This is really, really funny. I got forwarded an email yesterday from “the angry Hindu community”. See if you can figure out what is actually annoying them.
Community tells PM: Government has failed British Hindus
3 February 2008 – Hindu leaders from scores of organisations have collectively told Prime Minister Gordon Brown that the â€˜Government has failed the British Hindu communityâ€™. The strong message was unanimously adopted as a resolution by outraged Hindu leaders on Sunday 3 February at the ground-breaking ceremony of Europeâ€™s largest cow protection farm, built in memory of Gangotri, the temple cow killed in a despicable manner by the RSPCA.
“This Government has no regard for the needs of communities that do not shout,â€ commented Sudarshan Bhatia, President of the National Council of Hindu Temples. â€œHindu leaders wrote to the Prime Minister 45 days ago, and there is not even an acknowledgement. If this had been some other community, the Government would have rushed to find a solution. Just because Hindus are quite, we are ignored, isolated and sidelined.”
“The impression we get is that those who shout the loudest or cause problems get immediate attention from this Government, while those who work actively to make community cohesion a reality get ignored,â€ explained Ishwer Tailor, President of the Hindu Forum of Britain. â€œThere has been a catalogue of issues that we have raised with the Government and they have ignored our concerns. Of course, there is a lot of lip-service, tokenistic meetings and assurances, but very little practical action follows. Having spoken to several stakeholders, I know that our community is becoming increasingly restless with this Government and wondering whether it is even worth continuing to engage with them.”
“The lethargy from this Government is unacceptable,â€ said Gauri Dasa, President of Bhaktivedanta Manor. “A DEFRA minister wrote a letter to us taking the RSPCA stand and telling us that we were wrong. Who in their right mind will believe that the Government is actually serious about talking to faith communities when they do not even pick up the phone to talk to us before writing judgemental letters like these?”
“Representatives from scores of Hindu organisations passed a resolution declaring the failure of the Government to engage purposefully with Hindus and asking for immediate dialogue,â€ reported Kapil Dudakia, Trustee of the Milton Keynes Hindu Association and a member of the Justice for Gangotri Taskforce. “We hope this Government will sit up, take note, and stop ignoring our genuine concerns.”
Organisations that supported the reolution include the Hindu Forum of Britain, National Council of Hindu Temples, Hindu Council UK, Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK, and several regional Hindu organisations and temples. Hindu leaders had travelled from all over the country to take part in the ground-breaking ceremony that included chanting of 10,000 year old Sanskrit prayers, ancient costumes, traditional dances, and devotional singing to the accompaniment of Indian drums and cymbals. It culminated in four simultaneous yajnas, with priests pouring sanctified offerings of clarified butter into a large sacred fire.
Plans for building Europeâ€™s largest Cow Protection Centre, called â€˜New Gokulâ€™ were approved by Hertsmere Borough Council after numerous planning applications and a pubic enquiry. Many councilors had indicated that they were impressed with the design and the sustainable character of the proposed farm buildings.
â€œIn Britain, 3.38 million cows and bulls are killed every year. Nearly all young bulls die before they reach their third birthday,â€ concluded Gauri Dasa, President of Bhaktivedanta Manor and Spiritual Commissioner of the Hindu Forum of Britain. “But at New Gokul, the new cow protection farm, we will demonstrate new ways of ethical, compassionate and sustainable farming.”
Amusingly, this is only months after the same bunch of publicity seeking self-styled leaders hosted a launch attended by Labour party members and decided to name the PM – Govardhan Brown.
Maybe Gordon – oops, I meant Govardhan didn’t like his new name and decided to ignore these Hindu ‘leaders’. Or, they’re screaming and shouting about nothing.
What’s the controversy? The RSPCA decided to put down a cow! We’re talking about the RSPCA here, not bloody McDonald’s. It looks like they opened this facility and decided to attract some attention by making a big statement. So the government has betrayed Hindus because it took the RSPCA’s side over theirs. Boo hoo. Pathetic.
Updated – stupid MSM coverage
Times – Government accused of failing British Hindus
Indy blog – Britain’s ‘quietist’ Hindus say it’s time to speak out
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