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Celebration of 21 years in Parliament

Monday 3rd February, 2014

Reception-9NHSF (UK) celebrated its official 21 years of achievements on February 3rd 2014 in the Palace of Westminster at a reception hosted by MP Seema Malhotra, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament (MP) for Feltham and Heston. The event celebrated the success of NHSF (UK) over the past 21 years, and highlighted the contributions young British Hindu Students have contributed to the United Kingdom.

A host of Labour MPs attended the reception including Leader of the Opposition and MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband who commented, “I wanted to congratulate the National Hindu Students’ Forum for reaching 21 years and come here to recognise the work you do not just for the Hindu community but for the wider community. The Hindu community is part of the mosaic that makes our country stronger.” Seema Malhotra added, “Congratulations to the National Hindu Students Forum (UK) on their 21st birthday and this special celebration in Parliament. NHSF (UK) has shown a real ability to develop civic leadership in the next generation, combining an exploration of Hindu values with a deep sense of civic duty and responsibility. I am sure the NHSF will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, who after the event Tweeted to say it ”was great to speak” at the reception and commended the British Hindu Students’ for the hard work and continued contribution to the United Kingdom. Other distinguished MPs in attendance included Keith Vaz, Barry Gardiner, Gareth Thomas, Jonathan Ashworth, Michael Gapes, Stephen Timms and Stephan Pound; all shared kind words about NHSF (UK) and endorsed our ethos through various speeches at the reception.

Reception-2A History Steeped in Success

NHSF (UK) started in 1991 at London School of Economics in response to a lack of representation for Hindu students; it has since grown to encompass affiliated chapters in 47 universities across the UK and engages students to learn about Hindu Dharma, culture and Sewa (selfless service through volunteering and charity work). NHSF (UK) has been recognised for its achievements by various university student unions, corporations, World Hindu Youth and European Interfaith organisations and charities such as Anthony Nolan and NHS Blood Donation; and has been involved in celebrating Hindu Dharma with UK Parliament and multinational organisations.

Vishal Patel and Avnish Thakrar, National Vice Presidents of NHSF (UK) showcased the achievements of NHSF (UK) over the past 21 years and touched on what the future holds for this ever-growing organisation. Pranav Bhanot, National President of NHSF (UK) stated, “Hindu students in the UK contribute greatly to British life. This opportunity, in association with The Labour Party has allowed us to strengthen the links we have established with The Labour Party and highlight our achievements to the wider community. We feel as an organisation political engagement is paramount to ensuring the British Hindu voice is heard and recognised.”

Suraj Bhanot, National Public Relations Officer thanked the supporters of the organisation including sponsors and well-wishers, who have strongly impacted the success of the organisation. It was the opportunity to invest in our future generations ensuring they have a platform to develop, engage and contribute to British Society. Each presentation highlighted the continued support NHSF (UK) needs from its supporters, and encouraged attendees to be part of the change to ensure the organisation continues to flourish for generations to come.

NHSF (UK) would like to thank all our advisory board, supporters, well-wishers and sponsors who have invested in us over the past 21 years. Importantly, we would like to thank each and every student who has been a part of the organisation, in particular, the thousands of committee members, both nationally and locally who continue to keep the torch of Hindu Dharma burning. To find out more about the well-wishers scheme and the impact it can have on NHSF (UK), please contact financeteam@nhsf.org.uk.

About NHSF (UK)

NHSF (UK) is the largest organisation in the UK and mainland Europe that represents the views of young British Hindus. We represent over 5,000 students from over 47 universities and Colleges and Sixth Forms in the UK. Contact prteam@nhsf.org.uk for more information.

Information correct date published February 2013