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Dear NEC members and HFB officers, Namaste!

You are all cordially invited by the President of Hindu Forum of Britain, Truptiben Patel to what promises to be a very interesting and engaging talk:

Sewa for Social Upliftment: First  in a series of Programmes on  Dharma, the individual and society:

Keynote speech  by  HH Swami Japanand ji: "The Philosophy of Service”

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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In Hinduism we believe that the Oneness of existence is the Supreme Truth. Yet in our daily life we experience division and separation of existence, where there are apparent differences in the society of individuals, differences within the various groups in the communities and even within families.

With the apparent differences comes the challenge of living cohesively within our own immediate environment and the wider community in our neighbourhood. Here we may find individuals with different backgrounds, faiths and beliefs living side by side, sharing the experience of living close together in the area.

HFB Chaplaincy Board exists to provide Spiritual support to Hindus in Institutions such as Schools, Colleges & Universities, Hospitals and Prisons. We are in the process of developing a programme to meet the increasing demands for Hindu Faith Visitors.The Chaplaincy Board will interview, select and train people with a regulated training programme, shadowing, mentoring and so on...to become Hindu Faith Visitors. We will maintain a register of such people who could also be called upon for presentations.

The Chaplaincy Board now has a small group of HFVs, whom we have started placing with Institutions. Our Board members represent all branches of HInduism as well as working HFVs.

The aim of this project is to distribute Hindu RE packs to all schools in selected Boroughs to enable them to teach Hinduism in a standardised way. We have written to potential private sponsors to underwrite the cost of at least four Boroughs in 2008 after we distributed the pack to 72 schools in Harrow last year. The Project Teach committee met thrice in 2007 and have developed an HFB Religious Education toolkit for teaching Hinduism in schools at GCSE level. This pack included material produced by the Chinmaya Mission and ISKCON Educational Services. Negotiations are on with Keith Vaz to distribute the pack to every school in Leicester. We would be keen to speak to other councils if you have any contacts.

The aim of this project is to increase the participation of young Hindus in the democratic process through an MP shadowing shceme, high-powered seminars, and interaction between young Hindus and Parliamentary leaders.

Project PEP (Parliamentary Experience Programme) will roll out its second batch of young Hindus who will shadow Parliamentarians for six months. The project team has already made a business plan, which is being discussed for 2008. This will result in a national search for talented youngsters who wish to shadow Parliamentarians. The advertisements for the search are expected to begin in March.

Voting is one of the most important civic duties of a citizen. Our votes decide which government rules the country and which MP represents us in Parliament, yet many in our community do not go out to vote.

While we make a vast contribution to the fabric of cultural, economic and social makeup of this country, by not voting we are missing out on ensuring our concerns, issues and need – whether today or in the future – are heard and addressed.

On 16 April, the Commons will discuss an amendment by the Lords prohibiting an allegedly rampant discrimination in UK. Caste, not class.

Jasdev Singh Rai, Medical Doctor, with MA in politics, human rights activist and community worker writes ins Huffington post about cast.

Dr Jasdev Singh explains, Trouble is 'castism' as an attitude was promoted by Britain in the first place since 'caste' as a category is a wholly British colonial construction. An elementary fact is that the word 'caste' has no literal translation in any Indian language.

The British Suprintendent of 1921 Census confessed, "We pigeon holed everyone by caste and if we could not find a true caste for them, labelled them with the name of hereditary occupation. We deplore the caste system and its effect on social and economic problems, but we are largely responsible for the system we deplore".

Some of these internalised colonial infused habits lingered in early migrants to UK. But much has changed as new research destroys orientalist constructions and individualism undermines group myths.

Can cliché ridden eighteenth century orientalism be the basis of legislation in twenty first century multi cultural Britain? Obviously it can! Labour and Liberal legislators want to reignite a dying issue in UK.

Of course there is some lingering discrimination among handful, but dialogue and mutual action by communities can bring this to an end. Legislation will institutionalise it. The Tory Government prefers dialogue.

Two million Sikhs, Hindus and Jains have been judged on orientalist literature without a hearing by Labour and Liberals. Perhaps Rushdie was right when he said migrants were brought here as subject peoples with whom the British can deal, in very much the same way as their predecessors thought of and dealt with.

The real issue of class prejudice at the work place? 'People suffer prejudice in this country because of their class and we have no legislation on that', reminded Tory Baroness Stowell of Beeston to her fellow Noble members. Labour and Liberal legislators remain in denial.

To read teh full article click on the this link http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jasdev-singh-rai/caste-not-class-is-the-ma_b_2989148.html.

Jasdev Singh Rai

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