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India’s Vaccine Dilemma: Serving the nation vs Diplomacy

India has recorded the second-highest numbers of COVID-19 infections behind the USA. It is a sad state of affairs, but with a country of over 1.3 billion inhabitants, it is not surprising. What is perhaps more surprising, to at least the rest of the world, is that the country has the capability and the capacity to manufacture the vaccines and show the rest of the world why it is called the pharma capital of the world.

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Incredible acts of kindness

“One of the key principles in Hinduism is Seva. This idea of serving and volunteering and helping one’s community. Throughout the crisis, we have witnessed some incredible acts of Seva.”

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Diwali like no other

The pandemic has changed the boundaries of what we can do, and what we cannot. Diwali no longer means that thousands of people out on the streets of Leicester or on Trafalgar Square.

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Faith Leaders write to PM over lockdown

The Coronavirus is taken its toll and as the second lockdown takes effect, there are lots of questions as to on what basis decisions are taken. The faith communities are particularly upset. A group of faith leaders have jointly written to the Prime Minister saying: “We strongly disagree with the decision to suspend public worship during this time.”

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Living in the midst of COVID-19

As the world continues to combat the evil of COVID-19, there are some now who conclude that we as humanity will have to live with COVID the way we have been living with cancer.

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Neetu Bhardwaj wins Pride of Swindon award

Neetu Bhardwaj has been honoured for her tireless work to bring the town's Hindu and Indian communities together for more than six years.

Plus, she has supplied free hot meals to homeless people at Christmas for the last three years, worked with elderly people in hospices and care homes.

She organised fundraising events for the Rotary International Jaipur Limb project and Nepal Earthquake Relief, amongst others.

Ms Bhardwaj has worked to improve the mental and physical well-being of people by organising and coordinating free yoga and meditation sessions, CPR training, a breast cancer awareness workshop, talks on dementia and mental health, and helping with a running club for women.

She has been instrumental in organising several charitable activities in Swindon, like distributing food and clothes, organising health and wellbeing activities, social groups and arts sessions.

Neetu was one of the temple's core team members who started a community library that is run solely by community volunteers.

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Coronavirus - Are we winning?

The world psyche revolves around the coronavirus as stories of death, economic destruction, and glimpses of inspirational individuals continue to cover the news headlines.

As the numbers of covers have begun to rise again, the data for the South Asian community does not look rosy. South Asians are five times more likely to get coronavirus than white people. Numerous reports have shown that BAME communities have a much higher chance of dying from coronavirus than white people.

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Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Neasden Temple

People say that Hinduism is more than a religion, it is a way of life. This certainly is true of one of its greatest symbols in the UK. That is the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in the London borough of Brent which has been the centre of faith, seva, education, culture and community harmony for a generation.


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Coronavirus Latest

The amount of information available on coronavirus is astonishing, but with it comes confusion, mixed messages and a whole lot of fake or inaccurate news. So here we are here again hoping to simplify the key information impacting the ethnic communities currently on the news agenda.

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"Serving Together, In the Joy of Others",

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has produced a new video paying tribute to the thousands of key workers serving in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The video, based on a poem, features over a hundred doctors, nurses, pharmacists and more, who have joined thousands of BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) key workers currently serving on the frontline.

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The global online summit to combat COVID-19

Life in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic is severe, stressful and in many cases fatal with the UK death rate rising above forty-four thousand. It is during this time; you see and hear about the brave and enduring individuals who find ways to beat the odds against the virus.

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Shaping Young Lives

The Palan Foundation supports educational programmes in India in its aims to improve literacy and subsequent opportunities for young people. It particularly aims to help combat poverty through education as well as improving the plight of girls in an effort to bring equality for women. The Foundation works closely with BAPs Swaminarayan Sanstha in the western state of Gujarat, India. 

One of the school’s Kumar Chatralaya is situated in the village of Ukai which provides accommodation for 136 students teaching academic subjects as well as spiritual and life skills values. 

Another school, Swaminarayan Vidyamandir which offers opportunities for girls is situated in Randesan, near Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Swaminarayan Vidyamandir believes knowledge leads to enlightenment and is committed to providing a warm, secure and supportive environment for the girls. The green campus is spread over 18 acres and is home to 800 students from 5th – 12th grades.

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Hindu Charity Organisations in London

According to Mahatma Gandhi “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Some institutes are applying this saying into the real world where everyone is not equal. 

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Legacy of an Asian media pioneer

The gentle giant and one of the great pioneers of Asian media in the UK, Ramniklal Solanki has sadly passed away after an illness, aged 88. He lives behind a legacy of inspirational stories about his own life as well as the thousands of other lives he helped to highlight on the pages of his media empire. 

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Service to Bereavement

There are thousands of people working tirelessly in the service of others voluntarily. One such individual is Vinod Mathurdas Kotecha who provided volunteer bereavement services to families who are in need of support during one of the hardest times of their livers. 

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The legacy of Ram Dass

For many British Hindus, they would have no recollection of Ram Dass – a white man with a very traditional Indian name. Only those who are curious and learn about this amazing individual's life will realise how much he has helped progress the Hindu cause in the west, and especially the USA.

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Diwali - a new dawn

It’s a sight of a new dawn. Indian culture is extending across the globe. Where Indian culture has been tolerated for the sake of diversity and community relations is now embraced by the mainstream. 

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Temples under attack

With the Navaratri festival well on the way, Hindu communities are further preparing for the Diwali celebrations. Light over darkness as the saying goes.

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Guiding Hands of Navaratri

Indian Festivals are becoming recognised across the world as part of the Hindu identity, embedding into the psyche of other cultures in host countries where the Indian diaspora exists. With communities making preparations for the next mega-festival – Navaratri, organisers are now working hard to accommodate the elderly and the disabled.

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Horseguards Story

The Household division Charities rely on the generosity of donors to provide welfare enhancements to the wounded, veterans and bereaved which fall outside the public budget.

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