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Desi News AAP meet stresses need for change HARISH RAO

CHICAGO: More than 80 people gathered Sunday April 20 at Holiday Inn, Mt. Prospect, a northwest Chicago suburb, to discuss support to Aam Admi Party fighting elections in India. The meeting was hosted by S Mat Singh Dhillon, business owner, and joined by local supporters of AAP in Illinois. The program was Emceed by Thakar S Basati, Community activist in Chicago. Professor (Retd) S. Jagindar Singh Ramdev, an educationist, Mrs Chaitra Padsalgi, an IIT professional and Major (Retd) S Gurcharan Singh Jhudge, Businessman, were pesent and spoke at the meet S. Mat Singh Dhillon said, "Law and order for a common Indian has become mockery. Details on page 20

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SAN JOSE, CA: Two major seminars on subjects that impact the global Hindu community will be hosted at the Global Hindu Conference 2014, scheduled for Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27 in San Jose, CA. Global Hindu Conference is

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Unique seminars coming up on Hindu Historiography & Christianity

Story of being neither here nor there CHICAGO: On April 13, two days before the landmark decision by India's Supreme Court to recognize the intersex as a "third gender" endowed with the same legal rights and privileges as men and women, an academic panel comprising five knowledgeable South Asians and Americans was discussing the (self-) representation of the intersex at the downtown Chicago Temple building.

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Vishal Agarwal book will be released at the conference

sponsored by a number of Hindu organizations and is organized by Global Hindu Foundation Inc. One of the two seminars is on development of Hindu Historiography. This seminar is one of its kind initiative that is being done outside of, and in parallel to, the conventional academic establishment. Sumeet Saxena, the coordinator and chair of the historiography seminar, said here that history plays too important a role in selfidentification of Hindus all over the world, to be left only to the academia to deal with. The informal sector could also engage equally in history writing. The conventional academic framework, which is based on Western worldview, is inadequate to capture the complexity of Hindu culture and civilizational experience, in order to properly express the Hindu historical narrative. Thus, the western expression of Hindu history often stands at odds with the representation of

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Hindu community in global public affairs, leading to atypical "castesati" type caricatures, mocking and even hate crimes. Decades of discrimination has led to low self-esteem among Hindu youth, who now shun their

Hindu identity in public spaces. Therefore, the use of unorthodox methods and setting is needed to accomplish the task of Hindu historiographical development. The history seminar will feature author Vishal Agarwal who has masterfully written an elaborate critique of Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus: An Alternative History." Dr Doniger is one of the prominent Western Indologists who had authored the controversial book on history of Hindus, demeaning Hinduism as a religion of sex and perversion. An activist organization in India had taken her publisher to the courts, and as an outcome of the legal process, the court had ordered the pulping of her book. Agarwal, a Hindu scholar-teacher and a practitioner, has critiqued Dr Doniger's book paragraph by paragraph. His work is being released in a book titled "The New Stereotypes of Hindus in Western Indology," at the conference. Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Acharya Arumuganathaswami, editor and managing editor, respectively, of Hinduism Today magazine will conduct a special session on the representation of Hinduism in American public schools. The presentation will draw on their two decades of experience with the portrayal of Hinduism in school textbooks. Cont’d on page 19

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