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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.

NCHTUK 2013 in 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"

(Ms S Dhokia)

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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

 

 

Questions from the HCF to Archbishop Welby

 

National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)

Submission to Hindu Christian Forum for communication to

the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

Question 1

Conversion - If British Hindus, and presumably other faiths as well, cannot rely upon you to adhere to your own globally presented commandment “Thou shalt not covet”, please share with us how you expect us to trust you in our lives, temples and homes whilst you covet our children and seek to deprive us of the continuation of our millennia old spiritual beliefs and practices?

Question 2

Caste Legislation - If British Hindus, and presumably other faiths as well, cannot rely upon you to adhere to your own globally presented commandment “Thou shalt not bear false witness”, on what basis do we interact with you henceforth and how do we assess the sanctity of your word? Please explain this to us, it is beyond our comprehension but of critical importance to our Forum and Community and mutual well being.

Background information

Prejudice is defined as follows:-

  • An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts
  • Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
  • An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.

Supremacism is defined as follows:-

The belief that a particular race, species, ethnic group, religion, gender, sexual orientation, class, belief system or culture is superior to others and entitles those who identify with it to dominate, control or rule those who do not.

For an organisation to engage in Conversion, its is a pre requisite for its adherents to believe in the superiority of its own beliefs, even before the religious tenets and foundations of the target religion have been reasonably assessed and considered with an impartial, unjaundiced, rational perspective.  In the past the Church has been rightly accused and found guilty of “contempt prior to investigation” and it has been our hope that this medieval attitude has been left behind.

The Church is actively engaged in converting Hindu children from Hinduism to Christianity against the wishes of the Hindu Community.  It is therefore clear that the Church believes in the superiority of its doctrine and knows little about the Hindu religion and could therefore justifiably be labelled as being both Prejudiced and Supremacist.

Whilst your organisation seeks to alienate our children from their heritage and ancestral connections, to deprive them of the benefit of their social, cultural and spiritual traditions, how can we welcome you and trust you in our homes and amongst our family members?

Integrity requires consistency of thought word and deed. If your thoughts are dominated with the urge to convert, and yet your words speak of friendship, and your actions promote conversion, there appears to be a complete lack of integrity. Isn’t the projection of friendship and dialogue completely duplicitous, whilst covertly, one party seeks to harm the other party?

Please share with us how you expect us to trust you in our lives, temples and homes whilst you covet our children and seek to deprive us of the continuation of our millennia old spiritual beliefs and practices?

The Caste Amendment introduced by Lord Harries was an extraordinary opportunity for the Church to demonstrate its commitment to the teachings of Christ and at the same time demonstrate that there was a genuine desire to promote the common good in the Inter Faith arena.

As we are all aware, the Lords misrepresented the NIESR reports’ clear findings that Caste based prejudice exists overwhelmingly amongst a small contingent of the SIKH community, manipulating the debate with a string of Peers denigrating and vilifying the Hindu religion and British Hindu community. It has now been conclusively established that the data presented by Bishop Lord Harries was false, that there are not 480,000 Dalits in this country (perhaps 15,000), that 50% of British Hindus are not perpetrating caste prejudice upon their Hindu brothers and sisters, and that the wave of vilification of all things Hindu which has accompanied the Caste Consultation, has no basis whatsoever, neither in fact nor in the sacred scriptures of Hindu Dharma.

With this action, Lord Harries acted in a manner which was contrary to the interests of the British Hindu Community, contrary to the spirit of InterFaith and MultiFaith dialogue, contrary to Community Cohesion, contrary to the objects of the Hindu Christian Forum and most importantly, contrary to the commandments upon which the Christian faith is founded. He repeatedly bore false witness and most tragically, even now being aware of his failing, no apology has been forthcoming. With all of that obvious, undisputed wrongdoing on one side, we were stunned that our Christian partners in MultiFaith dialogue, the Christian members of the HCF,  did not publically take the side of right, the side of good, the side of harmony and the side of the innocent victims, choosing instead to close ranks and “toe the Club line”.

If British Hindus cannot rely upon our Christian colleagues to adhere to their own Bibles’ globally trumpeted commandment “Thou shalt not bear false witness”, on what basis do we interact with you henceforth and how do we understand the validity of your word? Please explain this to us, it is beyond our comprehension but of critical importance to our Forum and Community.

The above two questions are at the very heart of the Bridges and Barriers report. We have an opportunity to address the two principal barriers to closer understanding and once these have been overcome, we will at the same time create two very robust bridges along which the genuine traffic of mutual goodwill can flow.  

Hindu’s do not convert because it is irrational and delusional and devoid of divinity. Whatever Higher power created Hindus also created non-Hindus and so we have shared parentage. The rest is obviously politically expedient and clearly man made.

Do we have the courage to face these two issues with honesty and integrity ? The opportunity is in front of us, no-one can afford for us to miss it.

These are the questions which we have asked for the Archbishop to respond to us on and I hope that some of you will find that they resonate with you also.

Warm regards

Satish K Sharma B Sc(Hons) Econ MBCS
General Secretary
National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)
www.nchtuk.org

Diwali 2013 - Prime Ministers Message

***** Breaking News *****

The Rt Honourable David Cameron MP

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Recognises the Hindu Contribution in first of its kind

Diwali Message

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Text of the message is as follows

I send my best wishes to everyone in Britain and around the world celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor.

At this important time of year for the Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist faiths we will see friends and families all over the country come together to celebrate these holy festivals.

The glorious ‘festival of light’ will be celebrated with lighting lamps, devotional singing and prayers at brightly decorated temples and homes, while at Gurdwaras and Sikh households families will celebrate the ‘day of freedom’ and pray for freedom and empowerment for all mankind.

While the festivals of Diwali and Bandi Chhor have different origins, their universal message of hope over despair, light over darkness and good over evil is something that we should all celebrate.

Together with other autumn festivals of Eid al-Adha and Chanukah, Diwali and Bandi Chhor demonstrate many of the common values that we all share.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Britain’s Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities for all they do for our country. You make an enormous contribution to Britain in so many ways. From hardworking families that are doing the right thing to entrepreneurs and businesses that are helping create prosperity; from excelling in science and public service to achieving in the arts and sport, your role in our nation is a shining example of how communities can integrate and succeed while retaining a strong and proud identity.

To all those celebrating Diwali or Bandi Chhor I send my warmest greetings.


NCHT UK Launches Investigation into Parliamentary Prejudice

NCHT UK launches

Investigation into the existence of

Anti-Hindu Prejudice in the Legislative Machinery of Parliament.

Briefing & Discussion Document

5th August 2013

 

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“The meaning of institutional racism is complex. What it means is that an entire organisation, and its methods of operation, are designed in such a way as to discriminate against people of race or creed, leading to poor treatment, lack of job opportunities, poor career development and progression, and barriers to justice, fairness and equality.” http://www.diverseethics.com/article/research/racism


 

Introduction.

With the Government announcing the Timetable for the Caste Amendment Consultation, the NCHTUK announces the formal launch of its investigation into the influence of possibly racist anti-Hindu elements within the Parliamentary legislative machinery and the degree to which the House of Lords especially and the House of Commons are institutionally, prejudicially anti-Hindu . We are seeking to establish reliable and robust evidence on the prevalence and severity of such anti Hindu prejudice and have received significant information and evidence to justify this further, more formal, investigation.

In the words of Labour politicians, “even one case is sufficient grounds for legislation” and if it is established that a single case of such influence does exist and is beyond the scope of current legislation, we should quite rightly press for legislation.

Prejudice:-

  1. an adverse judgement or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
  2. a preconceived preference or idea
  3. the act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgements or convictions. Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race or religion.
  4. detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavourable conviction of another or others.

The Hypothesis:-

On the Basis of the NIESR report, which indicated that caste racism exists in the SIKH community (approx 90% of the cases indicating caste prejudice were SIKH), and based upon subsequent statements made by the NIESR Executive, it is hypothesised that some members of the Houses colluded to knowingly misrepresent the available evidence to Parliament and to manipulate the legislative machinery of Parliament to incite prejudice and religious hatred against the British Hindu Community. It is to be established whether, by abusing the protection of Parliamentary Privilege, Lord Harries and a coterie of prejudiced, anti Hindu Peers and Parliamentarians, deliberately conspired to permanently brand the British Hindu Community as being guilty of Dowry Killings and Female Foetus Infanticide and thus, by flimsy association alone, also guilty of perpetrating anti-Dalit, caste-prejudice based discrimination. With this association being permanently established as a characteristic of the British Hindu Community, it was a small step to then establish that this “inherently racist” Hindu community, needed to be summarily restrained by immediate legislation, without thorough examination of the evidence and without adequate consultation. This was to be achieved by creating an atmosphere of indignant outrage against British Hindus, sufficient to enable the rushing through Parliament of an amendment to existing legislation introducing Caste as an urgently needed protective term, critically without adequate definition.


Whilst considering the above hypothesis, noteworthy is the observation that it appears that this image of the British Hindu Community was accepted by virtually ALL of Ed Milliband’s LABOUR MP’s, not one of whom challenged this vilification or process, despite years of being loyally supported by the Hindu community and in all of those years, not having previously encountered this issue. All Labour MP’s voted enthusiastically for this amendment (bar a single abstention). Indeed, not only was it accepted, Labour MP’s rushed to fan the flames of Anti Hindu sentiment to ensure that this legislation passed as a matter of priority. Did Ed Milliband truly endorse this denigration of the British Hindu Community by requiring the use of the Labour whip to ensure that this amendment was passed?

The long standing democratic principle of “Legislation supported by EVIDENCE” was discarded under a deluge of emotional rhetoric and obfuscation and it would appear that an extraordinary attempt has been made by the Labour and Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians to move to a new legislative principle “legislation supported by on-the-hoof principle” alone. All politicians in both Houses who rallied around the “even one case is sufficient grounds for legislation” should immediately resign because if, henceforth, we were to apply this principle, why would the taxpayer need to pay such huge amounts to maintain the machinery of Lawmaking? We could consistently apply this mantra and as soon as a single case of any transgression is presented, automatically convert it into a Law. All of Parliaments elaborate lawmaking paraphernalia could be replaced by a simple website and the billions of pounds saved, put into perhaps, paying off students’ University loans This new principle is worthy of significant legal analysis and we welcome contribution on this particular point.

It is further to be noted that the Government, which had rejected this amendment throughout and which did not accept this representation of the British Hindu Community, attempted to resist this unsound and clearly prejudiced legislative initiative and process, until Vince Cable allegedly intervened at the (11th hour literally) and held the Government to ransom, requiring the Government to pass legislation, demanding that the Government confirm the above representation of British Hindus or risk losing the whole of the Enterprise Bill. Further evidence of Vince Cables’ and the Liberal Democrats’ involvement in this prejudicial, anti-Hindu intervention is also invited.

Bearing in mind that the above Legislative machinery has now embarked upon a Consultative process, as well as Commissioned research into the existence or otherwise of Caste-Prejudice based Discrimination in this country, it is of vital importance that this issue of institutionalised anti-Hindu prejudice be addressed as a priority. Failure to do so will undermine ALL further debate and progress on this issue and the British Hindu community, universally touted by ALL political parties as the epitome of multi cultural integration and accepted as a huge contributor to all aspects of British life, will have no option but to continue to challenge such prejudice, vociferously and in every quarter.


The purpose of this discussion document is to request evidence and contributions regarding the issue, but also to stimulate debate and seek clarity on the following issues raised by the activities of the above individuals:

  • In the 21st Century, is it possible for a House of Lords driven by anti-Hindu Racists to be permitted to influence legislation which affects Hindu’s?
  • Is it acceptable for possibly prejudiced Christian Peers (who together also form a Caste) who have a record of being supportive of religious prejudice (in the strict meaning of the word as defined above) to influence a supposedly democratic legislature, which has a bearing on other religious minorities in this country?

We are seeking evidence to support or refute the above statements of Parliamentary events. One thing is certain, if the same standard of care and quality of reasoning and evidence which was so recently used to vilify British Hindu’s as caste racist, were to be applied to our investigation, Vince Cable at the very least, could be deemed guilty of religious prejudice, under existing Race and Religious Relations legislation. There is again at the very least, a case to be made asking what prompted his so critical intervention, an intervention which was forceful enough to require the Government to execute such a hugely embarrassing policy U turn. Further we will be asking the Attorney General, Rt Honourable Dominic Grieve QC MP, to assess the degree to which due diligence was abandoned and legislative Parliamentary process perverted by the above intervention, seemingly motivated by religious prejudice.

All citizens, especially Hindu’s, agree to be voluntarily bound by Law’s which are lawfully introduced. If legislators and hence the very process of Legislation become corrupted by racist or religiously prejudiced bigots, this implicit principle is endangered. The long litany of illegal, dishonourable activities being placed at the feet of Peers and Parliamentarians is worthy of greater attention, if the dignity and integrity of the entire Legislative process is to be maintained.

It has now become almost commonplace for the mainstream media to broadcast that there are 400,000 Dalits in the UK and in the same media it is taken for granted that the remainder of British Hindus inflict prejudicial discrimination – indeed Labour MP’s are on record as stating that it is part of the Hindu psyche. The manner in which this was perpetrated is worthy of investigation and redress.

Prejudice is defined as an adverse judgement or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts. A judgement has been passed on British Hindus – it takes the form of the inclusion of the word Caste into the Enterprise Act, and the EHRC is now conducting a HINDU CENTRIC research project into a phenomenon for which there is insufficient independent evidence, despite the Rt Hon Minister Maria Miller stating that Caste is NOT specific to any one religion or community. Adverse Judgement prior to investigation is PREJUDICE and it is our hypothesis that this cannot have been a mere sequence of unfortunate co incidences.


An investigation is obviously necessary and since no else, not even statutory bodies funded from our taxes and which exist to protect British citizens including Hindus, from such institutional prejudices, appear willing to respond, the NCHT UK and other Hindu organisations have no option but to defend the rights of British Hindus to exist free of prejudice – this nation is our home and our children’s future AS HINDUS is in the balance.

British Hindus, members of the oldest religion on the Earth, custodians of the earliest and oldest recorded statements regarding the existence of Divinity and the Human relationship with Divinity, and the first civilisation to articulate the multi faith mantra “all humans are one family”, are widely accepted as being the most gentle, courteous, non violent community in all nations, wherever they reside. The National Council of Hindu Temples (UK), as the leading representative of Hindu Religious organisations in the UK, cannot permit such wholly unfounded denigration and vilification of our Community nor our Dharma, most especially by racists in Parliamentary, Political and Legislative forums, to go unanswered.

This document is being circulated to all British Hindu Temples, Hindu religious Community organisations and leaders, Parliamentarians and legislators and the wider InterFaith Commmunity leaders for input. Following a full and thorough consultation, the results will be published and presented to Parliamentarians in due course, broadly following the time frame established by the EHRC consultation. We will also be publishing A3 posters for members of our Hindu congregations in constituencies up and down the country, and a questionnaire for them to present to their MP’s, especially Labour and Liberal Democrat, for clarification of their personal and political position on the above.

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The National Council of Hindu Temples UK (NCHTUK) was established in 1978. It is the oldest Hindu Charity of its kind and one of the largest Hindu umbrella bodies. We link over 200 Hindu Temples and Faith Organisations and work with them for the benefit of the Hindu community as well as the wider British community, across all regions of the UK. To find out more about us click www.nchtuk.org

Our main focus is to support the Temples of the UK, their Management Teams and their Employees in their work of helping Sanatan Dharma (commonly referred to as Hinduism) to flourish so that all the people of the UK have access to the oldest, and many have called it the wisest and deepest, religious and spiritual heritage that humans have ever perceived. Especially dear to our hearts is the sharing of our ancient Vidya with youngsters and helping the Temples to inspire their congregations to actively explore their Religion and Heritage.

NCHT UK also advises and consults on matters relating to interfaith dialogue, community consultations and capacity building in Temples, and advises and challenges legislation and policies that may affect the Hindu Community in the UK.

To contact us please email/call

  • Comms Officer, Pandit Madhu Shastri:- email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile 07763 178628
  • General Secretary, Satish K Sharma:- email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0208 123 8272

Hindu Christian Relations Under Scrutiny

Latest Update - 1st January 2016 - "Evangelism is Radicalisation plus Cultural Genocide"

British Hindu Religious leader speaking at Westminster Abbey charges the Church with Radicalisation & Cultural Genocide. Shri Satish K Sharma, General Secretary of the National Council of Hindu temples (UK) challeges the InterFaith model as a possible "ponzi scheme" designed to simply keep the majority religion in control by using public funds. (Please excuse the short period of audio unsynch!)

 

12th September 2015 - Before delving into the realities of the British Hindu Christian dailogue, it may help to take advantage of a scholarly preamble through the recent history which has moulded the Hindu concerns that the Church of England, with its history of deceit and exploitation is to be approached with caution, especially in the arena of InterFaith dialogue.

 

Having now set the context which has paved the way to the present, it is worthwhile considering the recent assault on WHOLLY innocent British Hindus instigated by the Christian supremecist  peer Lord Harries.

 

By way of introduction, the NCHT UK wrote to Lambeth Palace "sharing" concerns about the unashamedly racist Anti Hindu sentiments expressed by the Peers. The letter dated the 6th May is now published below for your information. An urgent meeting of the Hindu Christian Forum was called at Lambeth Palace and Satishji represented the NCHT UK and Sanjayji the AHO, at this meeting and our concerns were fully aired.

Immediately following the meeting, the NCHT UK wrote to Lambeth Palace to confirm the details of the meeting and this letter is also now published below.

The meeting led to a letter being written from the HCF to Minister Helen Grant and this too is published for your information.The letter is supportive of the need for a genuine Consultation and not a Parliamentary whitewash but it does not address the harm inflicted by Christian Lords and we are still waiting to hear from Lord Harries or his colleagues as to where the 480,000 Dalits are living here in the UK. A national search has so far failed to unearth their location.

Rest assured that as far as this particular issue is concerned, it is far from over. Unless there is genuine restitution in ACTION, all talk of British Parliamentary and Legislative Democracy is merely rhetoric.

With the AGM now very successfully behind us, the Trustees and Executive of the NCHT UK are preparing to launch a fuill investigation on the issue, the personalities involved behind the scenes, the undisputably "anti Hindu" intervention of Vince Cable at the eleventh hour, and the MP's in the House of Commons who have played Janus with Hindu interests, the face of  "sugar and nice" whilst interacting with Hindu Constituents, but a curiously anti Hindu face as soon as they enter the shadow of Parliament.....  The question is "Can the Church of England" be entrusted with safeguarding the ideal of InterFaith harmony? Before you decide please review the video below... (use the pause button to read some of the slides...) and then the letters beneath..

 

 

The NCHT UK's letter to Lambeth Palace

... the meeting that followed...

.... the Bishop of Bedford write to Minister Helen Grant

 

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