The facilitator and the founder of World Hindu Congress, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) graduate Swami Vigyananda was in New Zealand last week as a part of consolidating the Hindu diaspora.
“I am coming back to New Zealand after a gap of six years. Earlier I used to come every year from 2004 to 2012,” Swami Vigyananda told The Indian Weekender.
It is noteworthy that from 2012, Swami Vigyanandahasbeen was engaged in the planning and organisation of the World Hindu Congress, first in India (2014) and then recently in Chicago in September 2018.
The World Hindu Congress is a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another, and impact the common good and is held every four years.
The conference includes seven parallel conferences in a variety of spheres, including economic, education, media, organisational, and political, as well as women and youth.
In an exclusive interview to the Indian Weekender, Swami Vigyananda discussed the motivation behind the mega global-conference, plans of consolidating Hindu diaspora in New Zealand, and also addressed to the concerns and anxiety, especially those back in India, related to the perceived consolidation of Hindu society.
New Zealand Hindu Volunteers Meet
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Swami Vigyanand said, “This year the Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) has planned a national Hindu volunteer meet.
I am here to be part of that meet which is open to our entire sister organisation and Hindu volunteers.”
The meet was organised by HCNZ with the theme Coming Together, Working Together, Growing Together.
“We need to get the visibility, acceptability and respectability for the Hindu Community, for each of the Hindu Organisation, as well as for the individual as a volunteer,” Swami Vigyananand said.
Murali Krishna Magesan, General Secretary HCNZ, who was also the coordinator of the volunteer meet said, “This meet provided a platform for the inspired individuals /volunteers from various Hindu organizations in New Zealand to come together, meet one another, and discuss and share ideas.”
Three New Zealand National Conferences announced till 2020
President, HCNZ, Vinod Kumar told the Indian Weekender that their team, volunteers, and the members of the organisation had a meaningful engagement with the visiting Swami Vigyananda around the manner in which how Hindu youths could be enthused.
Three national conferences have been announced around youths, economy, and general members in the next two years till 2020.