2010 Achievements

Public Policy

HAF Lauds Congressman McDermott for Recognition of Medical Mission to India

On April 29, the Hindu American Foundation issued a statement commending U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott for his speech in the Congressional Record highlighting a medical mission to India led by one of HAF’s cofounders. Congressman McDermott’s remarks centered on a recent tour to the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat where a team of pediatric urologists and anesthesiologists performed several highly complex reconstructive surgeries while mentoring India based surgeons in what has become an annual workshop

Holi - Festival of Lights - Finds Place in U.S. Congress

The spring festival of Holi, celebrated widely by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, was marked on March 18 by U.S. Representative Steve Israel (NY-2), in a speech inserted into the Congressional Record. The Hindu American Foundation lauded Rep. Israel for the speech as colorful Holi celebrations and traditional bonfires continued in community halls and temples throughout the nation.

Human Rights

HAF Highlights Persecution of Hindus in Muslim-majority Nations

The Hindu American Foundation articulated the extensive oppression of Hindu minorities in Muslim-majority nations at The Plight of Minorities and Expatriates in Arab and Muslim Countries: What the U.S. Should Do, a conference sponsored by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (CDHR). Drawing upon extensive data in HAF’s 2009 human rights report, Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, Professor Ramesh Rao, HAF’s Human Rights Coordinator, highlighted the discrimination faced by minorities, particularly Hindus, in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Afghanistan.

Media

New York Times Features HAF's Take Back Yoga Campaign on Front Page

HAF's Take Back Yoga campaign truly went national on November 27-28 when the New York Times ran a piece entitled "Hindu Group Stirs a Debate over Yoga's Soul" on the front page of its Sunday print edition and online (registration with the New York Times may be required to access the story). The Times piece catapulted the Foundation's campaign to new levels and resulted in a flurry of debate, discussion, and dialog over the Hindu roots of yoga.
 
"The debate has also secured the standing of the Hindu American Foundation as the pre-eminent voice for the country’s two million Hindus, said Diana L. Eck, a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard. Other groups represent Indian-Americans’ interests in business and politics, but the foundation has emerged as 'the first major national advocacy group looking at Hindu identity,' she said."

Interfaith

Hindu Americans Join Chorus against Religious Intolerance

The Hindu American Foundation added its own voice today against what it described as mounting evidence of religious intolerance in the United States. While Sikhs and Hindus have recently faced their share of hate attacks, the Muslim community is being singled out as 9/11 approaches, Foundation leaders asserted. HAF pointed to the slashing of a Muslim taxi driver, vandalism of mosques and the threatened burning of their holy book, the Quran, as attacks on this country’s religious pluralism that must be countered.