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American retailers defile Hindu deities and religious symbols, complaints follow

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Om Shoes from YesWeVibe.com

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Online retailers based in the U.S. have once again come under scrutiny for branding products with images of Hindu religious symbols and deities, selling footwear with Om and beer with Lord Ganesha’s illustrations on its label.

Official complaints against the retailers have been filed at New Delhi’s Prashant Vihar police station by Naresh Kadyan, an animal rights advocate who is also a commissioner at Bharat Scouts & Guides.

According to the report, the first complaint, issued against yeswevibe.com, states that the Om symbol is affiliated with religious feelings and beliefs of Hindu communities across the universe. The Arizona-based website yeswevibe.com is currently still selling the item.

The complaint further reads “Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, violated the different sections of the laws of land including 295 A and 153 A of the IPC,”

However, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) believes these are more acts of ignorance, rather than malice. Senior Director and Human Rights Fellow for HAF, Samir Kalra exclusively told Diya TV,

“In our past experience though, these types of instances arise from ignorance rather than malice and consequently education, dialogue, and awareness about the sacred nature of Hindu religious symbols and deities are normally the best course of action.”

Kalra added, ” While it is true that sacred symbols and images are used on a variety of products, there are certain uses that are not entertained due to religious and cultural beliefs and practices—placing sacred imagery on items intended to be walked upon being foremost among these. Even when an Om is used in items or decorations that might be placed on the ground, Hindus routinely take extra measures to not inadvertently step on it because of this respect for the sacred.”

While larger retailers such as Amazon.com have been in hot water over similar issues, sometimes even involving tweets from Indian government officials, they reacted by immediately taking the items in question, off their sites.

The second complaint was filed against lostcoast.coma California-based brewery, for using Ganesha illustrations on beer bottles.

Kalra added, “we plan to reach out to yesvibe to engage them in a dialogue about the issue.”

Deepti Dawar contributed to this report. 

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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India Conference at Harvard

With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Federal Court rules Trump must turn over tax returns | Diya TV News

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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