WA Chapter

A WA chapter of Hindu Council of Australia has been established on 12th March 2018.

First program will be to welcome HH Mahant Swami of BAPS by all Hindu Organisations. HCA WA chapter will lead this program to establish relation with other Hindu Organisations in WA.

Second Program will be celebration of International Yoga Day.

WA Chapter – recent Activities

Anti-Hindu psuedo-Secularism of India

By: Shashi Holla, WA.

Hindu phobic Secularism of India – A wonder of Modern World

WHAT IS SECULARISM?

Secularism is neither universal nor golden standard in the contemporary world. There are many non-secular states predominantly Islamic countries, Israel, the Vatican, and so forth. They enjoy equal clout in international affairs without being reduced to second-grade status in the absence of Secularism.

There is no other country in the world that showed pride in their constitution, which is anti-majority in character except India. Indian law is Anti Hindu and pro-minority. Due to this very nature, Indian Secularism is a double-edged sword. Secularism in India is ineffective, dangerous, and self-destructive. In spite of having Hindu phobic secularism installed in its constitution, the anti-Hindu bias in domestic and international media is rampant. Hindus are shown as fundamentalists in so-called liberal and reputed publications like “New York Times” and “Washington Post.” Almost every year India stands along with Pakistan and countries alike in religious freedom report prepared by not so neutral agencies like USCIRF. (United States Commission on International Religious Freedom) The resurgence of nationalism and dominance of the current political regimen in India is the direct result of perverted Secularism, which is not in sync with Indian customs, Dharma, and culture.

So, what is Secularism? Secularism means separation of state and religion originated in European society as a solution to prevent Catholic-Protestant conflict among Christians. The concept of Secularism found a unique solution for western civilization at that time. The current Secularism in the West is matured enough as they have also amended their laws along with times of Renaissance and Reaffirmation.

India adopted the imported model of Secularism from Europe after its independence. But think tanks of India never considered integrating various aspects of Dharmic civilization (Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism) to make Secularism relevant to the Indian context. Dharma embraces all pathways in achieving an eternal goal, and there is no history of religious persecution in India nor a conflict between “Temple vs. State” or “Dharma Vs. Science.” The imported model adopted by the government blindly after independence caused ideological darkness in India. Hence real progress as a modern nation of India is hampered. The Indian state has positive secularism. Unfortunately, it can interfere in religious matters related to Hindus only. It is politically correct for media, academia, and intellectuals to uphold Muslims and others to practice and propagate on to their religious ways but Hindu’s rights to articulate their religion, sentiments or cultural concerns are considered communal, and that is perplexing.

WHO ARE THE MINORITIES IN INDIA?

Hindus who are in numerical majority face unique problems as the constitution, and the legal system favors minorities. Muslims ruled India for 700 years and Christian British who colonized India for 300 years.

Both Christians and Muslims are well represented in politics, governance, Bollywood, media, and even in Hindu temple management. Globally Christianity and Islam are significant power-packed organized religions and dominate the world demography.

Indian Muslims are nearly 200 million in number, and India has the third-largest Muslim population in the world. India has more than 300000 mosques, and Indian Muslims have political back up in international circles due to the powerful Islamic bloc. There are more than 30 million Christians in India, and generally, they are more educated and economically forward than Hindus. It’s a known fact that Church is the largest landowner in India after the Indian government thanks to the British colonial legacy.

The Indian constitution stipulates there should not be any particular bill for any religion. Article 29 of the constitution refer to Minorities as “section of citizens having a distinct language, script, and culture.” Some of the anomalies and contradictions of Indian Secularism are briefed below. It’s an irony that Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, and Jews are also a minority in India, but establishments and political parties are not wooing them with special treatments.

ABSENCE OF UNIFORM CIVIL CODE

Article 44 of the constitution declares that the state shall endeavor to seek for the citizen a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India. But even after 70 years of independence, there is no Uniform Civil Code in India, unlike Australia. That means there are separate personal laws for Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and the Jewish community. Out of all their laws, only Hindu customs are secularized.

At present, but civil requirements are different from public law and cover marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption, and maintenance. Lack of uniform civil code makes India a false secular state since it cannot provide social justice and gender equality in family matters.

The absence of a uniform civil code affects national integrity and security. For example, Muslim Personal Law Board vehemently opposes uniform civil code as they argue that they will be deprived of Sharia law once the Uniform Civil Code is implemented. The Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir has enacted Sharia law in the country more than a decade back. Secularism without Uniform Civil Code means communities living in enclaves and exodus of Hindus which started from Kashmir is spreading to West Bengal, Kerala, UP, and Bihar.

MINORITY AFFAIRS MINISTRY AND MINORITY FAVOURING SCHEMES

Article 15(1) of the constitution stipulates “The state shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.

But the Indian government probably only one in the world with Minority affairs cabinet ministry meant for all religions except Hinduism. Muslims are the second-largest majority in India. Till recently Haj pilgrimage was subsidized for Muslims on taxpayer’s money in a Hindu majority country. In 2011 Karnataka Government formed Karnataka Development Parishat for the overall development of the Christian community. In states like Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland Christians are in the majority. The Hindus are in the minority in eight of the states in India, but Indian Secularism does not recognize them as minorities.

In 2006 former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh stated minorities must have the first claim on resources, especially Muslims. Just after the recent election in 2019 Ministry of Minority Affairs came out with several freebies for minorities in education, jobs and welfare programs targeting Muslims exclusively. This sort of Secularism where minority pandering at the cost of the majority community is occurring even under the so-called pro-Hindu government. Refer to www.indiafacts.org for more details.

ONLY HINDU TEMPLES ARE UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL

The government controls many Hindu temples in South India, but not Mosques or Churches. Rich Hindu temples are cash cows for the government. Once the government takes over temples, its dignity comes down drastically as the government is not bothered about its traditions and customs except its revenues. The revenues originating from the temples are used for non-Hindu causes like filling up revenue deficits and minority welfare programs. The money collected on Hundi is not spent on Dharma purposes like promoting Indic traditions and causes. The government appoints people of their choice, including politician’s family members to administer temples.

ANTI HINDU AND PRO MINORITY LEGISLATION

The striking legislation against the majority is about establishing educational institutions. In India, minorities like Muslims, Christians got a special right to develop their institutions. They can set their own rules on admission of students, recruitment of staff, and also introducing their faith specific rules and curriculum. But Hindus does not have these privileges. That’s the reason why some of the sects of Hindus like Lingayat’s are demanding separate religion status to avail minority benefits.

Hindu customs has to go through the Western lens of human rights, animal rights, and gender equality. But the same lens does not apply to the traditions of minorities. The recent Sabarimala controversy is a classic example of how media, NGOs and Courts use the discourse of gender equality, the Right to pray and so on to undermine the age-old tradition of the temples using an imported ideological lens.

CONCLUSION

Indian constitution and Secularism are blunder-wonder of the world. India and Indians are the ardent admirers of Western democracy. In the West, there is no Secularism without a Uniform Civil Code. In a highly successful democratic secular country like Australia, there are no discriminatory benefits to ethnic minorities at the cost of majorities. Muslims and Christians enjoy the privileges given by the constitution in India, but in the same way, no neighboring country (or any other country) reciprocates the same for Hindus.

References

1. Sham of Secularism – Fraud on India by BS Murthy accessed from http//www.academia.edu

2.Uniform civil code: A possible aid to Achieve Secularism. Dr. Nemi Chand Faculty of Law Jodhpur. International Research Journal of Commerce and Laws VOL 04 Issue -7 (July 2017)

3. Sharia laws are now applicable in Jammu and Kashmir Feb 2017, The Newswire.

4.Why Secularism in India lost its meaning by David Frawley HTTP//dailyo.in

5.www.indiafacts.org

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY 2019 (Perth)

By: Damji Koria, Perth.

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY 2019

(Perth)

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Perth and Hindu Council of Australia, Perth chapter celebrated the International day of Yoga on Sunday the 24th of June from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at George Burnett Leisure Centre at Karwara . The wet weather could not supress the excitement for the event which attracted a sankhya of more than 100 people from general public as well as amongst shakhas .

The guests for the event were Ms Sue Doherty- Mayor of South Perth, Sh. Dinesh Kumar Bhardwaj – Consul for Indian Consulate Perth, Sh. Ashok Patil – Basava Samiti and Mannaneya Sh. Bheeshma Chary Mallapuram. We started the utsav with Sh. Kishorji Kerai, Karyavah HSS Perth leading the guests for deep prajawalan.

This was followed by a spectacular yoga performance by youth on the song Adyogi. The guests then gave a short speech highlighting the importance of Yoga in our lives.

The yoga asanas session began with warm up exercises. The approach throughout the yoga sessions was for the demonstrators to first show the correct approach for performing the asanas to allow the audience to then undertake the asanas under the guidance of the volunteers from the yoga team.

The first session comprised of six standing asanas, namely Tadaasana, Ardhkatichakrasana, Ardhchakrasana, Padhastasana, Virbhadrasana – Type -1 &2. This was followed up with performing surya namaskar kriyas in the backdrop a melodious music. The sitting asanas comprised of Samtal sthiti and Bhadrok asana. The lying down asanas comprised of Salbhasana, Dhanurasana, Pawanpukta asana and setbhandanasana. Once the main asanas were complete, after a short break, Bhasrika pranayama and Anulom vilom pranayama kriyas were performed by the audience.

The penultimate part the event was a meditation session undertaken by Smt. Darsheeji from Isha foundation. A short video presentation by Sadhguru maharaj was followed by a meditation session. Immediately thereafter Mannaneya Sh. Bheeshmaji shared his thoughts on the importance of yoga in our daily lives and water resource conservation.

The vote of thanks was offered by Smt. Sadhnaji from Hindu Council of Australia. Everyone was offered a fruit (banana) to conclude the event for the day.

The damp weather notwithstanding, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and learnt some great asanas to continue practicing in their daily lives.

Perth Jalaram Temple Update

PROJECT UPDATE SHREE JALARAM SANATAN MANDIR & COMMUNITY CENTRE.

JAI JALARAM,
 
We are delighted to write to you about our temple and community centre project.
 
With the blessings of Pujya Shree Jalaram Bapa, Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc) of Perth, Western Australia (herein after referred to as SJMWA), is honored to let you know that we have already acquired land on which we will be embarking to construct a temple and community centre by mid-2019 and aiming to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Jalaram Jayanti 2020 at the new Mandir.
 
The temple will predominantly be a Jalaram Bapa Mandir. The project, however, is also intended to cater for the religious needs of our wider Perth Hindu Community. The temple will have other Murtis alongside that of Bapa, which murtis will include Shree Ganesh, Ram Parivar, Radha-Krishna, Shiv-Parvati, Shivling, Hanumanji and Amba Maa. In addition, the temple building design will be combined to facilitate as a community centre and for this purpose the development will comprise of modern facilities including a well-equipped commercial kitchen, community hall, classrooms and a performance stage to promote cultural activities. Please see below the artist’s impression of what the temple and community centre will look like.
 
SJMWA have already received the building permit / approval from the City Of Wanneroo for the construction of this, our very first Jalaram Mandir and Community Centre in Perth, Western Australia.
 
With the building permit in place, it means that we can now proceed to begin construction and progress towards realizing our Dream of our much awaited Mandir.
 
The building contractor tendering process is well in progress and with blessings from you all, we will be commencing construction soon.
 
With the blessings of Bapa we have been fortunate enough to raise substantial liquid funding from several devotees, which funds have been contributed to us in the form of donations and interest free loans. The interest free loans are repayable as soon as possible. The project, however, still requires further funding as detailed below.
 
Our total funding requirement for the project is approximately AUD $3,100,000.00.
 
Our total collection to date is AUD $2,930,000.00. However, this sum includes the interest free loan of AUD $680,000.00. While our immediate liquidity requirements to fully fund the project bringing it to its completion is AUD $170,000.00, we also have to collect a further AUD $680,000.00 to honorably repay the interest free loan accorded to us at the earliest. Our total requirement for funding is therefore approximately AUD $850,000.00.
 
At this stage, we have pleasure in detailing some of the following milestones that have been achieved to date:
  • The purchase price of the land of AUD $ 1,100,000.00 has been fully paid and your Mandal (SJMWA) are the proud owners of this parcel of land. A big thank you goes to you all;
  • Building permit received to allow us to commence construction;
  • We have secured interest free loans of AUD $680,000.00; and
  • The approach to our sponsorships program to raise funding is detailed below together with its achievements to date which include:
    • Major sponsorships funding the land acquisition, various parts of the building including the main hall, dining hall, kitchen, mezzanine floor, car parking and murti pratishtha;
    • Our ‘500@50for5’ subscription program, an affordable proposition. By subscribing to this program the devotee is contributing $50.00 per month for 5 years, which equates to $3,000.00 (over 5 years) without feeling the strain of laying out all the money at once. Those adopting this option will have the benefit of standing a chance to perform the highest honor of opening the doors to the Mandir with their family’s name plaque placed at the entrance in recognition of your participation. Every $50.00 subscription will go into the draw. At this stage we already have 119 participants in this program. We continue to encourage our devotees to join this program. Please click on the link to download the brochure Download Brochure
    • One off donations, an opportunity which should not be missed. While all donations are appreciated, donations over $2,000.00 will be acknowledged with a name plaque to be placed on a prominent wall of the Mandir and Community Centre.
      • $2,000.00 to $10,000.00 – Bronze Category.
      • $10,001.00 to $50,000.00 – Silver Category.
      • $50,001 and over – Gold Category.  
Other Sponsorship Opportunities:

In addition to contributing towards the temple and community centre through any of the processes detailed above you can also choose to have the honor and privilege of sponsoring the following:

  • Yajman for foundation stone laying ceremony (Bhumi Poojan); and
  • Various equipment & appliances for the Mandir and Community Centre (very many reasonable opportunities available).
Your kind & generous donations can be made via:
  •  By credit card:
             Pay via this link: Pay by credit card
  •  Direct Bank transfer:
            Shree Jalaram Mandal of Western Australia (Inc.)
            Bank: Commonwealth Bank Australia
            Address: 201 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.
            Account Number: 12313943
            BSB Number: 066000
            Swift Code: CTBAAU2S
 
Once ready, the facility will be available for hire for various functions at a nominal charge as long as the functions will fall within the guidelines of the Mandal’s policies.  
 
For all donations & sponsorship enquiries please contact Vinesh Lakhani.
 
For more information please visit our website: www.jalarambapa.com.au
 
Thanking you & may BAPA always shower his blessings upon you all.
 
 
Kind Regards
Vinesh Lakhani
Chairman & Temple Project Coordinator
On behalf of : The Trustees & the Managing Committee of Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc.)
(T) + 61 405 323 571
(E) chairman@jalarambapa.com.au

Hindu Council writes to Archbishop of Perth about Nose Stud

Hindu Council of Australia writes to the Principal of Aranmore Catholic College and Archbishop Perth to recognize Nose Piercing and Bindi as acceptable Hindu religious symbols in Catholic schools.

Hindu Council has expressed its willingness to work with the school and others to resolve the issue resulting from ignorance i.e. lack of knowledge about Hindu icons. It is ready to work with Catholic organizations to help Catholic schools to become more friendly to non-christian students of Hindu faith studying in their schools.

Hindu Council activities report for 2018

Annual General Meeting of Hindu Council was held in Blacktown on 15th December 2018 and was attended by about 40 members. A report of activities for the year 2018 was presented and can be downloaded below :

Download the report (15MB)

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