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Hindus upset with Radio Netherlands Worldwide for linking Hindu culture with 'suicidal thoughts'

Nevada, Sun, 09 Oct 2011 ANI

Nevada (US), Oct 09 (ANI): The Hindus are critical of Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) for linking Hindu culture with "suicidal thoughts".


An article published on its website dated October 8 titled "A good conversation about suicide" said: "...suicidal thoughts 'fit' in the Hindu culture."indu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Sunday, said that suicide was a universal phenomenon and it happened in all cultures and religions. Undue generalization and attempting somehow to "fit" it with Hinduism was belittling the entire community.


Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that life of a person who followed Hindu spiritual path was full of joy, love and blessings.


Ancient Hindu scripture Upanishads stressed realization of Self and Taittiriya Upanishad stated: The Self is the source of abiding joy. Our hearts are filled with joy in seeing him.... It further is Brahman. From joy are born all creatures, by joy they grow.... Another Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita says: All those who follow the spiritual path are blessed.


Zed urged RNW General Director Jan C. Hoek, Editor-in-Chief R.R. Rensen, Board of Supervisors Chair B.R. Bot; sociologist Diana van Bergen; and writer Martijn van Tol to apologize for hurting Hindu community and publish the apology on RNW website.


This article also says that every year between 500,000 and 1.2 million people worldwide commit suicide. In the Netherlands more than 400,000 people think about suicide each day, 100,000 attempt suicide, and in 2010, 1500 people were successful in their attempts.


Headquartered in Hilversum with traces going back to 1927, RNW, which claims to be one of the top five international broadcasters, provides news, background and cultural information to millions of people throughout the world via radio, television and the internet in ten languages (Dutch, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Papiamento and Sarnami). Its partners include BBC, VOA, Radio Australia, etc., and it also has offices in Brussels, Madagascar, Benin, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Paramaribo, Warsaw and Amman. It claims to provide "objective information".


Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. (ANI)


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