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California Leaders Suggest Changes in Textbooks Over Portrayal of Hindus

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California-based Hindu Education Foundation suggested corrections to proposed school textbooks after Indian Americans raised issues over alleged negative portrayal of Hinduism and India.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — California-based Hindu Education Foundation suggested corrections to proposed school textbooks after Indian Americans raised issues over alleged negative portrayal of Hinduism and India.

According to the organization, the Indian American community has been “battling to remove several inaccuracies and myths about Hinduism from textbooks.”

The California Department of Education has made several updates to the framework based on input by scholars, students and the community members, mentioning Hindu concepts like Yoga and Dharma, Sages Vyasa and Valmiki and Indian achievements in science and technology.

After the Hindu American, LGBT and African-American communities raised concerns about the “biased and inequitable portrayal” of their communities in textbooks at a public hearing held by the California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission, the department voted to reject content from two publishers.

“While the disparaging images were rejected and a few positive changes were made, many of the textbook narratives still contain extensive inaccuracies and stereotypes,” Shantharam Nekkar of the Hindu American Foundation said. He says that several items that are mandated in the California History-Social Science textbook framework (state guidelines) for India and Hinduism are “being ignored by some publishers.”

Parents, students and community leaders joined in week-long protests across California, demanding accurate and equitable representation for India and Hinduism in textbooks. A petition signed by over 8,000 people demanding the withdrawal of biased and inaccurate content was also submitted to the department.

“Some improvements have been made, but significant additional changes are required to present India and Hinduism in an accurate and equitable manner,” said Krishna Maheshwari of Hindupedia.

The IQC will send its recommendations to the State Board of Education for its approval in November. The textbooks recommended by the board are expected to be adopted by school districts in 2018.

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President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in the White House

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On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans - Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil.

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EXCLUSIVE: Preet Bharara gives the backstory on his firing by President Trump

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In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it's important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it’s important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

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Democrat Doug Jones beats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In one of the most intensely fought elections in 2017, Democrat Doug Jones, a former prosecutor has defeated the scandal-clad Republican Roy Moore. Moore who had the endorsement of President Trump, despite allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, was defeated on Tuesday in Alabama, a deeply conservative state that last elected a Democratic senator 25 years ago. The upset delivered a surprising victory for the Democrats shaving the Republican Senate majority down to a single seat.

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate who was abandoned by a majority of his own party leaders, lost to Democrat Doug Jones in a battle that wasn’t a battle until the allegations of sexual misconduct began surfacing, including by a woman who was under-age at the time she was allegedly assaulted. Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted:


Moore was running to fill a seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions who is Trump’s attorney general and lost to Jones, a former US attorney who had prosecuted two members of the Ku Klux Klan for a 1963 bombing of a church in which four African Americans girls had been killed.
Just hours before the polls opened President Trump tweeted:

But despite the presidential endorsement, Moore was defeated by Jones becoming the first Democrat Alabama has sent to the US senate since 1992. His upset victory owes much to Moore’s flawed candidacy, but was pulled off by the Democratic party machine that poured money and resources sensing a chance, howsoever small at the time, of victory. Including a helping hand from Alabama-native and former NBA star Charles Barkley, who campaigned for Doug Jones. He told CNN “Roy Moore was an embarrassment. I am just so proud of my state. We’ve got some amazing people here and they rose up today”

President Trump congratulated Jones on his victory, over twitter:

After initially holding back his endorsement, Trump had come to fully embrace Moore, arguing that if the allegations were proven, the Republican candidate should step aside. But he needed every vote in the Senate to push through legislative agenda, which has had a patchy run thus far.

Trump broke with most members of his party, including the senior Republican senator from Alabama Richard Shelby who had announced they would not vote for Moore. Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, public announced he had donated to Doug Jones’ campaign. Roy Moore hasn’t conceded to Jones and has asked for a recount stating, “It’s not over. I demand a recount. We need to wait for God.”

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