National Executive Committee

Proud to be British and Proud to be Hindu

Name Position Nominating Organisation

Mrs Trupti Patel

President

Hindu Forum of Britain Charity

Mrs Harsha Shukla MBE

Vice President, North

Hindu Council of North UK

Mr TarangShelet

Vice President Midlands

Hindu Council of Birmingham

 Mr Puneet Dwivedi

Vice President Scotland  Edenborough Hindu Society

Ms Panna Vekaria

Assistant Secretary General

Vascroft Foundation

Dr Ramesh Pattani

Vice President, London and South , Chair of membership committee

 

Mr DevshiChothani

Honorary Treasurer

Hindu Forum of Britain Charity

Late Mr Haribhai Halai

Past President & Trustee

Hindu Forum of Britain Charity

Mr Rickie Sehgal

Chair, Governance

Co-opted

Dr Lakshmi Vyas

Chair, Education and Census UK, HFE representative in Europe (President)

Co-opted

Mr Swaminathan Santanam

Chair, Chaplaincy

Co-opted

MS Alpa Raja

Chair of Political Engagement

Co-opted

Ms RagsudhaVinjamuri - Rapatwa

Chair of Public Relation and media

Sanskruti

Mr Sumantrai Desai

Chair of Seniors committee

Asia Foundation

Dr Shiv Pandey

Chair Public Health committee

Co-opted

Mr VeljiVekaria

NEC Member – Head of Diwali Committee

SKLPC (UK)

Mr Shivji D Khetani

NEC Member – Diwali Committee

Co-opted

Ms Mina PArmar 

NEC member- Media Committee

Co-opted 

Ms Ranu Mehta Radia

Lead, Legal Advisory Committee

Sai School

Mr Bhaskar Rughani

NEC Member Supporting VP south

ISKCON

Mr Sanjay Gadhvi

NEC Member

ISKCON

Mr Swaminathan Vaidyanathan

NEC Member - Political Engagement

Indika Centre

Mrs Jasuben Mistry 

NEC Member

Shri Prajapati Association Uk

Mr ChiranjibiPaudyal

NEC Member

Co-opted - Nepali Hindu Community

Prerna Lau Sian

NEC Member

Co-opted

Ms Harsha Trivedi

NEC Member

Brahmin Society

Ms DeeshaChadda

Interfaith  committee

Co-opted

Dr Dev Chauhan 

Public Health Committee                                  BAPIO

Mr Hitesh Kukadia

NEC Member

Hindu Council Birmingham

Mr Sudeep Singh

Media Committee & Website

Co-opted

H. G. Gauri Das

Spiritual Commissioner

ISKCON

PP - Swami Nirliptananda

Spiritual Commissioner

London Sevashram Sangh

Ms Tara Patel

NEC member

Shree Mandhata YCA

Mr Vipul Mistry

NEC member

Shree Prajapati Association

Trustees & Company Directors

Mr Mitesh Shashi Vekaria, Mr HaribhaiHalai, Mrs Trupti Patel, Mr DevshiChothani & Mrs Harsha Shukla.

Patrons

Mr Shashi Vekaria - Chair of Patron, Mr C.B.Patel, Mr Joginder Sanger, Prof,  Nat Puri, Lord Dholokia & Mr Rickie Sehgal.

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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