10 Jul 2015

Protest Against the Ground Zero Mosque

Protest Against the Construction of Ground Zero Mosque
HMSA Houston, TX Chapter

HMSA’s Houston Chapter protested against the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque in collaboration with ACT for America. HMSA is deeply committed to freedom of religion, and explained its rationale for protest against the GZ mosque based on it being seen as a “victory monument” in the wake of 9/11 attacks and demolition of Twin Towers. Had the mosque been a few blocks away and not presented to the world as a ‘victory mosque’ HMSA would not have any issue with it. GZ mosque represents stifling of dhimmi/pagan/heathen/kafir religions by one particular religion, which in itself is against freedom of religion, hence the protests.

HMSA notes that both Islamic and Christian theologies possess a kernel that is intolerant of other faiths. While the Christians have shed their anti-pagan actions in practice during the post- European Renaissance phase, Islam has yet to go through that transformation. It is hoped that Islam would also shed its anti-Kafir actions in the near future and get itself admitted to the global commonwealth of religions with religious/spiritual pluralism as an operating philosophy. Thence, obviating the need for such protests.


14 Aug 2010

HMSA 2010 – Annual Meeting Program

Annual Meeting – 2010 & Hindu Memorial Day

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
India House, Houston, TX

The Program

SESSION I (09:30 AM – 10:45 PM : 1 hr 15 mins)

Theme: Socio-Political Empowerment of American Hindus and collective action

Presiding: Rudranath Talukdar

09:30 AM       INAUGURAL: Welcome & Commencement (Dilip Mehta)

09:45 AM       Purpose & Expectations (Rudranath Talukdar) Introduction, discussion agenda and program outline

10:00 AM       Dr Sachi Dastidar – Bangladeshi Hindus and their struggle

10:15 AM       Pathways to political intervention (Prof. Sachi G. Dastidar)

10:30 AM       Shefali Dastidar – Women empowerment

10:45 AM       Closure of first session (Rudranath Talukdar)

 SESSION II (11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: 1 hr 15 mins)

 Theme: Global impact of American Hindus
 Presiding: Jay Shah
 11:00 AM       Purpose & Expectations (Jay Shah)
 11:10 AM       (Shri Tapan Ghosh)
 The global impact of political action by American Hindus – Tapan Ghosh
 Role of American Hindus in human rights defense of Hindus in Bangladesh
Global Hindu Issues & Hotspots
11:45 AM       Role of American Hindus in human rights defense of Hindus in Bangladesh
12:00 Noon    Combined Panel Discussion

( Dr. Dastidar, Tapan Ghosh, Dharminder Dargan, Rudranath Talukdar)

 12:30 PM       Adjourn for lunch
SESSION III (01:30 PM – 5:30 PM: 4 hrs 0 mins)

Theme: Hindu Memorial Day Observance & Essay Contest Award Function

 Presiding: Dharminder Dargan
01:30 PM       Background information Videos
02:00 PM       Introduction & Concept (Dharminder Dargan)
02:15 PM       Memorial Day Observance (led by Shri Dilip Mehta)
02:30 PM       Partition Testimonies – #1 Vapari Malani
02:45 PM       Partition Testimonies – #2  TBD
03:00 PM       Partition Testimonies – #3  Mrs. Malhotra – Partition Survivor  (TBC)
03:15 PM       Essay Competition – Historical Background & Process (Dharminder Dargan)
03:30 PM       Essay Competition Award #3 (Jay Shah & Presentation by The Awardees)
03:45 PM       Essay Competition Award #2 (Bramh Mishra & Presentation by The Awardees)
04: 00 PM      Essay Competition Award #1 (Rudranath Talukdar & Presentation by The Awardee)
04:10 PM       KEYNOTE ADDRESS – The Situation Today (Shri Tapan Ghosh)
04:30 PM       Volunteer Sign-up & Call for Support (Shri Rudranath Talukdar)
05:00 PM       Vote of Thanks & Adjournment (Shri Dilip Mehta)