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http://www.justiceforhindus.org/donate/


NYC Hindu Coalition

Project Managed By:
Vincent Bruno, Vijay Kumar, Avijit Roy, Pinaki Das,
Abhishek Bhaskar & Sivaramakrishnan Nagarajan

Coalition Leaders:
Nisha Ramracha
(Hindus Students Association International)
Sitangshu Guha
(Bangladeshi Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council);
Adity Sharma
(Justice For Hindus)

NYC Hindu Holidays Campaign

2nd Meeting With Community Affairs
17 Aug 2017 – NYC Hindus had a second meeting with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, assisted by Mr. Marco A. Carrion and Nick Gulotta.  The group discussed possible ways to improve Hindu community involvement in the City’s education departments.  The group also plans to organize along county and district lines so as to streamline their ability to communicate with local city law makers and administrators.

Hindu Holidays Outside White House
11 Dec 2016 – Close to 100 Hindus gathered outside the White House to request that the federal administration take measures to further include the American Hindu presence in school and civic activities, such as consulting the community on Diwali and Holi education.

Hindu Holidays At NYC Comptroller
2 Nov 2016 – NYC Hindus bring the Hindu Holidays Campaign to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Diwali party at City Hall. We spoke with both the Comptroller and Assembly woman Neeta Jain.

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Hindu Holidays At NYC Hindu Unity Day
Sunday 08/30/15 (Queens, New York) Hindu Unity Day was put on by the Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF). IAIF is one of the groups supporting the Hindu Holidays Campaign. At the event a table was set up for the Hindu Holidays Campaign and hundreds of signatures were collected.

1st Meeting With Community Affairs
Friday, 04/24/15 – A delegation of different Hindu Organizations met with the NYC Mayor’s Office Community Affairs Unit Mr. Marco A. Carrion. Mr. Carrion was assisted by Ms. Halen Ho, Director of the Queens Community Affairs Unit. The delegation handed over a few documents supporting Hindu Holidays in NYC schoolsuntitled2Hindu Holidays Demonstration Outside City Hall
Friday, 04/10/15 – HSAI joined with more than two dozen other organizations and nearly 200 Hindus to demonstrate outside City Hall for the inclusion of Hindu holidays in NYC public schools. The event made it to NY1 News and was covered by the Times of Guyana.

 

WHAT IS DIWALI

Celebration of Lakshmi

Diwali is a 5 night festival which takes place in mid to late autumn, beginning on the last night of the Hindu month of Ashvin and goes on into the Hindu month of Kartika. The highest point of the celebration takes place on the third day which commemorates the birth of goddess Lakshmi, the personification of spiritual, familial and material wealth and success. Hindus also venerate the Hindu god of medicine Dhanvantari on this day since he was born at the same time as Lakshmi. Lakshmi and Dhanvantari’s birth story are found in the Puranas which are anthologies on the backgrounds and histories of the gods, sages and heroes of Hinduism. According to the Agni and Padma Puranas, there was a war in heaven between the demons and the gods and the gods lost this war. The god Vishnu came up with a plan to trick the demons into churning the ocean which would bring up the amrita, a powerful drink which the gods could use to regain their strength and defeat the demons. As the gods and the demons churned the ocean, the amritra was not the only thing to float up from the ocean’s depths; many gods arose from the waters and took the side of the gods against the demons. One of these gods to arise from the ocean was the goddess Lakshmi, who fell in love with and married Vishnu. With the help of the gods who arose from the ocean and the amritra, the gods were able to defeat the demons and regain heaven. Lakshmi’s birth took place at a time when good overcame evil, when light overtook dark, and so the entirety of Diwali is a celebration of the triumph of righteousness and goodness over unrighteousness and wickedness.

The Story Of Ram & Sita In Diwali

To symbolize the victory of light, the festival of Diwali is marked by the lighting of large numbers of diyas (oil lamps) and firework displays. Tales of the triumphs of many Hindu heroes are recounted and celebrated during this time, but the most popular hero theme for Diwali is the story of Ram and his defeat of the wicked king Ravana. Ram was a prince and the 8th avatar (human personification) of the god Vishnu, the lord of preservation who saves humanity from moral and social decay. The story of Ram and his journeys along with his wife Sita are found in the Hindu Epic of the Ramayana. In the Ramayana, Hindus find the virtues of Ram and Sita pitted against the ignobilities of those who rule the world at that time. The story has Ram and Sita exiled to the forest and Sita kidnapped by the dubious king Ravana. As Ram struggles to save his love Sita, he builds an army by gaining the trust of several tribes and races, and finally vanquishes king Ravana and is reunited with Sita. Now a warrior and king in his own right, Ram returns to the kingdom of his exile and regains the thrown, ushering in a golden age of peace and prosperity. According to the Padma Purana, Ram’s return to his kingdom of Ayhodya was celebrate by the mass lighting of diyas, as is done at Diwali, thus the return of Ram to his kingdom and the holiday of Diwali are often viewed as synonymous by many Hindus. Anyone interested in learning more about the story of Ram may want to purchase a copy of the Ramayana by C. Rajagopalachari.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE TO DIWALI

PADMA PURANA
The Manifestation Of Goddess Lakshmi

Bhisma expressed his desire to know about the manifestation of goddess Lakshmi.Pulastya replied Once, after being defeated by the demons, the deities went to Lord Vishnu and sought his help. Lord Vishnu instructed them to collect all the medicinal herbs, and put them in the Ksheersagar, so that after the churning of the ocean ambrosia could be retrieved.Lord Vishnu also advised them to use the Mandar mountain as a Churner and the serpent Sheshnag as a rope for churning the ocean.The deities then reached an agreement with the demons according to which both the groups were supposed to unitedly churn the ocean. The great Mandar mountain was uprooted and placed on the back of the tortoise the embodiment of Lord Vishnu. Sheshnag coiled around that mountain and both the ends were held by the demons and the deities respectively. The deities intelligently chose the tail-end, while the demons in their foolishness chose the mouth-end. The venom spilled by Sheshnag destroyed the power and strength off the demons. When the process of Churning began, the first thing to emerge from the sea-bed was Kamdhenu the holy cow. The deities claimed the ownership of this divine cow. Subsequently, Varuni (intoxicating drink) emerged from the sea-bed, which was claimed by the ignorant demons. During the process of ocean-churning, various kinds of things emerged out from the ocean Parijat, sixty crore apsaras, the moon and Kalkut (poison), which were distributed among the demons and the deities. Lord Mahadeva drank the Kalkut when he saw that there was no taker for it.

The churning of ocean also resulted into the manifestation of ambrosia-pot, Uchchaishrava (horse) and Airavat (elephant). Ultimately, goddess Lakshmi manifested herself, seated on a lotus. The deities eulogised her by chanting the mantras of Sri Sukta. The deities were desirous of having goddess Lakshmi on their side, so were the demons, but Lord Brahma instructed Vishnu to accept her as his consort. The demons became furious and snatched the ambrosia-pot from the hands of Sage Dhanvantari. Lord Vishnu then disguised himself as the most enchanting woman and fooled the demons into giving back the ambrosia-pot. Lord Vishnu gave the pot to the deities who became immortal after drinking ambrosia. A tremendous battle was fought between the demons and the deities. But, the demons were defeated in this battle and fled to the netherworld to protect their lives. The deities eulogised Lord Vishnu and returned to heaven.

AGNI PURANA
The Turtle

Many years ago there was a war between the devas (gods) and the daityas (demons) and the gods lost this war. They prayed to Vishnu to rescue them from the oppression of the demons. Vishnu told Brahma and the other gods that they should have a temporary truce with the demons. The two sides should get together to churn the ocean. Vishnu would ensure that the devas benefited more from this churning of the ocean than the daityas did.The truce was agreed upon and the two sides got ready to churn the ocean. The mountain Mandara was used as a churning rod and great sake Vasuki as the rope for churning. The devas grasped Vasuki’s tail and the daityas grasped Vasuki’s head. But as the churning began, the mountain Mandara which had no base, started to get immersed in the ocean. What was to be done Lord Vishnu came to the rescue. He adopted the form of a turtle and the peak was balanced on the turtle’s back.As the churning continued, terrible poison named kalkuta emerged from the depths of the ocean and was swallowed by Shiva. Shiva’s throat became blue from this poison and he is therefore known as Nilakantha, blue of throat. The goddess Varunai, the goddess of wine (sura), came out next. The gods readily accepted her and thus they came to be known as suras. But the demons rejected Varunai and were therefore known as asuras. She was followed by the Parijata tree, a beautiful tree that came to occupy the pride of place in Indras garden. A jewel named koustubha emerged and was accepted by Vishnu as his adornment. Three wonderful animals came out next  the cow Kapila, the horse Ucchaishrava and the elephant Airavata. They were followed by the apsaras, beautiful women who became the dancers of heaven. They were known as apsaras because they emerged from ap (water). The goddess Lakshmi or Sri came out next and was united with Vishnu.Finally, Dhanvantari emerged with a pot of amrita (the life giving drink) in his hands. Dhanvantari was the originator of medicine (ayurveda). The daityas led by Jambha gave half of the amrita to the devas and departed with the remaining half.

But Vishnu quickly adopted the form of a beautiful woman. So beautiful was the woman that the demons were charmed. Pretty lady, they said. Take the amrita and serve it to us. Marry us.

Vishnu accepted the amrita, but he had no intention of giving it to the demons. He served it to the gods instead. There was only one demon who was somewhat clever. His name was Rahu. He adopted the form of Chandra, the moon-god, and succeeded in drinking some of the amrita. The sun-god and the moon-god noticed what was happening and reported it to Vishnu. Vishnu thereupon cut off Rahu’s head with a sword.

But Rahu had drunk the amrita, so he could not die. He prayed to Vishnu and Vishnu granted him a boon. The boon was that occasionally Rahu would be permitted to swallow up the sun and the complained about him. You can see this happening at the time of the solar and the lunar eclipses. People who give alms during such eclipses are blessed.

The gods obtained the amrita and the demons did not. Thus, the gods became more powerful than the demons. They defeated the demons and regained heaven.

PADMA PURANA
Sri Rama’s Return From Lanka

Once, Sages requested Suta to describe about Sri Rama’s return from Lanka. Suta narrated the same tale, which Sheshnag had once told Vatsyayan. Sheshnag said After the killing of demon king Ravana, Sri Rama appointed Vibhishan as the king of Lanka. He then decided to return to Ayodhya on Pushpak-Vimana, which Vibhishan had presented to him. He along with Sita, Lakshman, Sugreev and Hanuman boarded the aircraft and flew towards Ayodhya.The earth looked beautiful from such a high altitude and Sri Rama was continuously describing about the importance of various places over which the aircraft flew. As the aircraft was about to enter the airspace of Ayodhya, Sri Rama recognized Bharata, who was living at Nandigram at that time. Bharata had vowed not to enter Ayodhya till the return of Sri Rama, hence he stayed at Nandigram situated at the outskirts of Ayodhya awaiting Sri Rama’s return. He led an austere life as the result of which he had become weak and feeble.

On seeing Bharata, Sri Rama instructed Hanuman to inform him about his (Rama’s) arrival. Hanuman went to the hermitage of Bharata and informed him about Sri Rama’s arrival. Bharata’s joy knew no bound and he expressed his desire to reward Hanuman for bringing such auspicious news. Bharata then accompanied Hanuman and went to meet Sri Rama. Sri Rama’s heart was filled with grief when he saw Bharata, who looked like a hermit in his Valkal and Kaupin. On the other hand Bharata cursed himself for being the cause of Sri Rama’s miseries. Bharata asked for Sri Rama’s forgiveness and said O Lord! You had to go into exile only because of me. I can never be absolved of my sin.

Sri Rama consoled him and after taking Bharata into his embrace enquired about his welfare. He told Bharata that he had to undergo the sufferings of exile because of his own destiny. You are not at fault. Don’t curse yourself for my misery. said Sri Rama. At last all of them including Bharata boarded Pushpak Vimana and the aircraft took- off for Ayodhya.Continuing with Sri Rama’s tale, Sheshnag said When Sumanth brought the news of Sri Rama’s arrival at Ayodhya, people danced in joy, Preparations started being made for Sri Rama’s grand reception. The whole city of Ayodhya was decorated with rows of lighted lamps.

Sri Rama and Sita alighted from the Pushpak Vimana and both of them were carried in a palanquin to the palace. People stood in queues on both sides of the road with folded hands. Sri Rama blessed them by raising his hand. First of all Rama went to meet Kaikayi who was full of remorse and guilt. Sri Rama consoled her and then went to meet Sumitra to pay his obeisance to her. At last, he went to meet his own mother Kaushalya, who was dying to see him. Kaushalya blessed Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshman. Bharata then instructed the royal astrologers to decide upon an auspicious moment for Sri Rama’s coronation. Thus Sri Rama became the king of Ayodhya. During his reign peace and prosperity prevailed everywhere. People were virtuous and there was no sign of sin.

 

 

 

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.
Pabitra Chaudhuri "IAIF" and Robert Bernstein "HRW"

Pabitra Chaudhuri “IAIF” and Robert Bernstein “HRW”

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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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“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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