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Global Hindu Temple Network


Connecting Global Threads of Faith

From the Editorial Team

Dear Readers,

In the fortnight spanning February 1 to February 15, the global Hindu community witnessed moments of profound significance and challenges that underscore the complexity of advocating for Sanatan Dharma in a contemporary world. This period was marked by notable developments that celebrate Hindu heritage and address the ongoing issues facing Hindus worldwide.

Global Celebrations and Advocacy

The bias in British media coverage of Hindu issues, focusing on the reporting of the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya in India has been widely criticised. UK Member of Parliament Bob Blackman criticized the British media, particularly the BBC, for its biased portrayal of the event, emphasizing the destruction of the Babri Masjid while ignoring the historical presence of a temple at the site for over 2000 years.

Challenges at Home

As the visibility of Sanatan Dharm grows globally, back in India the challenges continue and are even growing. Hindu communities have to resort to legal measures to maintain the sanctity and purity of their temples, highlighting a situation where the Madras High Court had to explicitly state that temples are not "picnic spots." This judicial intervention came about due to behaviors that disrespected the religious and sacred nature of temples, including incidents where non-Hindus utilized temple premises for non-spiritual activities or attempted to perform non-Hindu rituals within these sacred spaces.

Advocacy for the Marginalized

In Pakistan, the plight of minority Hindus ahead of the general elections serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by Hindu communities in regions where they are minorities. Despite constitutional provisions for representation, the practical realities of registration, recognition, and participation in the electoral process reflect a broader struggle for equity and recognition. The situation calls for international attention and advocacy to ensure the protection of rights and freedoms for Hindus globally.

Moving forward, it is imperative that we continue to advocate for fair representation, protect our sacred traditions, and support those in our community who face discrimination and marginalization. Our collective efforts to raise awareness, coupled with the celebration of our rich heritage, are crucial steps towards fostering a world where Sanatan Dharma is understood, respected, and cherished.

In conclusion, these two weeks have been a microcosm of the broader struggles and triumphs of the Hindu community. From the halls of the UK Parliament to the  recently-consecrated temple in the UAE, and from the judicial courts of Tamil Nadu to the election booths of Pakistan, Hindus are actively shaping their destiny, guided by the eternal values of Sanatan Dharma.


Dr Vinay Nalwa

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered the Tamil Nadu (TN) Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR&CE) department to install boards in all Hindu temples, explicitly stating that non-Hindus are restricted from entering beyond the ‘Kodimaram’ (flagpole) area…

Madras High Court directed the state government’s Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department to install boards in Palani Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple (and all other Hindu temples), stating that non-Hindus are not permitted)...

After the case regarding the Shringar Gauri temple behind the Gyanvapi Masjid near the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, a recent judgment allowing members of the Vyas family to hold prayers in one of the basements of the Gyanvapi complex—Vyas ji ka Tehkhana…

A Special Court here on Friday ordered issue of summons to Udhayanidhi Stalin, Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development, on a private complaint lodged against him…

UK member of parliament Bob Blackman has criticised the British media's biased reporting of the Ram temple consecration ceremony. Blackman spoke in the UK parliament over BBC's reporting on the matter which pointed to the destruction of the Babri Masjid…

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha confirmed the completion of the religious campus and the scheduled inauguration by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 February 2024…

The artisans from villages in Rajasthan's Makrana embarked on a creative journey in 2019 to bring the vision of the grand temple to life with their intricate sculpting, which continued even during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Ahead of the February 8 general elections in Pakistan, members of the minority Hindu community feel they are mostly left out of the poll process despite having a notable presence, especially in the southern Sindh province…

Connecting Global Threads of Faith

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