The World Hindu Congress was held in Chicago in September 2018, and was attended by over 2,500 Hindus from over 60 countries. It was graced by 220 speakers, including several high-achievers and experts from the world of economy, education, politics, social work, and media and blessed by revered spiritual and religious heads – Pujya Swami Paramatmananda, Head of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha; Pujya Swami Swaroopananda, Head of the Chinmaya Mission; Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Head of RSS Shri Mohan Bhagwat, Actor Shri Anupam Kher, Vice President of Suriname Shri Ashwin Adhin, US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Shri Mohandas Pai, Dr. Subhash Kak, Dr. David Frawley, Shri Rajiv Malhotra and many others.
HSC’s Leadership Team was actively engaged in the Youth Conference and headlined several panels and initiatives. HSC president Parth Parihar kicked off the conference with some introductory remarks and set the stage for the 3 days. The first session was conducted by HSC Board of Trustees member Ravi
Jaishankar on Strengthening Hindu Identity. The panel had Hindu youth represented from UK, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago and was a wonderful examination of how young people can contribute towards the changing the narrative of Hindu identity by being ambassadors of Dharma. It had insightful speeches by all four panelists, and was inspiring to people of all ages present there. The session was one of the standout sessions of the event.
The day continued with a session on the proactive engagement of Hindu youth in the media. Riddhi Patel, HSC’s VP of Chapter Relations, conducted the session, which had prominent speakers and media personalities like Shri Vinay Kumar Singhal, Shri Aditya Patwardhan and Smt. Karolina Goswami.
The session focused on the under-representation of Hindus in the media and the false narratives that are being
shaped currently. It also examined the role Hindu youth can play and the various career opportunities for aspiring
youth in this track. Plenty of interesting questions were answered, making the session very engaging.
The conference also presented an opportunity for HSC leadership to collaborate with various other Hindu Youth organizations like Hindu Yuva and the National Hindu Students Foundation (NHSF UK). In line with this effort, HSC general secretary Arnav Kejriwal led a workshop to discuss how to further channel the various ideas which emerged
during the conference into ways we can connect and appeal to the youth. Action items, strategies and experiences were discussed in depth as Hindu youth from around the world engaged in brainstorming the way forward and how to overcome the challenges we face in different spheres and activities.
Overall, the World Hindu Congress was a grand success, and HSC Leadership Team had a fulfilling, enriching and humbling experience. It gave everyone a thrust in our vision for protecting and promoting Hindu Dharma and inspired us to work in even more earnest. The theme of the event was Sumantrite Suvikrante, which means to Think Collectively and Act Valiantly. Having achieved the former, HSC is looking forward to actively engaging our students, leadership and community to take us forward in the coming year and achieve the latter!