Plan to convert theater to a Hindu temple recommended in Alabama’s Hoover

The Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission, in its September 14 meeting, reportedly recommended approval of a Hindu temple in a former 38,000-square-foot theater in Hoover (Alabama). This Hindu temple proposal, requested by Pritesh Patel on a property owned by BAPS Birmingham, will now be forwarded to Hoover City Council for final nod. Besides the sanctuary, […]

Hindu statesman Zed urges Iceland to allow its citizens to freely choose their names

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is urging Iceland to grant its own citizens the basic human right of naming their child as they wish. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that continuance of Icelandic institutions like “Personal Names Act”, “Personal Names Register” and “Personal […]

Upset Hindus urge Philadelphia online retailer to withdraw Hindu deity bedspreads & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Wayne (a Philadelphia suburb) based online retailer “4Rissa” to apologize and withdraw bedspreads carrying images of Hindu deities, calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu symbols or deities or concepts or icons for commercial or other […]

Hindus seek Diwali holiday in Carroll School District of Texas, starting 2021

Hindus want schools in Carroll Independent School District (CISD) headquartered in Southlake (Texas) to stay closed on Diwali; the most popular of their festivals; starting 2021. They are thus urging Michelle Moore and Dr. David J. Faltys, Trustees President and Superintendent respectively of CISD, to adopt Diwali as an official holiday on their 2021-2022 school […]

Hindus seek Diwali holiday in New Jersey’s Cherry Hill Public Schools, starting 2021

Hindus want schools in Cherry Hill Public Schools (CHPS) in New Jersey to stay closed on Diwali; the most popular of their festivals; starting 2021. They are thus urging Lisa Saidel and Dr. Joseph Meloche, Board President and Superintendent respectively of CHPS headquartered in Cherry Hill, to adopt Diwali as an official holiday on their […]

Hindus seek Diwali holiday in New York’s NHP-GCP School District, starting 2021

Hindus want schools in New Hyde Park-Garden City Park (NHP-GCP) School District in New York to stay closed on Diwali; the most popular of their festivals; starting 2021. They are thus urging Jennifer Kerrane and Dr. Jennifer Morrison, Board President and Superintendent respectively of NHP-GCP School District headquartered in New Hyde Park, to adopt Diwali […]

Hindus urge Houston Ballet to drop culturally insensitive ballet “La Bayadère”

Hindus are urging Houston Ballet to withdraw “La Bayadère” from its “2020-2021 Season”, which they feel seriously trivializes Eastern religious and other traditions. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Houston Ballet, nation’s fifth largest ballet company which claimed to be an “anti-racist organization”, should not be in the […]

Canton City Council in Illinois to open with Hindu mantras on September 15

Hindu prayer will open the meeting of Canton City Council (Illinois) on September 15, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures via Zoom before Canton City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is […]

Hindus welcome Alabama Education Dept. for softening-up on yoga despite ban

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Hindus have welcomed Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) for its apparent softening-up on the subject of yoga, despite it being “prohibited” from state’s public schools. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, called it a step in the positive direction. He urged​State Board of Education President Governor Kay Ellen Ivey […]

Upset Hindus urge Ukraine brewery to withdraw “Kali F*ckin” beer & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Brovary (Ukraine) based Reformation Brewery to apologize and withdraw its beer “Kali F*ckin IPA” named after Hindu goddess, calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu symbols or deities or concepts or icons for commercial or […]

New York breweries apologize & discontinue Lord Shiva beer within hours of Hindu protest

Buffalo (New York) based breweries— Pressure Drop Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing Company—apologized and discontinued their collaboration beer “Aqua Shiva” named after Hindu deity; within few hours of Hindu protest, who had called it “highly inappropriate”. Matt Kahn, President & Co-Founder of Big Ditch Brewing Company, in a “joint response” email to distinguished Hindu statesman […]

Upset Hindus urge New York breweries to withdraw Lord Shiva beer & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Buffalo (New York) based breweries— Pressure Drop Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing Company—to apologize and withdraw their collaboration beer “Aqua Shiva” named after Hindu deity; calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu symbols or deities or […]

Hindus heartbroken at denial of Diwali holiday in Illinois’s Oak Brook schools

Butler School District (BSD) 53, which runs public schools in Oak Brook (Illinois); has said no to the request of Hindus of keeping schools closed on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals, starting 2021. Dr. Paul O’Malley, BSD 53 Superintendent, in an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded this campaign, wrote: […]

Lancashire Farm Dairies apologizes to Hindus for yoga with cows session

Lancashire Farm Dairies (LFD), UK’s third largest natural yogurt brand, has apologized for recent cow yoga session at their Leyland (England) farm, announcing not to hold it again; after Hindus protested saying “it trivializes two serious concepts of Hinduism”. Jack Morrison, Brand Manager at LFD, in an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who […]

Hindus seek Diwali holiday in Oak Brook schools in Illinois, starting 2021

Hindus want all public schools in Oak Brook (Illinois) to stay closed on Diwali; the most popular of their festivals; starting 2021. They are thus urging Christopher Edmonds and Dr. Paul O’Malley, Board President and Superintendent respectively of Butler School District (BSD) 53 in Oak Brook, to adopt Diwali as an official holiday on their […]

Hindus feel yoga with cows in Lancashire not a good idea

Hindus feel that recently launched yoga with cows at Lancashire Farm Dairies in Leyland (England) is not a good idea, as it trivializes two serious concepts of Hinduism. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that cow, the seat of many deities, which was sacred and had long been […]

Yoga with cows in Pennsylvania dairy farm not a good idea; Hindus point out

Hindus feel that recently launched yoga with cows at Vale Wood Farms (Loretto, Pennsylvania) is not a good idea, as it trivializes two serious concepts of Hinduism. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that cow, the seat of many deities, which was sacred and had long been venerated in […]

Online giant Wayfair apologizes & removes Lord Ganesha Towel within an hour of Hindu protest

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Boston headquartered online home giant Wayfair has apologized and removed beach-towel carrying image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, within an hour of protesting Hindus contacting it, calling it “highly inappropriate”. Jane Carpenter, Global Head of Communications of Wayfair, in an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, wrote: Thank you for […]

Virginia firm “whole heartedly” apologizes & removes Lord Ganesh skirt after Hindu protest

Toano (James City County, Virginia) headquartered Enlighten Clothing Company (ECC) has apologized and removed “Ganesh Balance Mini Skirt” carrying images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh, after Hindus protested calling it “highly inappropriate”. Justin Chamberlain and Melanie Bodnar, ECC founders, in an email today to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, wrote: We […]