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About the Hindu Forum of Britain

The Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) is the largest umbrella body for British Hindus with more then 420 member organisations from around the country. HFB is the first port of call from the central government and the most reported Hindu organisation in the British media.

HFB's activities are broadly divided into three areas:

  • Public policy and community consultation for the government.
  • Capacity building and project development for the Hindu community.
  • Developing good interfaith relations with other faith communities to build a cohesive and inclusive Britain.

At the core of the Forum's activity is a strong belief in the richness and diversity of the Hindu culture, its value system that encompasses for respect for all beings and faiths and a cultural heritage that facilitates community cohesion and coexistence.

Public Policy and community consultation

HFB facilitates consultation and communication to support and influence public policy by providing broad and collective views of the Hindu community on a wide range of issues. HFB also identifies issues and requirements of the community nationally and regionally through its large network of member organisations and links with other Hindu bodies. Some of the consultation exercises conducted by HFB include responses to the Home Office policy on race equality and diversity, the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, QCA and Religious Education Curriculum, Home Affairs Select Committee on Terrorism and Community Relations, Ministers of Religion from Abroad and others.

Capacity building and project development

HFB has identified capacity building as a crucial activity to accelerate integration and social inclusion of the Hindu community in Britain. This is undertaken through initial activities to identify gaps in the community capacity resulting in projects that seek to decrease the gap. Some of the current HFB projects include:

  • Parliamentary Internships - Increase the participation of young Hindus in the democratic process through an MP shadowing scheme and high-powered seminars and interaction between young Hindus and Parliamentary leaders.
  • HFB Religious Education Toolkit - Distribute Hindu religious education packs to all schools in selected Boroughs to enable them to teach Hinduism in a standardised way.
  • Hindu Security Forum at the Met - After the successful conclusion of the Hindu Security Conference, The HFB has set up a Hindu Security Forum with the Metropolitan Police.
  • Interfaith relations and community cohesion - HFB firmly believes that good relations between the faith communities in Britain will contribute to community cohesion and social inclusion, which are essential ingredients for peace and prosperity. HFB has established multilateral and bilateral dialogues with the umbrella bodies of the other faith communities and plays an active role in the Interfaith Network of the UK. HFB is also represented in the initial consultation on the new Commission for Integration and Cohesion announced by the Home Secretary. HFB has organised many special interfaith events involving different faith communities.

HFB Departments

To manage the different projects and execute the various activities of HFB, there are many internal departments that are chaired by prominent members of the community. Each department is set up as a separate committee with its own team:

  • Secretariat and office - the nerve centre for communications, administration and policy implementation.
  • Treasury - the management of all our funds, payments, income, budgets and human resources.
  • Legal Advisory Committee - a panel of expert Hindu lawyers to advise HFB on legal and constitutional matters.
  • Strategic Planning Committee - a panel of business persons who organise fund raising events for HFB.
  • Media and Publications Committee - the public relations and media coordination unit of HFB.
  • Membership Committee - a team of volunteers who communicate and cultivate HFB members.
  • Events Committee - a team to manage cultural and other events organised by HFB.
  • Interfaith - a team to establish multilateral and bilateral dialogues with the umbrella bodies of the other faith communities.
  • HFB Chaplaincy Board - Training and accrediting chalplains for placement in Universities, Prisons and Hospitals.
  • Miscellaneous - communication, census, etc.

HFB's Advisory Role

Representatives of HFB are appointed to advise the following bodies:

  • Interfaith Network UK
  • Religious Education Council
  • Race Hate Crime Forum
  • London Criminal Justice Board
  • London Faith Forum
  • Metropolitan Police Diversity Forum
  • DWP Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group
  • DCA Electoral Policy Division
  • Academic and Media Watch on Anti-Semitism
  • Proposed Commission for Integration and Cohesion

HFB Organisational Structure

HFB is run by a democratically elected and appointed National Executive Committee. The National Executive Committee has members from different regional and national organisations, members of the Board of Trustees, and representatives from the others organisations.

HFB also has a Patrons Council comprising of prominent British Hindus and a Spiritual Commission comprised of leading spiritual leaders who act in an advisory capacity. The National Executive Committee elects the Management Committee comprising of the President, Secretary General, Vice Presidents, and the Treasurer who implement the policy formulated by it. Each member organisation of the Hindu Forum of Britain can also nominate a representative to the HFB General Council which meets at least once every year at the Annual General Meeting.

HFB Core Team

President :
Mrs Trupti Patel B.Eng.( Honours ), M.Sc. H & T, F.C.I.H.T
Truptiben is with the HFB from the inception and served the committees as Assittant Secretary (North) , Vice President North from December 2014 as a President . With over 30 years of experience in the field of Highways,  Traffic and Transportation, Trupti has  successfully  managed various divisions  at  Salford City Council , Manchester City Council and Three Rivers  District Council.  Sheset  upGeminiEco consultancy to deal with projects involving network management , sustainable transport , environmental improvements , road safety and health and wellbeing issues. 
Trupti is one of a very small group of  women who have triumphed over adversity and has become successful in an arena that is firmly male dominated and has thereby also become a prime role model for all women throughout the country.
Trupti utilises her vast skill set purposefully in supporting a range of voluntary organizations.
Vice Presidents:
North: Mrs Harsha Shukla MBE 
Midlands: Mr TarangShelet
London:  Dr Ramesh Pattani
Scotland: Mr Puneet Dwivedi

Hon.Treasurer:
DevshiChothani, Chartered Accountant
Devshi bhai –Proprietor of  the firm, DBF Associates Chartered Accountants Manchester graduated in Mechanical engineering from at Manchester polytechnic 1982 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990. Now a fellow of the institute of chartered accountants in England & Wales. He has been serving the Hindu community in more than many ways at local, regional and national level and his service as an honorary treasurer of the Indian Association Oldham for the past 20 years is most commendable.
Assistant Secretary :
Ms Panna Vekaria
Company Director:
HaribhaiHalai : Proprietor of Harrow Garages and long time serving member of the HFB
President of Hindu Forum of Europe:
Dr.Nilima (Lakshmi) Vyas
Chair, Education Committee -HFB
Chair of Diwali committee:
Mr Velji  Vekaria

HFB meets New Labour Leader

 

The HFB wrote to Sir Keir Starmer, the new leader of the Labour Party, on 8th April in which we shared some serious concerns the Indian/Hindu community had with the Labour Party.  The Labour leader wrote back on 27th April and whilst this is welcome, the issues raised by the HFB had not been addressed properly.  On 30th April 2020 a teleconference took place between the representatives of the HFB led by Ms Trupti Patel and Sir Keir Starmer and his team.  The HFB considers this as the first step in what we hope will be a continued positive dialogue for the Labour Party to learn, and to understand, the issues arising from within the community.

Those in attendance at this teleconference were:

Hindu Forum Britain (HFB): Mrs Trupti Patel (President), Mrs  Harsha Shukla MBE (VP North) and Dr Ramesh Pattni OBE (VP South).

Labour Party:    Sir Keir Starmer MP, RT Hon Angela Raynor MP, Rt Hon Janet Daby MP, Baroness D Lawrence and Navendu Mishra MP.

The discussion was cordial and Sir Keir Starmer confirmed that he was aware of the concerns, that as the new leader he wanted to reset relations with the Indian community.  He went on to say, he wanted proper engagement and that the Labour Party needed to hear and to be held accountable.  He further added that if the changes are not seen then he wanted the HFB to tell him so without any reservation. He accepted that an apology was due to the community.  His team echoed his thinking to move forward and build good relations with the Hindu community. 

The President of the HFB, Ms Trupti Patel thanked Sir Keir Starmer for taking the step in this important dialogue.  She pointed out that the reservations and concerns raised in her letter to him are serious and require the Labour Party to address those urgently.  She reminded him of the exclusion of Hindus in CV 19 steering group and most importantly Hate filled incident unfolding on the 15th of August 2019 on India’s Independence Day when some  4000 strong group of anti-Indian protestors threw missiles at the gathering of 200 people  celebrating Independence day and created a very tense situation.  She also pointed that it was alarming that some Labour politicians took an active part and voiced their views on Kashmir that were a detriment to community cohesion in the UK.

Sir Keir Starmer suggested that after the call it was essential to make sure that we don't let things fall by and to set up systems for communications that allow for continuous and direct communication with the senior leadership of the Labour Party.  

Dr Pattni pointed out that unless there are channels and systems of dialogue between the Labour leadership and the Hindu community, there will remain such tensions due to biased thinking in the Party.  Mrs Shukla pointed out that there  should be trust and respect which should reflect in transparent communication and be inclusive of all faiths in any policy forming process. There needs to be a practical  action plan as a way forward in dialogue which was echoed by Trupti Patel as doing the walk beyond just the talk.

The meeting concluded on the note that the HFB will be writing to Sir Keir Starmer with their observations on his letter as well as the teleconference call.  In so doing to give a series of actions points that the party can work on immediately. 

The Hindu Forum Britain have now written to Sir Keir Starmer with their observations as detailed in the letter below. 

Mrs Trupti Patel 

President 

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The Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) is the largest umbrella body for British Hindus with more then 320 member organisations from around the country. HFB is the first port of call from the central government and the most reported Hindu organisation in the British media.

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