New Delhi – When 1800 Hindus from 53 countries, heed the call of “Sangachchhadhwam Samvadadhwam” (Step together, Express together), and converge to put their combined constructive and positive energy together, the event had to be historic for Hindu rise and resurgence.
This happened from 21-23 November 2014 when delegates from around the world gathered to deliberate the future for a better world at the First World Hindu Congress, through the universal Hindu values and pluralism, in New Delhi, Bharat. Seven conferences, 45 sessions, and 196 speakers provided the opportunity to discuss numerous issues affecting Hindu society and formulate appropriate pan of action.
In his introductory note, Swami Vigyananand emphasised that for the Hindu Society to move forward in the 21st century, it has to be strategically placed to influence the crucial areas of economy, education, media and politics in the world.
The opening address by His Holiness Dalai Lama captured the Dharmic underpinnings of the deliberations at the Congress. In a world suffering from war, violence and injustice, the good in everyone has to be asserted and that is the sameness of Truth and equal respect for all.
Dr. Mohan Bhagwat welcomed the presence of delegates from 53 countries, when he pointed out that now was the opportune time to start realising this goal of Hindu resurgence for the benefit of the mankind based on the Dharmic principle of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (World is a family) and equal respect to all.
Shri Ashok Singhal, speaking at the inaugural session too, pointed out that after 800 years since Prithviraj Chauhan there was now a Hindu at helm in Delhi with the full constitutional authority and mandate of the people, and that it was necessary to make Hindus invincible so that every Hindu and indeed everyone should live with dignity and respect.
Justice C. V. Wigneswaran, chief minister, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, mentioned three specifics in his speech. (1) Bharat is the motherland of Hindus, (2) Bharat has to take care of the suffering of Hindus in neighbouring countries, especially in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and (3) Hindus of Bharat and around the world have to mobilise their resources to address their economic needs of the suffering Hindu community in the neighbourhood.
The symbolic significance of the event was not lost when Swami Vigyananand blew the conch to declare the congress open. It has been 121 years that Swami Vivekanand who inspired a generation of subjugated Hindus had to travel half the world to represent Hindu Dharma at the Chicago congress in 1893, and now Hindus from all over the world had travelled to New Delhi to the conch call of new beginning of Hindu movement.
Under the World Hindu Congress, seven conferences held:
World Hindu Economic Forum was held on the theme “Thriving Economy, Prospering Society”. Eminent economists, academics, professionals, consultants, businesspersons and industrialists discussed issues concerning global economy and Bharat. There were five action points decided- (1) Global market access to Hindu businesses, (2) Accessible availability of affordable capital for the Hindu entrepreneur, (3) Collaboration on technological fronts, (4) Providing professional support and (5) encouraging young and budding entrepreneurs through mentorship, capital and networking. The progress on these fronts will be continuously monitored and evaluated by the World Hindu Economic Forum to achieve the desired goals.
Hindu Educational Conference addressed the theme “Creating and Networking Educational Resources for National Re-emergence”. Academics and university administrators discussed issues that need to be addressed to raise the quality of higher education institutions, while making them affordable and accessible to all irrespective of their economic status. Action items that were identified are: (1) Democratising the education policy, (2) Advanced and latest curricula, (3) Raising the standards of governing systems, (4) Training of the faculty to enhance their knowledge and capability.
Hindu Media Conference discussed the theme “Truth is Supreme while Reporting, Informing and Presenting”. The conference was attended by senior editors, journalists, and eminent film producers, directors and actors. They stressed on (1) ensuring unbiased reporting, (2) preventing the objectification of women in mass media (3) production of media that inspires and raises the character of the masses.
Hindu Women Conference deliberated on the theme “Increasing the Role of Women in Hindu Resurgence”. The primary thrust of these discussions was on (1) increasing involvement of women in decision making, (2) developing leadership qualities, (3) ensuring the quality of women in the rural and disadvantaged localities and (4) strengthening economic status, including through encouraging entrepreneurship.
Hindu Youth Conference conducted by Hindu Student Youth Network had lively discussions on the Theme: Together Towards Tomorrow. The main conclusion was that youth should understand crucial areas of economy, education, media and politics which are necessary for the progress of Hindu community. It is going to be their responsibility to propel Hindus forward in each of these crucial areas by acquiring capabilities, knowledge and leadership skills.
Hindu Organizational Conference conducted by Hindu Organization, Temples and Associations (HOTA) forum on the Theme: Sanghe Shakti Kalyuge, Organization is Strength. HOTA forum discussed effective ways to bring all Hindu institutions on a common platform to serve the community better through collective efforts.
Hindu Political Conference met on the theme “Responsible Democracy for All”: The first conclusion was that the billion strong Hindu society should ensure responsible and accountable democracy by channelling the democratic propensity of Hindu people worldwide. The discussions focused on how Hindu politicians can come to a common platform cutting across party lines to address issues of safety and security of Hindus.
In the concluding session, three main areas were discussed.
(1) Human rights violations of Hindus has been taking place around the world, especially in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Middle East, Indonesia and also of Roma and Yazidi. To sensitize the world on these issues and take concrete steps to prevent these violations, Hindus should have a visible presence in various discourses on Human Rights taking place around the world.
(2) Evangelical faiths like Christianity and Islam supported by huge economic resources and organisational strength and their offensive evangelical efforts is converting Hindus and other indigenous communities of the world at a massive scale. This is a clear and direct threat to world stability. Appropriate joint efforts by Hindus and threatened communities to tackle this menace are the need of the day.
(3) Hindu academics at the congress decided to have a joint and coordinated effort to respond to the overtly biased challenges of western academics who deliberately misrepresent and denigrate Hindus.
Upcoming Events Announced:
- Fourth annual session of the World Hindu Economic Forum will take place in London during 11-13 September 2015.
- Human Rights Conference will take place on 10 December 2015 in the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.
- World Hindu Youth Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia in 2016.
- The second World Hindu Congress will be held in 2018 in USA.
While the first World Hindu Congress is primarily organized by the World Hindu Foundation, more than 200 Hindu organizations, associations and institutions from around the world participated in the first ever World Hindu Congress.
For further information, please contact:
Shri Sushil Pandit – Spokesperson -World Hindu Congress 2014
Mobile: +91 98 1111 1088, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.worldhinducongress.org