Meeting with Belgium’s Minister of Justice, Mr. Koen Geens: Request for recognition of Hinduism in Belgium

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Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017
Location: Ministry of Justice, Boulevard Waterloo 115, Brussels
Time: 17.45-19.30h
Present: Minister of Justice Koen Geens, Bernard Dufour
HFB: Martin Gurvich, Herman Janssens, Anil Chunivan, Ravinder Singh, Rabindra Man Shreshtha, Rita Bouwman, Kishore Shah, Bhavana Bhansali Ashar, Arikirushnan Jeyarajah, Shashi Devani , Malati devi dasi

 

Subject of the meeting: Request for recognition of Hinduism

The meeting started at 17:45 with Mr Bernard Dufour, assistant to the minister, and since the Minister was in the parliament. He explained ...

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Official Visit of the Hindu Forum of Europe´s  board of directors to the Vatican

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14 and 15 of March 2017 the board of directors of the Hindu Forum of Europe made an official visit to the Vatican in Rome, Italy. The delegation was composed by Srimati Lakshmi Vyas as the HFE president (coming from the United Kingdom), Krishna Kripa Dasa as vice-president (coming from Spain), Mahaprabhu Dasa as general secretary (coming from Belgium), Mandakini Dasi as ...

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The Board of Directors met in Brussels on 9th and 10th of March 2017

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Board Members present – Martin Gurvich, Lakshmi Vyas and Marie Mandakini joined by secretary Carine.

The Board of HFE met on 9th and 10th March at Brussels to finalise and decide the annual General Assembly at Lisbon and Diwali at Brussels Parliament. This involved meeting several MPs/Secretaries, Dignitaries and associated persons

On 9th we met Fearghas Obeara advisor to the Vice President of the European Parliament McGuiness. The discussions were centred on matters of Religions and Philosophical Communities. Prabhu Anuttama Dasa, Communications ...

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Manchester

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Namaste all

Hindu Forum of Europe wish to express our deepest sympathy for those affected by the terrorist attack in Manchester on 23/5/2017. The heinous act was conducted by  Manchester-born Salman Abedi,  suspected of detonating a homemade explosive device packed with nuts and bolts at about 10:30 pm, near the foyer of the Manchester Arena, shortly after Miss Grande, the US singer, had finished her performance. His parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime. ...

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Tulsi Gabbard invited to the Diwali 2017 at the European Parliament

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Mahaprabhu dasa  General Secretary of the HFE visited Tulsi Gabbard to invite her to the Diwali Event at the European Parliament. In the picture is Anuttama dasa Minister of Communications for ISKCON, Tulsi Gabbard Representative of Hawai’i at the US Congress Mahaprabhu dasa and Amrta Ford US Coordinator of Communications for ISKCON.

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The Board of Directors met in Brussels on 15th and 16th of February 2017

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They had important meetings to discuss the activities of HFE like planning for the visit Vatican on 14th & 15th of March, the General Assembly on 23rd of June in Lison, Portugal and this year Diwali planned for the 12th of October. Lakshmi Kaul from the UK also joined us for discussions and visit the Parliament as she will be helping with the organisation of Diwali 2017.
They also visited the European Parliament where they met two assistants of Parliamentarians as ...
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Diwali celebrated in European Parliament

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A historic and extremely well-attended event was organised by Hindu Forum of Europe and Golden Tours Foundation to celebrate Diwali in the European Parliament on November 9, 2016.

Hosted by MEPs Geoffery Van Orden, and co-hosted by Neena Gill, Jo Leinen, Cora Van Neiuwenhuizen, Igor Soltes, this historic Hindu festival celebration saw the participation of other MEPs, including Syed Kamall, Charles Tannock and was graced by Guest of Honour, Hon’ble Ambassador of India, His Excellency Manjeev Puri, Ambassadors of Mauritius, Bhutan, ...

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Diwali 2016: At the European Parliament

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martin-gurvich_crThe message of Diwali goes beyond the Hindu Communities and Dharmic Faiths like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism and it reaches out to every Human Being searching for goodness, love, respect, dignity, tolerance and spirituality. Lets Celebrate Diwali in a spirit of inclusion, dialogue, cooperation, appreciation and respect so that we may all learn to appreciate each other and become more committed to our own faith.

Jai Sri Rama!
Martin Gurvich,
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Meeting with Meyrem Almaci, national chair of the Green party

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On the 11th of May 2016, the Hindu Forum of Belgium met with Meyrem Almaci, the chairwomen of the Flemish Green Party. Meyrem Almaci was accompanied by Gijs Ory, a policy adviser for the Green Party. Volunteer Markus Fobelets was the representative on behalf of the Hindu Forum of Belgium.

It was a positive and constructive meeting. We talked about the Hindu Forum, what we do, how many members we have, how much Hindus there are, etc.. .

We ...

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1st Diwali Celebration in the EU Parliament

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Monday 16 November the Hindu Forum Europe (HFE) celebrated Diwali for the first time in the EU Parliament, Brussels. Host MEP, Neena Gill congratulated Hindus with this big success. The Ambassador of India, Mr. Manjeev Singh Puri, and the Ambassador of Mauritius, Mr. J. Koonjul, lit symbolically a dipa in the presence of other MEPs and staff of the Parliament.

ISKCON devotees from Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland were among the more than 100 attendees of this historical event. According ...

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Diwali in the European Parliament

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Hindu Forum of Europe is organising Diwali in the European Parliament on 16 November 18:00 – 20:00 hours. There are some places left and if you want to attend then you should email info@hinduforum.eu with the following details.

Your full name as in the passport;
Passport Number:
Date of Birth:
email id:
Postal Address:

As places are limited 1st priority will be given to children and youth.

We are also looking for a dancer/musicians who can give seva ...

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Annual Erskin Childers Lecture

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I came back early from Brussels yesterday to attend the Annual Erskin Childers Lecture. It is the first time I was attending an event of Uniting for Peace, which is run by Vijay Mehta. The lecture was given by Clare Short, who I have always admired. And a pleasant surprise! who do I find there doing Seva by taking photos of the event? Prabhakar Kaza.

Clare’s Lecture topic was the UN at 70 and ...

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