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Hindus find violence against European women heartbreaking

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Hindus feel that something needs to be done urgently to rescue the European women as 62 million of them have reportedly “experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15”.

A report released by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on March five revealed wide prevalence of violence against women in Europe at home, work, in public and online.

Rajan Zed, based in Nevada (USA), said it is simply immoral and sinful to watch about one third of European women suffer from violence and do nothing.

Quoting Hindu scriptures, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, says: Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased. Men and women are equal in the eyes of God, Zed adds.

Rajan Zed noted: It was really shocking to learn that “33% have childhood experiences of physical or sexual violence at the hands of an adult” and one in 20 women had been raped, as the report pointed out.

Zed stressed that European policy makers, employers and religious leaders needed to wake up to this extensive physical, psychological and sexual abuse of women; including during childhood; and come up with “real and effective” ways to combat it. Zed urged His Holiness Pope Francis to strongly come out condemning all violence against women.

And unenlightened European men should also seriously rethink their attitudes and treatment of women in general and work towards bringing positive changes, Rajan Zed stated.

FRA, headquartered in Vienna (Austria) and established in 2007, helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people are protected. Morten Kjaerum is the Director.



Energy-saving lamps become "special waste"

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From September 1 this year, the EU does not allow the production and import of incandescent lamps. View of the progressive implementation of this provision from four years ago, particularly the media emphasis on incandescent lamps on the market is not ‘off the shelf’ In these reports, which have no impact on people’s daily lives, so Austrian consumers’ response to the scheme is more peaceful. From local media reports, the environmentalists have finally breathed a sigh of relief and think this is a step forward toward ‘green energy’. However, many people believe that the EU of this provision is superfluous, reflect the Brussels bureaucratic regulation mad ‘, policy work will take some time.

As early as 2007, during Germany holds the EU’s rotating presidency, someone said that the ordinary incandescent energy consumption efficiency is too low, only 5of the energy consumption is converted into light, the rest is converted into heat volatilization. In contrast, energy-saving lamps can save 65-80 Such as a household saving 15 EU a year can reduce 32 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, per household per year can save 50 euros of electricity. In the face of this account, the European Union decided to phase out incandescent. 2009 is not allowed production or import more than 100 watts of incandescent in the EU, ban extended to more than 75 watts in 2010, and in 2011 expanded to more than 60 watts, September 1, 2012 ban involving all incandescent.

Critics pointed out that market competition should be to phase out incandescent and should not use administrative means. Incandescent come out over the centuries, because it warm light color, color variety, rich styling and low price is very popular among consumers. While currently energy-saving light on the market color dim, a single shape, expensive, and also can be not  dimming, which is difficult to be accepted by consumers. In addition, the energy-saving lamps are also harmful to the environment. Each energy-saving lamps containing 5 milligrams of mercury, once the damage cause mercury leaks, pollution of the environment not only more than incandescent, but also harmful to the body. European consumer protection agency recommended, once mercury leakage after the energy saving lamp breakage should windows open for ventilation, and promptly removed. According to the provisions of the European Union, less than 50 watts of energy-saving lamps of mercury content can’t exceed 5 mg; Experts suggest that, If you want energy-saving, but do not like the energy-saving lamps, LED lighting equipment can be also choose.

In Austria, the energy-saving lamps belong to the ‘special waste’, which must be sent to the designated place to deal with. Consumers also reflected in the energy-saving lamp lighting brightness and light color neither meets the needs of home lighting.

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Hindus concerned for Gypsies’ safety after new Czech Republic study

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Hindus are concerned at the recent Czech Republic Interior Ministry study reportedly suggesting prevalent racism in the country and possibilities of attacks against Roma (Gypsies) in the future.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Czech Republic government should take this report seriously and ensure safety of its Roma populace, who were facing apartheid like conditions. Czech Republic needed better protection system for Roma.

If Czech Republic was unable or unwilling to ensure the safety and security of its Roma people, then European Union should urgently intervene, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.

Rajan Zed pointed out that Roma people in Czech Republic reportedly had faced violent attacks, stereotyping, racism, prejudice, growing gap between Roma and other Czechs, fear, beatings, poor quality housing, systemic employment and overall discrimination, persecution, throwing of Molotov cocktails, social exclusion, segregated schools, forced sterilization,  marginalization; refused service at restaurants, stores, discos, etc.; municipalities/towns failing to support them; and the state being unwilling or unable to offer protection.

Zed further said that Czech religious leaders and religious groups, especially the majority Roman Catholic Church, should take-up the cause of Roma people and raise the issue of their continuous maltreatment; as religion taught us to plead for the oppressed, stand with the poor, and seek justice for those whom God loved and too often the world overlooked.

Rajan Zed hoped that the country of Franz Kafka, Antonin Dvorak, Jaroslav Hasek, Karlovy Vary, and rich cultural heritage would not continue staying apathetic and silent spectator ignoring Roma apartheid and would come to their rescue. Vaclav Klaus, Petr Necas and Jan Kubice are President, Prime Minister and Interior Minister respectively of Czech Republic.

References to Roma people in Europe, who are believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent, reportedly went as far back as ninth century CE.

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Arbitrary surveillance of Roma in Europe

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A newly published study on Roma (Gypsies) of Europe has expressed concern at the “arbitrary surveillance of Romani migrants and the violation of the related right to privacy”.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, reacting to this Study, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that the world and Europe should urgently act to end the apartheid of Roma people of Europe as it was a social blight for Europe in particular and humanity in general.

Funded by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe High Commissioner on National Minorities and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, the study titled “Recent Migration of Roma in Europe” also states: “EU (European Union) member States have also on repeated occasions expelled Roma from other EU member States. Highly publicized expulsions of Roma have been recently carried out by France, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Sweden”.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, commented that Roma in Europe reportedly regularly faced social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, language barriers, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, racist slogans on Internet, etc.

This Study further points out: “The ability of Roma to access goods and services is limited throughout Europe by factors including lack of educational qualifications among significant segments of the Romani communities, as well as by ethnic or racial discrimination, driven in particular by anti-Gypsyism — that is, a widespread, deeply rooted prejudice and intolerance directed against Roma in Europe.”

The Study adds: “Authorities in some countries have apparently developed practices stopping short of deportation from the country, but which aim at making the lives of the Roma concerned miserable, in the hope that they may leave on their own. In Italy, for example, the authorities have regularly engaged in forced eviction of Romani migrants from their homes, frequently in contravention of international law, as well as involving the destruction of property. In some cases, whole Romani settlements have been summarily destroyed, and the inhabitants simply left on the street.”

Other issues of concern expressed by this Study relating to the response of public authorities to Roma migration include: ethnic profiling by police and not ensuring basic protection of the security of persons.


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Hindus & Jews critical of “Gypsy criminals” election advertisement in Hungary

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Hindus and Jews have strongly criticized an election advertisement in Hungary reportedly referring to “Gypsy criminals”.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA, in a joint statement in Nevada today, said that it was clearly offensive and stigmatized an entire ethnic community.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Rabbi Freirich, further said that European Union should urgently intervene and stop the further harassment and maltreatment of Roma (Gypsies) who were already facing apartheid conditions in Hungary and other parts of Europe.

Rajan Zed and Rabbi Jonathan Freirich argued that in Hungary, despite various government initiatives, Roma reportedly continued to face blatant discrimination, shanty town living, an atmosphere of hostility, huge unemployment rate, lower life expectancy, prejudice, significantly higher school dropout rate, racism, bias and stereotyping, school segregation, social exclusion, mistrust, human rights violations, etc. According to an estimate, less than 1% of Roma obtained higher education degrees.

Zed and Freirich pointed out that instead of reportedly continuing to marginalize Roma socially, this country of Lake Balaton, romantic Danube River, Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok, should be more embracing of Roma brothers and sisters who had been reportedly living with them since 14th century. Hungarian government should be more proactive in protecting Roma and other minorities. Rajan Zed and Rabbi Freirich urged religious leaders, religions and denominations of Hungary to work for the upliftment of Roma, because religion told us to help the helpless.

Roma in Hungary, whose estimated numbers sometimes reach around one million, form about ten percent of total Hungary populace, which makes it largest Roma minority as percentage of total population in the world. Current demographic trends indicate that in 2050, about 21 percentage of Hungary population will be Roma.

Hungary is reportedly holding municipal elections on Sunday.


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Hindu statesman Zed at European Parliament

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Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed (left) met with European Parliament (EP) President Hans-Gert Pottering in his Brussels (Belgium) office on an historic invitation to discuss Hindu issues and promote interfaith dialogue.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, presented Pottering a groundbreaking memorandum listing 16 Hindu and interfaith issues, including recognition of Hinduism in all the 27 member states of EP, announcement of Diwali as major festival of European Union, assimilation and inclusiveness of all major religions, introduction of comparative religion as a subject in high schools, etc.

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“European Year of Intercultural Dialogue” ignored the Hindus

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The much-glorified European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008 initiative of European Union (EU) has failed to meet its own stated goals, Hindus assert.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that while one of major goals of EYID was to “promote knowledge, respect for and openness towards other beliefs”; Hinduism and Hindus appear to have been largely ignored.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that idea behind EYID was highly commendable and interfaith dialogue should be promoted, but EYID’s framing and implementation lacked its real spirit. Dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment and aids us in seeing inter-reliance and interconnections between religions and even resemblance in doctrines.

Zed says that out of over 750 EYID events being organized during 2008 by EU, its member states and partners mentioned on the EYID website, none appears to have been exclusively devoted to Hinduism, while many other religions seem to be well covered. Hinduism is many times misunderstood outside India and EYID was a good venue to explain its concepts and tenets to Europeans, he adds.

Zed points out that Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion followers and a rich philosophical thought and EU should take it seriously. An estimated two million Hindus reside in Europe where every country has some Hindu presence.

EYID, established by the Decision N° 1983/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and a budget of ten million Euros, was meant to be inclusive and representative for Europe as a whole, but doing search with words “Hindu” or “Hinduism” on EYID website resulted in “NO results found”. Interestingly one of the target groups of EYID was “disadvantaged social groups” and one of the main objectives was “promotion of cultural diversity”, Rajan Zed argues.

During 2008 as a part of EYID, various religious leaders were invited to address the European Parliament plenary, but reportedly none of them was a Hindu. When Zed contacted the European Parliament President’s office sometime back requesting to address European Parliament as part of EYID, he was told “sorry”. It may be recalled here that Zed recited the historic first Hindu prayer in United States Senate in Washington DC in 2007 during its 218 years history.

Zed further says that Hindus have made a positive contribution to the multi-cultural society of Europe. They believe in peaceful coexistence, and respect for all religions, traditions, beliefs, and cultures. Europe should give due respect to its Hindu brothers and sisters which they well deserve.