National Hindu conference highlights Hindu contribution in Australia

The Sixth Australian National Hindu Conference with the theme ‘Strengthening Communities – Stronger Australia’ provided a platform to more than 35 Hindu organisations, temples, and associations where they shared ideas on how they could work unitedly to strengthen their communities and make Australia stronger.

The conference, held in Adelaide, was highly praised by many dignitaries that included Governor Hieu Van Lie and the State Premier Jay Weatherill, who said that the Hindu community of South Australia enriched the State by generously sharing their cultural gifts with fellow citizens.

Swami Vigyananand, International Coordinator and Joint General Secretary VHP Bharat, chaired the session ‘Collaboration among Hindu Organisations Temples and Associations’. During his address, he explained the purpose of HOTA (Hindu Organisations Temples and Associations) and appealed to more than 40 organisations, associations and temples attending, to work together.

He emphasised that while Hindus come to Australia from many different countries and hold many geopolitical, linguistic, denominational, and sectional identities, the current time demands that we must forge one common identity – a Hindu Australian identity.

In the youth session, Youth members from across the country shared their thoughts on pertinent matters including ideas on developing future leadership. Eminent community members originating from eight different countries were brought together in a panel discussion to deliberate on ideas for bringing Hindus from different countries together and the panel unanimously concluded that HOTA Forum had the potential to bridge the existing gap.

The conference saw the launch of three new divisions in South Australia; HOTA Forum, Vedic and Cultural Centre of Australia and Hindu Women Forum.

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