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Hindu Students Council at the Gujarati Conference

“After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophical and none so spiritual that the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism who shall save it?  If India's own children do not cling to her faith who shall guard it.” – This was the quote from Annie Besant that summarized the presentation by Nikunj Trivedi, president of Hindu Students Council.

On the Labor Day Weekend, HSC participated in the World Gujarati Conference organized by the Association of Indian Americans in North America (AIANA), held at the Raritan Exposition Center, in Edison, NJ.  An estimated 30,000 people from all over the world attended the two and half day conference. A myriad of eminent Gujaratis from India and overseas like Murari Bapu, Sam Pitroda, Nirma Group founder Karsan Bhai Patel, singer Pankaj Udhas and Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad Director Bakul Dholakia were a part of the event. Among others who attended the conference were the India’s Consulate General in New York, Neelam Deo and former Bollywood Star Shashi Kapoor.

HSC was the main organizer of the Youth Session entitled “Generation G: Where do we go from here?”.  The session was designed to educate young Gujarati and Indian Americans about the challenges faced by youth as well as ways of understanding our rich Hindu heritage.  The panel of speakers included Nikunj Trivedi, HSC President, Prof. Devang Vyas, Denver University and Ms. Pratibha Tripathi, former CNN Headline News and CNN Radio anchor.

Prof. Vyas started off the session by highlighting the clear and present danger of terrorism and why Indian Americans should take this issue seriously.  Ms. Tripathi discussed the identity challenges she faced growing up and all the way to her career as an anchor.  She encouraged the youth to be proud of their culture, to take risks in exploring the careers of their choice and encouraged parents to support their children in doing so.

Nikunj started off his presentation by giving some highlights on Hindu culture.  He mentioned that Hindu civilization is one of the oldest continuous today.  The Rigveda is one of the oldest books known to man.  India was the sole source of diamonds until the British rule.  Hindu civilization had spread from parts of Afghanistan to Southeast Asia.  However, today’s youth is hardly aware of these achievements and feels that Hindu heritage has nothing substantial to offer.  He offered some steps that the youth can take to learn about these treasures and to preserve our culture.

The two and half hour session culminated with questions from a very enthusiastic and interactive audience.  Many youth expressed interest in getting involved in various activities and organizations to enhance their knowledge on Gujarat, India and Hindu Dharma.

“After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophical and none so spiritual that the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism who shall save it?  If India's own children do not cling to her faith who shall guard it.” – This was the quote from Annie Besant that summarized the presentation by Nikunj Trivedi, president of Hindu Students Council.

On the Labor Day Weekend, HSC participated in the World Gujarati Conference organized by the Association of Indian Americans in North America (AIANA), held at the Raritan Exposition Center, in Edison, NJ.  An estimated 30,000 people from all over the world attended the two and half day conference. A myriad of eminent Gujaratis from India and overseas like Murari Bapu, Sam Pitroda, Nirma Group founder Karsan Bhai Patel, singer Pankaj Udhas and Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad Director Bakul Dholakia were a part of the event. Among others who attended the conference were the India’s Consulate General in New York, Neelam Deo and former Bollywood Star Shashi Kapoor. 

HSC was the main organizer of the Youth Session entitled “Generation G: Where do we go from here?”.  The session was designed to educate young Gujarati and Indian Americans about the challenges faced by youth as well as ways of understanding our rich Hindu heritage.  The panel of speakers included Nikunj Trivedi, HSC President, Prof. Devang Vyas, Denver University and Ms. Pratibha Tripathi, former CNN Headline News and CNN Radio anchor.

Prof. Vyas started off the session by highlighting the clear and present danger of terrorism and why Indian Americans should take this issue seriously.  Ms. Tripathi discussed the identity challenges she faced growing up and all the way to her career as an anchor.  She encouraged the youth to be proud of their culture, to take risks in exploring the careers of their choice and encouraged parents to support their children in doing so.  

Nikunj started off his presentation by giving some highlights on Hindu culture.  He mentioned that Hindu civilization is one of the oldest continuous today.  The Rigveda is one of the oldest books known to man.  India was the sole source of diamonds until the British rule.  Hindu civilization had spread from parts of Afghanistan to Southeast Asia.  However, today’s youth is hardly aware of these achievements and feels that Hindu heritage has nothing substantial to offer.  He offered some steps that the youth can take to learn about these treasures and to preserve our culture.

The two and half hour session culminated with questions from a very enthusiastic and interactive audience.  Many youth expressed interest in getting involved in various activities and organizations to enhance their knowledge on Gujarat, India and Hindu Dharma.


 

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