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Friday, March 24, 2006


Hindu Youths to Lead (in UK)

London, March 23: Seeking to encourage Hindus to become active in Britain's local politics, a unique programme has been launched in which 10 bright youths from the community will 'shadow' one UK lawmaker each for six months. The 'shadowing' involves first-hand experience on how lawmakers from the three main parties- Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat-- work in their constituency and in Westminster.
The parliamentary experience programme launched here last night by the Hindu Forum of Britain seeks to address the current lack of representation of Hindus in decision-making process by encouraging and nurturing carefully selected Hindu youth to be mentored and trained by British Parliamentarians.
Currently, only two of the 646 British MPs are Hindus. "The programme would provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what politicians do day-to-day, experience Westminster life and provide talented Hindus a platform to become active in British politics," the Hindu Forum's secretary- general Ramesh Kallidai said. "More importantly it will improve the political representation of Hindu community in local and national politics," he said.

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