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AGM Agenda 10th July 2016 at Sangat Advice Centre, Harrow

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Date 10 July 2016
Venue Sangat Advice Centre
Address Sancroft Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 7NS
Start Time 13:00
Finish Time 17:00
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10th July 2016 at Sangat Advice Centre, Harrow - 13.00 onwards

13:00 Members arrive and registration - Light snacks (Devki dasi)
13:30 Trupti ji President of HFB Welcomes the delegates and Prayers)
13.35 TP - Introduce Rickie ji and main speaker, Dr Sachin Nanda
13:40 Session on Impact of EU Referendum on Hindu Business Community question and answer
14:10 Invited speaker to talk on Caste Bill and discussion : Sri Jayesh Jotangia
14:30 MPs/Councillors to speak
15:00 AGM AND APPOINTMENTS
15:05 WELCOME by President TP - A Brief summary of 2014-2016 activities
15:10 Minutes of previous AGM to be approved
15:20 General Report including committee reports from Chairs held
15:30 Treasurer's report - Devshi Chotani
15:40 - 16:00 Tea Brake
16:00 - 16:30 Updates on Crematorium consultations and guide dog
Updates on Diwali celebrations
Update on charitable status
16:30 Ratification of appointments, membership and new positions
16:40 AOB
16:50 Closing Prayers

The Hindu Forum of Britain is the largest umbrella body with a broad-based membership of over 300 Hindu organisations from different regions and cultural backgrounds in Britain. At the core of the Forum's activities is a strong belief in the richness and diversity of the Hindu culture, its value system that encompasses respect for all beings and faiths, and a cultural heritage that facilitates community cohesion and coexistence.

The HFB has wide support from the regional Hindu councils in the North, West Midlands, East Midlands, Brent, Harrow and large temples and community organisations in most regions of Britain. The Hindu Forum has also established a fully consultative system that has become the driving force for affecting change and delivering projects.

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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 

HFB 

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