National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) Elects New President

National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) Elects New  President

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 11th June 2006, the National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) elected its new President Mr. Sudarshan Bhatia.

Mr. Bhatia is also the president of the famous and oldest temple (Vishwa Hindu Mandir) in Southall, West London. He came to England with first class degree in Bachelor of Science and Masters in Physics to further his education and training and to begin a career in teaching. He is a poet and writes both in Hindi and English. He is also well known for his instinctive and ex-tempore debates and he lectures on religion, social and community
issues. He also works for Global and Indian Foundation, an organisation that seeks to preserve the ancient Indian heritage. Mr. Bhatia is working with the Indian High Commission, in London, to open the first Hindi resource centre in the UK.

Mr. Bhatia commented on his appointment as NCHT President: “Hindu temples, being centres of excellence, play a very important part in the lives of British Hindus. In the West, Hindu temples are not just places of worship
but they also facilitate social and cultural activities, especially for the youth. My goal is to promote our dynamic ancient Vedic (Hindu) wisdom, which provides a practical means to resolve issues of conflict in the modern

Bimal Krishna Das, Secretary of the NCHT (UK), said: “We are delighted at the election of Mr. Bhatia to this pivotal role in representing the
religious interests of the British Hindu community. His reputation and experience in this area make him ideally suited to the post.”

The National Council of Hindu Temples (UK), established in 1978, is an umbrella body, which links Hindu temples and works with them for the benefit of the Hindu community in Britain. It acts as a resource and one
of the main consultative bodies on the matters relating to the British Hindu community and the Hindu culture and religion.

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