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US: Hindus urges LaSalle Rd renamed “Om Street” in Connecticut’s West Hartford

The Om Street event allows various yoga studios from and around West Hartford to participate as instructors

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Indians in the United States are pushing LaSalle Road in West Hartford (Connecticut) to be renamed as Om Street as it is about to organise its sixth annual community event ‘Om Street: Yoga on LaSalle Road’ to be held on July 23, 2016. It is reported that in 2015, more than 1500 yogis showed up to celebrate yoga in the States. Around 2000 people are expected to take part in this yoga event, this year in 2016.

The President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, has initiated this urge for renaming the famous street to Mayor of West Hartford Shari Cantor, Town Council and Deputy Mayor Leon Davidoff as an homage to Yoga as an art and the yogis who make the event successful, reported worldhindunews.com

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Practicing yoga relieves back and spine pain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Also, renaming West Hartford would also promote Yoga and help residents adopt it as a part of their lifestyle. Yogasana helps one relieve stress and anxiety, increases flexibility and calms the soul.

According to the worldhindunews.com report, the Om Street event allows various yoga studios from and around West Hartford to participate as instructors. They demonstrate Yogasanas and provide assistance. With drums and live music mixed with the discipline of Yoga, the event is a huge step taken towards inculcating a healthy change in the American nation. Rajan Zed refers to Yoga as a “living fossil” and it can be dated back to the Indus Valley civilisation.

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While the American government and citizens have begun to introduce yoga as an essential discipline, read on to find some benefits of practicing yoga:

• Yoga strengthens the muscles and increases flexibility. Practicing yoga not only prevents diseases like back pain and arthritis but also helps maintain posture and saves from old age problems. With gymming, one may gain muscle power but not flexibility.

• Yoga also strengthens the spine and bones. Padangusthasana, Baddha Konasana, Paripurna Navasana and many such yoga asana strengthen the spine.

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• Yoga and Pilates also regulate blood flow. While twisting the body into asanas, the body flows oxygenated blood to all organs. Positions like the headstand pump freshly oxygenated blood which also serves as an instant relief from stress. It is also widely believed that yoga reduces one’s risk of cardiac diseases and pulls out of depression.

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Chakrasana. Source: Wikimedia commons

• Yogasanas also boost immunity. Lymph is an immune cell rich fluid that fights cancerous cells, infection and disposes toxic materials from the body. So when the body functions in yoga postures and contracts/stretch muscles, this lymph’s drainage increases.

• Yoga not only cleanses the wasted or harmful cells in the body but also saves an individual from digestive problems like constipation, ulcers or syndromes related to the stomach. While any physical activity can ease a disturbed stomach, yoga eases it out way faster and also lowers down any risk of cancer-related to the bowel.

– prepared by Chetna Karnani of Newsgram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna

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Pakistan Reacts Sharply To U.S. Religious Freedom Charges

China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are also included in the U.S. list of countries accused

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A Pakistani nun holds a candle during a vigil for victims of a deadly suicide bombing in a park, March 28, 2016, in Lahore. VOA

Pakistan is denouncing a U.S. decision to place it on a list of countries Washington says are the worst offenders of religious freedom.

“Pakistan does not need counsel by any individual country how to protect the rights of its minorities… there are serious questions on the credentials and impartiality of the self proclaimed jury involved in this unwarranted exercise,” the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in a strongly-worded statement.

The reaction comes a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced his designation of “countries of particular concern” that allegedly have engaged in or tolerated ”systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”

Freedom Violations

The countries on the blacklist are exposed to punitive sanctions, but Pompeo waived them for Pakistan, citing U.S. national interests.

Pakistan had until now been on a U.S. watch list for governments that have “engaged in or tolerated” severe violations of religious freedom.

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Pakistani volunteers collect debris from an Ahmadi mosque demolished by an angry mob, in the eastern city of Sialkot. VOA

While rebuking Tuesday’s U.S. pronouncement as “unilateral and politically motivated,” the Pakistani Foreign Ministry noted Pakistan is “a multi-religious and pluralistic society” of more than 200 million people, mostly Muslims.

“Around four percent of our total population comprises citizens belonging to Christian, Hindu, Buddhists and Sikh faiths. Ensuring equal treatment of minorities and their enjoyment of human rights without any discrimination is the cardinal principle of the Constitution of Pakistan,” it said.

Ahmadis most persecuted community

The statement did not mention the Ahmadi sect, which critics say is the most persecuted minority in Pakistan. The constitution bars the community from “posing as Muslims” and from calling their worship places “mosques.”

U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback while defending downgrading of Pakistan reiterated Tuesday the challenges facing the Ahmadi community.

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Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington. VOA

“The Pakistani government criminalizes the identification of Ahmadis as Muslims, and then also — and this one has really been difficult and troubling for a lot of people — the government often fails to hold accountable perpetrators of killings and violence against members of religious minorities targeted on account of their religious beliefs or affiliations,” said Brownback.

Blasphemy laws

He cited, among other things, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws as a cause for the downgrade of the country’s religious freedom ranking. The laws prescribe the death penalty for those found guilty.

Rights groups have long complained Islamist groups misuse the law to intimidate minorities in the country.

Insulting Islam or its prophet is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan where mere allegations have led to mob lynchings. A former provincial governor, a federal minister, judges and lawyers are among those assassinated in Pakistan by extremists merely for calling for reform of the blasphemy laws to prevent their misuse or for hearing cases and defending alleged blasphemers.

Asia Bibi

In a historic judgement this past October, Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who had been on death row for eight years after being convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammad. The women denied the charges from the outset as an outcome of a local feud and the country’s highest court cited lack of evidence in overturning her conviction by a lower court.

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Radical Islamists rally to condemn a Supreme Court decision that acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, who spent eight years on death row accused of blasphemy, in Karachi, Pakistan. VOA

Bibi and her family have been in hiding since her release. Her lawyer fled Pakistan shortly after the landmark court ruling announced on October 31, saying his life was in danger.

Bibi is awaiting a rehearing of her case by the Supreme Court and is residing in a safe place under government protection, say Pakistani officials.

Pakistan also arrested hundreds of Islamist activists and their leaders last month for staging days of mass violent protests to denounce the court for freeing Bibi.

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The government has charged the detainees with treason and terrorism and officials have vowed to put them on trial in special courts.

“It’s our hope that they will, the new leadership in Pakistan, will work to improve the situation. There was some encouraging signs seen recently on how they’ve handled some of the recent protesting against the blasphemy laws, and we continue to watch very carefully what’s happening to Asia Bibi,” said Brownback.

China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are also included in the U.S. list of countries accused of committing severe violations of religious freedom. (VOA)