The World Hindu Congress (WHC) is a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another, and impact the common good. It offers Hindus an opportunity to introspect towards improvement and tap into our collective resources to seek tangible solutions to the most pressing issues of our age.
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Held once every four years, WHC’s seven parallel conferences showcase how the values, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of the global Hindu community find expression in a variety of spheres, including economic, education, media, organizational, and political, as well as the unique leadership and contributions of Hindu women and youth. WHC also serves as a platform to address critical issues impacting Hindus worldwide, including human rights, discrimination, and cultural assaults.
Hindus have faced insurmountable odds over the last several centuries, yet have been able to nourish and sustain Hindu civilization. Thus, it is incumbent upon this and future generations to build upon their legacy. WHC seeks to rise to this call.
Why World Hindu Congress?
When people are able to come together on a shared platform for a shared purpose, inspired by shared values, only good things happen. But such opportunities for Hindus, specifically, have been few and far between. The World Hindu Congress seeks to change that.
In the past, Hindus have held a number of forums and conferences intermittently. But the outcomes of resulting resolutions and implementation of action plans have been sporadic at best. Many of these events never covered dimensions critically important to Hindus such as education, media, politics, and economy with regularity. Moreover, not many of these events were cross-dimensional in nature.
Hindus have both spiritual and secular needs. Unfortunately, many of the secular needs and challenges have been left for others to handle. The WHC seeks to fill in this very important gap.
The World Hindu Congress is an informal organization organized by World Hindu Foundation. But it is dependent on the efforts of volunteers representing Hindu organizations from around the world. Each Congress will be held in a different part of the world. All Hindu organizations, associations, and institutions are encouraged to participate and invited to become partners in World Hindu Congress.
The inaugural WHC, held in November 2014, saw 1800 delegates from 53 countries. Guided by the Hindu principle of
Sangachchhadhwam Samvadadhwam or “Step together. Express together,” the Congress’ seven parallel conferences brought together delegates from across the global Hindu community. Delegates represented the best and brightest from a wide array of fields -- the arts; academia; business; community, social, and humanitarian organizations; government; industry; media; medicine; science; and technology. A diverse range of topics related to these fields were discussed.
Seven conferences were held during the Congress, addressing specific areas of strategic importance, holding detailed deliberations and articulating solutions to contribute to the progress and prosperity of Hindus, and the betterment of humanity, and the world.
The findings of each Conference were presented to the Congress as a whole, where the entire Congress’ delegates had an opportunity to critically examine the work of the each conference and also provide feedback. After the conclusion of the Congress, the individual organizations or committees which conducted each of the conferences were tasked with monitoring and assisting in the implementation of any tasks and assignments from their respective conference, and asked to report at the next Congress on the progress made towards the progress and prosperity of Hindus around and world and impacting the common good.
The second World Hindu Congress will be held in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. from September 7 – 9, 2018.
Inspired by the Hindu principle,
Sumantrite Suvikrante or THINK COLLECTIVELY, ACHIEVE VALIANTLY, the World Hindu Congress 2018 promises to be a movement not to be missed. On the eve of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic address to the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, Hindus from around the world and of all backgrounds are invited to actively participate.
As in WHC 2014, seven parallel conferences will be held, along with an additional session for Poster presentations:
World Hindu Economic Forum
Hindu Educational Conference
Hindu Media Conference
Hindu Organisational Conference
Hindu Political Conference
Hindu Women Conference
Hindu Youth Conference Hindu Global Poster Session
Each of these conferences will focus on an area of strategic importance to the Hindu civilization and humanity. Interactive sessions will offer space to deliberate the challenges and opportunities facing Hindu communities across the globe, and seek tangible solutions based on these deliberations. These sessions will also open up avenues for collaboration between the leadership of the seven conferences.
All Hindu organisations, associations, and institutions are encouraged to participate and invited to become partners in WHC 2018.
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