Pauline Hanson gives thumbs up to Indian Migration to Australia

By : Surinder Jain.

Pauline Lee Hanson is an Australian politician and a Senator representing the state of Queensland. She is also the founder and leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party (PHON). Despite Hanson’s repeated denials of charges of racism,[13] her views on race and immigration have been discussed widely in Australia. In her maiden speech, Hanson proposed a drastic reduction in immigration with particular reference to immigrants from Asia. Condemning multiculturalism, her One Nation party has rallied against government immigration and multicultural policies.[20] Hanson publicly backed Kevin Andrews, then Minister for Immigration under John Howard, in his views about African migrants and crime.[25]

Senator Pauline Hanson (source : Wikipedia)

Hindu Council of Australia, in association with the Hon Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and Senator the Hon Zed Seselja Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, celebraterd Deepawali festival and Annakut in the Great Hall of the Federal Parliament House in Canberra on Monday December 3, 2018. Pauline was one of the honored guests at Diwali.

Although Diwali has been celebrated at federal Parliament for over ten years now, it was the first time that Pauline Hanson joined. “This is the first time I have ever been to this event. I am not anti-migrant at all.” She said that she did not see any  problem with Indians migrating to Australia.  She expressed her happiness for having joined Diwali festivities. “It’s very special what I understand as a community. I am still learning. I don’t understand it fully but I think as a member of parliament and a national political party, it’s nice to be a part of it and I support the Indian community on this special day.”

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Parliament House Diwali 3rd Dec

3rd December 2018 in Federal Parliament house, Canberra.

Click here to join bus trip from Sydney for Canberra Diwali

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Pope’s emissary meets Hindu Council of Australia

A Papal Contingent from Rome and various parts of the world visited Australia and met various  local faith leaders, including representatives of Hindu Council of Australia in Canberra. Many issues of similarities were discussed. The gathering also talked how to counter differences towards a happier and less wounded world.

Mr Prakash Mehta, President Hindu Council and Dr Himnashu Pota represented Hindu Council in the meeting. The team was received by Archbishop Prowse.  The four high ranking clergy from the Vatican consisted of Bishops, Monsignors and Priests from Spain, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia specialising in relations with other faiths. There were five faiths represented consisting Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Baha’i. There were some 20 invitees who were separated into three groups to interchange their views.

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Hindus join International Day of Peace celebrations in Canberra

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture held a Multi-faith meeting on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, representing: Hindu, Christian, Islam, Buddhist and Quakers.

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Interfaith prayers for Rain

Australia is going through a severe drought. Religious leaders of various faiths including Hindus participated in rituals to bring about rains. Hindu Priest is Pandit Prakash Pandey recited the prayers in Sanskrit. Mr Basu Banka explained the rituals and spoke at the Prayer Service.

 

A sum of $260 was collected for Buy a Bale charity.

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Wisdom for the Common Good – Multifaith forum

By:Kanti Jinna.

I was invited to speak on the topic of Wisdom for the Common Good as espoused in the Bhagavad Gita. I drew my inspiration from Chapter 6 on Jnanya Yoga.

This is an annual meeting organised by the Order of Australia Association and the Multi-faith aspect is led by Rev Bishop Stephen Pickard of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

It was held on Sunday 19th August and the other Faith Leaders were from Islam, Buddhist, Baha’i, Hinduism, Jewish and Christian faiths.

By:Kanti Jinna.

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Dalai Lama 83rd birthday celebrated

By:Prakash Mehta.

ACT Tibetian community Inc. celebrated 83rd Birthday celebration of His Holy Highness Dalai Lama in Cenberra. Mr Prakash Mehta, President , Hindu Council of Australia represented Hindus in Australia in the celebrations.

 

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Hindu Unity Day unites Hindus in Canberra

Hindu Council of Australia invited about 15 Hindu organizations together on 16th June to discuss how can we preserve Hindu culture in Australia.

Each organization spoke about what they are doing and their idea of how we can preserve our culture in Australia. There was a unanimous agreement among all gathered Hindu organizations that such events to foster Hindu Unity should be held on a regular basis.

 

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A capsule course on Hinduism in Canberra, sign up now

Hindu Council is conducting a capsule course on Hindu philosophy and Hinduism in Canberra. This capsule course on Hindu Philosophy is presented as a series of ten sessions of two hours each. The course will cover ten fundamental topics.
Rational inquiry is the basis for Hindu beliefs and rituals. These ten sessions will introduce the methods of rational inquiry used by Indians and connect them to our daily practices.

Hindu Philosophy is a vast subject and these ten sessions are meant to give an introduction to ten topics and also to provide directions to students who want to study further with a rational inquiring mind.

The topics will be covered in a manner similar to a university course with an assignment component so that the participants can apply what they have learnt.

Venue:
Canberra – Churches Center, Suite 26 , Level 2, 54 Benjamin Way, Belconnen. (Opp ABS building).
Date: 21 July to 22 Sept- every Saturday 10.00 am to 12.00 pm.

Interstate – To be connected through Zoom ( video meeting room)

[Please click here for online sign up]

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OAM Honor awarded to Kanti Jinna Vice President

Congratulations to Mr Kanti Jinna, Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia for being awarded OAM MEDAL, (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION on Queens birthday in 2018. Such an honor has earlier been bestowed by the Australian government to other Hindu Council members including Dr Balasubramanian (Current Director and Ex-President) , Prof Nihal Agar (Current Director and Ex-President), Mr Jay Raman (Current President NSW Chapter) and Mr Vijai Singhal (Current Director).

Hindu Council is proud of their acheivements.

The medal has been awarded to Mr Kanti Jinna for his service to the multicultural community of the Australian Capital Territory.

His service to the community includes :

Hindu Council of Australia:
Vice-Chairman, since 2009.
Member, current.

Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre, Australian Capital Territory:
Co-founder, current.
Former President.

Royal Commonwealth Society, Australian Capital Territory
President, 2014-2016.
Council Member, since 2017.
Member, current.

Canberra Multicultural Community Forum
Advisor Ageing, since 2010.
Member, since 2005.

Indian Senior Citizen’s Association, Australian Capital Territory
Vice President, since 2010.
Member, current.

Board Member, Australian Capital Territories Public Cemeteries Authority Board, since 2015.
Member, Partnering with Consumers and Carers Advisory Group, Calvary Hospital, since
2015.

Patron, Fiji Australia Association of Canberra, since 2008.

Member, ACT Chief Minister’s Council of the Ageing, 2005-2011

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