In the developing world, the increase in population is paralleled by increased incidences of loss of lives and livelihood due to natural calamities and human conflicts, such as floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, famines, cyclones, or major climatic damages. In the recent years, we also see increased terror activities. As a consequence, people are rendered homeless and need immediate relief and long term rehabilitation. HEART is committed to respond to such emergencies around the world, through our own programmes as well as in cooperation with partner agencies. HEART’s focus on emergency help, relief & redevelopment is steadfast, after an emergency situation.
The Hindu Emergency Aid & Relief Team (HEART) was conceptualized by Swami Vigyanandji in 2009 as a charitable organization and the trust was registered on 22nd October 2009 at New Delhi. The prime objective of the Trust is to dedicate for the cause of society and work for the unity of society, particularly when people are faced by challenges of natural disasters due to global warming, climate change or environmental damage. In short, the HEART Trust represents a movement for eradication of human miseries.
The trust is registered under Section 12A, read with section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and entered at Serial no. DEL-HR22140 – 22052012 at Delhi. The trust also satisfies all conditions of Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and has been granted approval for benefits and exemption under section 80G, with serial no DEL – HE23943 – 22052012, dated 22/05/2-12 at Delhi. As a consequence, all donations made to HEART will qualify to avail tax exemptions as stipulated under section 80G.
Carry out charitable activities through a Trust in form of collection and dissemination of knowledge, experience, information and other resources to serve people and society without distinction of caste, colour, creed, religion or sex. Further, to serve people who are suffering as a consequence of natural disasters, climate change, environmental damage and civil conflicts, acts of terrorism etc.
To realize the aforesaid desire by – - Encouraging maximum participation, - Operate with sensitivity to the local culture & relationships, work whenever possible through national partners, give attention to economic recovery, encourage peace building, - provide suitable training in disaster prone areas, and develop skills, raise monies - funding to carry out development / rehabilitation projects.
Ezidis are related to Hindus with a syncretic culture involving many other traditions as well. These traditions have evolved over a period of six thousand plus years. Zoroasterian, Mithraic and local influences of Abrahamic cults have also been impressed upon these people. This is but natural, as historical and geographic factors will always modify the original religion. The Ezidis claim a population of around 1.5 to 2 million worldwide. Half of this population live in the highly volatile region of Shingal-Shekhaan regions of northern Iraq. Currently this region is under attack by the very brutal Islamic group called ISIS. Outside this region, Ezidis are scattered all over the globe in small numbers. Armenia – Georgia – Russia have the second biggest population of Ezidis after Iraq. Smaller groups are in Germany, France, Sweden, USA and Canada. Unlike Arabic, their language is called Kurmanji which is akin to the Muslim converts’ language of Kurdistan called Qurdish. This belongs to Indo-Iranian group of languages.
Ezidis share similarities to Hinduism , especially the Kaartikeya worshipping sects. Their temples resemble the typical Naagar style temples of North India. Any person can relate that architecture to the Hindu temples. (Y)Ezidi word per se seems to be derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yaj’ and Yagya. Infact (Y)ezidis routinely do Sun offerings and Fire offerings which are reminiscent of Surya Arghyas and Agnihotras. Their Supreme Devata is TausMelek which literally means Peacock Angel. The Peacock Angel story is vey similar to KartikeyaSwami , who also has his vehicle in a peacock. Incidentally, Iraq region was never an abode of Peacock. No historical proofs of peacocks are present in Iraq, at least in the records we know about. Since Yezidis have very a different religion from the three people of the Book – namely the Abrahamic sects, and because they share many similarities with Hinduism , these people are considered Devil Worshippers, by the Mohammedan population of the region. Hence ,inspite of being the true inheritors of that region, these people are hounded regularly by the fanatics and exclusivists.
Genocides of Yezidis
Laddakh region where it worked for the people afflicted by the cloudburst which killed more than 200 and rendered many people homeless. Whole villages were buried under rock and mud, houses were reduced to rubble and crumbled buildings and uprooted trees were strewn everywhere . Nothing was spared and people had no where to go in the fast approaching harsh Himalayan winter. People had to be shifted to tents and temporary shelters. People had lost all their belongings and many had lost their loved ones. Diseases spread as epidemics. Leh, which is called the roof of the world, had no roof for itself . It was homeless. HEART team arrived in Leh with a huge quantity of relief material and helped in the emergency aid of the Laddakhis. HEART also helped in reconstruction of Choglamsar – a village completely destroyed in the calamity.
It’s not a good news for the long suffered Pakistani Hindu migrants in India that nearly 7,000 of them, who have been living like refugees in various places in North India. It is told that most of those who come never return as minorities have been facing difficult living conditions in an Islamic Pakistan since the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991. But, the situation actually worsened with the strengthening of the Taliban force in Pakistan, Afghanistan and in entire Islamic world, but this Babri demolition is an added excuse.
Any persecuted Hindu from any part of the world is most welcome in Bharat. It is their original land. But, where Hindus are loosing their lands, wealth, honor and rights from other places from the very parts of Indian subcontinent and even in some parts of Indian , which need to assist them in every way possible.