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Tirkey vs Chandokh - the "Anti-Hindu" Caste Crusade continues

 

Prior to our initial comments below, it would be wise to recall that the British Hindu community is a religious minority here in the UK and that the UK is NOT a "secular" state or country, all religious groups do NOT share protected equality and the proudly evangelical Church of England whose declared goal is the conversion of the indegenous Dharmic people of India and elsewhare, is the Church "established by Law". As such it has powers and influence extending in to every aspect of religious, legal and political life. It would also be worth recalling that 26 Bishops sit in the House of Lords initiating, guiding and scrutinising every piece of legislation which British citizens then abide by. These details may not be known to readers in India but are pertinent to this case. The appointment of the new Archbishop saw the desire to convert non-Christians here in the UK and overseas, trumpeted openly in a manner which would have been impossible in India. Evangelic zeal is the new contribution of Archbishop Welby to our British multi-faith community and it is clear that the British Hindu Community is being targeted.

 

The Tirkey v Chandokh case commenced as a straightforward Employment Tribunal case, a particluarly grave case, but a case of terrible abuse by an employer, of a vulnerable employee and the judgement issued by the Tribunal has found, quite rightly in favour of Ms Tirkey.  As an employment case, the NCHT(UK) would have had no particlular interest nor indeed opinion regarding such a case, the legal process was initiated and would receive the thorough attention of the juduciary and be concluded on the basis of evidence presented.

Noteworthy is that the initial documents presented by Ms Tirkeys Counsel, contain no mention of "Caste discrimination" at all and it wasnt until the Caste issue had been ignited by the evangelicals in Lambeth Palace and become a part of the British legal landscape, that it was subsequently added to the claim. All of a sudden all of the mistreatment alleged by Ms Tirkeys counsel became attributable to the fact that she was Christian and low caste, and her employers were transformed overnight from being terrible employers to being "naturally casteist Hindus".

 

The BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34330986) in covering this case uses the word caste 10 times, even though the judgement states clearly that Ms Tirkey is being awarded this money specifically and clearly as rightfully due to her as wages and NOT as a judgement for religious or race discrimination. The caste brand has become synonomous with "Hindu/Sikh nastiness" and the more it can be mentioned the greater the harm to all Hindus Sikhs and Jains everywhere.

 

There is an English saying "You need hate to hang a Dog" ie prior to killing a dog, you should generate sufficient hate or contempt amongst your neighbours so that when the time comes to deliver the blow, everyone is already prepared to say, without thinking "it was deserved" and Hindus in India and now in Britain have been watching the evangelical movements nurturing of the Caste "anti-brand" at every opportunity, the wholly "Evangelical engineered" anti-hindu brand of "Caste" is being continuously developed and now being regularly applied in any context to do with Indians and Hindus and in this case it has reared its head also.

 

 

The sustained denigration of the global Dharmic community (Hindus Sikhs and Jains) is of paramount importance if the right wing fundamentalist evangelical movement is to recover lost ground in the 1st world and "harvest souls" in the 3rd world. Here in the UK the 3 generations of the British Hindu community had made great steps in dissolving Caste consciousness altogether, by continuously creating such conflict issues, we risk its reappearance. Our deepest concern is that the religious politicisation of employment and equality legislation by Lord Harries ( https://aryalegal.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/call-out-the-christian-churches-on-the-caste-system/ ) and his colleagues will shred already fragile inter-faith dialogue in this country and fuel the flames of fear and suspicion in India, but thats always been core to the evangelical strategy of "divide and rule", so succesfully applied for the best part of 500 years.

 

conversion violence"Christians have always portrayed non-Christian civilizations as backwards, underdeveloped, superstitious, and barbaric. What really underlies all of their criticism is that these cultures do not accept Jesus, the Bible and their western way of life. This is what, in the Christians’ opinion, deems these cultures as needing their help, when in fact the their fervor to destroy any theistic conception other than Christianity or any temple other than a church shows that they are really the ones who are showing the qualities of barbarians." Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who passed away this week.

 

We note that the judgement does not appear to offer any clarity on how it has concluded that Caste exists nor that caste discrimination actually occurred and we await further details to help clarify the evidence issues, specifically with the aspects of discrimination and hope that our assertion that existing British legislation was adequate, will in fact be confirmed, and that the hasty inclusion of the undefined, unevidenced Evangelical concept of "Caste", was itself nothing short of a wholly unnecessary act of "anti Hindu" religious and racial violence.


NCHT UK - AGM 2017 Press Release

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NCHTUK AGM 2017,

Shree Sanatan Mandir, Leicester.

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The AGM held on the 11th June 2017 at Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester, was a great success. I am pleased to report that the meeting was quorate and attended by passionate, committed Hindu Temple leaders and Council members, all very enthusiastic to express their opinions and to pledge their support to the NCHT, the Trustees and the Committee members present. There were no contested nominations and the following office bearers were elected with unanimonus support. They have assumed their roles and are immediately contactable regarding their areas of responsibility.

Executive Committee Members - Office Bearers

1) President Shri Pt Madhu V Shastri, (Omkarananda Mission) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2) Vice President Shri Mangat Rai Sharma (Shree Vishwa Hindu Kendra Temple, Southall)
3) General Secretary Shri. Satish K Sharma, (Shree Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple, Cowley) 0208 123 8272 e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
4) Asst. Secretary Smt. Vasanti Pandya (The Leicestershire Brahma Samaj, Leicester)
5) Treasurer Shri Kulwant R Gautam (Shree Krishan Mandir, Wolverhampton) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6) Asst. Treasurer  Shri Parveen Ralhan (Hindu Cultural Society, Slough)
7) Communications Officer Smt. Devinder K Shastri, (Omkarananda Mission) M: 07717 814357 ,e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Committee Members:                
1) Shri Jagdish Sharma (Shree Geeta Mandir, Birmingham)
2) Shri Jasvant Kalia (Shree Krishan Mandir, Wolverhampton)
3) Shri Pt. Ravi Bhushan (Shree Mahananda Dham, Coventry)
4) Shri Narinder Kumar Kalia (Shree Geeta Mandir, Birmingham)
5) Smt Vibhoothi Acharya (Shree Sanatan Mandir, Leicester)
6) Smt. Rita Sharma (Bhagwati Shakti Peeth, Nottingham)                         
7) Shri Anil Randev    (Shree Bhagwati Shakti Peeth, Nottingham)

Trustees

1) Shri Rashmikant Joshi (Shree Geeta Bhawan, Leicester)
2) Shri. Jashvant R. Chauhan OBE (Shree Sanatan Mandir &Community Centre, Leicester)
3) Shri. Shri Mahesh C. Prasher (Shree Geeta Bhawan, Leicester)
4) Shri. Sudarshan Kumar Bhatia, (Shree Vishwa Hindu Temple, Southall)
5) Shri Yashpal Tara (Swindon Hindu Temple Trust)   

Co-opted Members                           
1) Shri TL Punj (Shree Mahananda Dham, Coventry)
2) Shri Pradeep Bhardwaj (Swindon Hindu Temple Trust)
3) Shri Raman Barber (Shree Sanatan Mandir, Leicester)

NCHT(UK) Youth Group:  

1) Mr Jayesh Shastri
2) Mr Pramod Prasher

The newly appointed office bearers would like to place on record their appreciation of the phenomenal support the members have given to the Charity over the last two years and I would like to extend my personal gratitude to all who participated with the new clearer and more representative election process.  I would also like to thank the delegates and seniors who attended, for their patient tolerance and warm welcome and I hope to be able to meet with you all again in the very near future.

Finally we would like to thank the Executive and the Sangat of the Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester, for hosting the event and for their unflinching support for the NCHT UK, its mission and its newly appointed Team. More reports and pictures will be posted very soon.

Kind regards

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Shri Satish K Sharma,

General Secretary

www.nchtuk.org

 

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Hindu Sikh & Jain response to the Caste Legislation

 

Dr Jasdev Singh Rai

(British Sikh Consultative Forum)

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Shr Satish K Sharma, General Secretary, 

(National Council of Hindu Temples UK)

 

present the conclusions of their three years of research into the mischievous

Lord Harris Caste Amendment

 

 

 

Hindu Sikhs & Jains - United against Colonial attitude behind the

"anti multi faith" Lord Harries Caste Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Swamy Blesses Hindu Sikh Unity with Visit to London Gurudwara

Dr Subramanian Swamy takes UK by Storm

Hindus come of "Political" Age in the UK

 

One of the most high profile Indian politicians, anti-Corruption crusader come champion of the people, Dr Subramanian Swamy, arrived in London flying on the winds of great expectations and anticipation. A series of events organised by the National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHTUK) called ‘Dharma Rising’, gave oxygen to the masses to engage in productive, positive debate reflecting upon issues ranging from interfaith dialogue, relationships between India and the UK, the British General Election and the Indian Diaspora.

The series of events took place at venues from London, Slough and Birmingham. In a dramatic gesture of goodwill between the Hindu and Sikh community, Dr Swamy became the first Indian politician to be welcomed in any Gurdwara in the West since 1984. This was a truly inspirational coming together of the Dharmic communities since the Congress governments' "Operation Blue Star" storming of the Sri Harmandar Sahib, also known as the ‘Golden Temple’.

Commenting on this momentous event one of the Sikh community leaders Jasdev Singh said, ‘It was an honour and a privilege to be the conduit to foster this incredible bridging dialogue between the British Hindu and Sikh communities. The discussions were frank and honest. Dr Swamy showed why he is known as a man of principle. He understood the concerns of the Sikh community and gave undertakings to take the matter up directly with the Indian Government. It was an icebreaker and in one meeting Dr Swamy and the leaders of the Sikh Gurdwaras and Hindu Temples were able to achieve more progress than has happened in the past 30 years’.

Satish K Sharma the General Secretary of the NCHTUK added, ‘The events of 1984 have been traumatic for the people of India and all Dharmic faith communities, with completely innocent Hindu and Sikh lives lost. In what can be described as a gesture of fostering peace and harmony by the Sikh community in the UK, the visit of Dr Swamy to the Hounslow Gurudwara may well become the very foundation of moving forward on seeking justice and reparations for what took place in 1984. I applaud the British Sikh community for their openness and for taking this step no matter how hard, for the very welfare and well being of all Dharmic communities’.

The "Dharma Rising" events kicked off on 4th April at the Sant Nirankari Bhavan Hall in Wednesbury. Dr Swamy was joined by Dr Gautam Sen a leading commentator on economics and international affairs, and ably supported by Dr Koenraad Elst a leading international Orientalist.

Shri Rajiv Malhotra, bestselling author of Breaking India, Being Different and Indra's Net, joined the event live from the USA via video conferencing to great excitement by the audience.

The main event was on 5th April at the Dhamecha Hall in Harrow which was followed by the very first ‘Dharma Rakshak Awards’ VIP dinner. The ‘Dharma Rakshak’ awards are conferred on those individuals who courageously stand for human rights above all other rights, often facing challenges from within their own communities, and who also fearlessly confront their own prejudices and beliefs. The first recipients of these prestigious awards are:

Bob Blackman MP: Conservative British Politician who championed Hindu and Kashmiri issues fearlessly and is a confirmed friend of India.

Dr Sheikh Muhammad A Husseini: for fearless Religious Debate.

Dr Koenraad Elst: for excellence in Academic research.

Hindu Human Rights Team: for grassroots Activism in the UK.

Kapil Dudakia: for robust socio-political commentary in the Media.


The British Hindu Manifesto was also launched in collaboration with the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) and other leading organisations. In discussions with Dr Swamy, the Sikh community and the Hindu community, it became clear that the issue of the 'Caste Legislation’ will become the dividing line between the political parties in the coming elections. It was unanimously agreed by all taking part that the Caste legislation must be repealed and that every Party leader will be asked to confirm their position. The Hindu, Sikh & Jain communities denounce the legislation as divisive and regressive. The legislation is ill-conceived and not established in fact, sound research or evidence. It’s bad law, orchestrated and dogmatically pursued by the Labour Party. Trupti Patel the President of the HFB said ‘The NCHTUK have to be commended for this series of very informative and enlightening events. It has given impetus to the launch of the British Hindu Manifesto, in collaboration with the NCHT. The manifesto details ten points and we will ask every Party leader to confirm their exact positions. The Hindu community have come of age; they will make a difference in GE2015’.

In what was described as a scintillating, robust and informative presentation, Kapil Dudakia a lead Columnist and commentator on political issues talked about the ‘Political Hindu’. He left the audience in no doubt as the fundamentals of what affects the Hindu community were brought into sharp focus. Commenting after his talk he said, ‘It’s vitally important that the often double speak of the politician is exposed. The Westminster village often ignores the voters, but they all too often ignore our community completely. I wanted to bring out a few issues to distil fact from fiction with verifiable evidence. I am thrilled that so many in the audience picked up on the issues and one hopes this energy will spread’.

The last word goes to Dr Subramanian Swamy who said "Britain is a country which brings back for me pleasant memories of my six months stay during the Emergency in 1976, and I like to see the mix of cultures, faiths, languages and much much more.  My best wishes to the British Hindu people that they will further integrate into the very fabric of British democratic society.  The British Hindu community in particular has already adjusted in this very well and it is important that their contributions are fully recognised, as their capacity to enhance community cohesion by way of the value system they bring to the table.  I am very happy to be in the UK again and look forward to being back in the future."

For further details :=

Satish K Sharma

General Secretary

Tel:-     0208 123 8272,

Email:-   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web:-     www.nchtuk.org

Notes:

Dharma:   The concept of Dharma is not yet clear in the British Mind (Hindu or otherwise) and we wish for this to change. The concept of Dharma proposes that there is a natural order for all of life to co-exist which leads to the harmonious evolution of all creatures and all souls. This natural order permits all of life to grow and expand and live ebulliently and ecstatically whilst supporting all of the interconnections of all creatures. The cultural habits of Hindus have developed in accordance with this order and this is why Hindus the world over have no difficulty in integrating, being successful and thriving irrespective of which nation they live in.

Dharma Rakshak:    in the awards context means  ‘Protector of Righteousness and Civic Harmony’

British Hindu Manifesto:     Launched on 5th April 2015. Further details on our website.

Oxford University cancels Dr Swamy And Malhotra Lecture

Oxford University bars

Dr Subramanian Swamy & Rajiv Malhotra -

Cancels lecture on "Indias Economy" & "Revisionist History"

 

The Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

 

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 ‘We are stunned that a leading British University that should be championing free speech and freedom of thought, has taken such a cowardly decision. We cannot allow the appeasement of extremists to stifle cherished values and I fear this decision will reflect very badly on Oxford University and their much publicised "free rigourous thinking" credentials." Satish K Sharma, General Secretary, National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)

 

Following a series of meetings between prominent and influential members of Oxford University's academic faculty and members of the Oxford India Society, on Friday 20th a decision was taken to cancel the above lecture, citing "logistical and internal issues".  We have asked for further clarification as to the reasons and justification and await clarification. In light of this very significant development, Shri Rajiv Malhotraji who had been battling health issues to ensure his participation at the events, has now bowed to his physicians recommendation not to travel, and will be participating fully in all of the remaining events by live video conference. Dr Subramanian Swamy remains undeterred and unsurprised and will be present and will join the other speakers at the remaining events as planned.  

From this surprising cancellation, effectively banning Dr Swamy and Shri Malhotra from ois 5 smlspeaking at Oxford University, we might reasonably conclude that the faculty of Oxford University, tasked with the responsibility of educating young impressionable minds, are incapable of communicating by personal example, the fundamental need for observance and protection of Human rights, especially the right to Freedom of Speech. A statistical review of who has been barred and who has been welcomed may reveal an uncomfortable correlation and point to a persistent phenomenon concerning the clarity of vision and "discrimination-free" credentials of the senior members of the Oxford Academic Faculty, particularly it would seem when the rights being trampled underfoot are those of "brown skinned Hindus". It must be asked whether we are to conclude that in Oxford, Hindus are most welcome as long as they adhere to and preserve the underlying subliminal "colonial Christian supremacist" ideology and contribute generously to the coffers of "EuroCentric perspective fixated" colleges. The evidence before us may indicate that when this dominant theme and the western world view is challenged by any academic Hindu of stature- unfettered racism and religious discrimination seem to arise and completely obscure the otherwise pristine vision of the principles of "freedom of speech". Is this merely the latest expression of a residual bigoted, deeply anti Hindu strand of the colonial psyche, a psyche which has overseen the destruction of all other indigenous religions and cultures and now appears to have its focus on India and Hindus?

Oxford University's reputation as a bastion of unemotional reasoning coupled with fearless, rigorous academic interrogation has suffered a possibly mortal blow, and as for being the pinnacle of learning and wisdom and guidance on the application of these highest human values in times of turmoil, those Oxford University's faculty members responsible for this decision risk tumbling to join the ranks of closet religious bigots and racists such as Wendy Doniger and her ilk; peddlers of simply old fashioned white supremacist rhetoric masquerading as erudition.Recent persons welcomed to speak or given a platform at Oxford University include Marine Le Pen, Wendy Doniger, Tony Blair of WMD fame, Gerry Adams, David Irving - Holocaust denier, Dr Zakir Naik - Extremist Muslim preacher.

gandhi speak truth oxOnly two weeks ago a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in Parliament Square as a celebration of the triumph of the Truth and the power of "Freedom of Speech" over prejudice and racist, colonial oppression and as an act of tacit recognition that the British oppression of the Indian, predominantly Hindu, nation was a gross crime against humanity. The very same Mahatma Gandhi ji stated  "Many People, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth for being correct, for being you. Never apologise for being correct or for being years ahead of your time, If you are right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one the truth is still the Truth"

It would appear that it may take another 50 years for the Mahatma's message to travel from Parliament Square to the hallucinating spires of Oxford University. Until then - freedom of Speech RIP.... brings back fond memories of the old notices declaring "Hindus, Irish and Dogs - not allowed".

 

All other events will be proceeding as planned!

 

Comments in the petition supporting the Lecture... all of which appear to have fallen upon deaf ears..

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 On a final note......limitspeechchoamsky

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Satishji ( General Secretary) on 07711 245000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Madhuji (Communications Officer) on 07763 178628, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hindu "Leadership" Conference - Update

The British Hindu "Leadership" Conference - 11th January 2015

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Leicester

 

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The Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre in Leicester played host to a gathering of the UK's Hindu organisations on Sunday 11th January.

The meeting had been convened as a result of a discussion which occurred immediately after the hugely dissatisfactory IFN AGM. NCHTUK General Secretary Satish K Sharma expressed dismay that the "same old faces" had managed to secure their seats on the Executive without due consideration by the Hindu British Community and that since their effectiveness had been questioned many times in the preceding 12 months, this was unacceptable. This was a sentiment accepted by the other Hindu representatives on the day and Dr Girdhari Bhan agreed to call a meeting of all of the British Hindu leadership to discuss and consider these isssues.

Invitations had been sent to all of the prominent Hindu individuals and organisations and the day saw delegates invited converging upon Leicester from as far as Liverpool and London and we are delighted to report that the day was filled with robust and passionate debate, discussions and decisions. Present were the VHP, the NCHTUK executive, the Hindu Forum of Europe, the National Hindu Students Forum, the Hindu Forum of Britain, the HCUK (recently engaged!) the Nepali Hindu Forum, Prajapati Association, British Hindu Voice/Coalition for Dialogue, Hindu Lawyers Association, Shri Kapil Dudakia, Dr Prakash Shah and other prominent Hindu individuals and organisations.

The agenda is below and details of the minutes of the meetings will no doubt be produced and circulated in due course but the key issues and outcomes of the discussions were the passing of the following important resolutions:

Resolution 1) the Meeting resolved that no sampradaya had the mandate to represent the British Hindu Community on any national body (this was overwhelmingly passed after detailed discussion about for example, the "single Sampradaya bias" in the Hinduism RE Text books which suggested that Sanatan Dharma was merely 400 years old - (the age of the Sampradaya in question) and the recent suggestion by one of the Sampradayas that British Hindus would consider being "compassionately evangelised" by Christian conversionaries !

Resolution 2) the Meeting had no confidence in the existing longstanding Hindu members of the IFN and that they should be either replaced or asked to step down.
Resolution 3) the Meeting had no confidence in the longstanding members of the HCF who it was felt had let the Hindu Community down especially with regard to the Caste issue, and that they should be either replaced or asked to step down immediately.
Resolution 4) the Meeting resolved to support the Yezidi community as members of the Hindu family.

 

Agenda:group 2

Session I: 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Evolving an effective ‘Hindu Voice’ – Introduction
3. Organisations and Individuals
a)Develop a common forum to deal with issues
b)Subscribe to a Code of Conduct
c)Public Statements on behalf of British Hindus
d)Mechanisms for nominating Hindus as representatives to various bodies
e)Issues to be taken up: which / when / how
f)How prompt and comprehensive feedback from meetings of these should be given, and to whom Bhojan
 Session II: 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
4.Current Issues:
a)Role of the Interfaith Network UK
b)Role of the Hindu Christian Forum UK
c)The issue of ‘Caste’ and the Hindus
d)The issue of ‘Religion and Belief Commission UK’
5.Any Other Matter to be discussed
6.Conclusion

Sincere Gratitude was expressed to the hosts and the Karyakarta's for providing refreshing lunch and refreshments in abundance.

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