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JFH brings Hindu Holidays Campaign to NYC Comptroller

Wednesday, Nov 2nd: JFH attended the NYC Comptroller, Scott Stringer’s Diwali party near City Hall. The opening prayer ceremony was conducted by Dr. Krishna Pratap Dixit, head priest at the Hindu Center in Flushing Queens. The function honored several other Desi organization such as the India Home, the Indo-Caribbean Alliance and the Sikh Coalition. The function was also attended by Dr. Neeta Jain who is the Democratic district leader for Assembly District 25 (Queens). 

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After the event, JFH members were able to briefly meet with both the Comptroller and Assembly woman Neeta Jain to advocate for the ongoing Hindu Holidays Campaign which seeks to ad Diwali and Holi to NYC and NJ school calendars. Comptroller Stringer said he agreed with the proposal and Dr. Neeta Jain said she would look into the question; they both took a flier regarding the issue.

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The Comptroller’s Diwali party comes on the heels of the Long Island Syosset school board’s decision to add Diwali to its school calendar. Last year, several Hindu organization petitioned the Mayor’s office to add Diwali to the NYC school calendars with large protests at City Hall.

De Blasio’s refusal to add Hindu holidays, while incorporating Muslim and Chinese holidays into school calendars, has raised contention with NYC Hindu voters. State Senator Leroy Comrie however has made it clear that he supports the addition of Hindu Holidays. The addition of Diwali and Holi into school calendars is certainly possible, Hindus simply need to keep up the pressure and continue to perk the ears of elected officials who are interested in keeping our vote.

USA congresswoman calls for protection of Bangladeshi Hindus

Saturday, Nov 5th, 2016

Anti-Hindu violence has reignited once again in the Islamic nation of Bangladesh. Over the past week, some 15 Hindu temples and over 100 Hindu homes were vandalized by crowds of radical Islamists; the attacks are supposedly in retaliation for an alleged facebook comment posted by a village Hindu, the comment was said to be insulting to Islam.


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These attacks are ending off a particularly violent year for the anti-Hindu elements of Bangladesh. Over the past year, there has been an ever increasing ISIS element within Bangladesh which has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks on non-Muslims, including the murder of elderly Hindu and Buddhist priests, the hacking to death of a Hindu tailor and a Hindu teacher, the murder of two Christians outside a prayer meeting, and the targeted slaughter of two gay rights activists.

These most recent attacks have sparked protests both within and outside the nation of Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, Hindu youth activists have brought their message to the street with large demonstrations demanding that the Bangladeshi government take action to protect the religious minorities of the state. In Queens, New York, members of the Bangladeshi Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC) staged awareness demonstrations to highlight the plight of Hindus living in their homeland. Could it be possible that Bangladesh cannot uphold its secular values because Islam is the state religion

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In the United States, Hindu congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has started a video and petition campaign to help fight the rise of violent Jihad within the Islamic State of Bangladesh. Her video and petition highlights the ongoing religious cleansing of Hindus from Bangladesh, the decimation of the Hindu population from 18% in 1971 to less than 10% today, expulsions and land grabs, the rape and forced conversions of young Hindu women, and the ongoing attacks on Hindu places of worship. Please support Tulsi’s campaign to end Islamist violence in Bangladesh.

 

Transcript:

Aloha and Namaste. While we here in the United States may sometimes take our freedoms for granted, Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh are living in perpetual terror. Forced conversions to Islam, rapes and abductions, extortions and land grabbing and forced expulsion, desecration and destruction of places of worship, are just a few of the types of violence that are currently being unleashed. The population of Hindus in Bangladesh has dwindled from 18% in 1971 to a meager 9.7% today. Accounting for the overall population growth during this time this is a net loss of about 53 million Hindus from Bangladesh. That’s close to the total population of a dozen European Union countries or that of more than fifteen U.S. States that has simply vanished from a tiny country about the size of Greece or the State of New York.

Compounding the problem is the rapid rise of violent jihadists in Bangladesh. We’ve seen in the news recently word of terrorist attacks, machete attacks and beheadings of Hindu priests, secularists, bloggers, and intellectuals. Yet there has been no real action taken by the Bangladesh government to quell this festering crisis.

We must stand together with the people of Bangladesh. Please sign this petition as we call on the Bangladesh government to take urgent action against the horrific oppression and terror that plagues religious minorities in Bangladesh every day.

“Why can’t we question Islamic motive”? JFH q/a with Human Rights Watch

May 18th, 2016 – Barnes and Nobles, E.86th Street, NYC
JFH attended a discussion led by Robert L. Bernstein, founder of “Human Rights Watch” (HRW). The occasion was a book signing for the release of Mr. Bernstein’s latest book “Speaking Freely“, an autobiography which details Mr. Bernstein’s life as a publisher for Random House and as a human rights advocate.
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While much of the discussion session of the event focused on Mr. Bernstein’s publishing career and his trips to the former Soviet Union which activated his human rights career, the question and answer session allowed IAIF and JFH to ask Mr. Bernstein’s opinions on current human rights today as they pertain to Islamism and terrorism. Most pertinent to the question at hand is the fact that Human Rights Watch has taken a positive position on the influx of Islamic populations into Europe. According to the HRW website, their position on the question of importing Muslims into Europe is as follows:
“Human Rights Watch recommends action by the European Union and its member states in four broad areas: (1) reducing the need for dangerous journeys; (2) addressing the crisis at Europe’s borders; (3) fixing the EU’s broken asylum system; and (4) ensuring that EU cooperation with other countries improves refugee protection and respect for human rights.” – HRW, Europe’s Refugee Crisis 
There is no doubt that people around the world want to see an end to the fruitless wars being conducted in the Middle East which are laying waist to so many human lives, however ending these wars and mass importing Muslim populations into the West are two different agendas. The question we had for Mr. Bernstein was one of “motive”, particularly the motive behind human rights violations committed against both Muslims and non-Muslims living in the Islamic world, as well as the motive behind international Islamic terrorism. The question of Islamic motive has become all the more relevant as the increase in the Muslim population in Europe has initiated deadly terrorist attacks as were seen in 2015 in Paris which left 130 people dead and the 2016 bombing of the Brussels international airport which left 30 persons dead, as well as the unleashing of mass sexual assaults on women in Germany, not to mention the burgeoning of retrograde Islamist movements seeking to implement Islamic Sharia Law in Europe through violence.  Islamic Sharia Law is inherently misogynistic, homophobic and oppressive to non-Muslims in general.
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Mr. Bruno of, President of JFH, posed the following question to Mr. Bernstein (paraphrased):
“This question pertains not only to your organization but to most human rights movements globally today. During the eras of Nazi and Communist oppression, we looked to the ideologies behind these movements to determine what was motivating their crimes. We could see the correlation between Mein Kamfp and the Communist Manifesto and the actions of the people who espoused these beliefs.  However, today we are seeing similar human rights violations and terrorism going on, being conducted by many different groups but let’s focus right now on the question of Islam.  Why is it that when the Nazis or the Communists committed crimes against humanity that we were able to look at their ideologies and determine that these were the cause for their actions, but when it comes to Islamic crimes against humanity and terrorism we cannot look to their religion and founder to seek their motivation?  Most specifically, since the Islamic religion was founded by a man who mass murdered the pagans of Arabia, took slaves and sex slaves, preached hatred for pagans (shirk) and commanded his followers to do the same, and all of this can be found in the Islamic texts, why are we unable to talk about this as a motive for Islamic crime today when we can do so easily when speaking about Nazism and Communism?”
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Pabitra Chaudhuri , VP of Indian American Intellectuals Forum Inc  later pointed out:
“in case of a single homicide or for any crime the investigators probe deep for the motive which can lead to a clue. However it is strange that in the case when Islamic terror strikes that the world just deals with the shock-waves  and reports  the diabolic nature of the strike, and express  resolve  for the people affected , telling the world not  to be cowered by terrorists, but what is never questioned is why the Islamists are on a mission to strike in the first place, risking their own lives, these questions are not examined.  What do the Islamists want to accomplish by attacking the USA or UK or France or Belgium or the succession  of attacks on India as well? Is it a misadventure  to  force upon  the  world their religious belief system?  Is it not driven by the likes of Anjem Choudary, the Bangladeshi origin Imam of Britain, who thundered  over the conference call to channel 7 ABC TV hosts that one day the flag of Islam will fly over the White House? In fact the secular minded people from Islam need to come forward to play a definitive role.”
Mr. Bernstein’s response was interesting because while he did try to offer a solution to Islamic terrorism, he did not tackle the direct question about “motive”.  To paraphrase Mr. Bernstein’s response he recommended that publishers should seek to decrease the amount of “hate speech” being printed and distributed from Islamic nations such as Saudi Arabia, particularly those preaching Wahhabist doctrines. Mr. Bernstein admitted that teenagers do not engage in Islamic terrorism without first being indoctrinated with hate materials.  While Mr. Bernstein may be correct in his assessment that limiting the proliferation of “hate materials” could reduce Islamist violence, he did not address the question for the motivation behind these ideas and actions.  There is no doubt that the systematic discrimination and even elimination of non-Muslims across the Islamic world and the historical and modern invasion of non-Muslim regions accompanied by religious pogroms and ethnic cleansing are sprung from a shared ideological motivation.  If we looked to Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto to determine the the motivations for the Nazis and Communists in their human rights violations, we must look to the Quran and the life of Muhammad to find the motive behind Islamist violence and oppression, both historic and contemporary.  We hope to further engage the human rights community to ponder the question of motivation as it pertains to Islam, just as they did for the rise of Nazism and Communism.

JFH Joins VHP To Mourn Passing Of Ashok Singhal

It was with great respect and heavy hearts that JFH members joined with Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of America to mourn the passing of VHP former president Ashok Singhal. Vishwa Hindu Parishad, literally meaning “World Hindu Council”, is an organization dedicated “to organise, consolidate the Hindu society and to serve, protect the Hindu Dharma.”  Ashok Singhal was one of VHP’s more visionary and dynamic leaders who inspired many with his service. He was particularly dedicated to reversing the plight of Dalits (so-called “untouchables”), building them more than 200 temples in India, a plan he compassionately devised to stop their conversion to other religions. Born in 1926, he worked tirelessly for the Hindu cause, even in poor physical health, up to a month before his death.  Singhal passed away on 17 November 2015 at the age of 89 in Gurgaon, India. The Memorial service at TV Asia was well attended by VHP-A members.  JFH has paraphrased some of the eulogy speeches from the event below, may they serve as in inspiration to us all to better serve the Hindu cause.

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JFH member Aruna pays respect at memorial service for Akosh Singhal

Eulogy 1 – Paraphrased 

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Akosh Singhal was dedicated to the return of Vedic values and teachings, not just in India but for the entire world.  He wanted the whole world to know Vedic knowledge, that was the point of his VHP mission.  Vedic knowledge must spread over the world.  He saw intolerance and hatred everywhere, people being killed, people being beheaded… he believed the restoration of Vedic religion was the answer to these ills. He was a talented man, a classical musician and vocalist, but most of all he was an inspiration to others.  He worked hard to get VHP recognized at the level of the United Nation, even though these efforts were protested by radical Islamists. Still, with his compassion and vision, he was able to lead us through these fights.  He had capacity to lead, he was a rare man.

Eulogy 2 – Paraphrased

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Akosh Singhal was a great soul.  He was our guide and our lives greatly benefited from his presence.  He taught us dedication and devotion… he asked us to ask “how can we serve?” He believed our spirits connect after this life to continue the great work. He helped the poor and downtrodden, he was devoted to service. He explored the wide range of Hindu thought in all levels of life, he went to the best scholars for advice.  We thank him for his support and guidance, he was a teacher, mentor and father figure.  A humble and bright spirit who had positive impact in our lives.  He walks along with us now.

Eulogy 3 – Paraphrased

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He was a kind soul, loving and inspiring… he loved all those around him.  He was very spiritual and prayed every morning to the goddess Durga.  He came to our home in the USA when one of our family members fell very sick.  He took personal care of those who worked around him, he was not just politically active, but took a personal interest in our lives.  He has already attained salvation

Eulogy 4 – Paraphrased

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He was a misunderstood man… misunderstood by media and politics… he was politically incorrect but almost always right. Why did people love him?  We received so many phone calls and emails after his death. He had foresight, clarity, commitment and transparency.  What you saw was what you got.  He had a stern demeanor but a soft heart.  He changed my life.  He took me on charity missions around the world, doing Seva to help the poor, he was very dedicated to helping the poor.  He taught me commitment and perseverance.

Eulogy 5 – Paraphrased

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Ashok Singhal means “fearless lion”.  He deserves to be known at Mahatma  Ashok Singhal (great soul) for all the work he did and accomplished.  He was able to draw in people from every organization and walk of life, that is how dynamic he was.  We should collectively take a vow to follow in his foot steps and vow to fulfill his dream of rebuilding the Rama Mandir in Ayodhya.

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Hindu Community Loses Great Hero… Narain Kataria Dies At 85

Anyone involved in Hindu activism has heard of Narain Kataria.  Mr. Kataria was undoubtedly the pioneer of Hindu political activism in America.  President and founder of the “Indian American Intellectuals Forum (http://www.saveindia.com/forum.htm), Narain was a fierce proponent of Hindu rights in South Asia and abroad. Mr. Kataria fearlessly rallied the Hindu community of NYC for the cause; he did this despite constant threat to his life from the burgeoning Islamic community here.

Kataria was a relentless organizer, he was the guiding hand behind several organizations and events, such as Hindu Unity Day. Narain Kataria was responsible for kick starting Justice For Hindus (JFH) with his labyrinth of contacts and his field tested knowledge and advice.  It was Mr. Kataria who publicized and popularized JFH’s first events among NYC’s political Hindu network and published them in his tabloids.

Kataria understood the threat of Islamism all to well, he himself had been forced to flee his homeland as a teenager after the partition of India when his state of Sindh was handed over to Islamic Pakistan which was followed by anti-Hindu pogroms.  For his work to save Hindus and humanity, Kataria was often misunderstood, derided and ridiculed as being an “Islamophobe” and hater. Despite the setbacks and thanklessness of his task, Kataria never lost sight of his moral vision and persevered to the end, always working for the community.

Mr. Kataria passed away in his sleep in the hours between November 2nd and November 3rd 2015.  JFH members were among the 100s of admirers who attended his funeral. He will be forever remembered and cherished.  His life was an example for all Hindus to follow.  Surely his soul has found a greater incarnation.

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India Day Parade – JFH Helps Launch/Makes Cover Of “India World Geopolitics” New Paper

Sunday August 16th, 2015 – India Day Parade NYC – The Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF), headed by Narain Kataria, Arish Sahani and Pabitra Chaudhuri (www.saveindia.com) launches an official newspaper for the outfit. The title of the paper is “India World Geopolitics”.  The 40 page news paper contains articles on issues facing Hindus such as human rights violations against Hindu minorities in Bangladesh and Pakistan, the lingering psychological damage done upon the Hindu psyche by British colonialists, and testimonials by converted Hindus on the need for a stronger Hindu Politic. You can download a PDF version of the entire newspaper here:India World_Layout 1 (6)  JFH members helped distribute the magazine to attendees and news media booths at the parade. The paper went into the hands of thousands of Hindus from the diaspora and onto the tables of top Indian news papers such as Desi Talk, India Abroad, Zee News, The South Asian Times, Rediff and more. An article about JFH member Adity Sharma was featured on the front cover of the magazine. Adity Sharma is a law student and St. John’s university, was instrumental in making JFH a legal organization, and she is also the mind behind JFH’s “Swastika Campaign” [learn more about Adity’s campaing (here)]. The article featured on the front cover was written by JFH president Vincent Bruno and praised Adity as being the perfect role model for Hindu youth today, a young Hindu who stays religiously, socially and politically active in the community despite any set backs.  Our front cover article and pictures from the event are below.

BIG THANKS TO THE INDIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS FOR FOR PUBLISHING THE NEW PAPER!!!

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IAIF VP Pabitra Chowdhuri stand with JFH Prez Vincent Bruno @ India Day Parade NYC 2015

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JFH ARTICLE ON FROM PAGE

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“Adity Sharma is a shining example for all young Hindus around the world. Born in India, from Delhi, she experienced many difficulties in life due to extreme vision impairments. Despite this obstacle, Adity succeeded at school and is now studying law at St. Johns University in New York, America. While she is focusing on her studies, Adity has not lost sight of her duty to Hindu dharma. Adity writes articles on issues that face Hindus for Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and other websites. She has a sharp understanding about the threats the Hindus face and a good vision for empowering Hindus through knowledge to face these threats.  Her determination to do something to help the Hindu cause led her to join Justice For Hindus (JFH), a NYC based Hindu activist group which demonstrates on behalf of Hindu rights on issues like genocide and kidnappings of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Using her legal training, Adity has helped legitimize the organization by drafting its legal documents and crafting its mission statements. Though it must be difficult, Adity makes sure she gets about and attends events that are important to the Hindu cause. Despite the hassles, Adity was sure to make it to the United Nation on 9/27/14 to welcome Prime Minister Modi to the USA and defend his honor against vicious attacks from Islamist separatists. Adity Sharma is a good example for the Hindu youth today. Despite any difficulties she may have, she does not forget about the bigger picture of Hinduism and she is willing to put in work and effort to help her people and her religion succeed. In one year’s time, Adity should be a fully trained lawyer ready to work for Hindus everywhere. Everyone believes she has a bright future in our modern Hindu revival.” – India World_Layout 1 (6)

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