Minutes of the AGM 2015

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Dear HCUK Members and Well Wishers



We had a very interactive and successful Annual General Meeting on Saturday 12 September 2015. We observed one minute’s silence to pay our homage to Shri Venilal Vaghela who had passed away. During the AGM, we reported that:


  1. Dr Jagdish Sharma spoke briefly about his work as Hindu Vice-Chair of Inter Faith Network UK from which he stepped down in August 2015. He also introduced Varsha Mistry to take his place at Hindu Christian Forum. However, he carried on attending other Hindu events as his capacity allowed.

  2. Mr Satya Minhas reported on new member organisations who were welcomed to HCUK. He also reported his engagement with Shri Umesh Chander Sharma, Shri Sanjay Jagatia and other Directors with a view to bringing the HCUKs together. He was hoping a positive outcome of these negotiations.

  3. Work has gone on in enhancing the relationship with Department of Communities and Local Government, Department of Culture, Sport and Media, Commonwealth Office and GLA/Mayor of London Office. Ministry of Defence has been given names of Hindu organisations for them to promote recruitment.

  4. Shri Jay Lakhani, our Director of Education for Hinduism continues to promote a structured and non-sectarian vision of Hinduism in Schools (including Eton College), Colleges and Universities (including Oxford University); as well as presenting a rational and rounded vision of Hinduism in the Media (including BBC TV and Radio). Further resources for GCSE and Advanced levels in Hinduism continue to be uploaded on the internet for use by students and teachers.

  5. HCUK is also working closely with Council of Dharmic Faiths.

  6. Other events attended by Satya Minhas as Chairman included: Janmashtami at ISSC Harrow and Wealdstone and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury.

  7. He also attended to an invitation from the Law Commission regarding the places to solemnise Hindu weddings and various implications for the Hindu venues. Various meetings for discussing domestic violence and domestic abuse and issues concerning terrorism were also attended to with Hindu perspective.

  8. It was a pleasure to be present in numbers at the inauguration of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament Square and then attend the reception at Commonwealth and Foreign Office and converse with Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India.

  9. Participated in Victoria Cross Memorial Project.

  10. Miss Varsha Mistry, Regional Director and Chair of MPHA provided a brief account of her work at the Hindu Christian Forum.

  11. HCUK supported the work of NHSF campaign against grooming and entrapment of Hindu girls.

  12. HCUK also participated in the events to commemorate Word War I.

  13. Shree Amardeep Sharma ACA Regional Director, Hindu Minorities in Bangladesh and Pakistan also reported his role and campaign to protect the minority Hindus in Bangladesh.

  14. HCUK is very grateful to Dr VPN Rao for making a personal donation of £500.

  15. The AGM ratified the following HCUK Trustees for 2015/16:


1. Dr Vasanampalli Panchrathnam Narayan Rao, 2. Dr Jagdish Chander Sharma 3. Shri Jay Prakash Lakhani, 4. Shri Appathurai Vairavamoorthy, 5. Shri Satya Prakash Minhas (also as Chairperson), 6. Shri Amrit Lal Bhardwaj, 7. Shri Rajnish Kashyap and 8. Shri M. P. Nathan.


The AGM also ratified Satya Minhas as HCUK Chairperson for 2015/16


Miss Thayalini (Dia) Gunaratnam was appointed as our independent examiner for 2015/16. We thanked Dia ji for her excellent work & support.


Thank you and Best regards, Satya Minhas



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