Dr. Subramanian Swamy to receive Global Hindu Award at Hindu Heritage Celebration in Mississauga
Toronto, October 29, 2018: Thousands of Hindus living in Greater Toronto and Southern Ontario will be coming together on November 3, 2018 at the International Centre in Mississauga, to celebrate Hindu Heritage Month, and for the presentation of the first Global Hindu Award to Dr. Subramanian Swamy.
In December 2016, the Legislature of Ontario, with unanimous support from all political parties represented at the legislature, proclaimed the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month. The proclamation was the ultimate recognition that Hindus constitute a significant community in Ontario, who have enriched the province with their contributions in all walks of life.
About 7500 people are expected to attend the day-long event, which will feature renowned Indian parliamentarian, academic and Hindu leader, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, as Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker. The High Commissioner of India in Canada, His Excellency Vikas Swarup, will also grace the occasion. Members of federal and provincial parliaments, as well as municipal leaders will also be joining the festivities.
Dr. Swamy will also be the first recipient of the Global Hindu Award, to be presented to him at the event. Through his intellect, uncompromising support for Hindu causes and his boldness and persistence against adversity to pursue those causes, he has motivated other Hindus to feel proud about their Hindu traditions. The Award is intended to be an annual one, to be presented during the Hindu Heritage Month of November every year.
“We are grateful to the Province and the people of Ontario for the designation of Hindu Heritage Month”, said Laj Prasher, telecom entrepreneur and co-chair of the Hindu Heritage Celebration committee, “A number of like-minded Hindus got together and celebrated the first Hindu Heritage Month last November at the Vishnu Mandir in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The event received such a positive response that we decided to repeat the event this year, on a much bigger scale, at the vast premises of the International Centre, near Pearson Airport”.
“There are more than 500,000 Hindus estimated to be living in Ontario, most of them in Toronto and surrounding areas in Southern Ontario” added Ramesh Chotai, pharmaceutical entrepreneur and co-chair of the event, who came to Canada as a refugee from Uganda and has made Ontario his home for more than 4 decades, “With nearly 100 temples and other organizations, it is a great place to be a Hindu and this event is a celebration of that fact”. Dr. Budhendra Doobay, heart surgeon and the face of Vishnu Mandir, which hosted the first Hindu Heritage Celebration event last year, concurs “Hinduism is itself a celebration of life and Hindus in Ontario who have come here from all over the world are a testament to the vibrancy of the faith”.
The event will be open to all, through registration. Admission is free and also includes free parking and free lunch. The event will be capped by a Garba dance in the evening. For more details about the event and to register to attend, please visit www.hinduheritagecelebration.org