WALES, April 15, 2013 (BBC): An organisation to promote Hindu culture, religion and values in Wales has been officially launched. The Hindu Council of Wales (HCW) was established to give Hindu communities "one voice" and to promote better understanding of the culture. The council will also aim to work with other faiths to promote "mutual understanding."
There are more than 10,400 Hindus living in Wales, according to latest figures. The HCW chair Vimla Patel, secretary of the Sanatan Dharma Temple in Splott, Cardiff said the organisation was much needed. She added: "There are other temples and groups all across Wales, but there was no one voice to speak on our behalf."
Radhika Kadaba, secretary of the HCW, said eight organisations currently made up its membership and two people from each group could sit on the council. "The members are not elected and have been selected initially because we wanted a working committee to set up the council," she said. "Over the coming months we will have proper elections according to our constitution."
Mrs. Kadaba said the council was made up of temples, Hindu charities and community centres. Cardiff's Shree Swaminarayan and Sanatan Dharma Mandal temples are also members of the HCW.