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Kumar Iyer

Kumar Iyer appointed Chief Economist at FCO

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has appointed Kumar Iyer as their Chief Economist thereby making him their first BAME origin member of the Board of Management.

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Faces of Kumbh Mela

Faces of Kumbh Mela

It is the largest gathering of humanity with a cast of 120 million people. The Kumbh Mela is an awesome sight for the spiritual enthusiasts where between 15th January to 4th March, people will come to the northern Indian city of Allahabad to cleanse their souls.

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World's largest 'Bhagavad Gita'

World's largest 'Bhagavad Gita'

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world's largest and heaviest Bhagavad Gita at the ISKCON temple in New Delhi. It is the world’s “largest principle sacred text ever to be printed.”

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New Government measures to update crematoria facilities

New Government measures to update crematoria facilities

The Hindu community has welcomed the Government’s decision to help update crematoria facilities so that the needs of different faiths can be accommodated.

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Looking to the Future

Looking to the Future

In its 72nd year of Independence, India is a country with thousands of years of heritage. So how is this diverse nation progressing?

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UN Award Modi

UN Environmental Accolade

For years India has had to be stuck with the labels of unhygienic, dirty and not taking environmental issues seriously. Are such views justified?

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Gandhi Peace Centre Inauguration

Gandhi Peace Centre Inauguration

More than 300 guests attended West Midland's Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple for the opening of the Gandhi Peace Centre.

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Diwali in the European Parliament

Diwali in the European Parliament

Following on from Diwali in Trafalgar Square and Belgrave Road, Leicester, the wider Europe has begun taking notice of the importance of Hindu Festivals outside India. 

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Diwali on the Square

Diwali on the Square

In its 17th year, the Diwali festival on Trafalgar Square attracted thousands of people for an afternoon of spectacular celebration and commemorating the legacy of Indian soldiers during WW1. 

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Government backs off law on caste

Government backs off from caste

After years of debacle, political scrutiny, community disharmony and blame from all sides, Theresa May’s government has finally decided to ditch the caste legislation.

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The Commonwealth in Highlights

The Commonwealth in Highlights

In a democratic country, people have a right to protest. And there were plenty of protests during the recent visit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

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Pukaar Community Concert

Pukaar Community Concert

A prominent women’s organisation ‘Pukar Group’ in Leicester managed to raise over a thousand pounds by organising a community concert. 

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UK India Week 2018

UK India Week 2018

In a special event dedicated to the UK India-Week, there is much hope that this special relationship will only get stronger as Brexit beckons and Britain needs a major trading partner. With India progressing as an economic hothouse, it is no wonder that the UK-India Week is gaining new gravitas.

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Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti

It is Easter time in the Christian calendar and people are breaking up for the Easter break. But this year, March 31st also represents a major festival in the Hindu calendar. It is dedicated to the birth one of the great superheroes of civilisation – Lord Hanuman.

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Commonwealth

Commonwealth

Heads of Government Meeting, London 2018

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Must know insight into Akshardham Temple

Insight into Akshardham Temple

Around 10,000 labourers and craftsmen helped build one of the greatest places of worship in the world?

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First Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi

First Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is endowed to construct the first Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi. 

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100th Indian Satellite Launch

100th Indian Satellite Launch

The Indian space programme ISRO has reached another landmark by launching its 100th Indian satellite.

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The Marigold

The Marigold

India has adopted the marigold as a symbol to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in WW1. 

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HMB BLOGS

Swaminarayan Mandir Oldham

A new landmark for Oldham

When churches and other places of worship are closing down all over the country, it is astonishing that the magnificent architecture and spiritual significance of Hindu temples are making a special contribution to British civil life.

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The Confused Vegetarian

The Confused Vegetarian

Getting people to understand vegetarianism has become harder than it needs to be. Even those who understand it, get stuck in the quagmire of ill definitions and the difficulties of policing it behind the scenes.

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One Voice Celebration Concert

One Voice Celebration Concert

Around 2000 children gathered at Manchester Bridgewater Hall to celebrate peace and send out the message of love and hope.

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Modi's India

Modi's India - Where now?

It has been a landslide victory for Narendra Modi. His supporters and the majority of India who voted for him are ecstatic.

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Brexit Education

The Brexit Dilemma and Indian Students

People may be tired of hearing about ‘Brexit’, but unfortunately it is the buzzword of 2019 that has international implications. It’s not only going to impact our lives in the UK, but globally in key areas like trade and education.

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Fighting Prostate Cancer

Fighting Prostate Cancer

It is a first at a Hindu Temple in the UK or perhaps further afield. In a unique scheme to highlight the dangers of prostate cancer, a team of medical experts provided prostate screening at the Jalaram Mandir.

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Legacy of Natubhai Solanki

Legacy of Natubhai

The great Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore said that “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.” Such was the life of the late Shri Natubhai. Hundreds of people from different faith communities gathered to express their solidarity to the family

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First Hindu Shrine in British Crematorium

First Hindu Shrine in British Crematorium

Life is tough, but it is no different in death as faith and reality are at a constant edge. Cremation on open pyres or performing religious rituals and praying to deities for our loved ones may be the norm in India, but it sure is from a far cry in Britain where religious practices of one faith do not necessarily fit with the established system.

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Lord Popat on anti-semitism

Lord Popat on anti-semitism

Prominent Hindu Peer, Lord Popat made a passionate speech on anti-Semitism at the House of Lords.

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The Human Spirit - Kerala flooding

The Human Spirit - Kerala flooding

The monsoon rains have been truly living up to their reputation – intense and deadly. Kerala has seen nothing like it in a century.

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Inspired by India

Inspired by India

The cultural link and relationships built between Indian and the UK is often done through the auspices of the British Council who acts as a conduit between the two nations.

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Spreading Awareness

Spreading Awareness

Let us be courageous and build our future security through a commitment of support to our younger generations.

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Indian sports on the rise ?

Indian sports on the rise ?

With the Commonwealth Games in sight,  India is expected to do well. But in the UK, there is still a dearth of British Asians in sports and the future is looking uncertain.

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7 Chakra Meditation and its benefits

7 Chakra Meditation and its benefits

As per our Hindu Shastra, there are 7 chakras of energy in our body which controls our psychological qualities.

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Why Hindus Celebrate Maha Shivratri?

Why Hindus Celebrate Maha Shivratri?

Maha Shivaratri is an important Hindu religious festival, but do you know why we celebrate it?

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6 Types Of Yoga And Their Benefits

6 Types Of Yoga And Their Benefits

Yoga is one of the most effortless and successful approaches to help your physical and mental quality.

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ABOUT HINDU MATTERS IN BRITAIN

ABOUT HINDU MATTERS IN BRITAIN

Hindu Matters in Britain offers a voice to the British Hindu community – Hindus of Britain are relevant. Hindus need to be counted; participate in the policy making process and play a key role in public life. HMB is not religious, nor political....

GOLDEN TOURS FOUNDATION

GOLDEN TOURS FOUNDATION

The Golden Tours Foundation is a charitable organization offering life-changing opportunities for young people to help fulfil their aspirations. It has a broad spectrum of charitable aims nurturing on the philosophy of personal, social and economic growth through education...