SECOND MEETING OF THE PARISHAD
The second meeting of the Vishva Hindu Parishad was held in New Delhi on 24th November 1964 in the International Academy of Indian Culture founded by late Dr. Raghuvira. Shri Swami Chinmayananda was in the chair.
The meeting was attended by very prominent persons who have associated themselves with the Parishad. Among those present were Shri Sant Tukdoji Maharaj, Muni Sushil Kumar, Swami Shankarananda Saraswati, Shri M. S. Golwalkar, Guruji, Shri Shankaracharya of Bhanpura, Shri Hardutt Rai Shugla, Lala Hansraj Gupta, Shri Sadajivatlalji and Shri M.N.Ghatate.
Messages wishing success to the deliberations were received from H. H. Dalai Lama, Vice-Presidents of the Parishad Shri Hanuman Prasad Poddar, and Shri Vasudeo Sharan Agarwal, Shri Kushak Bakula of Laddakh and Shankaracharyas of Shringeri, Puri, Dwaraka and Kamkoti and the leaders or various Sampradayas and sects.
The meeting reviewed the progress made since its first meeting held in Bombay in August 1964. During the period the Parishad secured the co-operation and sympathy of the prominent persons and associations from abroad.
A great fillip to the activities of the Parishad was provided by H.H. Maharaja of Mysore, Shri Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar by accepting the Presidentship of the Parishad.
It is also heartening to mention that Shri C P. Ramswami Aiyar has accepted to be a Vice-President of the Parishad and Shri Jugal Kishore Birla has agreed to be the Patron. Shri M. Govinda Rao, Mysore, has also become a patron of the Parishad.
The historic decision taken at the meeting was to hold Sammelan of Vishva Hindu Parishad wherein the Hindu brethren from all parts of the world would assemble in large numbers.
On the occasion of the Sammelan at Prayag on Kumbha Mela, a great exhibition presenting the evolution of the Hindu society, the rise and glory of its Culture and Civilisation reflected in the panorama of its holy places and epoch-making historical land-marks in Bharat and its projection and influence abroad, will be set up. The Sammelan will also hold a symposium and conferences of learned men representing various creeds and sects.
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The Third Meeting of the Vishva Hindu Parishad Executive Council
The third meeting of the Vishva Hindu Parishad Executive Council was held at Mysore on May 27-28, 1965 in the Summer Palace of His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore, the then Governor of Madras. The Maharaja, first President of the Parishad, was in the chair.
Prominent among those present were Sant Tukdoji Maharaj, Maharaj Bir Singhji of Namdhari Sikhs, Swami Vishwesha Tirtha of Pejawar Math, Swami Atmananda of Bihar, Lala Hansraj Gupta of Delhi, Sri Balasundaram of Textools, Coimbatore; Sri Nagappan Nair, Advocate, Ernakulam; President of Ayappa Seva Sangh; Dr. Lokesh Chandra, Delhi; Treasurers Babasaheb Ghatate, and Sri Sadajivatlalji and General Secretary Sri S. S. Apte.
Sri A. G. Ramachandra Rao, President Mysore Pradesh V.H.P. welcomed His Highness and the other members.
Shri Apte gave a report of the progress of the Parishad.
The Maharaja in his inaugural address said:
“I have great pleasure in addressing the Vishva Hindu Parishad this morning. I hope and trust that your effort will be successful and fruitful. I am grateful to members for having associated me in the unique object of rendering service to the ideals of Hinduism and strengthening them for world peace. The Vishva Hindu Parishad has come at a stage when we are called upon to face a difficult situation. This can he done successfully only by practicing the Dharma, which is the central character of Hindu culture, and its implementation, will be the most useful contribution to Hindu Society as also a unifying force amongst its different sects.”
The Maharaja hoped the Vishva Sammelan in Prayag will be a great success. “The age in which we live demands greater co-operation and vigilance. Willing help and co-operation of sects will be a great contribution of the Vishva Hindu Parishad. It is a great task. I am sure we will bear this in mind”.
His Highness concluded. “The conference on the occasion of the Kumbha Mela, where people of all sects are expected to come, is a unique event. You will be able to achieve your ideal. I wish you a great success.”
The Executive Council discussed the draft constitution of the Parishad and referred it to a sub-committee for finalising it. The sub-committee was asked to submit its final draft by July 10, 1965.
The Council resolved that the Parishad should actively encourage and give all help for the starting of similar Parishads in different countries where there are sizeable Hindu populations, without in any way interfering with their loyalty to their adopted countries.
A programme committee was constituted to chalk out and prepare various programmes at the Prayag Sammelan.
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