Last night Stephen attended the National Hindu Students' Forum UK (NHSF) reception in parliament with Ed Miliband to celebrate the organisation's 21st anniversary. The reception, held in the Jubilee Room of the House of Commons and attended by over 100 guests and MPs, was hosted by Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston.
NHSF is the largest Hindu student organisation outside of India with around 10,000 members across 47 affiliated universities across the UK. The organisation aims to "protect, preserve, practice and promote Hindu Dharma amongst the Hindu student population" by building the "foundations for a strong and vibrant Hindu community through establishing a youth orientated proactive agenda" (www.nhsf.org.uk).
The hugely successful event was attended by Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, who addressed the gathered students. Afterwards he commented:
"I'd like to thank Seema and Pranav for hosting such an excellent event welcoming the National Hindu Students Forum (UK) to parliament for the first time. The NHSF(UK) represents a diverse and talented group of young people with aspirations to succeed in the UK and to shape it for the better. I am excited by this next generation’s potential and by their attitude in wishing to make a positive contribution to British society. This is at the heart of my vision of One Nation - where everyone has a stake in society and where everyone has a role to play in moving us forward as a nation. I wish the NHSF(UK) the very best for the years ahead."
The event's host, Seema Malhotra MP, said afterwards:
"Congratulations to the National Hindu Students Forum (UK) on their 21st birthday and this special celebration in Parliament. Labour believes in One Nation – where everybody has a stake, everybody has a part to play and everybody feels valued. NHSF(UK) have shown a real ability to develop civic leadership in the next generation, combining an exploration of Hindu values with a deep sense of civic duty and responsibility. I am sure the NHSF will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Reflecting on the event, Stephen said: "Tonight was an excellent opportunity to celebrate a vibrant group of young people with a commitment to playing their part in moving this country forward. I'd like to congratulate the National Hindu Students Forum (UK) on their terrific work to date; members have created a culture of responsibility for their community that is founded on Hindu values. The NHSF is good news for our society and I wish it the brightest of futures."