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September 15, 1989 | From Reuters
Gunmen shot and killed a prominent Hindu politician Thursday in Srinagar, the main city of India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. Police said Tiklal Tiploo, a senior official in the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, was shot by two men as he left his home. It was not clear whether the gunmen were Sikh separatists or Muslim rebels fighting for Kashmir's independence from India. The Hindu-revivalist party has incurred the wrath of both.
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December 16, 2013 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
Every Christmas Eve, I dress up as Santa Claus and deliver gifts to Los Angeles-area kids, most of them underprivileged, through a program organized by the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce. Every year we number at least 75 Santas strong, each with our own route and accompanying Mrs. Claus -- who really does all the work because Santa is too busy posing for pictures with the kids. I'm not in charge of the effort, so my opinions here are just my own, but I did find myself reflecting on our merry band when I heard Megyn Kelly assert on Fox News that Santa Claus is, as a point of fact, white.
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November 18, 2002 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
In "Sarpagati: Dances of the Rising Serpent," Ramaa Bharadvaj enlisted her considerable talents as a classical Indian dancer and choreographer to illuminate profound concepts in Hindu philosophy. Presented Friday at the Norton Simon Museum, the six-part program offered vibrant, artful performances attempting to fuse images from sculptures in the museum's collection with ideas from a text read with care and grace by Nimmi Raghunathan.
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October 20, 2013 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Pratik Vyas and his friends hit the dance floor early; they carried a roll of bandaging tape for the long night that lay ahead. For Navratri, an annual Hindu dance festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil, it is best to come prepared. "There's jumping and shoving and intricate movements that go back and forth," the 27-year-old graduate student from Norwalk said. "People get very passionate, and by the end of the night, your feet are beat. " On Saturday night, Vyas joined more than 2,000 Hindu Indians at the Anaheim Convention Center for Southern California's largest celebration of Navratri, an ancient tradition stretching nine days.
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May 15, 2008 | Rebecca Trounson
USC has named a Hindu religious scholar as its dean of religious life. The appointment of Varun Soni, who is also a lawyer, marks the first time that a Hindu has been named the main spiritual leader of an American university, USC officials said. The position involves working with more than 70 student religious groups and providing moral and ethical leadership for the campus, officials said. Soni's appointment is effective July 1. -- Rebecca Trounson
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August 20, 2000 | CHARLEY GILLESPIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
As Dilip Doshi watches his son get ready for the prom, he sees an American style mixing with his own culture of India. The young man is a singer in a rock band, sporting hair dyed blond and pulled into a ponytail. He is looking forward to a night of dancing with friends, but before he leaves he will go to the shrine in his home for prayer. Doshi and his son, Sagar, are adherents of Jainism, a religion rooted in the distant past. Its followers believe in nonviolence.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2012 | By Kim Geiger, Los Angeles Times
Tulsi Gabbard is accustomed to making history. At 21, she became the youngest person elected to the Hawaii Legislature. At 23, she was the state's first elected official to voluntarily resign to go to war. At 28, she was the first woman to be presented with an award by the Kuwait Army National Guard. Now, at 31, Gabbard is on her way to becoming the first Hindu elected to Congress. The daughter of a Samoan Catholic father and white Hindu mother who moved from American Samoa to Hawaii when she was a child, Gabbard is a rising star in the Democratic Party.
WORLD
March 2, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
ALLAHABAD, India - Saraswati Devi shivers in the dirt near a small fire, tears streaming down her face, her tattered sari wrapped tightly around her small frame. The 73-year-old farmer from a small village in the central state of Madhya Pradesh had arrived earlier in the day with her younger sister-in-law at the Kumbh Mela, a massive Hindu religious festival on the edge of the sacred Ganges River. But in the crush of the crowd, which is expected to number about 100 million this year, they had become separated.
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February 20, 2011 | By Suzanne Muchnic, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In numerical terms, "Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia" ? opening Feb. 22 at the J. Paul Getty Museum ? is a small exhibition. It consists of a mere 26 sculptural objects, about 4 inches to 40 inches tall, displayed in a single gallery. But the cultural significance of the show is beyond measure. The selection of Hindu and Buddhist statuary and ritual objects includes some of the finest examples of historical Cambodian bronze work at the nation's primary art museum in Phnom Penh.
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December 3, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Sri Daya Mata, a Mormon from Utah who became enchanted by a Hindu mystic as a teenager and went on to lead the Los Angeles-based Self-Realization Fellowship for 55 years, has died. She was 96. The religious leader died Tuesday of natural causes at one of the fellowship's nuns' retreats in Los Angeles, where she had been living in seclusion, said spokeswoman Lauren Landress. Daya Mata, whose name in Sanskrit means Mother of Compassion, was the third president of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a worldwide organization founded in 1920 by Indian yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda.
WORLD
September 9, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - It began in the smallest of ways, when a teenage Hindu girl complained to her family that she'd been verbally harassed by a Muslim boy. The girl's brother and cousin allegedly responded by going to the teenage boy's home and shooting him to death. Reacting to that, members of his family and others in the Muslim community allegedly beat to death the brother and cousin. From that spark in late August, violence in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has escalated, with the death toll reaching 31 on Monday as police locked down the area and the prime minister called for calm.
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June 16, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Army 1st Sgt. Chris Montera, who lost both legs above the knee and suffered third-degree burns over 60% of his body in a mortar attack in Afghanistan, is doing a headstand, guided by yoga instructor Sunny Keays. "It takes a lot of pressure off my back and spine," said Montera, 33, who was on his fourth combat tour when he was hurt. "It helps with the pain. " Marine Sgt. James Bernard, 25, who returned from combat in Helmand province in Afghanistan with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder, is going through a series of stretching, relaxing and breathing exercises nearby, under the gentle guidance of yoga instructor Barbara Lyon.
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April 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez's bindi - the sparkly gems she wore during the MTV Movie Awards Sunday - is offending Hindu groups. The actress-singer wore the Hindu symbol on her forehead during her sultry "Come and Get It" performance at the awards show and again during a televised performance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which was taped Monday. (She gushed on "Ellen" about meeting Brad Pitt before the performance Sunday, but that's another story.) PHOTOS: 2013 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals The inspiration for the accessory comes from the electronica song's Punjabi lyrics lyrics and tabla beat in the background, according to the Times of India.
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March 9, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
The bride was Mexican. The groom was Iranian. Vanessa Domenech of Best Dream Weddings brought in mariachis and belly dancers. The Woodland Hills wedding planner has done Latin weddings and Filipino weddings. She'd like to try her hand at Chinese ones. And although she's planned Sikh nuptials, she has yet to do Hindu - which is why she signed up for "Indian Weddings 101. " CITY BEAT: More stories from the city Knowledge of white dresses and waltzes may be all you need in some places.
WORLD
March 2, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
ALLAHABAD, India - Saraswati Devi shivers in the dirt near a small fire, tears streaming down her face, her tattered sari wrapped tightly around her small frame. The 73-year-old farmer from a small village in the central state of Madhya Pradesh had arrived earlier in the day with her younger sister-in-law at the Kumbh Mela, a massive Hindu religious festival on the edge of the sacred Ganges River. But in the crush of the crowd, which is expected to number about 100 million this year, they had become separated.
WORLD
February 7, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
ALLAHABAD, India - It's dusk, and the sun's rays succumb to the twinkle of amber streetlights at the sacred confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The day's last bathers, intent on washing away sins and purifying their souls, take a dip in the cold, dirty water and then relax on blankets and launch boats covered in marigolds. This is as close to peace and quiet as it gets at India's Maha Kumbh Mela, a once-in-a-lifetime (well, this lifetime) Woodstock-gone-viral event billed as the world's largest religious festival.
WORLD
February 7, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
ALLAHABAD, India - It's dusk, and the sun's rays succumb to the twinkle of amber streetlights at the sacred confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The day's last bathers, intent on washing away sins and purifying their souls, take a dip in the cold, dirty water and then relax on blankets and launch boats covered in marigolds. This is as close to peace and quiet as it gets at India's Maha Kumbh Mela, a once-in-a-lifetime (well, this lifetime) Woodstock-gone-viral event billed as the world's largest religious festival.
NEWS
December 24, 1985
A Hindu farm worker was killed and at least three people were injured when a bomb believed planted by Sikh extremists exploded in a crowded marketplace in the Hindu-dominated town of Khanna, 50 miles from Chandigarh, capital of the Indian state of Punjab, police said. Authorities said that several shops in Khanna were damaged.
WORLD
December 20, 2012 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- One of India's most controversial politicians won his third term as chief minister of western Gujarat state Thursday, bolstering his hopes of becoming prime minister as early as 2014. Bharatiya Janata Party officials were cagey about Narendra Modi's national plans after the Hindu populist led the party to victory in Gujarat, securing 115 of the state legislature's 182 seats. “This may be an interesting topic from the media's point of view, but we will take a decision at the appropriate time,” party national head Arun Jaitley said Thursday, adding: “This is an emphatic win and he has won for the third time in a row.” The party lost in Himachal Pradesh state elections announced Thursday, however, securing 26 of 62 seats compared to 36 seats for Congress, which is the ruling party nationwide.
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November 17, 2012 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Mumbai was on high alert after Balasaheb Thackeray, a controversial and often divisive politician, died Saturday at 86 of a heart attack after several days in intensive care. Some 48,000 police were put on high alert and railway security tightened on fears of violence, amid reports that taxi and rickshaw drivers were refusing to travel near Shiv Sena strongholds, inconveniencing travelers trying to get to the Mumbai airport. As word of his deteriorating condition spread in recent days linked to problems with his lungs and pancreas , theaters closed, film crews canceled shoots and musicians postponed concerts.
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