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"Dharma Rising" Caste Legislation Revisted

 

 

**UPDATE - 2ND SEPTEMBER 2016**

PM Theresa May Announces Caste Legislation review

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"Dharma Rising"

 

The Caste Amendment revisited ....

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The British Board of Hindu Scholars presents the results of a 2 year research project into the concept of Caste - the work the EHRC have never done but should have, the work that NIESR neglected to do, the work that the British Government have still not done. Some of the questions we have asked :

  • Why did Labour blindly discard its loyal British Hindu votebank in pushing unfair, "hate based", ill-defined, mediocre quality legislation, and has their position changed?
  • In the light of the Governments' new policy position on Hate Crimes - how does this legislative process measure up?
  • Why hasn't the Government repealed this malicious discriminatory legislation, as promised? Are there still Judicial or Political impediments to overcome?
  • Who has really benefitted from tarnishing the faultless "British Hindu reputation" and what motives could they have?
  • What has been the ACTUAL impact of imposing Caste identities elsewhere, has it helped those superciliously and demeaningly labled as somehow "lower"  - the research is presented.

Join the most influential Hindu scholars and leaders, from India, the US and the UK, to explore answers, and to map our own journey BACK to a "Caste" free future. A future where such divisive, malicious legislation, initiated by institutions themselves riddled with racism, sexism and allegations of institutional bullying and abuse, is instantly recognised as corrosive mischievous adventurism, designed specifically to destroy community cohesion, harmony and long standing friendships.    

To set the scene, what do Dalits who haven't been groomed by evangelical missionaries have to say .... Sandeep Dedage is Director, Hindu Education Foundation USA and has been actively working on curriculum reforms in California textbooks says -

 

"Hinduism and Indian Civilization belongs to Dalits and “lower castes” as much as it belongs to any other community. In fact, it belongs to us even more. If you erase Indian civilization and Hinduism, you erase us too. Dont use Caste to erase my civilisation"

 

click here to read his Huffington Post article.

 

In the meantime, for all of those innocent Hindus

who have been feeling guilty

about the well publicised "Hindu Caste System" for the last 60 years or more,

here's something to mull over.... 

 

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The event is by registration and invitation only so please do register by facebook or by email to

hatecrime @ nchtuk.org asap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NCHT(UK) Caste Legislation Report Launch

 The long awaited NCHT(UK) report revealing how an atmosphere of hatred of Hindus was created in the UK, how the ideology of Caste was nurtured as an anti-Hindu "hate brand" by the Anglican church, how the Dalits were created by the British Criminal Tribes Act of Parliament of 1871 .... and above all, how the lie that to "be an indian was to belong to a caste" was repeated until it became an assumed truth .... and more...

Thanks to Dr Swamy for his unfailing support

 

 

The Background to the Caste Report and the Fostering of HinduOdium - Hatred of Hindus

 

 

This report has been entirely researched and produced by volunteers of the NCHT(UK). This project has been supported by small private donations from well-wishers from all religious traditions who are committed to seeing the scourge of caste consciousness erased from the global mind.

We are printing copies of this publication in English, Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi for FREE distribution to Parliamentarians, Legislators, Temples, Schools and InterFaith bodies and would be grateful for your support in raising the funds necessary to do this. Please note that your donations to the NCHT(UK) are 100% used on project costs - all members of the team are volunteers dedicated to the protection, preservation and proliferation of Dharmic Knowledge.

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PLEASE HELP US TO REVERSE A 250 YEAR OLD

GLOBAL HATE CRIME AGAINST HINDUS,

A CRIME WHICH IS STILL CREATING VICTIMS TODAY

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**Kashmir - Parliamentary Debate**

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 NCHT UK Supporting the Kashmiri Hindus

 

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Attending the debate was Satish K Sharma, the General Secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples.  He commented, “Even though MP David Wards’ motivation in calling for the debate may have been unsound and biased, the Hindu community of the UK is indebted to him for helping to bring the issue of the genocide of the Kashmiri Hindus at the hands of Pakistani Muslim terrorists, on to the national and international stage.   Bob Blackman MP and Paul Uppal MP and other members of the Government benches presented compelling, well researched arguments and the Hindu community of the UK should appreciate their contribution”.   Mr Sharma went on to say “I was  pleased that even Labour MP’s Bob Gardiner and Virendra Sharma were clear in stating that the State sponsored Pakistani Muslim campaign of terror could no longer be ignored and that British citizens of Pakistani Muslim origin should not be using this subject to ferment hatred and divisions here in the UK”

 

MP's giving a resounding vote of support for Kashmiri Pandits,

the Indian Government and the Indian Army.

 

Bob Blackman MP spelling out the realities of Ethnic Cleansing by Pakistani Muslim terrorists..

Barry Gardiner MP Lecturing David Ward MP

Virendra Sharma MP - Deeply disappointed with the bias in the debate

Paul Uppal MP, "Have more faith in the Indian Government"

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All Pro India Supporters of the Kashmiri Hindu Position in a single clip

 

 

... and finally, David Ward MP - before and after.

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And if you really want to know the true source of the problems in Kashmir..

no-one spells it out better than Dr Christine Fair..

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Some of the Kashmiri Hindus campaign team and wellwishers, after the Historical debate

Developing the Hindu Christian Relationship

 

 

Posted as registered letter to Pope Francis on 10th  December 2013 from Puducherry, India

 

Respected Holy Father,

Great hope for a positive change in the Catholic Church is pinned on the Pontificate of your Holiness and recent statements indicate that this hope may not be misplaced. The future, your Holiness said in November 2013, is in the respectful coexistence of diversity and in the fundamental right to religious freedom in all its dimensions, and not in muting the different voices of religion.

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This statement makes eminent sense and would need to be implemented by all who presently do not subscribe to a respectful coexistence of diversity in regard to religions. However, I sense (wrongly maybe) that it is a plea for other religions to respect Christianity, rather than a commitment by the Church to respect other religions. To be precise, since Christians are occasionally persecuted in Islamic countries, it seems to be an appeal to ‘live and let live’ between the two biggest religions on earth.

 

Your Holiness is aware that both, Christianity and Islam, claim to be the only true religion and their God, respectively Allah alone is true. Both religions further hold that all people on earth have to accept this claim and join their particular religion to be saved and reach heaven or paradise. Both give a serious warning to those who don’t join: they will land up eternally in hell. These claims of exclusiveness are made without any evidence whatsoever, apart from the fact that the claims contradict each other, as both cannot be true. They require blind belief, and as blind, unreasonable belief is not natural for human beings, for many centuries it was enforced with state power and indoctrinated right from childhood with the fear of hell as the boogeyman.

May I ask Your Holiness to ponder how the respectful coexistence of diversity and the fundamental right to religious freedom is possible as long as these claims of exclusiveness are in place? Were these claims originally made to gain political power or were they made in the interest of the spiritual welfare of humanity? And may I also ask whether Your Holiness personally believes in these claims?

I trust that privately, Your Holiness does not believe in them, as media reported your statement that good atheists also will be redeemed. In other words, they won’t go automatically to hell. However, the Vatican took pains to clarify that Your Holiness did not mean it. Even my mother, 95 and a staunch Catholic all her life, expressed dismay that a perfectly sensible statement by the Pope was watered down.

Your Holiness may feel compelled for worldly reasons to stick to the claim of exclusiveness as dropping it would entail wrapping up all conversion attempts and in the process lose power, wealth and influence. Further there may be fear that other Christian denominations will not go along and will gain an advantage over the Catholic Church. Still another worry may be that Islam will not drop the claim of exclusiveness and will push aggressively for conversion.

However, the Catholic Church was the first institution to put up this baseless claim, which has brought unspeakable disaster upon humankind. From this claim the Church derived not only the ‘right’, but the ‘duty’ to storm across the globe and impose forcefully her ‘belief system’ – in Europe, in the Americas and in Africa and now in Asia. It was no doubt an ingenious ploy to claim that God wants everyone to become Christian. . Mark Twain famously said, “Religion was born when the first con-man met the first fool”. I would change it, “Dogmatic religion was born when ….”.

Some centuries later, Islam followed suit, claiming that Allah wants everyone to accept Islam, and we all know the violent conflicts resulting from those unsubstantiated claims. Since the Catholic Church started this disastrous trend, she needs to reverse it. The welfare of humanity as a whole has to be the concern and not the welfare of a religious institution. Hopefully Your Holiness has the courage to make a real, clear change for the better and will not fall for hairsplitting theological arguments, like ‘redemption is possible but not salvation’, etc.

Most Christians especially in Europe don’t believe anymore in unreasonable claims. The sad thing is that together with the dogmas, many reject belief in God altogether. They have not learnt to listen to their conscience and to enquire into truth, as the Church has played the role of the conscience- and truth-keeper for too long. The consequences for our societies are there for everyone to see.

However, many Christians do start pondering and believe in a ‘great power’, but not in the Christian God. For example, when I asked some fifty Christians in Germany whether they believe that Hindus who heard about Jesus Christ, but do not convert, will go to hell, nobody said yes. Even a priest said no. And not a single German I met was in favour of missionary activity in India. Yet Pope John Paul II declared in India the intention of the Church to plant the cross in Asia in the new millennium and considered India as a field for a rich harvest, which goes completely against ‘respectful coexistence’.

I live in India since 33 years and can assert with full confidence that India has no need of Christian missionaries, and yet huge sums of money are being pumped in to lure converts with material benefits and to build churches. I am aware that Your Holiness is responsible only for Catholics and not for the myriad of other Christian denominations that prey on poor Hindus, but if the Catholic Church made a start of truly respecting Hindus, it would have a big impact.Maria Wirth sml

Maybe Your Holiness is under the impression that Hinduism is a depraved religion and Hindus would do well to accept the Christian God instead of their multiple gods. Such an impression would be completely wrong. There is no other religion that is –unjustly – denigrated as badly as Hinduism. Sorry to say that Christian (including Catholic) missionaries are in the forefront of this vilification campaign. Few people in the west know how profound India’s ancient tradition is. A solid philosophical basis for our existence and helpful tenets for a fulfilling, meaningful life had been known in India long before ‘religions’, as we know them today, came into being. The only addition Christianity brought in anew, are unverifiable dogmas that cannot possibly have a bearing on the absolute Truth. Can an event in history impact the absolute Truth? Will Truth make a distinction between people who are baptized and those who are not? “There is no salvation outside the Church” is, and I may be excused for using strong language, ridiculous.

The Indian rishis had discovered ages ago that an all-pervading Presence is at the core of this universe, indescribable, but best described as absolute consciousness. Further, the Hindu law of karma preceded the Christian dictum “as you sow so you reap’. A Council stopped Christians from believing in rebirth which would explain many riddles that trouble them, for example why there is great injustice already at birth? The advantage of having a perfect person as a friend and guide on the spiritual path was known in India, but till some 2000 years ago nobody claimed that ‘only’ Krishna or ‘only’ Ram or ‘only’ Buddha can lead to salvation and that whoever does not believe it, goes to hell. “Truth is One, the wise call it by many names”, the Indian rishis declared and listed different names of gods. That was at a time, when Christianity was nowhere in sight. Surely they would have included ‘God’ as another name and Jesus as an avatar, not expecting to be backstabbed by followers of “God” declaring: “Truth is one and must be called only by one name and is fully revealed only in one book.”

The multiple gods in Hinduism are personified powers that help to access the formless, nameless Presence that is in all of us. Christians in India are told that Hindu gods are devils. At the same time, Christianity tries to revive (possibly inspired by Hinduism) belief in angels, as devotion for the Invisible is easier by focusing on images.

Hinduism is not a belief system. It is a knowledge system. It is a genuine enquiry into what is true about us and the world. Hindus are not required to believe anything that does not make sense and can never be verified. There is complete freedom. Yes, most believe in rebirth, which makes sense. Most believe in an all pervading Brahman (many other names are in use) that is also in humans. Most believe that this divine essence can be experienced in oneself, if the person purifies herself by certain disciplines coupled with devotion. This belief is verifiable. It is not blind. There were many Rishis who realized their oneness with Brahman. In Christianity, too, there were mystics who experienced oneness with the Divine like Meister Eckhart did. Sadly, he was excommunicated by the Church. Why is the Church resisting scientific insight that there is some mystery essence in everything? And why is it difficult to accept that in the long, long history of humanity, there were several, not only one, outstanding personalities who showed the way to the truth?

Holy Father, I request you in all sincerity to be such an outstanding personality who guides his followers on a path of expansion, and does not straight-jacket them into an unbelievable belief system, which among others demands converting Hindus to Christianity. Your Holiness is venerated as the representative of the Highest Power in this universe by over a billion of Catholics. Many of your predecessors were not worthy of this veneration. Utmost truthfulness and integrity are required. Calculations about worldly power must not come in the way. The Catholic Church surely would benefit, not lose out, if it honors Truth and gives up its claim that there is no salvation outside the Church. Truth cannot be cheated; neither can it be contained in a book. Truth is what we basically are. Hindus, whose religion is universal and all-encompassing, respect diverse traditions. They are one of the most cultured, gentle and peace-loving people on earth who live and let live, unless greatly provoked.

Holy Father, if you are serious about respecting other religions, the claim of exclusiveness must be scrapped and Hindus who have given to the world a deep philosophy and a great culture, must be respected. Many of us look forward to hearing truly good news from the Catholic Church under your stewardship. The main issue that plagues the Church is not whether women should be priests or whether divorcees can take Holy Communion .The main issue is the unfounded claim of exclusiveness regarding ‘salvation’. It divides humanity into us who are right and saved, versus them who are wrong and damned. Kindly drop this harmful claim and make your Pontificate truly memorable and beneficial for all humanity.

Yours Sincerely

Maria Wirth

Posted as registered letter to Pope Francis on 10th  December 2013 from Puducherry, India

The NCHT UK 2013 review

2013 was an extraordinary year for British Hindus and especially for the NCHT UK. With the blessings of elders and the phenomenal support of the members Temples, the NCHT UK team were able to confidently proceed to reestablish the Council as the champion and prime voice of the British Hindu Temple Community.

It is again recognised as the seniormost Hindu grass roots organisation, born out of the grass roots Temple Community's and actively nurturing and guiding the evolution of Sanatan Dharma in the United Kingdom.

There were many occasions where we were able to carry the torch for Sanatan Dharma but the three most significant events were probably representing the Hindu Dharma at the Cenotaph where Satishji was able to say Shardanjali for the 70,000 Indian soldiers who gave their lives in the two world wars, Rashmikantji's meeting the Prime Minister at the Downing Street Diwali celebration and finally the invitation to  Buckingham Palace where Satishji was able to present Prince William with a copy of the MahaRamayana. Also worthy of mention was Arunji's stirring speech at the House of Commons at the immensely successful Gita Jayanti Utsav, where he gave all Hindus a wonderful message with which to build our Seva in 2014. Here are a few pictures.

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The Council continues to be active in seeking ways to help the Temples to become strong and stable and to flourish and recently we were able to share a wonderful success with the Adhya Shakti Mandir in Cowlley, who had been on the receiving end of relentless hostility from the local planners. We were able to support their appeals and our Madhuji even presented our objections and appeals directly to Eric Pickles at one of the Depts other events! Within a matter of weeks eveyones efforts came together and our dear Jashwant Maichaji was able to announce that the appeals had been successful and the Temple could now proceed to develop as hoped for. When Hindus come together - all of Sansaar moves forward!

One of the most exciting developments has been the new website, launched in January 2013 with the hope that 50,000 hits in the first year would be a great start. As you can see from the visitor counter the site exceeded all of our expections with 249,000 hits at the end of the year! We have had visitors from all over the world, from China, Lithuania and even Iceland!

The next year will see us building on the grass roots network even further at one end and pressing the cause of British Sanatan Dharma to Government and the wider British public. On behalf of the Executive Committee and Trustees, I thank all of our member temples and volunteers for their support and contribution. Also we thank all of the new Temples and organisations who have joined us this past year and invite all Temples who are not yet members to add their wisdom and strength to the team. This year will be a pivotal one for Dharma globally and we welcome all participation with open arms. 

Here's a selection of some of the other activities and events  - please keep revisiting this page as more is being loaded as we speak - and thank you for your support.

 

Satish K Sharma, General Secretary

 

 

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BBHS Launches

"What an amazing event.... So much to absorb and a genuine REAL contribution to British Hindu life - Good luck"

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On Thursday 3rd July Committee room 14 was filled to capacity, with a further dozen Hindus happy to stand at the back, as the Hindu Temples’ community celebrated 35 years of Hindu service to the religious life of the United Kingdom . “The full hall is proof of how important the BBHS is” commented Pt Madhu V Shastri, Communications Officer of the NCHTUK “.. .and with attendees coming from as far as Newcastle, also shows how much support this NCHT project has from the Hindu grass roots”.

At a time when the world is beginning to increasingly appreciate the beauty and depth of perception of Indias academic and intellectual heritage, the NCHT UK has established the Board to help meet this specific need.  Following an inspiring launch, please join us to help publicise the BBHS in a manner befitting the oldest academic tradition known to the modern world. 

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National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) celebrates 35 years of service and launches the British Board of Hindu Scholars at the House of Commons.

On Thursday 3rd July Committee room 14 was filled to capacity, with a further dozen Hindus happy to stand at the back, as the Hindu Temples’ community celebrated 35 years of Hindu service to the religious life of the United Kingdom . “The full hall is proof of how important the BBHS is” commented Pt Madhu V Shastri, Communications Officer of the NCHTUK “.. .and with attendees coming from as far as Newcastle, also shows how much support this NCHT project has from the Hindu grass roots”.

For over 35 years the members of the Council of the NCHTUK, have been steadily and with gentle determination helping the grass roots Hindu Temple communities to evolve and to find a voice and the current members of the Council seem to be continuing this honourable tradition. The current team of volunteers, led by Cllr Shri Rashmikant Joshi and comprised of the senior executives of over 30 temples, continues to forge ahead with a vision worthy of what is being recognised as the leading national British Hindu organisation.

 

“If you do the work, the results will come and we are just getting one with what our member Temples have confirmed needs to happen ” commented Satish K Sharma, General Secretary of the NCHTUK. “One thing is absolutely certain, Sanatan Dharma, the oldest and most harmonious of all paths to Divinity, needs a contemporary voice here in the UK, and so the NCHTUK has established the British Board of Hindu Scholars and we hope it will develop into the premier source of academically sound religious guidance on all matters pertaining to Hinduism. ”

 

The launch at the House of Commons was hosted by Conservative MP Alok Sharma and supported by Conservative MP Bob Blackman who is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hindus. “I’m proud to be British and proud to be a Hindu, especially today when our ancient tradition of Scholarship is being promoted” said the Alok Sharma, MP for Reading . . Mr Blackman a well known staunch supporter of British Hindus in his own constituency and nationally, commented on how important it was for this element of Hindu traditions to also become a part of the British academic and religious scene. Noticeable by their absence were the Labour MPS with not a single one attending, even the Hindu ones such as Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing and Seema Malhotra MP. Congratulations and messages of support were received from Sailesh Vara, Minister for Justice and Baroness Verma, Minister of Energy and many other international wellwishers.

 

News of the BBHS has spread far and wide and over a hundred messages of good will had been received from every corner f the world not least from India itself. Good wishes for the initiative from India came in the person of Col Pravat Panda, a recipient of the Indian Armies’ Gallantry Medal and member of the BJP National Executive, who flew all the way from India to be Guest of Honour and keynote speaker at the event. “Its well known that the ancient Hindu sages gave the world the gifts of their scholarship, gifts like Yoga, the decimal system and mathematics and its wonderful to see that a new generation of young British Hindus are so involved and are now going to be adding their voice to this work. It’s important that people have pride in both their nation and their religion and I’m proud to say that I am a Hindu Indian Nationalist. Hindu’s in this country should be proud to be British Hindus and also proud of their achievements all over the world as well. Their achievements are the product of their culture and I am very proud to see that the BBHS has been launched and can assure everyone that it has the blessings of Hindu’s in India, including those at the highest levels”

 

Also in attendance were members of Sikh, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths and other representatives of the multi faith community and their feedback was also very appreciative and encouraging. “It was a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon from beginning to end (though I had to leave before the end, just after the passionate speech on the environment). You kept the programme moving very well and there was a lot of variety in the presentations, questions etc. I thought the poem was beautiful and the young man (Vivek) was stimulating and very clear. All the presentations were thought provoking in different ways, including Satish’s! The audience participated in a very lively way too! So thanks very much again and I look forward to what comes next from the group.” commented a senior member of the Church of Englands Evangelical tradition.

 

“Hindu Scholars have a unique contribution to make and as has been said by so many, the consistently peaceful, harmonious Hindu communities in every corner of the globe are not freaks of nature, they are products of the deepest wisest understandings and non-Hindus who are genuinely interested in learning why and how they can exist in this gentle successful manner, would do well to study the Hindu scholars and their scriptures” said Satish K Sharma, Chair of the BBHS.

Videos and pictures of the launch will be appearing on the BBHS (www.bbhs.nchtuk.org) website and the NCHTUK website (www.nchtuk.org) or directly from event

 

 

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