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Christian Protestors Disrupt First Ever Hindu Prayer in U.S. Senate

The first ever Hindu prayer in the United States Senate witnessed unruly scenes when three Christian protestors began praying loudly when Rajan Zed, the Hindu chaplain from Nevada, started his prayer. The Christian protestors prayed for forgiveness from Jesus Christ for ‘betraying’ the Christian tradition.The protestors were removed from the U.S. Senate chamber's observation gallery and Rajan Zed continued with his prayer. Only few senators were present during the Opening Prayer.
Rajan Zed is the first Hindu to deliver opening prayer in U.S. Senate. The U.S. Senate has a tradition of inviting religious leaders from outside Judeo-Christian tradition to offer opening prayer. Muslim prayer has opened the Senate earlier.RelatedIgnore the three Christian protestors in Senate – they were shouted down by American Public

Koya Tribes – The Tribal Face Readers of India

The Koya tribals in GandhasiriVillage in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh are famous face readers. For the Koya tribals face reading is an ancient tradition handed down through generations. The process of face reading is simple – the tribals focus on the customer’s face and talks about the customer’s past, present and future.Tribal face reading might sound irrational and unscientific to many but these tribals have clients from South Asia and Australia. Some tribals are known to tour these countries. The tribals consider it as a science and visit various cities and towns in India. The tribals worship the Vana Durga and special pujas are done on Amavasi and Poornima.

Opera Jawa – Indonesian Film based on Ramayana

Opera Jawa, written and directed by Garin Nugroho, is loosely based on ‘the abduction of Sita’ in the epic Ramayana. The film is currently part of several film festivals around the world. In Opera Jawa, Lord Ram is Setio, a poor Indonesian village potter, and Sita is Siti, a former dancer. The poor couple is living in a small Javanese village by selling pottery. Setio goes on long journey to other villages to sell pottery and soon becomes jealous and doubts his wife’s fidelity. The domestic strife destroys the business of the couple.Ludiro, local butcher and a rich man, makes use of the domestic strife to abduct Siti. Ludiro tries to seduce Siti. Setio and Ludiro fight over Siti.About the Film from 20th Singapore International Film Festival Press release written by Philip CheahThe film centered more on the art form than the religious text. Those who were unacquainted with the Ramayana found the film a chore and those who were familiar with the text were more enthralled with how the …

Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2006 by the Hindu American Foundation

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), the leading U.S. based Hindu human rights group, released its third annual report – Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2006 – on the discrimination against Hindus in countries across the world. The report was released on July 11, 2007 at the foundation’s Washington, D.C. area offices. The expansive, two hundred page report documenting abuses against Hindus in eleven countries and regions is already receiving widespread support by members of the U.S. Congress, community leaders, scholars, and several international human rights groups.Congressman Joe Wilson (R- South Carolina) stated that “Human rights abuses must be taken seriously, and this survey provides valuable information to keep my colleagues and me informed about unfortunate threats against Hindus around the world.”This year’s report includes documentation of significant human rights abuses directed against Hindu communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhuta…