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Nations Declares June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga'
New York: The United Nations General Assembly today adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga'. This comes less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea.

It was introduced by India's Ambassador to the United Nations Asoke Mukerji (see image)today and had 175 nations joining as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any resolution in the 193-member UN Genral Assembly. This is also for the first ... Read More

Film director Deepa Mehta on Bhopal tragedy
I am a Canadian film director, born and raised in India. Though a Canadian
who is proud to be an Officer of the Order of Canada, I am equally proud
to be a non-resident Indian. However, I am not proud of the 30 year legacy
that has been the Bhopal tragedy.

Today on December 3, I am reminded that 30 years ago thousands of people
died when toxic gas was leaked from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal,
India. Thousands more ... Read More

Mar Thoma Diocesan conference held.
In the third week of November 2014, The Diocese of North America and Europe held a get together at Houston, Tx. It was an occasion to share views and concerns.

Also, it provided an opportunity to say farewell to the clergy who are returning to India in May 2015.

... Read More

India Culture Center elects its 2015 Board of Directors
(New-Board: L to R sitting. Nisha Mirani, Sapna Shah, Jasmeeta Singh,Falguni Gandhi, Nirmala Patel L to R Standing… Raj Bhalla, Sam Merchant, Harshad Patel, Girish Pandya, Charlie Patel, Girish Naik, Rajiv Bhavsar, Hemant Patel, Saundarya Sohoni, Ajit Patel)

HOUSTON – The India Culture Center (ICC) held its Board of Directors election on December 7th, 2014 here at the India House. The Election Committee comprised of Jawahar Malhotra, Girish Pandya and Sam Merchant.

The elections were unanimous for ... Read More

Hindus of Greater Houston: On to Wider Agenda and Broader Leadership
(Pic: From top left Richa Dixit , Vinod Mantri, Partha Krishnaswamy, Swapan Dhairyawan Sanjay Jain , Atul Kothari, Anshuman Desai. Front Row: Vijay Pallod, Girish Naik, Venugopal Menon, Dev Mahajan Tupil Narasimhan and Sharad Amin)

Dr. Venugopal Menon

With well over a hundred thousand and steadily growing population, Hindus are distinctly the third largest religious community in the Greater Houston area. The last four decades witnessed the creation of several temples and organizations catering to ... Read More
Google Journalism Fellowships
In an effort to help develop the next crop of reporters working to keep people around the globe informed, educated and entertained, we have created the Google Journalism Fellowship. As a company dedicated to organizing the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful, Google recognizes that behind many blue links is a journalist and that quality journalism is a key ingredient of a vibrant and functioning society.
This program is aimed at undergraduate and ... Read More
Canada-US complaints trigger holy book ban
Calling it ‘sacrilege’, the Sikh clergy in Amritsar has issued a diktat to its global community not to buy copies of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs, which is now being published in China and made available, online.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), responsible for the administration of Sikhism’s holiest shrine, The Golden Temple has registered a case against the US-based website sikhlink.com for hurting the religious sentiments by selling hard and ... Read More
Hindus to back indigenous recognition in Australia’s referendum
Hindus would support the Australian constitutional recognition of nation’s indigenous people in the referendum proposed to be held in 2017.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Hindu Australians to wholeheartedly back recognition of indigenous people, which he said was long overdue.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that it was blatantly unfair and simply wrong for indigenous people not to be recognized in the constitution as ... Read More
Stephen Gill

I see her resurrecting in Christmas trees

mistletoe and Santa Claus.

I see her appearing

within the decoration in churches

homes and offices

in parties, family reunions

and drinks.

I see her

in the festive rush that is tiring

and cards

which people have no time to send

but they do.

I see her

in the sounds of the Joy

to the World

and Jingle Bells

cranked out of loudspeakers

in malls and street corners.

She is missing

from the victims of wars

which seem to be routine fate

of humankind.

She is missing ... Read More
More Accountable and Transparent Policing Calls Needed for Community Engagement
Washington, D.C. (December 10, 2014) - The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) joined leading civil rights and community organizations in calling for efforts to prevent fatal police shootings of unarmed Black men and holding law enforcement accountable in cases of police brutality.

In the aftermath of grand juries' decisions not to indict officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in Ferguson and Staten Island, N.Y., respectively, as well as the shooting death of 12-year-old ... Read More
Religious leaders back Hindus in recall of German Shiva gambling slots
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christian-Buddhist-Jewish leaders have come out to the support of Hindus who were upset at Germany developed Hindu god Shiva themed slot gambling game titled “Shiva”, calling it highly inappropriate.

Reverend Richard L. Smith, a United Church of Christ pastor in Nevada (USA), in a statement, said: I support the protests of Hindus who are offended by the name and image of the god Shiva being used to promote gaming machines. ... Read More
Crowd Funding Sought for 'The Coming War between America and China'
'Journey' is an overworked word these days, but I can think of none other to describe the making of a documentary film. Ten years ago, a film of mine could be made in six months, even less. The main work was the research, the journalism. Whenever I felt confident I had the basis of a 'story', I would go to the ITV Network in the UK and seek a broadcast commission. If that was forthcoming, ... Read More
A Sikh Principal, Too English for a Largely Muslim School
BIRMINGHAM, England — As a Sikh and second-generation Briton running a public school made up mostly of Muslim students, Balwant Bains was at the center of the issues facing multicultural Britain, including the perennial question of balancing religious precepts and cultural identity against assimilation.
... Read More
ISIS fighter from Ottawa appears in video threatening Canada
ISIS attempted to incite further attacks against Canadians on Sunday, issuing a propaganda video in which an Ottawa extremist scolded the government for joining the international military coalition fighting the terrorist group.

The six-minute video said Canadians would be indiscriminately targeted and that Muslims were obliged to either join ISIS or “follow the example” of the attackers who struck in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

“You either pack your bags, or prepare your explosive devices. You either purchase ... Read More


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