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Hindu Katha Festival: The 8-Day Festival in England encourages Youngsters to adopt a Grandparent

Hindu Katha festival is a religious event which will welcome the saint his Holiness Shri Rameshbhai Oza

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A woman with her grandfather. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
  • Hindu Katha festival is a religious festival scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 2
  • The festival is encouraging the adoption of grandparents by younger people
  • It is going to be one of its kind festival in Leicester, England

Hindu Katha festival is nothing unheard of but there are more than one reasons that make this festival an interesting one. Taking place in Leicester, England and starting from July 26 to August 2, the 8-day festival is a religious event which will welcome the saint his Holiness Shri Rameshbhai Oza, who is popularly known as Bhaishri and is a living saint and scholar. He will read excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita and enlighten people who will be attending the festival.

Shri Rameshbhai Ozra. Image Source : totalbhakti.in
Shri Rameshbhai Ozra. Image Source : totalbhakti.in

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Another reason, that makes this festival an interesting one is that the young people will be encouraged to look after the elder people and will also get the opportunity to adopt a grandparent. While adopting children is nothing uncommon, but adopting grandparents truly are. Inculcation of this system will encourage the mingling of the younger generation with the elderly. Indian culture has always taught one to respect the elders of the family and otherwise. This value will be instilled in the younger people if they develop a bond with the elder people who will be attending the event.

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The organisers hope that the bond that will be formed between the two generations and individuals will not remain within the confines of the Katha festival only, reported leicestermercury.co.uk. They are hopeful that the younger individuals would visit the lonely old grandparents that they had adopted during the festival even after the fest is over. It is their dream that these young ones will continue to strengthen their bonds by visiting them in their care homes.

Dipak Lakhani, one of the sponsors of the recital, said to leicestermercury.co.uk, “The youth will also benefit from potentially developing and establishing a long-standing bond with them. “We hope that the youth continues to meet these individuals in their care homes and spend time with as they would after the eight-day Katha.”

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Mahesh Thakrar, one of the organisers added, “We are all ecstatic; this is going to be a legendary Katha leaving a mark of love and spirituality into all our lives. We are honoured to be volunteers for this Katha by helping to sponsor it along with other businesses, too.”

– prepared by Atreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter : Etrui14

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Research Says, Hindu Kids are More Likely to Believe that Hinduism Equals to Being Indian

The findings, published in the journal Child Development, also suggest that Muslim children feel no less Indian because of their faith

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If Muslim children were to equate being Indian with being Hindu, they could very well feel conflicted about being Indian or being Muslim. Pixabay

When it comes to the question of who is a true Indian, the country’s Hindu children are more likely than their Muslim peers to connect their faith to their national identity, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Our results indicate that by age 9, Hindu children have already internalised an ‘Indian equals Hindu’ association, and we show that this association predicts children’s support for policies that favor Hindus over Muslims,” said study senior author Mahesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley.

The findings, published in the journal Child Development, also suggest that Muslim children feel no less Indian because of their faith, indicating they are shielded from religious nationalist messaging and able to identify both as Indian and as Muslim, added Srinivasan.

“If Muslim children were to equate being Indian with being Hindu, they could very well feel conflicted about being Indian or being Muslim. We know from other research that disconnection from one’s own national, ethnic, or religious group is bad for mental health and other life outcomes,” he said.

Through surveys and social psychology measures, the researchers examined the explicit and implicit associations and attitudes of 160 schoolchildren aged between 9 and 16 in Vadodara, Gujarat.

All the children attended Zenith, a charitable school for low-income children in Vadodara.

The children, 79 of whom were Hindu and 81 of whom were Muslim, were each given an implicit association test, which asked them to swiftly pair together words and pictures.

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When it comes to the question of who is a true Indian, the country’s Hindu children are more likely than their Muslim peers to connect their faith to their national identity, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. Pixabay

The results showed that Hindu children more readily paired images associated with India with the word “Hindu” and images associated with foreign countries with “Muslim,” suggesting that they think of India as primarily a Hindu nation.

By contrast, Muslim children were just as fast at pairing Indian images with the words “Hindu” or “Muslim.”

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India is home to about 900 million Hindus and 200 million Muslims, as well as Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews and offshoots of these groups. (IANS)