City of Tulare in California has become the eighth city in USA to declare October 25 as Rajan Zed Day after Hindu and interfaith statesman Rajan Zed.
Cities of Hartford (Connecticut), Taylorsville (Utah), Madera (California), Sparks (Nevada), Chowchilla (California), Sanger (California) and Exeter (California) have already declared October 25 as Rajan Zed Day. City of Reno (Nevada) has also proclaimed a day in Zed's recognition twice in the past.
Proclamation, signed by Tulare Mayor David Macedo, said: we honor Rajan Zed's initiatives to bring various religious communities together throughout the world so that they can live in peace and mutual trust and enrich themselves through dialogue.
It stated: we honor his work to uplift approximately 15 million Roma (Gypsies) people of Europe who live in apartheid conditions by frequently voicing their maltreatment, issues and concerns; and urging other religious leaders to do the same.
Proclamation noted: we honor Rajan Zed's leadership roles in attempting to help the helpless.
It further said: we honor his efforts to help the Hindu communities spread throughout the United States of America and the world, including California.
I, David Macedo, Mayor of the City of Tulare, do hereby proclaim Friday, October 25, 2013 as Rajan Zed Day in the City of Tulare, encouraging the community to honor the Hindu message that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered, and therefore practice noninjury, in thought, word and deed, Proclamation added.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, opened the Tulare City Council on July two with its first Hindu invocation in 125 years of its incorporation containing verses from world's oldest existing scripture, and after sprinkling few drops of water from river Ganga of India considered holy by Hindus.
October 25 is Rajan Zed's birthday.
Zed is a global religious leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.
Female majority Tulare, founded in 1872 and which sits in the heart of some of the most productive farmland in the world, has worship as part of its Mission Statement. The town burned down and was rebuilt three times in its first 14 years. Craig Vejvoda and Don Dorman are Vice Mayor and City Manager respectively. Prominent people associated with Tulare include Olympic gold medalists Sim Iness and Bob Mathias, football players Zac Diles and Dominique Dorsey, NASCAR driver Matt Crafton and baseball player Mike Morgan.
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Just before the Tulare City Council Hindu invocation, from right to left, are- Councilmember Melvin "Skip" Barwick, Vice Mayor Craig Vejvoda, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Mayor David Macedo, Councilmember Shea Gowin, City Manager Don Dorman, Councilmember Carlton Jones and City Attorney Martin D. Koczanowicz.
Rajan Zed is a religious statesman who has taken up Hindu, interfaith, religion, Roma and other causes all over the world.
He was invited by President of European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pottering, in December 2008 in Brussels (Belgium) for a meeting to promote interfaith dialogue. He has read opening prayers in United States Senate in Washington DC, various state senates and assemblies/houses-of- representatives, city councils, etc., across the country.
Zed is one of the panelists for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post. He has been bestowed with “World Interfaith Leader Award”, “Nevada Religious Unity Award”, “Positive Pluralism & Unity Prize”, & other awards for interfaith dialogue.
He is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to New York headquartered Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy, Director of Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Rajan Zed is on the Governing Board of Directors of Northern Nevada International Center, on the Board of Directors of Nevada World Trade Council, member Citizens Advisory Committee of Regional Transportation Commission, member Reno Police Chief Advisory Board, etc.
He possesses Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from University of Nevada-Reno and Master of Science in Mass Communications from San Jose State University, California.
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