Victoria, September 29: Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia organised the 4th Australian National Hindu Conference with the themeOrganizing Community Strengthening Australia. This conference was hosted by its Victoria chapter in last week.
Subramanian Ramamoorthi, National President of VHP Australia, gave the welcome address. He shared the work done by the organisation for the benefit of Australian community. Dr Anil Kumar Asthana, Vice President VHP Australia (Victoria chapter), gave statistics of Hindu community and their contributions to Australia in terms of economy, education and professional contribution compared to other communities and Australian national average.
The data showed that Hindu population is the fastest growing community in Australia (86% growth between 2006 and 2011). Hindu population had higher educational qualifications and represented in high profile professions.
Smt Geeta Devi, President VHP Australia (Victoria chapter), gave the keynote address on "Vision for Australian Hindu Society". She said Hindus from many countries are moving and settling in Australia in reasonably large numbers. They are a contributing community and have contributed immensely in the field of economy, science, technology, health, administration, education and culture".
She added that it is time that Hindus in Australia need to Position Hindu Society so that can live with dignity and respect; Shape Hindu Identity so that we proudly use Hindu Australian as our common identity; Strengthen Hindu Society through our rich cultural heritage that need to practised, preserved and propagated it for the benefit of our community.
She also said Organising Hindu Society by increasing our collaborative strength with many linguistic, social and cultural organisations and associations, and temples etc for the benefit of our community.She even mentioned that Kevin Rudd, ex Prime Minister of Australia had once written to the organisation that he was proud of the achievements of Hindu Australians.
Ms Judith Graley, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Member of Parliament from Narre Warren South, representing the Premier of Victoria, inaugurated the conference. This was followed by Buddhist and Vedic peace prayers.
All delegates felt that there is an urgent need to work together, collaborate and cooperate, share resources to address the challenges in an united and organised manner and contribute to the welfare of Australian society.
Also to showcase the rich cultural heritage, Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan was decided to be organise annually.
It was well summarised by Akila Ramarathinam who presented the way forward based on discussions and deliberations. Krishna Betanabhatla gave the vote of thanks, thanking all volunteers, organisers, organisations, sponsors and representatives.