Every individual needs shelter in order to flourish. Yet in the UK, an estimated 250,000 homeless people were living in temporary accommodation in England at the end of June 2020, the highest figures for 14 years (Shelter). Self-contained accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic was found for over
The debate rages between those who recoil at the thought of another Fukushima or Chernobyl, with those that see Nuclear as the only feasible option for a carbon-free energy source. As citizens of the UK, where does sustainability lie?
Obesity - The Silent Pandemic; Who is Responsible?
Currently, 28.7% of adults in England are classed as obese and 35.6% are classed as being overweight. These figures are increasing year on year. Why is that so? Obesity is a complex problem; delving beyond the old tenants of diet and exercise is key to understanding and solving the growing challenge
Education develops the minds that determine the future of our society. Last year, 1.9 million children were educated in Faith Schools. We are going through unprecedented times, where the status quo is being challenged and our principles are being re-examined. This is the time to look at how we are b
Pandemics have afflicted civilisations throughout human history. What valuable lessons can we learn to help us understand the present and prepare for the future? What are the economic repercussions of this pandemic going to be and will households and businesses ever be able to recover?
Struggle is seen as an inherent part of life, to some, the nature of life itself is struggle. With governments worldwide wrestling to contain the COVID outbreak and millions of people isolating at home; struggle is at the forefront of every discussion.
Nehru Centre, London, 8 S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 1HF, UK
Hindu society should be able to take in its stride all people; certainly in classical times, upto 9th CE, Indian society was probably the most liberal in the world. Hindu society has always emphasised the bigger picture - dharma and moksha, so what is the Hindu perspective on LGBTQ+?
London, Guy's Campus, King's College London, SE1 1UL
In our search for the truth, quite often our own human nature and biases prevent us from seeing clearly and allow others to influence us. Is there a framework by which we can challenge both our own and others’ ideas to come closer to the truth?
The rise of veganism: a moral imperative or a European fad?
Manchester, Roscoe Building, Manchester M13 9PY, UK
Why is veganism growing at such terrific rates? What role, if any, should the British Hindu community play in shaping the voice of the vegan and animal rights movement? Come and explore if veganism really is the panacea it is made out to be.
A Hindu does not pray a prescribed number of times, they do not read a prescribed set of books or adhere to a prescribed set of rules. How then do we know "Who is a Hindu?". Join us as we explore the past and present of the Dharmic traditions.
Currently the UK government does not need parliamentary approval to go to war. How then does it decide if going to war is the correct action? What principles then guide those who are given the responsibility of deciding?
Join us as we explore the often surprising realities of going to war.
God created world, so say the Abrahamic world. What do the Dharmic traditions say? What is God? What if anything, is its nature, especially in the light of all the suffering in human existence? Why would a benevolent power create such evil in the world?
Manchester , University Of Manchester Students Union, Oxford Rd, Manchester, UK
We will soon see fireworks lighting up the night skies and shops selling Diwali paraphernalia... but have we now as a society began to lose the meaning of why these festivals are being help? How did the festival of light become the festival or personal indulgence?
Article 370. Is Kashmir now liberated or occupied?
London, David Game College, 31 Jewry St, London EC3N 2ET, UK
The Indian government shocked the world, and Indians when it revoked the (in)-famous article 370 which awarded the state of Kashmir special rights. The actions of the government have caused global divisions, as to the merits of the act. What are the facts? Can we untangle its complex history?
Will Britain and India finally lose their colonial hangovers - one of master, the other of servant; to build a relationship that is truly “special”? Is India the silver lining of Britain’s Brexit blooper? Come and explore this deep and complex problem with our panel of expert witnesses.
Often seen as the religion that has no God, or the religion that’s not a religion, can we find clarity on what defines us as Hindu? We explore the struggle of forming our individual and collective identity as Hindus in a modern world, at a time where so often, we have identity thrust upon us.
In the 21st century, have we reduced Swami Vivekananda to a mere brand ambassador?
Slough, Blind Ln, Wooburn Green, Bourne End SL8 5LF, UK
As 125 years have passed since the famous speech in Chicago at the parliament of world religions, Vivekananda has undoubtedly inspired several generations of Hindu seekers and activists.
But does his name and deeds still inspire generations raised in the west in the 21st century?
Manchester , 2 Federation St, Manchester M4 4BF, UK
Britain has been voted the "loneliness capital of Europe". Has loneliness really become the epidemic that it is described as in the media, where we seem to be more connected than ever, but report feeling more alone?
Can the oldest living tradition shape tomorrow’s world?
In a rapidly advancing society, the nature of the environment often determines the direction of change. In an era where the pace of technological change far outstrips our natural rate of evolution can we adapt accordingly? What new challenges and opportunities will future technologies present to us?
UK Asians spend a staggering £3bn on weddings each year. Are we sacrificing the Dharmic teachings of simplicity and humility in exchange for crass materialism and razzmatazz? Are we devoting the same resources to the life-long commitment of a marriage as we do on our pomp celebrations?
In this INSA-Cambridge event, supported by Vichaar Manthan, we will have with us Dr. Sachin Nandha, entrepreneur and activist, discussing with us about nuances of the age-old 'Liberty vs. Equality' debate and his perspective on the same.
Raising Children in modern Britain – a Hindu perspective
1 in 25 teens in Britain suffers from depression. 35% of girls and 10% of boys suffer from eating disorders. Why is this happening?
What can our understanding of child psychology tell us? What can Hindu values offer the rest of British society?
Leicester, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 102 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, UK
It seems that practices like Yoga, mindfulness and veganism are becoming increasing mainstream albeit the norm. But isn't yoga more than postures and wearing comfortable yoga pants? Yoga, means union. Come and explore the psychological aspects of this ancient lifestyle developed in ancient India.
Leicester, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 102 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, UK
A critical examination on the role of faith in Hindu tradition in modern Britain. What does it mean when a Hindu talks about his or her faith? Is Hindu Dharma built on faith; are Hindus rooted in belief; or, is there something different which sustains Hindus?
Deendayal Upadhyay began writing in the 1950s, a new way to think about capital and labour, in a theory he coined as ‘Integral Humanism’. Today the Indian government under Prime minister Modi is beginning to translate the thoughts of Upadhyay into policy. Should we too look to this 'third way'?
Since 2001, care homes have seen an 11% increase in their overall population aged 65 or over. On whom does the moral responsibility fall to accommodate our increasingly aging population? Are our elderly parents merely a burden on state resources or an integral part of our children's upbringing?
London, New Century House, 68-70 Red Lion St, Holborn, London WC1R 4NY, UK
What is marriage? What purpose does it serve? Is it a sacred rite of passage, or is it a functional practice to build stable societies? What, if anything, can Dharma and classical Hindu civilisation teach us for the 21st century?
Building on our Foundation. Educating the Next Generation.
Professor Sugata Mitra has a radical proposal; a teacher-less classroom. Educationists predict the idea will be a solution to the problems facing education today. It forces us to re-evaluate our current approach. Should teachers leave the classroom?
This is a question that goes beyond veganism, to the core of how we view and interact with the world around us. Can we clarify the concept of Dharma, producing a lens through which we may guide, refine and be confident in our actions?
Who really was Bhagat Singh? A champion of liberty? A terrorist? A communist? A devout Hindu? What was the underlying motivation behind his actions? It is time to strip away the mythology and come face to face with the man Bhagat Singh
Join us as we dive into the timeless river that is the story of Ram and follow it into the modern era. Examining the footprints through masterful narrations of the Valmki and Tulsisidas Ramayan. How did he navigate through life with such finesse that they become "Maryada Purshotam" (the ideal man)?
As parliament debates whether to de-criminalize consensual sex work, we want to explore what a Hindu civilizational approach would be? From a Hindu lens, ought sex work be legal? Ought sex workers have legal rights?
London, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK
All of us strive for happiness - but do we equally strive for fulfilment? Can it be argued that to lead a truly happy life one must be fulfilled? Hindu civilisation throughout time has always had an undercurrent of Dharma flowing through its literal and philosophical narratives - but what is Dharma?