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Hindu American Foundation

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF, founded September 3, 2003) is an

  • Hindu American Foundation

External links

  1. ^ California in a time of excellence: school reform at the crossroads of the American dream, pp129, SUNY Press, 2009
  2. ^ Smashing the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words, pp 25 By Maureen Fiedler, Church Publishing, Inc., 2010
  3. ^ Preserving Ethnicity Through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus Across Generations, pp103,Pyong Gap Min, Pyong Min,NYU Press, 2010
  4. ^ Liberty of conscience: in defense of America's tradition of religious equality, pp 388, Martha Craven Nussbaum, Basic Books, 2008
  5. ^ .The theft of yoga, The Washington Post, April 18, 2010.
  6. ^ Panel promotes understanding,Stanford Daily
  7. ^ a b Human Rights Report from HAF
  8. ^ a b c [6] Second Annual Report On Hindu Human Rights Released, Pacific Magazine
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The foundation has also played a key role in the "take back yoga campaign".[10]

"The (foundation) is disappointed that ... (the judge) has not ordered the textbooks on hand to be modified to be more accurate ... and a flawed and illegal procedure leads to flawed textbooks"[5]

as well as:

"This ruling now forces the California Board of Education to comply with the law — to have a fair and open public process to benefit all California students."[4]

Mihir Meghani, President of the Hindu American Foundation, described the judgment as a "mixed victory". He says:

As of September 1, 2006, the HAF case has been resolved. The HAF won the case as the judge ruled that the CA State Board of Education violated its textbook approval process. But, the court ruled to retain the textbooks, noting the significant expense associated with reissuing the textbooks.[1] HAF has launched a circular confirming the decision by the courts and expressing a certain measure of satisfaction at the recognition of the illegality of the proceedings [2]. The brief published by HAF says that the judge ruled in favor of retaining the edits on the grounds that he did not wish to disrupt the process of disseminating the revised editions at this stage. The legal team of HAF has posted an assessment of the result [3].

The HAF was actively involved in the Californian Hindu textbook controversy for details.)

California textbook dispute

The Human righs was endorsed by members of congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, and Gary Ackerman, a Democrat.[9]

The people whose persecution is amply documented in this report are being persecuted because they are Hindu, not because they are poor or because of their political views. Human rights activists in Bangladesh and Pakistan, many of whom are not Hindus, have painstakingly documented the violations of basic human rights of Hindus in their country.

The report concludes with:

The report documents the long history of anti-Hindu atrocities in Bangladesh, a topic that many Indians and Indian governments over the years have preferred not to acknowledge. Such atrocities, including targeted attacks against temples, open theft of Hindu property, and rape of young Hindu women and enticements to convert to Islam, have increased sharply in recent years after the Jamat-e-Islami joined the coalition government led by the Bangladesh National Party.

Since then, the Foundation has expanded the scope of its human rights report and continues to release an annual report entitled Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora. The report covers Hindu human rights in eight countries plus India's state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Several academics on campuses around the U.S. also reviewed this year’s report. Florida International University Professor of religious Studies, Nathan Katz, remarked on the promulgation of various anti-Hindu sentiments recorded in the report:

The 71-page report compiles media coverage and firsthand accounts of human rights violations perpetrated against Hindus because of their religious identity. The incidents are documented, often quoting from well-known international human rights organizations.[7] The Hindu American Foundation presented the report to the co-chairs of the US Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, and Gary Ackerman, a Democrat. Both of these members of Congress endorsed it.[8] Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and co-founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, praised the HAF for the report.

views that they say are used to justify violations of the human rights of many Hindus in the region. The report introduces as anti-Hindu valley. The report attempts to increase awareness of Kashmir, and the Pakistan, BangladeshThe Hindu American Foundation, released a report in 2005 on the status of the human rights of Hindus, mainly in

Human rights report


  • Human rights report 1
  • California textbook dispute 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

The Hindu American Foundation has also worked with organizations like the American Jewish Committee to counter biases against Hindus and Jews in college campuses like Stanford University.[6]

According to its website, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is an advocacy organization for the Hindu American community. The Foundation educates the public about Hinduism, speaks out about issues affecting Hindus worldwide, and builds bridges with institutions and individuals whose work aligns with HAF’s objectives. HAF focuses on human and civil rights, public policy, media, academia, and interfaith relations. Through its advocacy efforts, HAF seeks to cultivate leaders and empower future generations of Hindu Americans. The Hindu American Foundation is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations or entities. HAF seeks to serve Hindu Americans across all sampradayas (Hindu religious traditions) regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, caste, gender, sexual orientation, age and/or disability. "


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