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On Wednesday afternoon 23rd July 2014 under the auspicious of Lord Patel, Lord Rana, Baroness Uddin, Lord Hussain, Lord Stone, Lord Ahmed and Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing Southall, an All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences was formally established for the first time in the oldest parliament in the world in the presence of nearly one hundred participants.


Lord Patel was assisted by Amarjeet S Bhamra, a long time champion of Complementary and Alternative Medicines and a Lecturer on Ayurvedic Sciences who called representatives of all natural healing and medicinal traditions to promote and facilitate informed discussions on issues concerning all Indian Traditional Sciences (Ayurveda, Ghandharav, Jyotish, Siddha, Unani, Vastu, Yoga and etc.) in Britain within the Parliament by providing a forum for cross party Parliamentarians, senior policy makers, academics, leading community figures, and other stakeholders.


The All Party Parliamentary Group will consolidate all of India’s Traditional Sciences and through this window, we will have an opportunity to engage our efforts to facilitate amongst parliamentarians the exchange of information on all Indian Traditional Sciences and to stimulate a well-informed debate; to contribute towards the development of knowledge and policies to support the acceptance, propagation and legitimisation of these ancient Sciences in the UK.


The meeting was also addressed by Ashish Sharma - First Secretary (Visa) Indian High Commission London, Ayurved Ratan Dr Shantha Godagama - Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee, Richard Johnson - Maharishi Foundation, Svamini Hamsananda Giri - Hindu Forum Europe, Dr Venkat Joshi - College of Ayurveda UK, Dr Vijayendra Murti - AyuWave,Haribhai Halai – Hindu Forum GB, Dr Prathima Nagesh - Ayurvedic Medical Association UK, Gordon Brennan - British Association of Vedic Astrologers, Satya Minhas - Hindu Council UK, David Balen - Balens Insurance, Desiree Shelley - National Institute of Medical Herbalists, Satish Sharma - National Council of Hindu Temples, Dr Rob Verkerk - ANH International, Ms Anosiya Aparau - HCUK (Int'l Human Rights Lawyer), Philip Abraham - Kerala Link, Ravi Bhanot - Ayurveda Institute of Europe, Kirith Ahluwalia - City Sikh Network, and Dr Geoffrey Clements - The Commonwealth Association for Infrastructure Development.


The meeting was supported by Ayurvedic Medical Association UK, College of Ayurveda UK, Quality Foods Southall, Cool Herbals, Surjeet Herbals Southall, Sira Cash and Carry Southall and Chandru Gidoomal Photography.


Amarjeet-singh Bhamra

General Secretary - Ayurvedic Medical Association UK

Lead Secretariat - APPG Indian Traditional Sciences

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India's BJP celebrates historic election win

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Elated at the landslide victory of BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, hundreds of thousands party supporters in India ,Uk and all over the world are celebrating by organising various events, hoping for a better future for India under the new government. 

From just two seats in 1984 to 283 seats in 2014, it has been a rollercoaster ride for BJP in the last 30 years. The victory for the BJP is also significant because India has not had a single-party rule for 25 long years since 1989 during which coalition or minority governments have been in power. This time, a Narendra Modi wave has catapulted the BJP to power after 10 long years in the opposition.

Bharatiya Janata Party has registered a resounding victory in the general elections held to elect the 16th Parliament of India ending 30 years of coalition politics.

The world’s greatest democracy has given an unambiguous verdict and this vote is for development and to enable India to attain a glorious position in the committee of nations, a stature it thoroughly deserves.  The people of India are longing for an era of steady economic growth, prosperity, corruption free government and better quality of life for all.  We are confident the new government will stand up to the expectations of more than a billion strong population of India and do exceedingly well in making India a stable, prosperous country and a safe and secure world.

Hindu Council UK wishes all the best to the new government to be formed under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi and congratulate the people of India for effecting the democratic change together in a peaceful manner. 

Rajnish Kashyap,
General Secretary
Hindu Council UK



Message from New Chairperson

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satyaHindu Council UK – Message from the New Chairperson – Satya Minhas

I am very proud and privileged to be the newly elected Chairperson of the HCUK. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleague Trustees and HCUK members for showing confidence in me. I will take my duties and responsibilities very seriously in the service of all our Member organisations and Hindus especially in the United Kingdom. My special thanks to our departing Chairperson Dr. VP Narayan Rao ji for his blessings, guidance, leadership and continued support.


As for my background, I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors in London. I have excellent leadership, management, problem-solving and communication skills. I have the benefit of well over 34 year career in the Central and Local Government in England. Until recently, I was an Audit Manager in the office of Mayor of London Policing and Crime, where I managed reviews within the Metropolitan Police Service covering areas like Governance, Management, Systems under development, Command & Control and Olympics. My report on Gifts and Hospitality has been cited in the Lord Leveson’s Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. I am also the longest serving member of the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association (currently their Deputy Chairperson) and have been actively reviewing and protecting Hindu Police officers, members of Staff and community interests and securing fair and just resolutions. I have taken the lead and empowered many people to challenge unfairness and pursue progression and rewards. I have actively empowered women through mentoring, encouragement and support. We will thrive and succeed further when we ensure; equality of opportunity, fairness and also that women are well represented up to the highest level. In September 2013, I was shortlisted for Asian Achievers Awards under Uniformed and Civil Services category. I recently conducted a workshop on Domestic Violence at De Montfort University Leicester, which was very well received. We are happy to organise seminars/talks for our members.


As you might be aware, the Hindu Council UK was launched on 27th November 1994 in Harrow. More than a thousand people attended the launch and the occasion was blessed by many spiritual leaders. Most Hindus believe that a national body is very important and agree that the Hindu Council UK as a ‘National umbrella body of Hindu organisations in the United Kingdom’ is one of the best solutions to address Hindu issues and concerns.


You are our eyes and ears and we look forward to hearing from you at regular intervals, working very closely with you and look forward to serving you. You are welcome to contact me on 07956 655 792 or our General Secretary Shri Rajnish Kashyap on 07903216291.

Let us keep in touch and work together in the service of Hinduism. Aum


Desecration of Hindu sentiments in Parliament

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Wednesday 26th February 2014 will go down in history as the day the mother of Parliament was high-jacked by extremists who abused the privilege and desecrated the sentiments of a peaceful and harmonious British Hindu community.

In a meeting room booked by Labour MP John McDonnell, organisations such as ‘The Monitoring Group’ and ‘Awaaz’ spewed vile unsubstantiated hate towards the Hindu community.

The British Hindu community is one of the most cohesive, contributory and peaceful

communities in Britain. It thrives on core Hindu values of love, peace and non- violence. Hindus have become a beacon community within the diversity of multi- ethnic and multi-faith communities that make up Britain.

Madhava Turumella, Vice President of the Hindu Forum of Britain who was in attendance and witnessed this fiasco first hand commented: “Hinduism is magnanimous in respecting the ideologies of others, it is clear that our tolerance has given these extremist the opportunity to attack and undermine our faith and our community”

Confirming the disappointment felt by the British Hindu community, Satish K Sharma the Secretary General of the National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHTUK), ‘It is most unfortunate that these Labour MPs opened the doors to Parliament, giving such extremists a platform to exhibit such hateful views. This is merely one more in a sequence of events, which indicate that the British Hindu Community is now the subject of a campaign of public vilification, as indicated by the the Lord Harries amendment and confirmed by subsequent media coverage in the mainstream British Press. Hindus, members of the oldest multi faith culture, subscribe to the ethos of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning – the whole world is one family. It would appear that Parliamentary process has been perverted by persons who do not wish to see such confident interfaith principles being developed. We shall be consulting with our members and in due course will be requesting that Leaders of the Political Parties, clarify their position on this assault on the British Hindu Community.”

Prinal Nathwani Chairman of the City Hindu Network said "Once again, we come across a situation where the Hindu community in Britain is being unfairly and aggressively vilified. CHN is further shocked that such views are being supported,and indeed peddled, by supposed community leaders and organisations.

At a time when interfaith/intercommunity dialogue and co-operation is becoming increasingly important, it is alarming that there are still those within our community insistent on promoting division and fear, and seeking to take advantage of democratic principles and the Hindu ideals of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and a strong world community to promote these negative ideas".

Sri Rajnish Kashyap, Secretary General of The Hindu council UK said "I concur with all my Hindu colleagues in their outrage at the way and the manner in which our faith has been desecrated. This should be unacceptable to people of all faiths.”

Mukesh Naker Communications officer for British Hindu Voice said “Statements by Awaaz & TMG-UK by implication brands every Hindu as being a racist and a fascist. We strongly object to this form of vilification and undermine a peaceful and tolerant community.”

Britain is a wonderful country giving freedom of expression to everyone. With such freedoms come responsibility and good behaviour. We as a nation cannot and should not allow such extremist access to Parliament to peddle their lies and incite hatred. The leading Hindu organisations will continue to work collectively in fostering good relations with all communities. It is our hope that other communities will also distance themselves from such extremists.





Joint Statement Issued by:


Hindu Forum of Britain
National Council for Hindu Temples City Hindu Network
Hindu Council UK
National Hindu Students Forum British Hindu Voice




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