August 31, 2011
Bhadrapad Shukla Trutiya, Kaliyug Varsha 5113
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has applauded a Hindu American group for advancing public service, interfaith collaboration and pluralism, as the organization made its White House debut by holding a community briefing there.
“Guided by a commitment to lifting up the lives of others, organizations like Hindu American Seva Charities demonstrate the compassion of the American people and reflect our capacity to unite and address the challenges facing our world,” Obama said in a message to the 2nd annual conference of the HASC.
Titled “Impacting Change in America and Abroad,” the three-day event, which began July 29, was co-sponsored by the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The first day of the event was held inside the White House. Nearly 200 Hindu Americans, youth and community leaders of many faiths, gathered at the White House briefing, which was closed to the media.
“I send greetings to all those attending ‘Dharmic Seva’: Catalyst to Strengthening and Building Pluralistic Communities. Our Nation has always been a land of opportunity and optimism,” Obama said.
Anju Bhargava, HASC founder, said, “America belongs to all of us and it is our duty and right to serve and strengthen this great country by offering the best of our traditions and wisdom to solve today’s problems.”
Together, participants identified how the Hindu American community can contribute to the wellbeing of the nation through health, nutrition and education, she said.
Bhargava said HASC has announced that it would launch a number of initiatives at the White House. These include “Bhumi Seva” to promote greening of temples, security and safety in ‘Dharmic’ places of worship, and a program to meet the growing needs of military families.
The HASC also decided to launch a YogaPala Challenge with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Source: India West