Auckland, November 12, 2023
Ways and means of improving contributions to the world economy, better empowerment of women, development of youth and fostering social and cultural values will be among the issues that will be discussed at the World Hindu Congress scheduled to be held in Thailand this month.
The three-day, conference, a quadrennial occurrence, will be held from November 24 to November 26, 2023 at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre, Bangkok under the theme, ‘Jayasya Aayatnam Dharmah’ (Dharma, the abode of Victory).
The New Delhi-based World Hindu Foundation is organising the event, which is expected to bring together more than 3000 delegates from about 60 countries across the five Continents.
Among the main speakers at the Congress will be Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, The ‘Hugging Mother’ Amritanandmayi Devi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Head Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Zoho Corporation Chief Executive Sridhar Vembu, Scientist and Author Anand Ranganathan, Author-Historian Dr Vikram Sampath, Pakistani Human Rights Activist Faqir Shiva Kachhi, Scholar-Author Koenraad Elst, Sociologist Salvatore Babones, RSS Executive Member Suresh Soni, Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trustee and Treasurer Swami Govind Dev Giri and Film Producer and Director Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Skanray Technology Founder Managing Director and Chief Executive Vishwaprasad Alva.
The Congress will incorporate the Hindu Youth Conference and the Hindu Women Conference, both with a New Zealand connection. The former will be coordinated by Hindu Youth New Zealand Murali Krishna Magesan, while the latter will have the expertise of Pritika Sharma, former Joint General Secretary of the Hindu Council of New Zealand, now settled in the USA.
Hindu Council of New Zealand President Professor Guna Magesan (father and mentor of Murali) will represent New Zealand at the World Congress along with others.
Professor Magesan said that the Congress will comprise seven parallel thematic conferences, including economic, education, media, political, youth, women, and organisational issues.
“These conferences will discuss the values, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of Hindus in all its vibrance and glory. Discussions will also focus on areas of strategic importance to Hindus and provide avenues for collaboration among Hindu leaders, activists, and thinkers. These conferences aim to provide space to discuss and deliberate upon the opportunities and challenges facing Hindus across the world and how to address them valiantly,” he said.
According to him, the delegates will include businessmen, professionals, academicians, media persons, youth, women, executives of Hindu temples and organisations and eminent people from the Hindu society living in different parts of the world.
Professor Magesan has been involved with the World Hindu Congress since its first convention held in 2014. He is gratified to see young Kiwis taking significant responsibilities on the world stage by organising important conferences at this global event. He hopes to hand over the responsibility of the World Hindu Congress (from New Zealand) to a worthy successor and concentrate his energy on motivating and guiding young people to engage in community work.
About the World Hindu Congress
The first World Hindu Congress (WHC) was held in New Delhi in 2014 and the second in Chicago, USA in 2018. These events provide an opportunity for participants to network, exchange ideas, work confidently and model their future course of action.
Murali said that he is honoured to coordinate the Hindu Youth Conference at WHC 2023.
“Speakers participating in the conference include upcoming young political leaders, media influencers, technocrats, young entrepreneurs and executives from Hindu student organisations from around the world, he said.