A small sign identifies the hamlet of Swastika, N.Y. When an outsider suggested the tiny northern hamlet of Swastika should change its name, town supervisors quickly rejected a change.
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Newsweek: Swastika, NY Town Board Votes To Keep Its Name, Cites Use In Hindu, Buddhism – Revised with AHAD Comments

Swastika, NY Town Board Votes To Keep Its Name, Cites Use In Hindu, Buddhism https://www.newsweek.com/swastika-ny-town-board-votes-keep-its-name-cites-use-hindu-buddhism-1533386 BY MEGHAN ROOS ON 9/21/20 AT 6:52 PM EDT The board members of a small community in northern New York decided last week to keep the area's controversial "Swastika" name after a visitor proposed a change earlier this summer. Swastika is an unincorporated area within Black Brook, a small town located in Clinton County. B ...

Newsweek: Swastika, NY Town Board Votes To Keep Its Name, Cites Use In Hindu, Buddhism

Swastika, NY Town Board Votes To Keep Its Name, Cites Use In Hindu, Buddhism Published in Newsweek on Sept 21, 2020  The board members of a small community in northern New York decided last week to keep the area’s controversial “Swastika” name after a visitor proposed a change earlier this summer. Swastika is an unincorporated area within Black Brook, a small town located in Clinton County. Black Brook’s town supervisor, Jon Douglass, told North Country Public Radio (NCPR) that the board di ...

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AHAD Demands that New York State Senate include the Nazi Hakenkreuz and NOT the sacred Swastika in New York school curriculum

American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) an initiative of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), has issued the following statement on NY State Senate Bill SS 6648: NY State Senate Bill SS 06648 sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (D) 9TH SENATE DISTRICT and co-sponsored by Senators Joseph Addabbo Jr (D) 15TH SENATE DISTRICT, Alessandra Biaggi (D, WF) 34TH SENATE DISTRICT, John Brooks (D) 8TH SENATE DISTRICT, and  David Carlucci (D) 38TH SENATE DISTRICT has a stated purpose to re ...

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India Palace Restaurant Break-In must be investigated as a Hate Crime

SF Reporter reports that, “The India Palace restaurant in Sant Fe, NM was broken into and phrases containing threats of violence and derogatory racial slurs were painted and pretty much destroyed. The wine racks were emptied, a statue of a goddess was beheaded American Hindus Against Defamation an initiative of World Hindu Council of America strongly condemns the vandalism of India Palace. AHAD requests FBI to investigate this as a Hate Crime.

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American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) Response to Wall Street Journal’s Article on Ankit Sharma’s Murder

American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) Response to Wall Street Journal’s Article on Ankit Sharma’s Murder March 5, 2020 On February 26, 2020, in a story, “India’s Ruling Party, Government Slammed Over Delhi Violence,” by Krishna Pokharel, Vibhuti Agarwal and Rajesh Roy, wrote the following about the murder of Ankit Sharma, a Hindu: Mr. Sharma was returning home when a group of rioters started throwing stones and charged into the street near where his house is located, his brother said. “They ca ...

Victory! – Papa John’s Yoga commercial is pulled

APR 30, 2020 — Due to efforts of all those who signed the petition and due to the efforts of individuals who worked in their own capacity and protested, Papa John's has pulled the commercial. Here is the statement from Papa John's "In everything we do, we’re guided by our values and our purpose that we love pizza and it brings us all together. We strive to demonstrate these values each day to create a people-first culture where truly everyone belongs. We are in the process of removing this commerci ...

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Ask Papa John’s to Immediately Withdraw Papadias TV Commercial “Yoga”

I support the petition by American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) and demand that Papa John's immediately withdraw the advertisement titled, "Yoga" which profoundly demeans the primordial and sacred mantra, AUM (OM) and practice of yoga.  More than a billion Hindus around the world, chant this sacred sound daily as part of their spiritual practice.  "Yoga" commercial trivializes and insults the spiritual practice of Hindus.  During the past weeks, hundreds of thousands of Hi ...

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AHAD / VHPA Decries Attack on Hindu Priest in New York

The following statement was issued by World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)    The World Hindu Council of America (VHPA) decries the attack on the Hindu priest, Swamiji Harishchander Puri in Queens, New York.  Swamiji, the priest at the Shiv Shakti Peeth in Glen Oaks, was walking down the street wearing his religious dress, clearly identifying him as a Hindu priest.    Speaking on behalf of VHPA and American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD), Ajay Shah, Vice President of ...