World's Biggest Democracy - Going through ElectionsThe World's largest democracy, enriched with the world's largest young population will go for voting this summer. While the past decade has seen its immunity from the global setbacks and repeated concerns of corruption, its legacy and heritage still stand firm. India's 543 constituencies (excluding the two seats that come through President's nomination) truly denote the rich diversity and heritage that this land resonates. It goes for elections every five years, this being the for the constitution of the 16th Lok Sabha, spread across 9 phases.The belief in the system and young adults makes us the world's largest democracy, with minimum voting age set at 18 and total voting population nearing 750,000,000, the entire setup is enormous.Where a lot of eyes have been raised with criminal background of candidates, rising corruption and election interference, it remains in the hand of the ethical Indian voter to transform its troubled past. India needs ethical leadership to cure it's troubled realities and its educated population holds the key to it.Pranav LakherwalPresidentAIESEC in Chandigarh
Desecration of Hindu sentiments in Parliament
Wednesday 26th February 2014 will go down in history as the day the mother of Parliament was high-jacked by extremists who abused the privilege and desecrated the sentiments of a peaceful and harmonious British Hindu community.
In a meeting room booked by Labour MP John McDonnell, organisations such as ‘The Monitoring Group’ and ‘Awaaz’ spewed vile unsubstantiated hate towards the Hindu community.
The British Hindu community is one of the most cohesive, contributory and peaceful
communities in Britain. It thrives on core Hindu values of love, peace and non- violence. Hindus have become a beacon community within the diversity of multi- ethnic and multi-faith communities that make up Britain.
Madhava Turumella, Vice President of the Hindu Forum of Britain who was in attendance and witnessed this fiasco first hand commented: “Hinduism is magnanimous in respecting the ideologies of others, it is clear that our tolerance has given these extremist the opportunity to attack and undermine our faith and our community”
Confirming the disappointment felt by the British Hindu community, Satish K Sharma the Secretary General of the National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHTUK), ‘It is most unfortunate that these Labour MPs opened the doors to Parliament, giving such extremists a platform to exhibit such hateful views. This is merely one more in a sequence of events, which indicate that the British Hindu Community is now the subject of a campaign of public vilification, as indicated by the the Lord Harries amendment and confirmed by subsequent media coverage in the mainstream British Press. Hindus, members of the oldest multi faith culture, subscribe to the ethos of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning – the whole world is one family. It would appear that Parliamentary process has been perverted by persons who do not wish to see such confident interfaith principles being developed. We shall be consulting with our members and in due course will be requesting that Leaders of the Political Parties, clarify their position on this assault on the British Hindu Community.”
Prinal Nathwani Chairman of the City Hindu Network said "Once again, we come across a situation where the Hindu community in Britain is being unfairly and aggressively vilified. CHN is further shocked that such views are being supported,and indeed peddled, by supposed community leaders and organisations.
At a time when interfaith/intercommunity dialogue and co-operation is becoming increasingly important, it is alarming that there are still those within our community insistent on promoting division and fear, and seeking to take advantage of democratic principles and the Hindu ideals of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and a strong world community to promote these negative ideas".
Sri Rajnish Kashyap, Secretary General of The Hindu council UK said "I concur with all my Hindu colleagues in their outrage at the way and the manner in which our faith has been desecrated. This should be unacceptable to people of all faiths.”
Mukesh Naker Communications officer for British Hindu Voice said “Statements by Awaaz & TMG-UK by implication brands every Hindu as being a racist and a fascist. We strongly object to this form of vilification and undermine a peaceful and tolerant community.”
Britain is a wonderful country giving freedom of expression to everyone. With such freedoms come responsibility and good behaviour. We as a nation cannot and should not allow such extremist access to Parliament to peddle their lies and incite hatred. The leading Hindu organisations will continue to work collectively in fostering good relations with all communities. It is our hope that other communities will also distance themselves from such extremists.
Joint Statement Issued by:
Hindu Forum of Britain
National Council for Hindu Temples City Hindu Network
Hindu Council UK
National Hindu Students Forum British Hindu Voice
Message from New Chairperson
Hindu Council UK – Message from the New Chairperson – Satya Minhas
I am very proud and privileged to be the newly elected Chairperson of the HCUK. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleague Trustees and HCUK members for showing confidence in me. I will take my duties and responsibilities very seriously in the service of all our Member organisations and Hindus especially in the United Kingdom. My special thanks to our departing Chairperson Dr. VP Narayan Rao ji for his blessings, guidance, leadership and continued support.
As for my background, I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors in London. I have excellent leadership, management, problem-solving and communication skills. I have the benefit of well over 34 year career in the Central and Local Government in England. Until recently, I was an Audit Manager in the office of Mayor of London Policing and Crime, where I managed reviews within the Metropolitan Police Service covering areas like Governance, Management, Systems under development, Command & Control and Olympics. My report on Gifts and Hospitality has been cited in the Lord Leveson’s Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. I am also the longest serving member of the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association (currently their Deputy Chairperson) and have been actively reviewing and protecting Hindu Police officers, members of Staff and community interests and securing fair and just resolutions. I have taken the lead and empowered many people to challenge unfairness and pursue progression and rewards. I have actively empowered women through mentoring, encouragement and support. We will thrive and succeed further when we ensure; equality of opportunity, fairness and also that women are well represented up to the highest level. In September 2013, I was shortlisted for Asian Achievers Awards under Uniformed and Civil Services category. I recently conducted a workshop on Domestic Violence at De Montfort University Leicester, which was very well received. We are happy to organise seminars/talks for our members.
As you might be aware, the Hindu Council UK was launched on 27th November 1994 in Harrow. More than a thousand people attended the launch and the occasion was blessed by many spiritual leaders. Most Hindus believe that a national body is very important and agree that the Hindu Council UK as a ‘National umbrella body of Hindu organisations in the United Kingdom’ is one of the best solutions to address Hindu issues and concerns.
You are our eyes and ears and we look forward to hearing from you at regular intervals, working very closely with you and look forward to serving you. You are welcome to contact me on 07956 655 792 or our General Secretary Shri Rajnish Kashyap on 07903216291.
Let us keep in touch and work together in the service of Hinduism. Aum
Letter of Local MP
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House of Commons,
Dear [Insert the name of the MP],
Re: The Amendment 73, inserted in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill by the House of Lords after Clause 57, moved by Lord Harries of Pentregarth on 4th March 2013, which is due to be debated in House of Commons on 16th April 2013.Read more...
Caste Issue - Urgent Action Requested
Yesterday, we attended a meeting of various Hindu leaders on the subject and agreed the contents of the attached document.
A debate and Vote on Enterprise and Regulation Bill (covering Discrimination on the basis of Caste) will take place in the House of Commons on 16 April 2013.Read more...