Council of Australia participated in Harmony Day 2018 that was celebrated on 1st April 2018 at Nan Tien Temple in Berkely NSW. Nan Tien is a Buddhist faith temple spread on a large hill situated about 100 kilometers from Sydney near the town of Wollongong. The ceremony was well attended and included prayers by […]