Annual Meeting of
Hindu Mahasabha of America
(Hindu Congress of America)
Hindu Memorial Day Observance
August 14th, 2010, 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
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.
Please send intent of your participation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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”
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):
- 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.
- 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?
- 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: email@example.com
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.
Meeting participants are expected to take active part in deliberations and volunteer for projects of their choice at the end of the meeting.
India House Houston, 8888, West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77031
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.
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
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
Call to Volunteer
|HMSA Meeting 2010
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org