“Yato Dharmastato Jaya” (“Where there is Dharma, There is Victory”)
An Instrument for Organising the Global Hindu Community
The World Hindu Congress is not a formal organization. Its only aim is to provide a forum that will be held every four years to discuss vital and historical issues of relevance and importance to the Global Hindu community.
At the end of World War II, the world witnessed the rapid emergence of newly independent countries unshackling themselves from the clutches of weakening colonial powers. Bharat was in the forefront of countries in obtaining independence to chart its own destiny. Hindus in Bharat as well as those throughout the world saw these changes and the opportunities that arose with great expectations.
Bharat finally obtained its independence on August 15, 1947, although this independence came after a painful and horrific partition of Hindus’ historic and spiritual homeland. During the violent cataclysmic event of the partition, the world witnessed one of the largest migration and mass slaughter of people ever seen in recorded history, with the Hindus bearing the brunt of the killing and forcible displacement. The overwhelmingly majority of the Hindu population was driven out of West and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
It was through this ultimate ordeal under which Hindus finally obtained their independence after one thousands year of brutal occupation by genocidal, non-Hindu forces. After partition, Hindus of independent Bharat and those Hindus residing outside Bharat hoped to build their future. Hindus had suffered humiliation and impoverishment for thousands of a year of hostile anti- Hindu rulers, but had survived. Hence, with great expectations and possessed with tremendous potential, Hindus looked to future.
New Challenges and the Next Phase
Major shifts have taken place in the world economy since the late 1960s. There is a market driven world order and Hindus have kept up with the times by taking advantages of the new avenues of movement and economic opportunities. Along with the economic opportunities, Hindus are facing numerous challenges especially in the form of human rights violations, discrimination against Hindus, cultural assaults and other form of existentialist challenges. Developments in Sri Lanka Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Malaysia have shed light on the challenges confronting Hindu society. In Bharat, Hindus continue to face disadvantage and discrimination vis-a-vis other communities. The responses to any such challenges are complex and will have to be addressed outside of the current institutional framework.
Our forefathers have worked hard to nourish and preserve Hindu society. Now is the time for the present generation of Hindus to take this legacy forward and to assume the implied responsibility of shaping and nurturing Hindu unity and organisation throughout the world. This task needs to be undertaken with a single minded focus of rebuilding the spiritual and material heritage of Hindus. The main idea behind the World Hindu Congress is to provide a global platform for Hindu society to deliberate and formulate solutions to the myriad challenges being faced by Hindus worldwide and to devise workable and tangible solutions that can be implemented.
The world’s Hindu society is more than a billion in population. Now is the time to take the movement for Hindu solidarity to the next level.
Why World Hindu Congress?
The Hindu community does not have a consistent global platform to address and resolve the relevant issues that affect Hindus. The global Hindu community has only held such forums and conference at intermittent times, with the implementation of resolutions and proposed policies being sporadic at best. The fatal convergence of these developments has greatly undermined the effectiveness of any gains made at previously held conferences.
It is time to break this inconsistency and take the Hindu society into the twenty-first century and beyond. For that to happen, Hindu society has to come together on a common platform with a common purpose and a shared vision to march ahead confidently into the future.
The World Hindu Congress (WHC) is an informal organization, solely dependent on the efforts of associated Hindu organizations and activists. In this context, the first World Hindu Congress is being organised on November 21-23, 2014 in New Delhi. It will be organized every four years, in a joint manner, consisting of all like-minded Hindu groups. Each Congress will be held in a different parts of the world. All Hindu organisations, associations and institutions are encouraged to participate and are most welcome to become partners in World Hindu Congress.
The Congress will consist of delegates from around the world. Delegates are people of accomplishment and achievement and in general are committed to working for the Hindu resurgence. Delegates are from the ranks of activists, academicians, industrialists, businessmen, parliamentarians, legislators, media personalities, etc. Delegates also consist of leaders and representatives of various Hindu organisations and institutions.
The theme envisioned for WHC 2014 is the Hindu principle of Sangachchhadhwam Samvadadhwam, which means Step together, Express together. With the guiding principle and as our inspiration, there will be seven different conferences held during the Congress. Each conference will specifically deal with an area of strategic importance to the global Hindu community, holding detailed deliberations and articulating specific solutions to deal with any obstacles that are blocking the Hindu community’s ability to progress in the respective area concerned.
The present Conferences proposed are:
1) Hindu Economic Conference (conducted by the World Hindu Economic Forum)
2) Hindu Educational Conference (conducted by the Hindu Education Board)
3) Hindu Youth Conference (conducted by the Hindu Students & Youth Network)
4) Hindu Women Conference (conducted by the Hindu Women Forum)
5) Hindu Political Conference (conducted by the World Hindu Democratic Forum)
6) Hindu Media Conference (conducted by the Hindu Media Forum)
7) Hindu Organizational Conference (conducted by the Hindu Organizations, Temples, & Associations Forum)
The findings of each Conference is presented to the Congress as a whole, where the entire Congress’ delegates will have an opportunity to critically examine the work of the Conference and offer their input as well. After the conclusion of Congress, the individual organizations that conducted each of the conferences, will monitor and assist the implementation of the findings of each conference and will report at the next Congress the progress made coupled with starting deliberations anew on any remaining and new challenges confronting Hindu society.
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