Hindu Forum of Britain member temples, samaj buildings and other organisations celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee all across the UK. Below are some glimpses from the excellent and thoughtful celebrations!
On 2nd June, the Queen's Platinum Jubliee Beacon reception was held by Lord Waldegrave of North Hill at Coutts headquarters, London.
Along with many dignitaries associated with the Queen , faith leaders were also invited.
HFB president Mrs Trupti Patel with the Lord Lietenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Aphunezi Olisa OBE CStJ FRSA FBCS .
Shiva Trust held a elderly jubilee party in Burnley wood area of Burnley for 45 elderly members. A free 3 course meal, a free raffle prize for every one and 6 games of bingo.These were elderly people we had supported for two years during the lockdown. It was a follow on event from a Christmas party we had at Christmas attended by 60 persons. We have another event planned for next Christmas if anyone is interested in sponsoring such an event. Plus we had the animals Jubilee attended by people from Rossendale and surrounding areas.
Ipswich Hindu Samaj celebrates the Jubilee
Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Project celebrations
Hindu community at Commonwealth Association Jubilee service in Liverpool
Liverpool Hindu families at St Agnus and at Street Parties!
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.
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
Hindu Reflection by Mrs Trupti Patel (16 -05-2020)
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