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Wed, Apr 01
Nehru Centre, London
Is our Sexuality the Root of our Identity?
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+?
Tue, Mar 17
My-dea: Are your ideas really yours?
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?
Sat, Feb 15
The rise of veganism: a moral imperative or a European fad?
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.
Thu, Nov 28
War, what is it good for?
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.
Wed, Oct 16
Bad God: What does the suffering in the world tell us about God?
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?
Sat, Sep 21
Hindu Festivals: Dharma or Dhamaka?
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?
Fri, Sep 13
Article 370. Is Kashmir now liberated or occupied?
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?
Sat, May 25
Can An Emerging India Save A Declining Britain?
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.
Thu, Mar 14
Cows, Curry & Caste: Seeking a Hindu Identity
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.
Sat, Dec 01
In the 21st century, have we reduced Swami Vivekananda to a mere brand ambassador?
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?
Sun, Oct 07
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?
Sat, Oct 06
Weddings vs. Marriage
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?
Sat, May 12
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?
Sat, Apr 28
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.
Sat, Dec 16
Hindu Faith Challenged
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?
Fri, Dec 01
Socialism or Capitalism? Or a third way?
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'?
Sat, Nov 18
Elderly: Who Cares?
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?
Sat, Jul 08
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?
Sat, Nov 12
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)?
Wed, Mar 30
What Drives a Human Being to Lead a Fulfilled Life?
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?