RSPCA'S GANGOTRI SLAYING UPSET HINDUS
Wednesday 13 February, hundreds of protestors
staged a mock slaughter of a cow by actors
dressed as RSPCA workers outside Parliament
and marched to the offices of DEFRA. Four
of Hinduisms top spiritual leaders
the Shankaracharyas who are revered
like the Pope joined a British delegation
on 12th February at the Maha Magha festival
which attracts 5 million pilgrims at the
confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and
Yamuna to scatter the ashes of Gangotri.
The delegation scattered a second urn of
ashes at the holy city of Varanasi on 13th
February, in the presence of several national
leaders, monks and visitors.
BROWN'S LACK OF RESPECT
Dubey, President of the Foundation for Religious
Harmony, one of the most high-profile interfaith
institutions in India commented, The
people in India are surprised and saddened
by this utter lack of respect shown by the
British authorities on a peaceful community.
Hindus only wanted respect for life. But
it seems Gordon Brown does not understand
this request. We are disappointed that his
recent trip to India did not enlighten him
to the higher aspects of our peaceful culture.
Perhaps he was more interested in the economic
benefits of partnering with India and has
forgotten that people are more important
Gardiner MP for Brent North, who had was
present at the London demonstration outside
Parliament reassured Hindus that the Secretary
of State of DEFRA, Hiliary Benn MP was looking
into the actions of the RSPCA and would
look seriously at procedures and protocols
of animal welfare.
UNDER-REPRESENTED AT THE EHRC
the same week, Dr. Jagdish Sharma, Chairman
and Director for Human Rights at the Hindu
Council UK lamented the poor communication
between the HCUK and the newly formed Equality
and Human Rights Commission. In an email
he stated " I personally am not at
all happy with this situation and after
being a member of Religion & Belief
Consultative Group (RBCG) for more than
two years and attending 26 out of 29 meetings,
I am seriously considering whether it is
a constructive use of my time."
the end of my last e-mail regarding RBCG
and our frustrating experience at the hands
of EHRC, its Chairman, Trevor Phillips,
its commissioners Joel Edwards and Ziauddin
Sardar and its Strategy Director Patrick
Diamond, I had said that I would report
further progress after the meeting on 13th
February 2008. I am sorry to say that there
is no happy outcome to report. Everyone
present shared each other's frustration.
RBCG Chairman Barney Leith has a meeting
with Sukhwinder Singh scheduled for 26th
February. Mr. Singh is an officer at EHRC
but nobody knew his exact designation and
I do not expect anything different from
him." Dr Sharma explained.
Sharma further added "Should we negotiate
directly with EHRC under the banner of HCUK?
I wonder ! Our problem is that Hindus are
never appointed to any positions in such
institutions and this job discrimination
must at least be shown to us to stop."
spokesman for the Equality and Human Rights
Commission said that EHRC appoints were
a matter for the Secretary of State. No
further response was forthcoming from Trevor