Hindu American Foundation

Hindu American Foundation Promoting Human Dignity, Mutual Respect, and Pluralism. www.hinduamerican.org The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is an advocacy organization for the Hindu American community.
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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.

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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How does a young Irish lad land in India and become a Hindu monk? That's how our conversation with Ravinol Chambers of B...
03/05/2021

How does a young Irish lad land in India and become a Hindu monk? That's how our conversation with Ravinol Chambers of Be Inspired Films begins—but definitely not where it ends. Throughout his life, Ravinol has been crossing boundaries, geographically and intellectually. His first feature film, 'Road to Vrindavan' (coming soon!), will explore the challenges so many girls in India face in accessing education. Join us for the conversation with this filmmaker and storyteller and see the world through an innovator's lens. 🎥 http://bit.ly/tsh-ravinol-chambers

In the Yaksha Prashna of the Mahabharata, Yudhistira is asked, "What is the biggest surprise?" He answers, "The fact tha...
03/04/2021
Coping with death: a Hindu perspective

In the Yaksha Prashna of the Mahabharata, Yudhistira is asked, "What is the biggest surprise?" He answers, "The fact that people think of themselves as permanent and stable despite being surrounded by death daily." In this blog post, we share a Hindu perspective on facing our mortality and what that may teach us about the way we live.

The story of Krishna and his devotees in Vrindavan had a powerful impact on my view of death. All too often we fail to appreciate the people in our lives until they’re no longer with us. But it’s when they’re no longer with us that we often experience the most profound feelings of love.

She has been a mother to the countless creatures across thousands of lifetimes. From her glacial origin to the Bay of Be...
03/02/2021
Ma Ganga is more than a river, she's a goddess

She has been a mother to the countless creatures across thousands of lifetimes. From her glacial origin to the Bay of Bengal, the River Ganga has shaped civilizations and molded the human experience. As we observe Women's History Month, we invite you to learn about Ma Ganga—who is more than a river, she's also a mother.

She is the lifeblood of India’s heartland, flowing 1,680 miles from Gaumukh in the Himalaya’s Gangotri glacier to the Bay of Bengal, ever in motion, like a young woman anxious to meet her beloved.

We welcome the announced ceasefire and calls on the government of Pakistan to honor its international commitments, end f...
02/27/2021
India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement in Kashmir welcomed by HAF

We welcome the announced ceasefire and calls on the government of Pakistan to honor its international commitments, end financing and sponsoring of terrorist organizations and its cross-border terrorist attacks in India.

HAF calls on Indian Government to prioritize repatriation of Kashmiri Hindus Pandits to their ancestral homeland.

Rukhsana Hasib's life began in violence, but after surviving a genocide in Bangladesh, she's spent her life fighting for...
02/26/2021

Rukhsana Hasib's life began in violence, but after surviving a genocide in Bangladesh, she's spent her life fighting for peace and the protection of the vulnerable. We were honored by the chance to talk to her on our recent podcast about her experience. Our conversation with this lifelong activist, business person, and civic leader covered protest, politics, romance, history, tragedy, and hope for the way forward. Join us for a deep and enlightening discussion by listening (and subscribing!) to our podcast. http://bit.ly/podcast-rukhsana-hasib

We are excited to join Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington this Saturday for their first ever virtual Interfai...
02/25/2021

We are excited to join Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington this Saturday for their first ever virtual Interfaith Leadership Summit. Our Director of Public Policy, Taniel Koushakjian, and other faith leaders will be discussing the theme of liberation, and what that means to various communities of faith in an ever-changing society. Head to the event webpage to find out more and register to join the conversation: https://ifcmw.org/programs/summit/

02/25/2021
Sewa International - Donate for Houston, TX

Last week, a treacherous Winter Storm Uri affected millions of people in Texas and left them without power and hot water for days. Even though the storm is behind us, many are dealing with the aftermath of the storm. Community efforts are underway, but they need your help. Seva, or selfless service, is integral to Hinduism. If you have the means to support, please make a donation to any of the following organizations today:

Chinmaya Mission Dallas Fort Worth
https://buff.ly/2MoQOaG (specify “Weathering the Storm” in the memo)

HungerMitao_NorthTexas and North Texas Food Bank
https://buff.ly/3uwkm7n

Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco, Texas
https://buff.ly/2Nx2ngM

Sewa International USA - Houston
https://buff.ly/3qTJwuI

#winterstormuri #texas #seva #selflessservice #dharma #hinduamerican #hinduism #reliefefforts #community

02/24/2021

We’ve been receiving an increasing number of reports of Hindu Americans being targeted for harassment in person and on social media platforms for exercising their right to express opinions on events taking place in India.

In one recent incident, a community member was targeted because he expressed support for the recent farm bills introduced by the Government of India. His private home address was published on social media; protesters surrounded his home; and people were encouraged to post fake, negative reviews of his business, to hurt him professionally.

HAF firmly stands on the side of individuals to express their political opinions or disagree with the political opinions of others, no matter what those opinions are. However, when individuals are threatened personally or professionally for doing so, or targeted with organized retaliation it simply goes too far and moves into the realm of harassment as defined by state and local law.

HAF urges anyone who has been the victim of anti-Hindu hate, harassment, or threats to report these incidents to local law enforcement, as well as fill out our Hinduphobia and bias crime reporting form, so that we can better keep track of such incidents in the United States. https://buff.ly/2Mk4d3I

You've probably seen someone wearing it, but you may not have recognized what it was. Or, for those of you who are famil...
02/24/2021
5 things to know about tilak

You've probably seen someone wearing it, but you may not have recognized what it was. Or, for those of you who are familiar with tilak, there's always more to know. Here are 5 Things to Know About the Tilak and what it means to those who choose to wear it.

Tilak (“mark” in Sanskrit) is a paste made of ash, sandalwood, vermillion, clay, or turmeric, typically worn on the forehead, and sometimes other parts of the body — like the torso, arms, or neck — signifying which spiritual lineage a devotee adheres to within Hinduism.

When the solution to discrimination leads to more discrimination, we haven't solved a problem—we've created a new one. I...
02/23/2021
Whether It is From Celebrities or Cisco, Caste Stereotypes Harm Indian Americans - American Kahani

When the solution to discrimination leads to more discrimination, we haven't solved a problem—we've created a new one. It's time to talk about Meena Harris and Cisco Systems Inc. And, if you're wondering why they're part of the same conversation, it's time to read this post on American Kahani.

If false interpretations of Hinduism are allowed to prevail, all people of Indian origin, and especially Hindus, would be suspect in the eyes of law and would encourage widespread discrimination against Hindus of Indian origin.

As many of you know, an act of hatred was recently perpetrated on a statue of Gandhi in Davis, California. At HAF, we ha...
02/19/2021

As many of you know, an act of hatred was recently perpetrated on a statue of Gandhi in Davis, California. At HAF, we have decried this violence and asked members of Congress to join us in speaking out against this desecration. We're pleased to see statements from some elected officials. And we encourage you to sign the petition, asking your representatives to make a statement against these types of actions! https://bit.ly/condemnhatenow

Are you wearing yellow? Today is Vasant Panchami, and many Hindus celebrate by honoring the Goddess Saraswati (the godde...
02/17/2021

Are you wearing yellow? Today is Vasant Panchami, and many Hindus celebrate by honoring the Goddess Saraswati (the goddess of learning and wisdom). Vasant Panchami is also a day to ring in the celebration of winter's end and the coming of spring. We hope, despite all the uncertainty of the times, that you and yours are blessed with light, energy, prosperity, and peace, and that you're looking forward to the brightness of spring. Here are 5 Things to Know About Vasant Panchami: https://www.hinduamerican.org/blog/5-things-to-know-about-vasant-panchami

Hinduism's contributions to the world expand beyond yoga (in all its forms). One example is Ayurveda, a system of allopa...
02/12/2021

Hinduism's contributions to the world expand beyond yoga (in all its forms). One example is Ayurveda, a system of allopathic and holistic medicine and now a subject of rediscovery, which originated in 1000 B.C.E. Another example is the concept of zero within mathematics. Find out more about the contributions from the oldest living religion on our site: https://www.hinduamerican.org/hinduism-basics#contributions

A simple thread becomes nine yards of fabric, shapeless until it is wrapped around your body. That's the ongoing story o...
02/11/2021

A simple thread becomes nine yards of fabric, shapeless until it is wrapped around your body. That's the ongoing story of 'How to Wear a Sari,' by Manjari Sharma, and we got her first hand take in our recent podcast. We also spoke to her about Darshan, her series of photographically recreated, classical images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Listen now! http://bit.ly/howtowearasari

For more than a decade, we've advocated for an overhaul of the U.S. immigration and green card systems. Progress hasn't ...
02/09/2021

For more than a decade, we've advocated for an overhaul of the U.S. immigration and green card systems. Progress hasn't been as swift as we've wanted, but we're pushing forward. In fact, we're redoubling our efforts to put in place a green card system that fairly meets the challenges of the 21st century. More here: http://bit.ly/usgc-reform-update

Our mission is to promote dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism, so both people and planet can thrive. In celebration o...
02/05/2021

Our mission is to promote dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism, so both people and planet can thrive. In celebration of Black History Month, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and CultureASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History are running special programming all through February. Be sure to check out the wide variety of virtual events, topics, and perspectives they're sharing on their websites or right here on their pages. #BHM2021 #BHM

Since the 1960s, when a stream of swamis and spiritual leaders came to the U.S. from India, Hindu terminology has become...
02/04/2021
Sanskrit words you might be pronouncing incorrectly

Since the 1960s, when a stream of swamis and spiritual leaders came to the U.S. from India, Hindu terminology has become increasingly part of our everyday vocabulary. But as it turns out, many of us are mispronouncing these words. Sound vibration is proven to significantly impact your physical, emotional, and mental state. That's why it’s worth taking the time to learn to pronounce Sanskrit terms properly, so that you can experience the full potency of them. Here are six commonly mispronounced Sanskrit words—and how to say them correctly.

Because Hinduism places such a strong emphasis on the power of sound, as sound vibration is proven to significantly impact a person’s physical, emotional, and mental state, it’s worth taking the time to learn to pronounce Sanskrit terms properly, so that you can experience the full potency of th...

02/03/2021
Yoga, One of Hinduism's Greatest Gifts to the World

🧘🏾‍♀️Midway through this week, take a moment to breathe—and learn a bit about the history of Yoga. Yoga is one of Hinduism's six schools of thought (or "Darshanas"), and the goal is union with the Divine. Let us know how you incorporate yoga into your daily routine (remember, yoga is not just postures). 🙏🏾

Have you heard of Hinduphobia? Experienced it? Unfortunately, Hinduphobia has a long past that continues to this day aro...
02/03/2021

Have you heard of Hinduphobia? Experienced it? Unfortunately, Hinduphobia has a long past that continues to this day around the world (there was an instance of this that happened just this past week in the U.S.). Our Dharma Advocate Trainings equip advocates to become stronger voices for the Hindu American cause. In these webinars, we'll walk you through how we can effectively speak up against hate and injustice as well as become proactive on relevant Hindu American issues. Our next training is coming up on February 4, and there's still time to register! ➡️ Sign up to join us here: http://bit.ly/dharma-advocate-training

Nobody wants to see discrimination in the workplace in any form—so far, so good. But then we hit on the problem at the c...
02/02/2021
Under guise of protecting workers, California defines (and demonizes) Hinduism

Nobody wants to see discrimination in the workplace in any form—so far, so good. But then we hit on the problem at the core of this case going on right now in California: the state’s filing reveals an unconstitutional, untenable and Hinduphobic definition of caste. Here’s why this is so important—please read and share with your networks!

(RNS) — In defining caste as we know it as a Hindu concept, the state paints a major world faith as inherently discriminatory.

If you (or someone you know) has thought about a career in advocacy or public policy, this post is for you! Our Spring F...
02/02/2021
Careers with HAF

If you (or someone you know) has thought about a career in advocacy or public policy, this post is for you! Our Spring Fellowship Program (unpaid) is looking for a college or post-graduate student to join our team. You'll be joining a (currently) remote group of people who are passionate about serving and connecting with the Hindu American community. This is an excellent opportunity to gain direct experience working on public policy and advocacy and expand your research and communication skills. Click below for more information or share the link with someone who would be a good fit!

HAF is a non-profit advocacy organization for the Hindu American community, promoting dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism.

Rep. Ro Khanna
02/01/2021

Rep. Ro Khanna

The vandalization of the Gandhi statue was wrong and hurtful. At a moment in our history when disagreement needs to be managed with tolerance and patience, I urge everyone involved to take the time to listen and talk instead of resorting to acts of public vandalism. As the Democratic Vice Chair of the India Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues to build bridges across these divisions.

In 2021, you'd think that misconceptions about Hindu beliefs, practices, and history would have been eliminated from our...
01/22/2021
Why Do Our Textbooks Still Present Hinduism Like We’re Still in the Colonial Era? - Hindu American Foundation

In 2021, you'd think that misconceptions about Hindu beliefs, practices, and history would have been eliminated from our educational materials. Sadly that’s not the case, here's why.

You’d think that in the second decade of the twenty-first century colonial-era misconceptions about Hindu beliefs, practices, and history would have been eliminated from our educational materials. Sadly that’s not the case.

01/21/2021

Have you checked out our latest podcast? Recorded after yesterday’s inauguration, we discuss what Hindu Americans can expect from the Biden-Harris administration. Give us a listen... Link in bio!
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In this week's episode of That's So Hindu, recorded just after the Biden-Harris inauguration yesterday, we discuss what ...
01/21/2021
That's So Hindu - What Hindu Americans can expect from the Biden-Harris administration

In this week's episode of That's So Hindu, recorded just after the Biden-Harris inauguration yesterday, we discuss what #Hindu Americans can expect from the Biden-Harris administration

In this special episode, recorded shortly after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, HAF Managing Director Samir Kalra and HAF Director of Public Policy Taniel Koushakjian discuss how important issues for Hindu Americans are likely to fare in the next four years.

With the incoming Biden-Harris administration where we will redouble our efforts to implement a new green card system th...
01/21/2021
US Green Card reform then and now

With the incoming Biden-Harris administration where we will redouble our efforts to implement a new green card system that fairly meets the challenges of the 21st century:

For someone from India applying today, the process as it currently stands could take about 50 years for an individual to receive his or her green card.

"The relevance of Martin Luther King’s political philosophy of social change in today’s racial climate, as displayed in ...
01/20/2021
How is the nonviolence of Gandhi and MLK still relevant today? Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. and Dr. Veena R. Howard have some answers

"The relevance of Martin Luther King’s political philosophy of social change in today’s racial climate, as displayed in the attack on the Capitol, is greater today than it ever was."

Reverend Lawson: The relevance of Martin Luther King’s political philosophy of social change in today’s racial climate, as displayed in the attack on the Capitol, is greater today than it ever was. In the sixties we used nonviolent direct action against racial segregation and unjust laws, and no...

In this episode of That's So Hindu Taniel Koushakjian speaks with Abhinav Pandya of the USANAS Foundation, going in dept...
01/19/2021
That's So Hindu | In which Abhinav Pandya goes deep into the geopolitics of Kashmir conflict, and more.

In this episode of That's So Hindu Taniel Koushakjian speaks with Abhinav Pandya of the USANAS Foundation, going in depth into the geopolitics of the Kashmir conflict, the increasing role of Turkey in that conflict, and more.

Taniel Koushakjian speaks with Abhinav Pandya of the USANAS Foundation, going in depth into the geopolitics of the Kashmir conflict, the increasing role of Turkey in that conflict, and China’s ambitions and attempt to influence the region.

Amrita Kar still has fond memories of her life in the Kashmir Valley before she was forced into exile at just four years...
01/19/2021
Photos: Hindu Kashmiri Pandit returns to her homeland, 30 years after exile

Amrita Kar still has fond memories of her life in the Kashmir Valley before she was forced into exile at just four years old.

Amrita Kar still has fond memories of her life in the Kashmir Valley before she was forced into exile at just four years old. How she used to sit on her grandfather’s lap and watch from the window as the snow would fall outside. How she used to go out for picnics every Sunday and fly kites with he...

Humans of Bombay
01/19/2021

Humans of Bombay

TW: violence
(1/3) The Kashmir that I grew up in was different– whenever I close my eyes, I can see the gorgeous Chinar tree, the Dudhganga river, and the Bhairav temple lit all year round. I grew up in a close-knit Pandit family of 18 members in my ancestral home. But in 1989, everything changed–bandhs had become the norm; we’d have strikes every alternate day. A Kashmiri Pandit judge was gunned down–we were too slow to understand why we were being targeted.
The family elders speculated–Dad would say, ‘Maybe because they were in high positions?’ Thathyaji, my grandfather, guessed, ‘They must’ve clashed with politicians.’ The first blow struck us when a relative was shot dead by terrorists in broad daylight. Still, nobody had the slightest suspicion that a conspiracy was being hatched to wipe out an entire race.
On the 19th of Jan 1990, there was an announcement at the Mosque. I was in my room, preparing for my medical entrance test, when Chacha came running into my room, switched off the lights and sat in the corner, shivering.
The rest of my family followed; we huddled together in pitch darkness. Then, we heard the announcement clearly–‘Kashmir Liberation, Zindabad. We have to wipe out all the Hindus from Kashmir. We want our land to be free from Hindu men; the men must go and leave their women for us.’
As thousands of Kashmiri Muslims poured into the streets shouting 'Death to India', ‘Death to kafirs’, Chacha broke the silence–‘Koi nahi bachega.’
People immediately began fleeing–I didn’t even realise when we’d become a minority in our own land. We should’ve vacated immediately, but Thathyaji had faith–‘We’ve been living with them for so long, they won’t let us down,’ he’d say.
But then, the Bhairav Mandir opposite our house was vandalized. Warnings were scribbled on the walls– ‘Anyone wanting to live here will have to convert to Islam.’
As time passed, concealing our identity of being Hindus became our only resort. Whenever Mom or Nani went out, they’d wipe off their sindoor. Dad stopped wearing Janeyus, our holy thread.
Then on Shivratri, a young bank employee was killed in front of a hundred people. Later, a neighbour told us how it had happened–‘Till his last breath, the mob kept hitting him…they were urinating on him till he choked.’
In panic, my Chacha tried to convince us to go with him to Chandigarh. But Dad was adamant–‘This is our home, why should we leave?’ But Chacha somehow convinced Dad to take me, my other uncle and aunt with him.
When he asked me to pack my bags, I asked–‘When will we come back?’ To which he said, ‘Maybe never.’ Those words still echo in my mind. We had no time for goodbyes.
Past midnight, Chacha booked a taxi with a trusted driver and we left. The only thing I remember from that evening was Dad standing at the door, waving helplessly as our taxi faded into the night. I never saw him again.” #KashmiriPanditExodus

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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. Our Objectives Promote pluralism and mutual respect amongst peoples. Ensure an accurate understanding of Hinduism as a living tradition. Highlight and secure the human rights of Hindus around the globe. Represent the Hindu American community’s needs and interests to institutions influencing and making policy. Solve contemporary problems by applying Hindu philosophy. Build a sustainable institution that will remain a pre-eminent advocate for Dharma communities for future generations.


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Those who are saying that these are peaceful farmers need to know who is funding them, and why, after LalKila, these terrorists plan to siege the Indian Parliament too >>> Khalistani outfit SJF has also increased reward from $250,000 for waving Khalistani flags at the Red Fort on Republic Day to $350,000 for unfurling the flags at the Indian Parliament on February 1,21
Sir William: The Persian, Orientalist, and Linguist Jones Sir William Jones, said, at a meeting of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, which he had founded, on Feb 2, 1786: "The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists; there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothic and the Celtic, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanscrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family." He was not the first person to have observed the family resemblance between Sanskrit and the languages of ancient Europe (which is why I have quotes around "discover" in the article's title), but he's the one who usually — and, as we will see, justly — gets the credit for founding the field of Indo-European studies. However, the term Indo-European was first used by the British scientist and scholar Sir Thomas Young in 1813. How Sir William Jones came to discover the Indo-European language family is a fascinating story. He was the son of a well-known mathematician, the senior William Jones. Daddy Jones was a close friend of Sir Isaac Newton and had come up with the idea of using the symbol π for the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. The junior Jones was a child prodigy who learned Greek, Latin, Persian, Hebrew, Arabic, and some Chinese when he was still quite young. By the end of his life, he spoke 28 languages with various degrees of fluency. His father died when he was just three, so his early life was one of financial hardship. After attending Harrow School, he went on to receive an M.A. from the University of Oxford. The Oxford campus has a frieze honoring Jones that shows him sitting under a banana tree, taking notes as the Indian scholars explain the ancient texts to him. Later in his life, he wrote a book on Persian grammar under the pen name of Youns Uksfardi, "Jones of Oxford". After he graduated from Oxford, he tutored the seven-year-old Lord Althorp, an ancestor of Princess Diana. He went on to study law and developed sympathies for the cause of American independence. He tried to help Benjamin Franklin find a solution that would avoid a war with Britain. Having failed in that quest, he left for India and got appointed as a minor judge at the British Supreme Court in Calcutta, Bengal. Now the British wanted India's Muslim and Hindu communities to be governed by their respective laws, so they appointed advisory panels of Muslim and Hindu experts to help draft those laws. As a Supreme Court judge tasked with developing the legal code for Hindus, Jones learned Sanskrit so he could translate Manusmṛiti (मनुस्मृति), an ancient Hindu legal text. He wanted to use it as a basis for the British colonial law for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs. From there, he went on to translate important works of Sanskrit literature (e.g., Kālidāsa's play Śakuntalā) and write many books about the Subcontinent. His expertise in multiple Asian languages and cultures earned him the triple monikers of "Linguist Jones", "Persian Jones", and "Orientalist Jones". But he remains a man of contradictions: He discovered the Indo-European language family but failed to recognize the relationship between Avestan and Sanskrit, the languages closest to each other in the entire IE language family. When his opinion was sought on a recent translation of the Avestan texts, he thought they were a forgery. (He also mistook Pahlavi for a Semitic language.) He erroneously included Egyptian, Chinese, and Japanese in the IE family but left out Hindi and the Slavic languages. He believed that "conquerors from other kingdoms" brought Sanskrit to North India, which then replaced India's "pure Hindi". So he could not grasp the Sanskrit-Hindi connection either. He had other odd ideas as well, e.g., how the Chinese and the South Americans are related to the Hindus. We may be appalled by these errors but the methodology of comparative linguistics was still in its infancy. To us the idea of a Sanskrit-speakers' conquest of India may sound like the colonial-era "A***n conquest" narrative. Indeed, some modern Indian scholars fault him for having helped advance the British colonial agenda. We need to keep in mind, though, that he was a British civil servant and a creature of his times. His literary works, legal opinions, and humanitarian causes suggest that he was a fan of India's culture and a friend of its people. He (and his network) got the European scholars fired up about studying Sanskrit and comparative linguistics the way no one else had been able to before him. For example, Alexander Hamilton, who was a member of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (founded by Jones), was one of the very first Europeans to learn Sanskrit. He became Europe's first professor of Sanskrit and went on to teach Sanskrit to the majority of Europe's earliest would-be Sanskrit scholars. If you're an American wondering if this Hamilton fellow bears any relationship to the American Founding father with the same name, they were cousins! If you're a non-American, you may be intrigued by the fact that the Founding Father Hamilton died in a duel at the hands of the then US Vice President! But that's a story for another day. Jones died in Calcutta in 1794 at the age of 47 from an inflamed liver and is buried in South Park Street Cemetery, a protected heritage site where many notables – for example, son of the Novelist Charles Dickens – lie buried. Despite his errors and omissions, he became an important bridge between South Asia and the West. Both South Asia and the West were forever changed by his insights into the relationship between the languages of Europe and South Asia. This article is part of The7Rivers: An Epic Journey (www.facebook.com/groups/The7Rivers/) that includes 101 videos, articles, and a library of downloadable materials — all available free to The7Rivers group members. The7Rivers captures the history — including the thrills, drama, and romance — of the Indo-Europeans, Indo-Iranians (Indo- and Irano-A***ns, including the Zoroastrians and the Parsis), and the Land of Seven Rivers (Indus Valley and RigVedic civilizations). It covers many fascinating and important stories that are not common knowledge. Join The7Rivers if interested in the full 101-episode series and the library: www.facebook.com/groups/The7Rivers/. Suggested readings (all online): • Jones, W (1786). The Third Anniversary Discourse, on the Hindus, delivered 2d of February, 1786. Read at the Electronic Library of Historiography website. • Campbell, L (2018). "Why Sir William Jones Got It All Wrong, or Jones’ Role in How to Establish Language Families". Download PDF from the ResearchGate website. • If you'd like to dig into works by or on Sir William Jones, the Internet Archive offers a large collections. Album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=the7rivers&set=a.184830709779502
Its also important to MONITOR that Gurudwaras don't follow the path of Masjids, where they are producing Jihadis when they come out of Mosque
Watch India TV Special show “Haqiqat Kya Hai” January 26. What started as anti-Modi became as anti-India movement
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Biden administration to revive military-to-military ties with Pakistan And BTW, its printed in "DAWN", Pakistan's own trusted newspaper https://www.dawn.com/news/1602541/biden-administration-to-revive-military-to-military-ties-with-pakistan?fbclid=IwAR2bXtHxIGwbSYkx7R2Y4VgdvR-98UPTw-uj-4wF_PfM5OjeAijoXvSQRiA