Permanent Secretariat proposed for Hindus worldwide
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 05:41 PM
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Mohandas Pai, Sonal Mansingh participated in 'World Hindu Congress 2018'
Chicago : ‘‘Hindu worldwide should become more visible as positive change makers in their respective countries they call home, wherever they may be today, is the main consensus emerging from ‘World Hindu Congress 2018’, said Dr. Abhaya Asthana, convener of the conference at the concluding session.

The Hindu Political Conference, a subset of the ‘World Hindu Congress 2018’, held in Chicago from 7 to 9 September,  has suggested the need for a permanent secretariat in the US or UK for the cause of Hindu rights around the globe. To accomplish this task, a group of eminent persons will be recruited.

The political conference highlighted the importance of asserting a strong political voice especially in countries like the Caribbean, Fiji and the African countries, and developing young political leaders. A dynamic digital database of all political leaders by country is to be developed.  
The congress hosted five other parallel sessions, on youth, media, economy, women, education, and Hindu organizations.

To create awareness about atrocities committed against Hindus around the world, Hindu youth should leverage their social media skills, speak out against biased portrayals of Hindus, educate emerging politicians on the effective use of media and identifying the key roadblock to Hindu youth in embracing their Hindu identity proudly were key points.  The conference has decided to establish at least 20 internships for youth who aspire to enter politics.

Freeing temples from the control of the government and an operational mechanism to reach out to unreached areas as well as how Hindu activism in the US can be replicated elsewhere were the outcomes of the Hindu organizational conference.The media conference called for activist media entrepreneurs who are not profit driven and making writing contemporary and relevant to the present generation and make it “cool”

Finding new ways to open trade, further regulatory reforms in India, skill development, building ecosystems providing capital to startups and mentoring programs for young entrepreneurs were the recommendations of the economic conference.

Entrepreneur and Grammy nominated artist Chandrika Tandon shared her insights at the women’s conference. A short term goal was to conduct value based workshops, seminars and symposiums for young girls. Long term goals were an Angel Investor group for women entrepreneurs and a global Hindu Women Business directory.

A strategy for developing scholarship in religious studies and a strong international network of Hindu scholars were the outcomes of the Education conference. Fifty six posters on inspirational stories and community service projects were on display. The poster on Sewa International’s “Toilet and hygiene project for the Girl Child,” “Pakistani-Hindu - A genocide forgotten,” and a poster by were chosen as three best posters.
Mohandas Pai, Sonal Mansingh  and Nagaswamy shared the dias for the third plenary session on ‘Hindu Society: Glory of the Past, Pain of Present and Dream for Future.’ Prof. Subhash Kak moderated the session.

“We have a lot to be proud of,” said Subhash Kak and highlighted the many inventions and scientific theories of today that have already been written about in ancient literary works such as the significance of the number 108. The true father of computer science should be Panini for his 4000 rules of Sanskrit language, he said, and the inventor of quantum mechanics is said to have said that the concept came to him from the Upanishads. 

Renowned classical dancer Sonal Mansingh spoke about “Kala,Sanskritiand Vidya” and how one is always seeking eternal life in this ephemeral life. This can be achieved by Nritya, which not just dance. Every breath you take is a dance, the blood flowing in your veins is a dance, the heart beat is taal. Even the word Bharath has music in it – as Bha means love, Ra means raga and ta means taal. 

Mohandas Pai, Chairperson of Board of Manipal Global said, ‘India’s economy is $2.6 trillion and is third largest economy in the world, following China and the US. India will become a $10 trillion economy by 2030. Everyone should have the basic necessities of life like food, shelter, electricity, water and healthcare. These problems will be solved by 2030. We need to invest in education, fund political parties through checks and demand honesty from our politicians.’’

R. Nagaswamy, historian and archeologist from Tamil Nadu, spoke about Manu Dharma which is derived from the Vedas. ‘‘This was the first constitution and law code established 3500 years ago.Manu Dharma describes how a child should be raised, how a king should rule, crime and punishment, among other things. These “laws” or Manu Dharma should be established by great, learned people, who must be honest and have no hatred, enmity or greed, he said. These laws inscribed on copper plates have been found in ancient kingdoms across the Indian subcontinent,’’ he said.
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