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HCUK Operations

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Why we need Hindu Council UK

A central organisation is needed to represent all Hindu associations, temples, missions and other interested groups in dealing with federal, state and local governments. This will provide all associations greater strength and enable effective action in all matters relating to any unjustifiable or inappropriate treatment by the authorities.

There are a large number of Hindu/Indian associations or societies in UK, eg in NSW itself there are more than 150 such associations having membership from as few as 5-10 to 200-300. It makes it very difficult to get recognition from the Government, both Federal and State and other external bodies. An umbrella organisation like the Hindu Council of UK can represent the collective interests of all Hindus living in UK.

All other religious groups have such Councils to represent their religious groups' interests.
Similar councils have been established and operating effectively in the U.K. and elsewhere.

 

Operation

The Council will not interfere in the internal affairs of member associations.

  1. Each UK's State will have a sub-branch of the Council. One or two delegates from each State shall be nominated by the local associations to represent the State.
  2. The central body will coordinate the activities of all its State branches, which will be represented in the overall national body. The national body will directly interact with the Federal government departments and officials.
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Objectives

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The Hindu Council of UK. (HCUK) is an umbrella organisation representing the interest of all Hindus living in UK, irrespective of their caste or country of origin.

The following are some of the objectives of HCUK:

 

  1. To articulate issues that concern Hindus at the local, state and national levels in United Kingdom.
  2. To negotiate with the government at all levels or other organisations/associations in matters related to Hindu culture and religion.
  3. To organise functions, festivals etc promoting Hindu culture and religion to foster cooperation among participating organisations.
  4. To act as a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit organisation to promote legitimate social, cultural, educational and religious needs of Hindus in United Kingdom.
  5. To support the establishment of any charitable institution for the benefit of Hindus and the overall community.
  6. To function as an information source for schools, general community concerning Hindu philosophy, culture and religion.
  7. To print and publish books, leaflets etc to promote the activities of the Hindu Council.
  8. To arrange seminars, conventions, conferences etc to promote better understanding of Hindu culture and religion.
  9. To help members of the Hindu community against inappropriate or unjustifiable treatment in matters of issuance of visas for priests, dignitaries and speakers for conferences etc.
  10. Represent the Hindu community at official functions such as Diamond Jubilee, Prince William Wedding etc., celebrations.
  11. Assist in dealing with the media, written and visual, in regard to possible problems such as the publication or broadcasting of material offensive to the Hindu community.
  12. To present a unified Hindu viewpoint on various current social issues relevant to the United Kingdom multicultural society at conferences and in submissions to government institutions.
  13. To organise conferences, symposia etc nationally and overseas and to represent such meetings on behalf of local associations.
  14. To publicise the existence of the council by advising the media, local councils and state and federal governments. 
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Profile

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The Vision

Hindu Council UK was founded in 1994 for all Hindus domiciled in the United Kingdom, combining all the Hindu faith denominations, whilst representing various Hindu communities and Hindus from different parts of the world settled in the United Kingdom. It’s main purpose was to give the UK Hindus an effective voice on policy matters with the Government of the day whilst enhancing mutual understanding among the major faiths predominant in the UK. Hindu Council UK is itself a non-partisan faith organisation.

Our Work

The work that the Hindu Council UK undertakes falls into two separate but connected categories, viz: the interfaith commitment through the Inter Faith Network of the UK and the review of policies affecting Hindus through a consultation process with the Government of the day.

There are various dialogues among different faiths that occur continuously throughout the year by way of

  • Leaders of all major faiths meet centrally at the Inter Faith Network regularly throughout the year, and
  • Local level inter-dialogue meetings are held throughout the country to promote mutual understanding for a harmonious co-existence.

 

Government Consultation

Along with other major faith councils, Hindu Council UK is invited to consult on Government policy from time to time . The consultation processes take place in agreement with the Inter Faith Network and Hindu Council UK input and feedback from a Hindu point of view. Various Government departments are involved, particularly the Home Office and Department of Trade and Industry. In addition Hindu Council UK is represented at other government related bodies like the Commission for Racial Equality and the new Single Equality Board.

Affiliates

Hindu Council UK represents an amalgamation of various Hindu denominations in the UK through their temple bodies and cultural organisations. In addition community, youth and women organisations are represented.

The Executive

Hindu Council UK’s Executive is comprised as follows:

  • Board of Directors / Trustees
  • General Secretary
  • Executive Chairs and Officers
  • Executive Members

 

 

Non Executive Roles

 

      • Supreme Counsel
      • Committee Representative
        In the main the Executive is comprised of representatives from temples and organisations but individual members who wish to volunteer their services are encouraged to co-opt into roles matched to their skills.

 

      Supreme Counsel is comprised of senior people retiring from the Executive, and Committee Representatives are from various Temples and Cultural Organisations.

 

Communications

Communication is considered to be of the utmost importance and Hindu Council UK’s policy is not to limit itself to its member organisations but to reach every Hindu interested in community service so as to encourage input on legislative and policy matters at the widest scale possible.

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Hinduism

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Hinduism is the predominant religion[3][4] of the Indian subcontinent, and one of its indigenous religions. Hinduism includes ShaivismVaishnavism and Śrautaamong numerous other traditions. It also includes historical groups, for example the Kapalikas. Among other practices and philosophies, Hinduism includes a wide spectrum of laws and

 

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