14 Aug 2010

Hindu Memorial Day Observance – Aug. 14th

Hindu Memorial Day Observance – Aug. 14th
Dilip Mehta

dilip_mehta_hmsa_web_thumbHindus are requested to observe August 14th as the Hindu Memorial Day with the purpose of never forgetting the long and most debilitating historical experience ever faced by any community in the course of human history.  The significance of August 14th lies in the fact that this is the day back in 1947 when a large chunk of Hindu territory was handed over to the tormentors of the Hindu society without much of a fight. Hindu Mahasabha of America will be observing the day as a day of rememberance.

Further information can be obtained by calling 832-436-1619 or visiting http://hindumemorialday.org

14 Aug 2010
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HMSA 2010 – Annual Meeting Invitation

Annual Meeting of

Hindu Mahasabha of America

(Hindu Congress of America)

&

Hindu Memorial Day Observance

Houston, Texas

August 14th, 2010, 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

INVITATION

AMERICAN HINDU POLITICAL MEET

American Hindu political and community activists are cordially invited to participate in the Annual Meeting of theHindu Mahasabha of America (aka Hindu Congress of America) to be held in Houston, TX on Sat., Aug. 14th, starting 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. A tentative agenda for the meeting is attached.

The annual meeting provides an opportunity to network with fellow Hindu social and political activists, and having an opportunity to participate in projects of relevance to the Hindu community in the Unites States and shared concerns with the global Hindu Diaspora.

Once your affirmative intent is received, further information will be furnished. Referrals for other potential participants are welcome.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please send intent of your participation to: houston2010@hmsamerica.org

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Tapan Ghosh, Kolkata, India, Human Rights Activist and, President, Hindu Samhati

Dr. Sachi G. Dastidar, Distinguished Service Professor, State University of New York, Author and Political Activist, Latest Book: “Empire’s Last Casualty : Indian Subcontinent’s Vanishing Hindu and Other Minorities”

THEME

Socio-political empowerment of American Hindus – pathways to intervention in American politics to serve Hindu interests, and the global impact of American Hindus.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Participants may submit papers/proposals relating to the theme of the meeting. The papers should focus on the socio-economic-political issues relating to American Hindus. The papers should clearly spell out a socio-political vision for American Hindus, with historical experience as a backdrop and civilizational existence as a framework for analyses. The papers must clearly state how the vision could be translated into action, and what benefits the American Hindu community will accrue from such actions. Papers are also invited on prospective actions by American Hindus that may help the persecuted Hindus all over the world.

Suggested Topics (including but not limited to):

  1. Hindus are often under-represented in mainstream American political circles in terms of volunteering for political action. Outline and showcase this phenomenon and propose practical steps to increase the political awareness and participation among American Hindus.
  2. American Hindus engage in mobilizing support for political candidates in American politics but seldom leverage that support to take up relevant community, hindu human rights and civilizational issues. Outline the current political fund-mobilization, then list the actual demands that were made against the funds mobilized and showcase the cost-benefit ratio of such lobbying activities. What would you do to reduce such cost-benefit ratio?
  3. American Hindu identity has progressively been co-opted along ethnic, caste and linguistic lines in the form of  “Indian-American,” “Asian-American, ” or “South-Asian” – outline and showcase the ephemeral nature of such identities against a distinct spiritual framework, and what would you do to reinforce the American Hindu identity.

Suggested length of the papers is 1,500 words. If your paper is accepted please be prepared to make a presentation at the meeting (powerpoint is preferred).

Deadline for submission: August 8th, 2010

Submit to: houston2010@hmsamerica.org

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

All those who care about the collective existence of Hindus in America and would like to join fellow activsts in the HMSA organization should consider participating in the meeting. The domain of subjects covered at the meeting is defined by political and socio-economic issues.

PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS

Meeting participants are expected to take active part in deliberations and volunteer for projects of their choice at the end of the meeting.

MEETING VENUE

India House Houston, 8888, West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77031

COST

Participants bear all conference related expenses, including the following:  (a) travel to Houston and the meeting venue, (b) Hotel, and (c) Registration Fees – $25 per participant. Lunch is included in the registration fees. Meals:  The conference organizing team will provide a light lunch on Saturday. Also, snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the duration of the meeting.

TRAVEL PLANNING

If you plan to attend, your first step should be to make arrangements for your travel to Houston, TX. Please keep the following information in mind before making travel arrangements:

Destination Airports: George Bush International Airport (Airport Code: IAH) and William Hobby (Airport Code: HOU);

Arrive By: 7:00 AM on Saturday, Aug. 14th, 2010; Schedule Return flight after: 8:00 PM on Saturday, Aug. 14th, 2010

Hotel: Please book an appropriate hotel near the meeting venue

MEETING AGENDA

(Tentative)

Pathways to intervention in American politics to serve Hindu interests

Global impact of American Hindus

The Hindu Agenda in the U.S.

Spreading Socio-political awareness

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Shri Tapan Ghosh

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Prof. Sachi G. Dastidar

HINDU MEMORIAL DAY

Observance

Essay Competition

Scholarship Awards

Call to Volunteer

HMSA Meeting 2010
Organizing Committee
Dr. Rudranath Talukdar Mr. Dharminder DarganProgram Coordinator Mr. Jay Shah
Mr. Bramh Mishra Mr. Dilip Mehta

RSVP & FURTHER INFORMATION

Call  (832) 436-1619 or E-Mail: houston2010@hmsamerica.org

06 Dec 2009

HMSA 2009 – Request for Intent

Annual Conference of
Hindu Mahasabha of America
(Hindu Congress of America)

Houston, Texas

Dec. 5th, 2009

REQUEST FOR INTENT

U.S. Hindu community activists are invited to participate in the Annual Conference of the Hindu Mahasabha of AmericaHouston, TX on Saturday Dec. 5th, 2009 from 9:00 AM until 7:30 PM. A tentative agenda for the conference is attached.

The conference provides an opportunity to network with Hindu activists, and having an opportunity to participate in projects of relevance to the Hindu community in the Unites States and shared concerns with the global Hindu Diaspora.

Once your affirmative intent is received, further information will be furnished. Referrals for other potential participants are welcome.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please send intent of your participation to: houston2009@hmsamerica.org ,

TRAVEL PLANNING

If you plan to attend, your first step should be to make arrangements for your travel to Houston, TX. Please keep the following information in mind before making travel arrangements:

Destination: Houston, TX
Arrive By:
8:00 AM on Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2009
Schedule Return flight after:
8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2009

COST

Participants bear all conference related expenses, including the following:  (a) travel to Houston / meeting venue, (b) Registration Fees – $25 per participant. Meals (light breakfast and lunch, and dinner) are included in the registration fees.

VENUE

Please call Mr. Dilip Mehta @ 713-553-7384 to get the directions to the conference venue.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

(Tentative)

U.S. Hindu Community

Rebuilding the U.S. Hindu Community

Role of Youth and Women

Session Chair: Mr. Dilip Mehta

At present the U.S. Hindu community is scattered into sectarian, linguistic and casteist lines. The resulting mis-organization results in ineffectiveness in socio-economic-political representation in mainstream America. An assessment of current social organization needs to be made, and programs need to be developed that can help furthering the consolidation of the U.S. Hindu community. A special segment will focus on role of women and youth.

A Call to Re-organize the Hindu Community in the U.S.

Speaker: Mrs. Aneeta Chakrabarty

Global Hindu Human Rights

Human Rights violations against Hindus in Bangladesh,

And the role of the U.S. Hindu Community

Session Chair: Dr. Richard Benkin

Human rights of Hindus in Bangladesh are being violated almost on a daily basis, and yet Bangladeshi establishment has escaped international scrutiny for decades. This session will explore what active role the U.S. Hindu community can play in effectively addressing the issue. The following action-oriented programs will be tabled at the conference, and volunteers sought to work on the ensuing projects. Action Agenda: (a) Create an effective lobbying group that will be unrelenting in defending common Hindu and American interests, while combating those contrary to principles shared by both, (b) Create a body to effectively publicize the human rights abuses and outrages not only to those of us who already know they exist, but also to a more general public, (c) Focus on specific issues, such as the ethnic cleansing of Bangladeshi Hindus by Islamists and their fellow travelers to create effective outrage and opposition, and (d) Create a body for effective and regular public demonstrations and protests.

Social Rehabilitation of Hindu Families

Presenter: Utsav Chakravarty

This project aims to provide support and rehabilitation for women facing discrimination and persecution. The aim is to raise resources and support for those who believe in religious freedom and social equality and future avenues of growth. The project also aims at spreading the message of Love and Progressive Rationalism as encompassed in Hindu Dharma, especially women.