June 25, 2001 |
India's top religious leaders came together in New Delhi to make a passionate plea to end a growing trend of aborting female fetuses, calling it "coldblooded murder." "Women are forced to abort their female fetus owing to family pressure, and the practice of dowry is responsible for this," said Swami Agnivesh of the Arya Samaj, referring to the widespread South Asian practice of men demanding huge sums of money and gifts from the bride's family during marriage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 |
Seeking to show that intimate relationships with girls are accepted in India, the attorney for a Berkeley landlord convicted of importing young females for sex and cheap labor filed papers this week claiming a "cultural defense." Attorney Ted Cassman asked a judge "to consider that Lakireddy Bali Reddy is a product of a society" in which "the norms of his society were amenable to conduct which is clearly offensive in the U.S."
September 7, 2000 |
Now that we've learned how to pronounce feng shui and hung mirrors and crystals all over our houses, there's another even more ancient domestic science winging its way from East to West promising harmony and prosperity. Can you say vastu? Dig out your compass and clear the coffee table for two new books out this fall explaining the intricacies of a Hindu system of philosophy based on the belief that we can improve our lives by rearranging the spaces where we live and work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2000 |
A festival Saturday at Pierce College will celebrate the 53rd anniversary of India's independence, marking the first year the event will be held in the San Fernando Valley. In previous years, the festival was held in Artesia, the center of the Indian business community. But in the last 19 years, the Valley's Indo-American population has quadrupled to 50,000. Festival organizers chose the site to bring the cultural celebration closer to the growing population. The event, which will run from 11 a.
August 5, 2000 |
Brass replicas replaced real snakes during a popular Hindu festival in Bombay on Friday, a day after police confiscated 70,000 starving cobras and rock pythons that were to be forced to drink milk. About 50,000 snakes die each year during the Nagpanchami festival, when people offer milk, congealed butter and sweetened rice to starving snakes, according to estimates from the World Wide Fund for Nature-India. Snakes do not drink milk and do not normally eat butter or rice.
July 9, 2000 |
Two years ago, when Ramaa Bharadvaj turned 40, she had an epiphany. No longer would she conform to traditional notions of how an Indian wife and mother should behave. Nor would she confine herself to age-old ritual and mythological themes when choreographing the classical Indian dance she had performed since the age of 3. "My 40th year was a tornado," recalls Bharadvaj, sporting a cranberry-and-gold chiffon sari and a stick-on bindi, representing the "third eye of wisdom," on her forehead.