White paper on the Future of Europe, 7th of July 2017

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Dr Lakshmi Vyas attended a discussion on the Future of Europe between EU officials and the partners of the Commission’s Dialogue with churches, religious, philosophical and non-confessional organisations. The meeting was held on Friday 7th July at Barlaymont Building(European Commission) from 2.30 to 6.00 pm.

The Meeting was introduced by Ben Smulders, Head of Cabinet of First President Frans Timmermans. Followed by the presentation of White Paper on Future of Europe and discussion with Christian Calliess, team leader and advisor at ...

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In Pics: The Colorful “Rath Yatra” in Sweden (July 8th 2017)

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Marie Mandakini Spennare of Hindu Forum Sweden shared some pictures of this year’s Rath Yatra that took place in Stockholm Sweden on July 8th.

Rath Yatra or Ratha Jatra or Chariot Festival is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath.

The pictures show the happy and Bhakti-filled atmosphere of the gathering which had little children also participating with enthusiasm. There was dance, chanting, and music in honor of Lord Jagannath and the Hindu community of Sweden displayed love for the Lord.

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Meeting with PM of India Mr. Modi and Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Costa on June 24th

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HFE President Lakshmi and Mahaprabhu went to the event organised by the Radha Krishna Temple in honour of Prime Minister of India Modi and Prime Minister of Portugal Costa. They had a chance to be in the group of dignitaries that listened to the Speech of PM Modi and later had a chance to take a photo with him and the leaders of the Radha Krishna Temple.

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Hindu Forum of Europe holds its Annual General Assembly in Lisbon, Portugal on 23rd of June 2017.

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Several members of the Hindu Forum of Europe met with leaders of the Hindu Community of Portugal on 23nd of June 2017 at a hall offered by the City of Lisbon. Mahaprabhu dasa, General Secretary made a presentation of the work of HFE and how it is important for Hindu Communities in different countries in Europe to create platforms to represent them to the Government, Media, Religious Leaders, etc. At present the Hindu Forum of Europe has 10 member organisations ...

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ENORB – European Network on Religion and Belief (June 29th 2017)

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ENORB works to combat discrimination and promote mutual understanding by facilitating dialogue between Religion and Belief traditions in Europe.

 At the Annual General Assembly 29th June 2017 at Center Espaces, 40 Avenue de la Renaissance in Brussels, the Hindu Forum of Europe was represented by Marie Mandakini Spennare and the Hindu Forum of Belgium by Manik Paul.

Following the initial questions, it was decided to table the annual meeting during this summer (and resume it later, in sept.-oct.) and therefore no elections ...

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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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Munich shooting: Manhunt after deadly attack at shopping centre. HFE condemns this attack.

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German police are engaged in a huge anti-terror manhunt in the city of Munich after nine people died in a shooting at a shopping centre.

Police are investigating whether one of the bodies is that of a perpetrator. At least 10 people have been wounded.

Three armed attackers were earlier reported to be on the run. Police urged people to avoid public places.

Public transport shut for several hours after the attack at the Olympia centre in the north-western Moosach district.

Police helicopters are ...

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