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Guru Purnima 2014

NHSF (UK) Schools Team

Shyam Lakhani & Rajiv Kotecha

Guru Purnima

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥१॥ 

‘Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheswara. Guru shakshat, param Brahma, tasmai Shri Guruvay namah’ 

The Day :   

On a day when the Hindu Community celebrates its revered spiritual, educational and inspirational leaders we pay homage to the importance of the day. We aim to learn,  understand and appreciate the value the day of  Guru Purnima brings. 

The Ethos : 

The day traditionally falls within the month of Ashadh (July-August). Hindus refer to this day as Guru Purnima, (Sometimes also called Vyasa Purnima). On this day, devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. Guru Purnima acknowledges the might of ones teacher or Guru through respect and reverence. The occasion is celebrated in memory of the great sage Vyasa whom it is believed was born on this day.  


NHSF (UK) June Committees’ Day 2014

JCD 2014


As the National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK) begins its new year, it does so with a degree of excitement and anticipation. A new national committee brings with it the desired need to continue building on the success of its predecessors, whilst also introducing the values of our organization to a greater Samaj.

The new academic year kicked off with Imperial College London hosting the first annual event, June Committees’ Day on Saturday 21st June 2014. Over two hundred delegates took part in the event representing around 40 university societies across the country. The aim of the day was for the chapter committees to plan for the upcoming academic year and gain skills which would be useful for them; this was done through instructive workshops.


The World's Biggest Exercise of Democracy. India Has Spoken


Quite rightly dubbed as one of the most monumental elections of our time, India has staged the largest democratic exercise in human history. With just over 551 million votes were cast (a record 66.38% turnout), of which 168 million (20% of the total electorate) were first time voters, this was a contest to find the person to lead a young, vibrant, and confident India. 300 billion rupees were spent on the election,which, over a period of nine dates spread across five weeks, from the north down to the south of the country was a phenomenal endeavour. This was facilitated by over 919,000 polling stations, 10 million officials working on the campaigns, and a series of flying squads aimed to stamp out bribery and corruption during the elections. India’s National Democratic Alliance, a coalition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, has taken a clear parliamentary majority in India’s national elections which were held over the past nine weeks to determine the 543 occupants of the next Lok Sabha — the lower house of India’s bicameral parliament. The NDA looks set to win 337 seats, marking the largest parliamentary majority held by a party since Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress in 1984. The BJP alone appears to have won 282 seats, well in excess of the 272 mark needed to hold a majority in parliament.


A tribute to a true hero

By Vishal Patel

The Hindu Community pays tribute to the five British Servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Amongst these Heroes was Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, an intelligence officer with the Royal Air Force, who died when the Lynx came down the Kandahar Province on the early hours of Saturday.

A truly inspirational figure who served on his third tour of Afghanistan, post life training as an Officer in 2008. During his final year Flt Lt Chauhan achieved the rank of a Cadet Warrant Officer in the RAF section of the Combined Cadet Force, and was awarded the medal for the most outstanding cadet. Whilst we are sad to lose such an influential figure. We take great inspiration from his commitment to make a real difference in the world around him, pride on the respect for the challenge Flt Lt Chauhan in the service for his country.

National Hindu Students' Forum (UK) is sad to hear the loss of a great ambassador of our community. Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to the Family and Friends close to Flt Lt Chauhan.