Message from Chairman
“As Hindus, we have made a large contribution to the economic, cultural and social life of Britain. Hinduism teaches us tolerance and respect for others; it teaches us the importance of family, community and education; it teaches us the fundamental importance of Dharma and Sewa in everything we do. Through the City Hindus Network, I want to inspire others to learn more about Hindu philosophical thought, build relationships and networks and contribute to the sustained betterment of our community.”
Pratik Dattani, Chairman, 2010-current, City Hindus Network
CHN Core Principles
At CHN, we and our conduct are defined by the following set of principles, which have been drafted by the current Committee in January 2011. We endeavour to ensure every event we host and every pursuit of the CHN is consistent with the Message from the Chairman above, and these fundamental principles. Click here to read the CHN Constitution.
1. Philosophy: Be apolitical and promote the principles of the Sanatan Dharma philosophy and culture.
2. Networking: Promote the development of personal relationships and professional growth amongst members.
3. Education: Establish education events and a mentoring scheme to provide members with access to experienced professionals.
4. Sewa: Provide and promote volunteering and charitable opportunities.
5. Solidarity: Promote solidarity amongst Hindus, and promote mutual learning with other beliefs.
6. Representation: Represent the socio-economic and political interests of Hindu professionals to governmental and other bodies.
Message from Dhruv Patel, Founder of the CHN, October 2011:
“The City Hindus Network has grown to be so much more than I ever imagined it could. I am truly privileged to have been able to serve the community by setting it up and I will be forever humbled its successes and fine record. The new team particularly has achieved a fantastic amount and I believe their hearts are aligned with the principles with which the organisation was imbued. I wish them and the organisation all the best. They can call on my support always.”
Below is a summary of the events CHN have been involved with since late-2005, when the Network was founded by Dhruv Patel. You can also read about us on Wikipedia.
- 11 March 2011: First ever CHN members’ survey launched (click here for the survey details and here for the survey results)
- 11 March 2011: New CHN website is launched
- 3 March 2011: “Hinduism and Science: Conflict, Co-existence or Cooperation?”, IT consultancy Accenture (click here)
- 2 March 2011: “How do faith principles complement business principles?” multi-faith debate speaking engagement, accountancy firm PwC
- 24 November 2010: ‘Faith in the Workplace’ multifaith discussion, law firm Berwick Leighton Paisner (click here)
- 22 November 2010: ‘Ambition from a Hindu perspective’ speaking engagement, Royal College of Art (click here)
- 21 November 2010: Three events for National Sewa Day (click here)
- 4 November 2010: Interviewed on “CB Live”, MATV (click here)
- 26 October 2010: Pratik Dattani introduction email to all members (click here)
- 24 October 2010: Dhruv Patel steps down as Chair and Pratik Dattani appointed (click here)
- 15 September 2010: “Sanksrit: an ancient inspiration for modern society,” bank State Street (click here)
- 7 August 2010: ‘Day of Leadership from Indian Source’ Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies event (click here)
- 25 July 2010: The Hindu Experience (community wide event; click here)
- 25 February 2010: “Hinduism in the City,” Barclays Capital (click here)
- 21 July 2009: Third Anniversary Dinner
- June 2009: Our committee entered a team into SEWA Volunteers competitive sailing event to raise money for Children in Need (click here)
- 17 February 2009: ‘Maximising your potential in the current climate workshop’ event
- 3 December 2008: Candlelight Peace Vigil for victims of the Mumbai attacks (click here)
- 13 September 2008: Charity Night Walk (click here)
- 2 & 3 August 2008: Life Coaching through Eastern Wisdom (Samakti Youth Mission event | website)
- 16 June 2008: The Pursuit of Happiness (Vaishnava Professionals Network event)
- 9 October 2007: Charity and volunteering opportunities in India hosted by Citigroup (flyer)
- 8 May, 6 June & 10 July 2007: Faith @ Work (St Ethelburga’s event)
- 9 May 2007: Mayor of London’s Reception (click here)
- 2 February 2007: Poonam Fast & Donate (website)
- 11 January 2007: “Soul in the City,” investment bank UBS
- 30 October & 3 November 2006: London City Heat of the Geeta Jayanti Speech Competition (Swadhyay Parivar event)
- June 2006: Launch event
- May 2006: We were accepted as full members of the Hindu Forum of Britain (click here)
- Late-2005: The City Hindus Network was founded