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Naujawaan Utsav: In aid of suicide prevention campaign

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Guyana: In the current scenario when a number of youth suicides have been reported, The Dharmic Naujawaan(DNJ), the central youth arm of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha(GHDS) has stepped forward to host a “Naujawaan Utsav” (youth festival) on Saturday Feb 20, 2016 as part of fundraising and awareness activities for suicide prevention campaign.

Youth from all across Guyana would experience a night full of cultural activities like singing, dancing and drama.

The Dharmic Naujawaan, revived on October 1, empowers the youth to contribute towards the development of Guyana. It provides a platform for young hearts to share their views, develop ideas, become aware of social issues, be creative though various cultural and social activities.

The DNJ, being the central role in GHDS, has spread his arms to involve other branches across the county to participate in this event. Through the event, they wish to help the youth develop interpersonal, public speaking, artistic and other important social skills.

“These skills are vital in transforming the participating youths, to formulate a positive attitude and gain invaluable experiences which they can then take and share with their respective communities across the country,” the Naujawan said in a statement.

DNJ has been busy working with GHDS and social work professionals this year on various suicide attempts held in Berbice and Essequibo.

Debates have been organized by the DNJ in Berbice among students along with charity drives, medical outreaches, community workshops, blood drives and youth conference to have an impact on society.

Naujawaan Utsav event has been shared on the facebook page of “Dharmic Naujawaan-National Forum”. The tickets are available on the location and will include dinner and concert. The event will begin at 6:00 pm and only limited seats are available.

(Source-guyanachronicle.com)(Image Courtesy:gtvibes.com)

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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)