CELEBRATED AT HOUSE OF COMMONS
(19 April 2005)
celebrated the Hindu Festival of Ramnomi at the House Of Commons,
with the Hindu Council UK (HCUK) and it's member faith organisations
on 18 April 2005. This event, hosted by the Minister of State, Tony
McNulty (MP) marked the significant working partnership between
the British government and Hindu faith organisations within the
UK, and was attended by 270 guests. Anuja
Prashar (HCUK Executive) welcomed all the distinguished guests and
community leaders, which included the Indian High Commissioner and
the visiting Indian Minister of West Bengal.
said it was apt, that this first celebration, of the birth of Shri
Ram ji, at the House of Commons coincides in 2005 with the awakening
of the British Hindu community to its own need to engage pro-actively
with the machinery of Government and Policy making. Anuja
elaborated that the coincidence is remarkable and more significant
because Shri Ram was the embodiment of the qualities that all Hindus
aspire to as individuals and therefore the qualities that underpin
the culture of our communities. Lord Ram demonstrated these qualities
throughout his life. The qualities of :
for the Law of the Land, by obeying his father the King and going
into exile in the forest.
pursuit of knowledge of his environment, to create harmony &
prosperity through good relationships with other forest dwellers
regardless of their station or background.
self discipline and commitment to purpose to fight back, when
his peace & prosperity, his Laxmi, his wife Sita was snatched
away from him.
the strength of diversity, by respecting partnerships and working
together with Hanumanji and other forest communities to overcome
Upholding the principle of SEVA, by gaining mastery over personal
needs to serve the greater good of the community, when subjecting
his Sita to 'Aagni Pariksha' in order to retain community cohesion
Maharaj from Maha Laxmi Mandir - Lewisham, Bankim Gossaiji enthralled
the room full of Parliamentarians and Hindu leaders with a recital
of the Ramayan, while Shri Ramesh ji lead the prayer ceremony. There
followed speeches from several dignitaries. Kamlesh Sharma, Indian
High Commissioner congratulated UK's Hindu Community on the dignity
and strength they displayed, through the celebration of their own
cultural values and suggested that the spiritual aridity of our
times required more of the same.
Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn (MP), Secretary of State for Culture, spoke
of the increased developing partnership work between the Indian
& British governments, on various projects and welcomed the
opportunities for forging greater understanding between the Hindu
& British cultures.
Grieve (MP), Shadow Attorney General, recognised the contribution
that the Hindu community has made to British society and encouraged
community leaders to take up the challenge of greater partnership
working in the future development of a Multi-cultural Britain.
visiting Minister from West Bengal congratulated the Hindu Council
UK and the Hindu community of the UK for it's exemplary ability
to develop harmonious and effective relationships within a multi-cultural
classical dances, Kathak and Bharat Natyam, were performed by students
of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, introduced with explanation by Dr.
Shastry ji (HCUK Executive). The audience made up of several Hindu
community leaders, Presidents of various Faith organisations and
a significant number of Ministers of Parliament, who are involved
with Faith and Hindu Community, such as Home Office Minister, Fiona
Mactaggart (MP), Adrian Bailey (MP), Lord Dholakia (LibDem) and
others, applauded as the three young women performed to the recital
of the Ramayan.
Bhanot (HCUK General Secretary) concluded by calling for a greater
focus on Inter-Faith dialogue and explained the Hindu pluralistic
approach. Anil ji commended the Home Office Faith Unit under, Fiona
Mactaggart(MP) for always trying their best and urged religious
leaders to begin to move from an already established culture of
tolerance, thanks to the work of Inter Faith Network, to developing
a culture of genuine respect for each others religions.
Pound (MP), who chairs the Labour Friends of India at the parliament,
reminded us of the ideals set by Lord Ram and how important it is
for us not to forget those. Stephen confirmed that Hinduism has
a lot to teach the world and he ended by greeting everyone with
McNulty (MP) reaffirmed that he was delighted at the celebrations
especially, with the dignity and depth of the explanations that
Maharaj, Bankim Gossai ji provided, from the readings of the Ramayan.
The values of the Hindu code of conduct was evident in the joyous
and gracious manner of the celebrations and Tony declared, to the
rapturous delight of all guests, that Ramnomi and Janamashtmi would
be celebrated every year at the British House of Parliament.
here to visit the Hindu Council website www.hinducounciluk.org.