The Bank of England new £5 note containing animal product has sparked furor and total dismay in Hindus and vegan/vegetarian community. It is surprising to note that even the Bank of England officials were unaware of this fact until recently. The Hindu Council UK has been campaigning against the use of animal products in the currency notes. We hope that the Bank of England will take necessary measures so that the future requirements specification for currency notes will forbid the use of animal product.
ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON INDIAN TRADITIONAL SCIENCES
On Wednesday afternoon 23rd July 2014 under the auspicious of Lord Patel, Lord Rana, Baroness Uddin, Lord Hussain, Lord Stone, Lord Ahmed and Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing Southall, an All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences was formally established for the first time in the oldest parliament in the world in the presence of nearly one hundred participants.
Lord Patel was assisted by Amarjeet S Bhamra, a long time champion of Complementary and Alternative Medicines and a Lecturer on Ayurvedic Sciences who called representatives of all natural healing and medicinal traditions to promote and facilitate informed discussions on issues concerning all Indian Traditional Sciences (Ayurveda, Ghandharav, Jyotish, Siddha, Unani, Vastu, Yoga and etc.) in Britain within the Parliament by providing a forum for cross party Parliamentarians, senior policy makers, academics, leading community figures, and other stakeholders.
The All Party Parliamentary Group will consolidate all of India’s Traditional Sciences and through this window, we will have an opportunity to engage our efforts to facilitate amongst parliamentarians the exchange of information on all Indian Traditional Sciences and to stimulate a well-informed debate; to contribute towards the development of knowledge and policies to support the acceptance, propagation and legitimisation of these ancient Sciences in the UK.
The meeting was also addressed by Ashish Sharma - First Secretary (Visa) Indian High Commission London, Ayurved Ratan Dr Shantha Godagama - Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee, Richard Johnson - Maharishi Foundation, Svamini Hamsananda Giri - Hindu Forum Europe, Dr Venkat Joshi - College of Ayurveda UK, Dr Vijayendra Murti - AyuWave,Haribhai Halai – Hindu Forum GB, Dr Prathima Nagesh - Ayurvedic Medical Association UK, Gordon Brennan - British Association of Vedic Astrologers, Satya Minhas - Hindu Council UK, David Balen - Balens Insurance, Desiree Shelley - National Institute of Medical Herbalists, Satish Sharma - National Council of Hindu Temples, Dr Rob Verkerk - ANH International, Ms Anosiya Aparau - HCUK (Int'l Human Rights Lawyer), Philip Abraham - Kerala Link, Ravi Bhanot - Ayurveda Institute of Europe, Kirith Ahluwalia - City Sikh Network, and Dr Geoffrey Clements - The Commonwealth Association for Infrastructure Development.
The meeting was supported by Ayurvedic Medical Association UK, College of Ayurveda UK, Quality Foods Southall, Cool Herbals, Surjeet Herbals Southall, Sira Cash and Carry Southall and Chandru Gidoomal Photography.
General Secretary - Ayurvedic Medical Association UK
Lead Secretariat - APPG Indian Traditional Sciences
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the AGM of the Hindu Council (U.K.) will be held at Arya Samaj London, 69-A, Argyle Road, West Ealing, LONDON W13 0LY on Saturday 06 September 2014 at 1pm for the purpose of considering the following business:
Lunch and Networking between 12am and 1PM
Welcome by the Chairperson Satya Minhas and Prayers Gayatri Mantra
1. Minutes of the last AGM
THAT the minutes of the last AGM held on 07 September 2013 be received and approved
2. Board of Trustees Report and other Reports
3. Report and Accounts
THAT the report of the Treasurer & accounts for the period ended 31 March 2014 be received and approved
4. Ratification of Trustees
THAT the new Trustees be ratified, having been recommended by the full members and approved by the Board of Trustees (see notes below)
5. Appointment/Ratification of Honorary Advisors/Consultants/Specialists
THAT the officers be appointed in Advisory capacity (e.g. Business Advisors, Cultural, Media, Women, Solicitors), having been nominated by Hindu Community/HCUK members
6. Appointment of Independent Examiner
THAT Independent Examiners’ are appointed for 2014/15/until the next AGM
7. Annual Subscription
THAT the members note the current arrangements and the fee determined by the Board of Trustees
8. Any Other Business with the permission of the Chairperson and Shanti Path.
By Order of the Board of Trustees
Satya Minhas, ChairpersonRajnish Kashyap, General Secretary
A. All Hindu organisations are welcome to attend the AGM. Please send your representatives.
B. A Hindu organisation may register with a completed Membership form and a one off membership subscription of £25. Please make your cheque payable to Hindu Council UK and send it with completed Membership form to Balaji Temple at the address below. Please mark the envelope “HC-UK Membership”. The membership form is on our website: http://www.hinducouncil.net
C. A Voting member organisation (who has paid £25 fee since 2010 & up to 29 August 2014 to us) is entitled to send up to two representatives to take part in the proposals and vote at the AGM. These organisations are also requested to consider sending their proposals on any of their members for the post of Trustee/Director/ Representative within the HCUK, for the consideration of the current Board of Trustees/Directors. The paid members are also entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. Any nominations and proxy notification should be communicated to the Chairperson or the General Secretary in writing by the organisation.
Please come at 12am and join us for lunch before the AGM.
Regd Office: Bala ji Temple, Dudley Road East, Tividale, West Midlands B69 3DU
Hindu Council (UK) is an umbrella body representing the UK Hindus & their organisations
Travel Advice for Arya Samaj London, 69-A, Argyle Road, West Ealing, LONDON W13 0LY:
Nearest Underground Tube: Ealing Broadway then Buses E1 or E7 or E11
Nearest Mainline Railway Station: West Ealingthen Buses E7 or E11
I am very proud and privileged to be the new 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. 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.
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 and serving you to the best of our ability. You are welcome to contact me on 07956 655 792 or our General Secretary Shri Rajnish Kashyap on 07903 216 291.