New council to represent Hindus in Wales is launched
HINDUS in Wales will be represented by a newly formed organisation.
The Hindu Council of Wales (HCW) has been launched by Communities Minister Huw Lewis.
Its aims are to promote Hindu culture, religion and values; to voice issues that concern Hindus at local and national levels; and to represent Hindus in interfaith work that promotes mutual understanding amongst other faith organisations and their members.
According to the 2011 census, there are 10,434 Hindus living in Wales, almost double the number from 2001. There are Hindus living in every local authority in Wales with the highest numbers in Cardiff (4,736), Swansea (780), Newport (685) and Wrexham (504).
Council chairwoman Vimla Patel said: "I am delighted that HCW has been set up as this organisation is much needed. There are temples and groups all across Wales but until now no one voice to speak on our behalf. HCW will aim to be that voice. It will also promote better understanding of Hindu culture and religion."
Nirmala Pisavadia and Naran Patel will represent the HCW on the Welsh Government's Faith Communities Forum