Archives for February 2014

HCA condemns extremism

Extremism has no place in the civilized world: Hindu Council of Australia

Hindu Council of Australia calls the incident an act of inhumanity and deeply disturbing

The Hindu Council of Australia is deeply disturbed by the Sydney café siege incident. It is unfortunate that such an event took place in Australia and innocent people fell prey to the misguided motives of radicalism.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of Sydney Lawyer Katrina Dawson and Café Manager Tori Johnson who left for their heavenly abode following the extremist incident.
We urge everyone in Australia to stand united in this hour of struggle and help the families of the victims in spirit.
“Innocent people being killed in the name of religious fanaticism is not acceptable. Acts of violence are not a part of any civilized society and we should all look at them with zero tolerance. Any amount of leniency will pave paths for more such acts,” said Nihal Agar, President, Hindu Council of Australia.
On Friday, 19 December 2014, Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird and Communities Minister Victor Dominello have called for a multi-faith prayer session to appeal for peace and bring about communal harmony following the siege.
“Such acts are indeed disturbing and we are representing the Hindu society at the multi-faith prayer session. The victims of the siege will be in our thoughts and we will pray for more strength to the families of the victims to deal with this greatest of all losses,” added Mr Agar.
The Hindu Council of Australia is with the families of the deceased hostages, the injured and the innocent click victims of this appalling attack.
We stand in person and spirit with all our friends in this difficult time. We will also take this opportunity to raise the issue of law and order. We believe that the right to extremism and religious fanaticism should be treated as secondary in progressive societies such as Australia. The right to live and right to freedom hold much more importance, which, the victims were denied.

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Interfaith efforts by HCA

It is one of the most important functions of the Hindu Council to represent the Hindu faith in the inter-faith meetings and to take part in the multicultural activities in Australia and the Australasia region.
We have been increasingly involved in this activity. Give below are the interfaith activities we have been involved with :

  • Phnom Penh Dialogue 2008 on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace cialistoday visit this site and Harmony 3 – 6 April 2008
  • Regional Inter-faith Co-operation for Peace, Development and Dignity in Cebu, Philippines from 14-16 March 2006
  • An Observance for Commonwealth Day 2006 in presence of Her Majesty The Queen on 13 March 2006.
  • Community Harmony Reference Group, Ryde on 7 February 2006.
  • The World Conference of Religions for Peace (NSW) meeting on 7 September 2005.
  • The World Conference of Religions For Peace on 8 March 2006.
  • Multicultural Group Discussions on 13 July 2005 organised by the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.
  • Dialogue on Inter-faith Cooperation, Community Building and Harmony in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 5-7 December 2004.
  • Women’s Inter-faith Network Meetings.

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