I am pleased to share the following history of Hinduism in America, and have added the Dallas portion to it. It is not complete but a good start.
1996 - Asian News Radio was established in 1996, a predecessor to Fun Asia Radio and other Radio stations. In the talk show format, we explored the history of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Christians from India, as well by the nationality - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Diaspora - mainly Caribbean.
Between 2003 and 2005 among other religions, we produced 100 hours of talk show on Hinduism - one hour every Thursday morning with Swami Nityananda Prabhu of Hare Krishna Temple and others as needed. Including Revathi Srinath on the year end programs and we played the bhajans of Deva Ramsaroop as well. The program was for non-Hindus (and for many Hindus) to get a grasp of Hinduism. At the Foundation for Pluralism, we are committed to learn about different religions and how we can build cohesive societies.
2003- For the first time, a program was organized by the Foundation for Pluralism to bring all the Hindus communities of Dallas together. Shanti-Shanti is an American girls duos chanting songs in Sanskrit, and they were introduced to the Hindu Audience for the first time. Indeed, that is the first time, Dr. Mihir Meghani of Hindu America Foundation was invited to be a part of the event, as he was set to bring all the Hindu Sampadrayas together.
2005 - We organized a series of workshops called "Understanding Hinduism" among all other faiths. It was a three hour workshop for non-Hindus to understand the essence of Hinduism. We did two sets of workshops over a period of two years.
The earliest Hindu in Dallas from India was Mr. Pallana, who came to the US in 1946 to work in Disney Films. He is no more, but his vegetarian restaurant in Oak Lawn is still there, and his wife Ranjana left the legacy of Yoga Center in Dallas.
Mr. A.K. Mago, a Dallas resident for nearly 40 years is accorded the highest Civilian honor of "Padmashri" by the Indian Government.
There was a guy from UT Austin who wrote a book about history of Indians in Texas, and I believe he has mentioned AK Mago and me in the book. I have not seen, but he had called me a few times several years ago.
Dr. Prasad Thotakura has received a similar distinction from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, and spearheaded the Gandhi Memorial along with Mr. Taiyab Kundawala to establish a Gandhi Statute in a Park in Irving this year 2014.
Mr. Satish and Mrs. Yasmeen Gupta have donated a building and funded the business college at University of Dallas.
Mr. Jindal has established the college of business at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.
An now, I am pleased to add Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States of America, appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on 12/18/14. It one of the proudest moments for Indian Americans.
Please note that the following article is about Hinduism and not other religions of India. There is no mention of Sikhs, Muslims, Jains, Christians and other migrants. No mention about two state Governors Bobby Jindal and Niki Haley either or the work of several other great Indians. That will be a separate essay about Indians in Texas, particularly Dallas/ Fort Worth.
Like the Doctors, Scientists and Engineers, my contribution as a social scientist to the richness of America would be the gift of Pluralism - that is respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of us, and when we do that, conflicts fade and solutions emerge. I hope to establish a Pluralism Center in Washington DC and Dallas, Texas.
Foundation for Pluralism
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1780s CE Trade between India and America
1801 CE First Writings on “Hindoos”
1810-20 CE Unitarian Interest in Hindu Reform Movements
1820-70s CE Emerson’s Discovery of India
1838 CE Thoreau at Walden with the Bhagavad Gita
1842 CE The American Oriental Society
1840s CE New England Transcendentalists
1851 CE Salem’s Fourth of July
1867 CE The Free Religious Association
1880-90s CE Theosophy emerges in America
1893 CE Hindus at the World’s Parliament of Religions
1893 CE Swami Vivekananda Tours America
1894 CE Vivekananda Founds Vedanta Society
1899 CE Vedanta Society in San Francisco
1902 CE Swami Rama Tirtha to U.S.
1902 CE Baba Premanand Bharati, Krishna Devotee
1903 CE A. K. Mozumdar: Messianic World Message
1906 CE First Major Hindu Temple
1910 CE Split in New York Vedanta Society
1911 CE Attacks on Hinduism
1912 CE Tagore to America
1912-15 CE Vedanta Centers, Boston and Los Angeles
1917 CE Asian Exclusion extended to Indians
1920s CE Krishnamurti to California
1920 CE Paramahamsa Yogananda to America
1923 CE Ananda Ashram in California
1923 CE Swami Omkar Founds Ashram in Philadelphia
1925 CE Self-Realization Fellowship
1927 CE Katherine Mayo’s Mother India
1928 CE Dharma Mandal in New York City
1930 CE Hinduism Invades America
1930s CE New Vedanta Centers
1930s CE Growth of Self Realization Fellowship
1932 CE Meher Baba to America
1937 CE World Spiritual University in New York City
1941 CE Centers Split from Vedanta Society
1941 CE Christopher Isherwood Becomes Vedantin
1949 CE Saiva Siddhanta Church Founded
1950 CE Lake Shrine Opened in Los Angeles
1950s CE Popularization of Yoga
1952 CE Swami Yogananda Dies, Body Incorruptible
1952 CE Meher Baba Center in Myrtle Beach
1957 CE Saiva Siddhanta in San Francisco
1957 CE Nityananda Institute
1958 CE Divine Life Society
1959 CE Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1965 CE Immigration Act of 1965
1965 CE Bhaktivedanta to the U.S.
1966 CE Swami Satchidananda to the U.S.
1968 CE New Vrindavan
1968 CE Ananda Meditation Retreat
1969 CE The Ananda Marga Yoga Society
1969 CE Rukmini Dwarakadish Temple
1970s CE The “Secularization” of TM
1970s CE Satya Sai Baba
1970 CE Kauai Aadheenam Monastery, Hawaii
1970 CE Swami Muktananda and Siddha Yoga Meditation
1970 CE Sri Chinmoy at UN
1970 CE Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America
1970 CE Hindu Temple Society of North America
1971 CE Guru Maharaj-ji
1971 CE Swami Rama Founds Himalayan Institute
1973 CE Guru Maharaj-ji in Astrodome
1974 CE The Maharishi International University
1974 CE Siddha Yoga Dham Associates
1975 CE Chinmaya Mission West Founded
1977 CE Consecration of America’s First Temples
1975-79 CE Hindu Temples in the Making
1976 CE Kashi Ashram in Roseland, Florida
1977 CE First Swaminarayan Temple
1977 CE New Jagannath Puri Temple
1977 CE A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Dies
1979 CE Vedic Heritage, Inc.
1980s CE Rapid Growth of Asian Indian population
1980s CE Hindu Temple Societies Formed
1981 CE Bharatiya Temple of Troy, Michigan
1981 CE International Society of Divine Love
1981 CE Arrival of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
1982 CE Swami Muktananda Dies
1984 CE Badarikashrama Temple
1985 CE Hindu Federation of America
1985 CE Arsha Vidya Gurukulam
1986 CE LOTUS Temple in Virginia
1987 CE The Mahabharata on Stage and Screen
1987 CE The Path of Grace Comes to America
1987 CE Saiva Siddhanta Church
1990 CE Census of Asian Indians
1990s CE New Hindu Temple Societies
1991 CE Cultural Festival of India
1993 CE Ashwamedha Yajna in Los Angeles
1993 CE Global Vision 2000
1993 CE Parliament of the World’s Religions
1993 CE Navaratri in New Jersey
1994 CE Sayreville, New Jersey Krishna Temple
1995 CE Murugan Temple of North America
1995 CE Ashwamedha Yajna at Soldier’s Field, Chicago
1996 CE Hinduism Today Magazine
1997 CE American Hindus Against Defamation
1999 CE Southern Baptist Church Prayer Guide Controversy
2000 CE Hindu Prayer in Congress
2000 CE Hindu University of America Campus
2001 CE Ramayana Recitation in Pomona
2001 CE Aftermath of 9/11
2002 CE McDonald’s Fries Settlement
2003 CE The Hindu American Foundation
2003 CE First White House Diwali Celebration
2005 CE California Textbook Controversy
2007 CE Hindu Prayer at Nevada State Senate
2007 CE Hindu Prayer at Senate
2009 CE Inauguration of President Barack Obama