British Asia News Network
London: The Metropolitan Police Hindu Association, MPHA, explored the historic and cultural contributions made by the Hindus in the United Kingdom, though an evening of discussions and prayers at the New Scotland Yard on 16 January.
According to a Press Release by the MPHA Chairperson, Satya Minhas, the evening started with his welcome note. He invited the Hindu Chaplain for the Police, His Holiness Raj Rajeshwar Guruji to light a lamp and recite prayers and Senior Chaplain, Metropolitan Police Service, Rev’d Jonathan Osborne to give his blessings and say a few words.
During the evening, Satya, who has been central to the employment drive within the Metropolitan Police Service, introduced the Hindu community as law-abiding citizens who can gain immensely by choosing Met Police as their careers. He then left the floor to the first speaker, Jay Lakhani.
Jay, the first Hindu tutor to be appointed by Eton College for religious study, is also a Trustee of The Hindu Academy (UK) and a key advisor on Hinduism at Several British Universities. The keynote speaker stated when two civilisations meet there is an excellent opportunity for both to assimilate, integrate and produce a more vibrant evolved nation.
The Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House QPM took the floor next and thanked the Hindu community for their support in fighting against crime and in keeping the country safe. Emphasising on London’s diversity, he said in his speech that he was interested to understand how our (UK and Indian) cultures can combine to support the diverse milieu. He shared his tryst with Hinduism as his day starts with Namaste and yoga in front of the computer screen, which he admitted he would rather do in a Yoga studio.
Commander Mark McEwan, the Directorate of Professional Standards, Community Engagement & Inclusion unit and Commander in-charge for all the staff associations, said in his speech that he is privileged to be able to play his part in supporting and seeking the (Hindus’) support in helping the Met Police reach out and strengthen relationships.
The speeches were interspersed by some brilliant performances by dancer and choreographer Arunima Kumar, who gave a talk covering stories and messages from Hindu epics and performed with a young artist Malaika Patel.
Kuchipudi dancer Deepa Viswamohan performed “Govinda Govinda ani koluvaree” while Kathak dancer Kavita Gupta performed Bhagwat Gita shloka.
Rashmi Mishra, an educationist, talked about the “History and role of Women in the Hindu society” while eminent Commodities Lawyer and head of SHYAM Dhruv Chattralia spoke about Bhagavad Vishnu and the concept of Avatar (incarnations).