Pakistani Hindus discuss their issues in Pakistan Hindu Council AGM

By : pakistanhinducouncil.org.pk.

The First General Body Meeting of Pakistan Hindu Council Cabinet 18-20 was held on 9th December 2018, Sunday at Global Marquees, Karachi. The meeting was started with Gayatri/Mool Mantar and then a welcome speech was done by Mr. Raja Bhawan (Vice-President) in which he welcomed all the members and applauds all the members for their contribution in PHC. The financial budget was presented by Mr. Bharat Kumar Manglani (Finance Secretary) in which all details were shared with the members. All Members unanimously approved the financial budget and praised the dedication of the Finance Secretary. Mr. Parshotam Ramani (General Secretary) described all the projects and events in front of members to show the performance and progress of this cabinet. As the main agenda was Forced Conversion so Mr. Gopal Khamuani (President) stated that forced conversion has become a big issue for Hindus and this should be resolved as soon as possible. He further said I think lack of caring and busy schedule of parents is also the reason for children to convert their religion. He also demanded in his speech that Marriage act law should be implemented on an immediate basis and the chairman of Evacuee trust property should be a Hindu so that no Hindu property get possessed illegally. To finish this matter from its roots, it is necessary to give our children the knowledge of religion, sacrifices and our norms along with basic knowledge. The President also discussed the future plans as he said that we are making committees at the district level so that we get knowledge about the people issues and we will also organize Dharmic quiz programs in different districts so that children get knowledge about our religion.

However, in open discussion, all respected members shared their thoughts and suggestions regarding this issue. Mr. Paman Lal Rathi (Joint Secretary) stated that these cases usually take place in lower areas like Thar and interior where people do not have enough to eat and also do not have the education so we should give them education and should help them in reducing the poverty. Mr. Hotchand Karmani (Advisor and Ex-President) stated that it is the responsibility of every member of PHC to help people and to solve their issues. Mr. Rajesh Kumar Hardasani (Advisor) advised that we should tell our children about our religion and about the life of girls who got victimized and sometimes parents are also responsible in this issues as they did not give time to their children and allow them to do by their own. Mr. Harish Sakhija (MC Member) stated that there are different reasons but we should handle these issues personally and did not let anyone do politics as this is the matter of many lives. Mr. Prem Talreja (Advisor) advised that we should not create difference and should help lower castes as well because we all are from one religion and human first. At last, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani (Patron) also shared its work and dedication towards this issues as he stated that people do politics in these issues that cause a negative impact on our community. He stated that we should stay combine and should fight boldly against these issues so that we could get over this issue. At last, the Patron answered the questions of members and then it was unanimously decided by all the Bearers, MC Members, Advisors, Observers, life members and associate members that parent should give time to their children and should give them religious knowledge as well so that they know about the actual meaning of Hinduism and the purification of this religion.

 

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Voilence during shifting of Hindu temple in Malaysia

After Islamic insult on Hindu temple in Malaysia, Violence breaks out

Surya Jeya Kumar| Selangor : Vehicles were set ablaze when violence broke out near the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Selangor’s Subang Jaya  in the wee hours of Monday (Nov 26).

The fight between two groups was sparked by a disagreement over the relocation of the Hindu temple, Subang Jaya district police said in a Facebook post.

Hindu devotees were reportedly protesting the relocation of the 100-year-old Hindu house of worship when they were attacked by another group of Muslim people, news portal Malaysiakini said.

“Eighteen cars and two motorcycles were torched in the incident. A police patrol car was also damaged by stones thrown during the incident,” said Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor.

“About 50 men were in the compound of the temple and a group of men was outside. They traded insults that led to the riot,” he added.

In a Malaysiakini video, it is clearly seen that Jihadi people came out in streets with Allha-o-Akbar slogans to chase the Hindus to stranded them from their demand to save the dignity of the 100 years old Sri Maha Mariamman temple in the seafield area of Selangor’s Subang Jaya. The Allaho-ho-Akbar people were telling not to make trouble in their speech, but they were set to create violence against Hindu people connected with Sri Maha Mariamman temple

Police has taken control of that area tough came a little bit late, as local people reported.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P. Waytha Moorthy has appealed to all Malaysians to stay calm over the scuffle at a Hindu temple in USJ25 early today within the jurisdiction of UEP (United Estate Projects) Subang Jaya.

He said upon receiving various Facebook postings and video recordings on the incident at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, he contacted Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, Bernama reports.

“The minister has raised grave concern of the community on the affray which appears to be a threat to the breach of peace and peaceful co-existence of our multi-racial and multi-religious society as well as freedom of religion,“ said a statement issued by the Office of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

The statement said the Deputy IGP has promised that a thorough investigation would be conducted on the incident.

In SHAH ALAM, Selangor Mentri (Minister) Besar Amirudin Shari said the matter should be left to the police to investigate as it involved a crime, AMAR SHAH MOHSEN reports.

“It is best that we give our full trust to the police to investigate the motive behind the attack and what actually transpired.

“This involves crime and as such, I advise that everyone refrain from making statements, or take actions, that can lead to unwanted scenarios,“ he told reporters at the lobby of the Selangor state legislative assembly, here, today.

In GEORGE TOWN, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy called on the local authorities and developers throughout the country to find ways to ensure that their development projects can co-exist with Hindu temples, IAN MCINTYRE reports.

Ramasamy, who is DAP central executive committee member, said that there needs to be a better way to settle disputes over the locations for places of worship, especially if the place of worship was established earlier than the proposed development project, he said in an interview.

Ramasamy, who plans to visit the site of the unrest, said the Pakatan Harapan government needs to make it a point to ensure that the co-existence of places of worship with new projects becomes a working policy.

“I am aghast over the incident, especially coming under the Pakatan tenure. We need to offer a solution to all parties,“ he said.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hindu Sangam (MHS) called upon the Hindu community to remain calm and not to retaliate with violence.

Its president Datuk R. S. Mohan Shan condemned the violence and urged Hindus, temples and Hindu non-governmental organisations to lodge police reports nationwide.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) also echoed Mohan’s sentiment and condemned the attack.

“The MCCBCHST calls upon the police to leave no stones unturned in bringing to justice all those who were involved in this ugly incident.

“Such acts of violence must never be condoned. A temple is a house of worship and its sanctity must be maintained at all times.”

A source in MCCBCHST says,the Indian Jihadi Preacher Zakir Naik,  now in Malaysia, is radicalizing the Malay Muslims youth against the Hindus residing there. Zakir Naik has established an internal connection with many Muslim Ministers, Politicians, Administrators and Police Officials in Malaysia, who treat Hindu Citizens of Malaysia as second class citizens.

Source : Hindu Existence

After Islamic insult on Hindu temple in Malaysia, Violence breaks out

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Sikh Samadhi and Hindu temple of Gulyana Pakistan

By : Wali Imran.

Gulyana town Gujar Khan Pakistan that was destroyed twice

Courtesy : Wali Imran,
 
900 years old Gulyana town of about a 50,000 people, just a few kilometers South of Gujar Khan, was raised to the ground once several centuries ago, by raiders from the West. The second time it was destroyed during the 1947 partition riots.GulyanaBefore 1947, the Gulyana town center was mostly Hindu and Sikh. The Hindus and Sikh owned all the businesses in the town center and Muslims were their tenants, peasants and laborers. Muslims sold their lands to pay off their debts and also handed over their crop of wheat. The Dewan, Dutt, Mohyal Brahmin, and Singh families were always part of royal elite.

Bollywood Star Sanjay Dutt is from the same branch of warrior Brahmin Dutt and belongs to the same place.GulyanaLand owners were guaranteed protection from military’s presence in Gujar Khan from the North and a rivulet from the south. This land produced sheer gold and wealthy Sikhs and Hindus lived like kings in mansions make of stone, several storey high.GulyanaBakshi Tek Chand, Dewan Prithvi Chand Dutt, Bakshi Moti Ram and Tara Singh were the dominant names of those times.  They built temples, dug up wells for the 30-50 kanal holdings each and distributed these lands amongst their permanent serfs. They did however, treat their serfs with respect and gave them a good share of the crop — what do you expect from absentee landlords.The Sikh had a timber business. Logs from Kashmir valley were dumped into Jhelum River and recovered downstream near Jhelum city to be sold at Gujar Khan.

The Hindus were mostly traders, money lenders and retailers.GulyanaMuslims were mostly illiterate and poor and were destined to stay that way considering the only quality boarding school in nearby Gujar Khan had 95% non-muslim attendance.

During the 1947 riots, one Sikh Bali Singh and one Hindu Lady Banto were killed in the riots but the rest were whisked away with their gold, in the safety of Gorkha soldiers. The Muslim riot crowd burnt to the ground the several symbols of oppression and got rich in the process, during the looting.

One Hindu tehsildar had the magistrate’s powers to jail someone for 6 months.GulyanaWhen the British left suddenly in 1947, the carefully crafted social experiment in native subjugation came crumbling down within days.

 

Otherwise, one 100 years old resident of Gulyana tells me, “the Hindus and Sikh were very friendly towards the Muslims, their women played around with the boys, molvi were not trouble makers then; they cared about their serfs and neighbors’, built schools, hospitals and wells for the general public. No Muslim was allowed into their kitchen however. Balraj, Sita, Beera, Ramu Shikari, Gujrati, Peecha Singh, Mangat Singh, Jawals Singh, Raab Singh, Gurdyal, were the well-known Hindus and Labbu, Gurra, Jagdev, Santa, Paacha, Chatru were the known Sikh of the time. One Tek Chand Never left for India and embraced Islam. His wife and three sons left for India. Tek Chand married a Muslim lady and had seven children. They are all in poverty now. Several of the old mansion, one dhramsala, one temple, several bowlis (watering hole) have been lost to time.Gulyana

The surrounding farms around Gulyana were refreshing. The old styled spoke wells, Sikh Samadhi, Hindu temple and 100 years old Gujarati’s mansion still survives.I went into the temple inner sanctum and saw the most beautiful frescos of mixed Hindu and Sikh religious figures like hanuman, Krishna, Sita, Baba Guru Nanak, Bala, Mardana, etc.Gulyana

Pakistan government build a dam 5 km upstream, called the Ugahaun; it’s a lovely place to fish and boat around.

The union council in 1947 had more financial powers than it does today.GulyanaIn short, all the entrepreneurs, educators, administrator, jurisprudence people, revenue people, land record people and large scale farmers left in 1947.

GulyanaI am astonished how Pakistan survived with an illiterate mass of people, steeped in poverty — traumatized by exploitation and mass killings.

Other interesting places in Potohar region are:

Bedi Mahal, Pharwala fort, Malot fort, Sangini fort, Rawat fort and Mankial Stupa.

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A scholarship offered to Racist by Melbourne Law Firm

The Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship is an annual initiative, open to all students enrolled in a course of secondary, tertiary or post-graduate practical education/training.

The topic for 2019 is:

The Racist Inside Me Discuss a time when you felt xenophobic and how you have since evolved.

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Misuse of sacred Hindu symbols and spiritual images

By : Prakash Mehta.

To

Brookvale Union

We are disappointed that a picture has been published in SMH dated  13 Nov 2018 (copy attached)  depicting the image of Ganesh – the deity that Hindus worship.  Incidentally, you were kind enough to write respond to earlier similar occurrence as per your email dt 11 Nov 2013 to Prof Nihal (copy attached) then President of the Hindu Council that there was no intention to hurt the sensitivities of Hindu community and that this has been noted and that you will look at other options.

 As you would know Hinduism is the fourth largest religion in the world (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/06/the_odd_body_religion/ ) with nearly one billion adherents across the world.  Non-violence towards all underpins Hinduism.  Consequently, hurting sentiments of people who are otherwise peace-loving sends a wrong message and can provoke people.  I am sure you would be taking similar care for other major world religions. 

 Consequently, could we request you once again to please withdraw such pictorial depiction in the interest of maintaining communal harmony for which Australia is well-known worldwide and you would agree, it is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that this image of Australia is not tarnished.  As you wrote in your earlier email, if this has happened inadvertently once again then, could we request you to please take due care in future and also withdraw this picture as promised by you earlier?

 Thanks in advance for your help

Kind Regards

Prakash Mehta

National President

Hindu Council of Australia

Email by Brookvale dated 11 Nov 2013

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Vandalized Temple takes first step to rebuild by Murti Visarjan

By : Pandit Paras Ram Maharaj.

The Bhartiye Temple in Sydney Australia which was vandalized a few weeks ago is gathering itself to get on with the reconstruction job abd restarting temple and prayers. The first step is to do Murti Visarjana (immersion of idols) in deep ocean where they will not be trampeled upon and rest in peace without being disturbed for all time to come.

Temple Priest collecting broken Godheads with mantra recitation

The broken statues of the Godheads were duly dispersed in the ocean floor outside Sydney harbor on Saturday 27th. October, 2018. The procession started with prayer ceremony at the Temple and dispersing the statues with flow of milk in the ocean at Sydney Heads. We hired a boat from Balmoral Beach and went to Sydney Heads in open seas and dispersed all the Moortis in accordance with our religious culture in the Ocean.

Temple executive driving Godheads to deep ocean off Sydney

In the team were Mr. Indarjit Rai, Parveen Singh and Pundit Paras Ram Maharaj who went to disperse the moortis.

Rituals and Murti Visarjana at Sea

Now the Temple building is cleared and ready for reconstruction.

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Australia Rises against Temple Attack

Australians from all walks of life have risen in anger and indignation at the desecration and vandalism of a Hindu temple in Sydney last week. Hindu community has been overwhelmed by the support shown to it by the Governments, Political leaders, Religious leaders, Mayor, Councillors and ordinary Australians. Many ordinary Australians have shown their disgust for the attack and have come forward and donated money for temple restoration. The Police have installed two high-tech cameras, solar powered and installed on top of electrical poles to keep an eye on both the streets around the corner block the temple land is on. The local council has provided a number of free rubbish bins and clean up kits fee of charge.

Idols

The temple management expresses its gratitude to Australians for their support and is ready to move on. The first step is to do visarjana (final resting of the broken and desecrated idols) in deep ocean so that they remain there and do not get trampled upon ever. Once this has been done, the committee will start getting quotations for various work and material needed for restoration. They need :

  • Cabinet makers for Stand of the Idols and statues.
  • Carpet suppliers and layers.
  • Donors for Musical Instruments in any – i.e. Harmoniums, Dholaks, Tabla etc.
  • Donors for Religious books i.e.: Ram Charitra Manas, Bhagwat Puran, Devi Bhagwat etc.

They have set up a GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/bhartiyemandirsydney

Those who would like to help can go the web site above and make their donations.

The Temple Management has issued following statement about the incident :

We the executive members of the Bhartiye Mandir Sydney, are obliged with the assistance of Hindu Council of Australia with several members of the community who have visited the temple and offered their support in various ways.

We made several representation to Australian media but all went on deaf ears up until the article of our brother Shree Surinder Jain being published. This came as a storm in the media world and we have been stormed by several media group to cover the story.

This has been exposed in Indian television AAj Tak and Fiji One in Fiji also on SBS which showed here in Sydney on Thursday 18th October.

We have received visits from several members of the Parliaments representatives,From Cumberland Council the Mayor, Councillor Suman Saha ji who have been visiting us on several days with his command on Friday the installation of two security cameras on the street facing our temple building from both sides. The supply of bins for cleanup of the temple building. 

The team from Multicultural NSW consist of The Chairperson Dr. Hari Harinath, Ms. Megan Lancaster(Director), Mr. Malcolm Haddon (Senior Manager Community Resilience) Ms. Thida Young (Community Engagement Officer) together with Mr. Sreeni Pillamarri (President of UIA) all visited and inspected the ruins inside of the  Bhartiye Mandir Temple and jointly condemned the act of vandalism caused therein.

We request Hindu Council to assist us in this appeal as we need all support and guidance we can to rebuilt this holy temple.

We have cleaned the place as the council has provided the bins and assured that will take all the rubbish away by Monday.  Although the carpet is still to be stripped out as small particles of glasses are still stuck in the carpet and are dangerous for bear feet.

Australian Leaders Condemn this shameful act :

  • Victoria Bismire

It’s terrible that someone did this to you – Australia is better than this. Hope this helps with the restorations.

 

I stand with the Hindu community

I was horrified to see the awful damage to your holy place.

I am so sorry that this has happened.

Even though I am an agnostic, I firmly believe in the freedom to practise one’s faith. This vandalism was completely unacceptable. Shame on the perpetrators.

As an atheist who strongly believes in a multicultural and pluralist community free of religious bigotry and violence, I am proud to stand with our Hindu community.

I stand in solidarity with the Hindu Community.

I saw the sbs news article and was sad to see such a thing happen. Whilst I’m not religious I wish your temple well

COVERAGE BY AUSTRALIAN MEDIA

 
 
 
 
 

 

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APRO all religions leaders condemn Temple attack

APRO Australian Participation of Religious Organizations condemned the recent attack on a Hindu temple in Reagents Park. APRO aims to  promote and advocate for inter-faith harmony, and understanding and respect between the adherents of the various religions in Australia and to combat religious prejudice and discrimination. It has members from Council fo Australian Jewery, Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu (represented by Hindu Council of Australia), National Council of Churches, Muslims and Sikh faith.

Hindu Council of Australia has been an active member for last ten years.

All the leaders condemned the attack in strong terms and issued following Press Release :

“We,  leaders and representatives of faith-based organisations in Australia, condemn the shameful attack on the Hindu Temple in Regents Park on 14 October 2018. 
 
Attacks on religious institions are intolerable and shameful.
 
Australia enjoys and celebrates religious diversity and is rightly recognised as a leading example of fairness, tolerance and inter-communal harmony and cooperation and it is incumbent upon us to do our best to ensure that incidents such as this are exposed for what they are and the perpetrators punished. 
 
We call upon the police to make every effort to speddily identify the culprit/s and for the courts to deal with any guilty party promptly and appropriately.
 
We further call on our political leaders to publicly and unambiguously condemn the attack”
 
  • National Council of Churches in Australia
  • Muslims Australia (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils)
  • Executive Council of Australian Jewry
  • Australian Baha’i Community
  • Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils
  • Hindu Council of Australia
  • National Sikh Council of Australia

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Daniel Mookhey MLC condemns temple attack

181018 Statement on Recent Vandalism at a Sydney Hindu Temple

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Labour MPs condemn temple attack

Labour Mps Message - Regents Park Temple - 2018

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