Holi Festival in Brussels

Hindu “festival of color” Holi will be celebrated in Brussels, which is the headquarters of the European Union, on March 27. Brussels Mandir and Indian Cultural Center in Evere (Brussels), which is organizing this festival, is welcoming all to participate in the celebration. Joie de vivre festival of Holi welcomes the beginning of spring and […]

Hindus term Denmark’s seizure of refugees’ assets law as “absurd”

Hindus have strongly criticized Denmark’s proposal backed by its parliament to confiscate refugees’ possessions; calling it inhumane, despicable and absurd. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that impoverished refugees and displaced deserved compassion and welcome and not confiscation. Denmark was sending a bluntly negative and worrisome message to […]

Germany’s biggest Hindu Temple completes 13 years

The Hindu Shankarar Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple in Hamm (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) has completed 13 years. Claimed to be the “largest Dravida Hindu Temple built in mainland Europe”, it was inaugurated on July seven, 2002. During its annual festival and chariot procession, attended by estimated 25,000 devotees from around the world, its presiding deity “Sri […]

“Hindu Prayer Room” sought at Zurich Airport

Hindus are urging for a designated “Hindu Prayer Room” at Zurich Airport, Switzerland’s largest and one of the world’s leading airports. Zurich Airport, which “regularly wins awards for its excellent services”, already has Christian and Muslim chapels and a mortuary. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that as considerable […]

Hindus urge Turkey to portray Hinduism appropriately in textbooks

Hindus are urging Turkey to portray Hinduism appropriately in its textbooks after a report indicated misleading information about Hinduism. A new study, “Compulsory Religious Education in Turkey: A Survey and Assessment of Textbooks,” sponsored by United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), stated:…only superficial, limited, and misleading information is given about…Hinduism. The study, quoting […]

Prayer Room in Luton Airport, UK

Prayer Room in Luton Airport, UK… Hindus have commended international London Luton Airport (LLA) in England for launching “prayer room”. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that having a “prayer room” (near departure gate 20) at the airport was a step in the positive direction. It would help […]

Hindus urge Council of Europe to fix Ireland’s educational system

Hindus want end to religious preferences in admission to schools in Ireland. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religion should not play any role in admissions to Irish schools. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that religious discrimination in tax funded schools was […]

Oxford University digitizes old paintings of Hindu gods

University of Oxford has posted digital versions of 110 Kalighat paintings of Hindu deities and others from 19th-century Calcutta on its new online portal “Digital.Bodleian”. These include paintings of Hindu deities Krishna, Shiva, Ganesha, Durga, Hanuman, Parvati, Kali, etc., which were acquired by Sir Monier Monier-Williams in the winter of 1883-1884. Some of these paintings […]

Hinduism focus at Salzburg Festival 2015

Hinduism will form part of the world renowned Salzburg Festival of Austria this year for the first time in its 95 years history. Salzburg Festival, July 18 to August 30, will include Ensemble Nepathya in Kutiyattam, Dhrupad classical music, Khayal music, Bharatanatyam dance and Morning Ragas. Per a Festival announcement, “The Ouverture spirituelle…focuses on Hinduism […]

Hindus laud Spanish village for scrapping “Kill Jews” name

Hindus have thanked the residents and regional government of Castrillo Matajudios (“Fort Kill Jews”) village in Spain for its reported name change to Castrillo Mota de Judios (“Jew’s Hill Fort”). Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said it was shocking to learn that such a village name existed in […]

Four Hindu temples launched in Europe

Four Hindu temples in Switzerland, Norway, Scotland and Germany solemnized their formal opening in the recent months, reports suggest. A warehouse in an industrial area was converted after renovation to Sri Navasakthi Vinayagar Hindu Tempel in eastern Switzerland’s Zizers, which is known for Upper Castle and Lower Castle heritage sites. Kagendrasharma Nageswarakurukkal is the priest. […]

Hindus welcome yoga instructor into Swedish royal family

Hindus have welcomed a former yoga instructor marrying into the Swedish royal family. Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip (third in line for the throne) married commoner Sofia Hellqvist (now Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden, Duchess of Värmland) in a lavish ceremony at Stockholm Royal Palace on June 13 attended by many royals from around […]

Tagore statue installation at Belgium’s Leuven Catholic University welcomed

A bronze bust of India’s Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was inaugurated in the Literary Garden of prestigious Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium on his birthday May 7. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed the KU Leuven’s gesture of honoring Tagore; who besides being the first non-European to […]

Hindus highest educated group in Scotland

In Scotland, “Hindus had the highest qualifications and were most likely to be full-time students”, according to a Scottish Government report published on March 26. “Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census” report further states: “Hindus were most likely to be employed in the top two occupational groups” (managers, directors, senior officials and professional). […]

Hindus find pushing of black man from Paris train immoral

Hindus find repeated pushing of black commuter off a Paris metro train on February 17 highly shocking and appalling. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was disturbing to note that racism was still alive and being allowed to continue in 21st century. Zed, who is President […]

Germany’s Gauselmann regrets & removes “Shiva” slot gambling game after Hindus protest

Globally active Gauselmann Group, one of the “world’s leading gaming companies”, has expressed regret and announced removal of its Hindu god Shiva themed slot gambling game titled “Shiva”, after upset Hindus protested calling it highly inappropriate. Paul Gauselmann, Chairman of Espelkamp (Germany) headquartered Gauselmann AG, in a signed letter to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed […]

Hindus want Dutch Black Pete to retire

Hindus want Dutch Black Pete to retire… It was time for the negative, offensive, racist and discriminatory caricature of Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) to vanish from the traditional festivities of Netherlands, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed stressed in a statement in Nevada (USA) today. Country of Rembrandt and Van Gogh which had a long history of […]

Berlin fashion house removes Lord Shiva leggings & apologizes after Hindus protest

Well-known German fashion brand “Front Row Society” headquartered in Berlin withdrew leggings carrying image of Lord Shiva and apologized after upset Hindus protested. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, thanked “Front Row Society” for understanding the concerns of Hindu community, which thought images of Lord […]

Hindus urge Berlin fashion house to withdraw Lord Shiva leggings

Upset Hindus have urged well-known German fashion brand “Front Row Society” headquartered in Berlin for the immediate withdrawal of leggings carrying image of Lord Shiva, calling it inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Lord Shiva was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped […]

Hindus welcome new Belgian government

Hindus have welcomed new government of Belgium lead by Charles Michel as Prime Minister, which swore in on October 11. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although Michel’s coalition took about five months to form government after elections, but it was still better than about 18 months […]