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British Indians clean London embassy after anti-India protests: September 2019

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British Indian volunteers took part in cleaning the mess created by hooligan protestors who broke glass at the High Commission of India, London, a few days back.

We ask that the government of Britain and authorities of London take this hate crime against Indians seriously.

 

Parliament Call for Evidence - Broadcast and Important information for Action : July 2017

 Parliament Call for Action

1) 25th July :
The House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement - has published its Call for Evidence today – 25/07/2017
The deadline for submitting written evidence is 8 September 2017.
• You can find the Call for Evidence here: http://www.parliament.uk/…/Citizenship-civic-engagement-cal…
• You can submit written evidence to the Committee here:http://www.parliament.uk/…/publicati…/written-evidence-form/
This is a public Call for Evidence – please pass it on to anyone who might be interested. You can follow the progress of the inquiry at [www.parliament.uk/citizenship-civic-engagement]www.parliament.uk/citizenship-civic-engagement .
2) 21st July : Vulnerable Faith Institutions Scheme –Update : There is very low intake from the Hindu Temples and community organisation even though many of them complain about hate crimes in terms of racial abuse, Graffiti , bones and meat thrown within temple grounds and blatant disregard to the sanctity of the temple. The HFB urges everyone to keep a record of such incidents and report them to the police. This is an opportunity to improve security of your place of worship, not to be missed. Bid closes 17 August 2017 Please find attached link below:
https://www.gov.uk/gui…/vulnerable-faith-institutions-scheme
3) The National Meeting of the Inter Faith Network UK – 30th Anniversary National Meeting was held on 5th July 2017 at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Westminster, LondonThis meeting was attended by two representatives of Hindu Forum of Britain Mrs. Trupti Patel President, and Dr. Lakshmi Vyas, Chair of Education. Both representative joined the discussion group a) Opening with difficult dialogue, engaging with tough topics and b)Engaging faith communities on social issues. The theme of the 30th Anniversary meeting was “Moving Forward Together”. There were several eminent speakers and the focus of the meeting was to look forward and outward, to focus on things that unite us and how one would respect and celebrate differences while building on what we share. There was a strong emphasis on youth involvement and education, and dialogue was vital to positive inter faith engagement. Trends of communication in the digital world reflected on how platforms open up new possibilities for engagement and the importance of using digital media wisely and effectively. There was a thread running through the meeting that focussed on IFN’s work since its earliest days to identify common values and encouragement and support for communities working together for the common good.
LINKS: https://www.interfaith.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/ifnetuk/
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https://www.facebook.com/ifnetuk/
4) RE Council Annual General Meeting : The RE Council was delighted to hold its Annual General Meeting at Neasden Temple (BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir) on Thursday 11 May. Colleagues from across the REC's 65 member organisations were in attendance and received a very warm welcome. This meeting was attended by two representatives of Hindu Forum of Britain Mrs. Trupti Patel President, and Dr. Lakshmi Vyas, Chair of Education. Colleagues heard the reports from the REC Chair and CEO about the REC's latest activities and plans for the year ahead. We were also happy to welcome the Jewish Museum as a new member of the RE Council. Link: http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/
5) Caste Consultations : closes at 11:45pm on 18 September 2017 Summary The Government Equalities Office is seeking views on caste in Great Britain and equality law. Caste Consultations 2017 • https://consult.education.gov.uk/…/caste-in-great-britain-…/
5-a) Hindu Forum of Britain organised a synopsis on ‘Dissolving Caste Consciousness’ in the House of Commons on 5th July 17 between 18.00 and 20.00 hrs in committee room 19 .

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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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Hindu Reflection by Mrs Trupti Patel - 16th May 2020

Hindu Reflection by Mrs Trupti Patel (16 -05-2020)

PLEASE CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK TO HEAR HINDU REFLECTIONS ON THE CURRENT PANDEMIC SITUATION ON BBC SOUNDS.

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