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Showing posts from November 28, 2006

Britain's first state-funded Hindu school and the problems

The Hindu school was announced by The Department of Education and Skills in November 2005. Ten million pounds was earmarked for the project. There are many faith schools in Britain catering to other religions. Harrow is chosen as the place to set up the school named KrishnaAvantiPrimary School. It is expected to open in 2010. I-Foundation, a charity associated with ISCKON, is to manage the school.Controversies1)Gauri Dasa, the president of the Bhaktivedanta Manor in Watford, is designated to be the spiritual head of the school. But there are severe allegations against him that he used to beat children while running an ashram in India. Several Hindu organizations and parents have objection to Gauri Dasa being the spiritual head.
2)Residents in the proposed site of the school are not happy. They say it will bring in more traffic and also damage the environment.3)Then there is the usual racial tension.Do we need a HinduSchool to teach faith?Is there a need for a Hindu school to teach Hind…

OSCE condemn demolition of Hindu houses in Kazakhstan

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) condemned the demolition of Hindu houses in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Reuters reports:The OSCE's Advisory Council on Freedom of Religion or Belief said in a statement it was deeply concerned."The Advisory Council ... calls upon the Kazakh authorities to halt any further demolitions and to extend immediate humanitarian assistance to those whose homes have been destroyed pending the further exploration and resolution of the dispute concerning title to the properties in question," it said."...This raises serious issues regarding the enjoyment of the freedom of religion and belief by members of the Hare Krishna community in Kazakhstan."Earlier: UK protests against the harassment of Hindus in Kazakhstan but India unaware
Demolition of Hindu houses in Kazakhstan
Protests in Delhi against demolition of ISKCONTemple