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President's write up

By Pranav Bhanot
NHSF President

The pleasure and privilege of taking on the responsibility as President of NHSF (UK) which has made a transition from being a mere organisation to a dynamic Hindu Student movement cannot be underplayed. The transition, I believe, has come at a time when NHSF (UK) is at a peak in terms of its core activities thanks to Kajal Valani’s leadership and the former National Committees hard and strategised work over the past three years.

However, like any dynamic student movement, through taking inspiration of Arjuna on the battle field of Kurukshetra, the future will be both exciting and full of challenges. With a great deal of campus, learning and the socio-political frameworks in place, it is believed that focus for the next year will be on internal growth and consolidation.

The 2011-2012 year will be guided by two key themes – namely ‘quality and articulacy’ and ‘relationships and interactions’. In order to consolidate the work of NHSF (UK), it is necessary to shift our work practices from quantity to quality by not only adopting team visions for the organisation but actually ‘articulating’ and ‘substantiating’ them. The aim is to bring the beauty of Hindu Dharma ‘closer to the people’ – whether they be students on campuses, parliamentarians, religious leaders or even poverty stricken families, through NHSF (UK).

When working in a rapidly growing organisation, it is all too easy to forget how important relationships and rapport building is to the progress of our work.  A lack of quality time with team members, campus committees and the wider samaj are all risks which can occur and are more important now than ever before to our consolidation programme over the next year.

As the AGM 2011 came to a close and the new National Committee took up their new responsibilities, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of dynamism and freshness which injected itself into NHSF (UK). The time to make our impact on the Hindu Samaj and wider community is upon us and it will most positively be embraced with open arms.

I hope we as the National committee are able to continue to build upon the work of the previous committee, as well ensure we surpass our own expectations in order to fulfil our aims and objectives.

"Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny"
Swami Vivekananda

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