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UK protests against the harassment of Hindus in Kazakhstan but India unaware

Houses and temples of Hindus are being destroyed by Kazakh authorities in the Karasai District in Kazakhstan. Land, barns and cows have been confiscated simply because they are Hindus. The attacked Hindus are members of ISKCON Kazakhstan. Several British Hindu organizations have registered protest. From Times of India:In an effort to highlight the plight of Hindus in Kazakhstan, Ashok Kumar, Member of Parliament, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons.

The motion said: "This House, prior to the visit of the President of Kazakhstan, condemns the harassment of and discrimination against Hindu minorities in Kazakhstan.

It further notes that Kazakh Hindus who applied for ownership of their houses were asked to declare that they were not Hindus, while non-Hindus who made similar applications were immediately granted ownership rights. The motion also acknowledges that the Supreme Court reviewed two cases regarding Hindu cottages and ruled against Hindus, without inviting …

Tales from a Faraway Land: Indian Children’s Stories

The tales in the 72-page book are diverse and feature stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Others are lesser-known fables and some personal family stories with a meaningful message.The book is written by Mrs. Seba DasSarma who was born in Bengal. Her daughter-in-law, Priya DasSarma, found many of these stories in the form of letters written to her husband by his mother and felt a need to preserve and share the tales. She also created the illustrations for the book. (link)

On CHITRA - the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions at University of Florida

From a report by Panagiota Papakos in University of Florida news:CHITRA focuses on the study of Hindu traditions from global perspectives and also emphasizes interdisciplinary ways of understanding the Hindu culture. Vasudha Narayanan, director of the center and distinguished professor of religion, says “People aren’t really clear about what the word Hindu means and CHITRA is a global and multidisciplinary study of Hindu culture.”CHITRA funds part of the Sanskrit curriculum, regularly hosts scholars and performing artists from around the globe, and offers guest lectures on Hindu art and culture. “Hindu has a world influence, including here in America,” Narayanan said, adding that to broaden the understanding of Hindu culture, the center aims to look beyond India.

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