of activities at the World Brahman Federation Convention 2K6
by Bharat Bhargava
of the Convention: July 7, 8 and 9, 2006
CrownPlaza, Monroe, New Jersey
Summary: Overall it was a very successful
convention that bridged all linguistic and regional differences. It was attended
by about 200
people ranging in age from a few months to several decades. There were lively discussions, exhilarating cultural programs,
excellent speeches, and a touching exhibition on Kashmir. The audience gave standing ovation to Dr.
who inaugurated the convention and Mr. Nirmal Choubey, the Founder President of
convention started on
July 7, 2006
with lunch served to the early registrants attending on
July 7, 2006
for the organizational meetings.
first Organizational Meeting started at
. The session was chaired by Mr. Sanjay Tripathi and Mr. Nirmal Choubey.
Several interesting ideas given below were presented by the attendees.
·Role of Brahmans in the
Modern World (
·Using word “sanskars”
instead of rituals ( Vinod Tewary, Shekher Shastri)
·Pick up few high impact
Initiatives and successfully complete them (Manoranjan Misra)
·Do some marketing &
publicity for WBF and WBF Initiatives (Anita Dubey)
·Role of WBF (Nirmal Choubey )
oUnite Brahmans across regions/languages/countries
oBuilding sankars among our upcoming generations
oTake up issues of interest to Brahmans and identify / prioritize
oHold Conventions to bring Brahmans together. The theme of the
present convention is “Sanatan Dharma in present millennium”.
oSome Initiatives being pursued:
§Plight of Kashmiri brahmans
§Priest status improvement
§Government and Media
relations and publicity
oFormation of WBF,
and Nirmal Choubey introduced Azad Kaushik and Archana Kaushik from
. Also, introduced Digamber Parkhi, Chandra Shekher Parkhi and Alaknanda Parkhi
. The Parkhis were representing Maharashtrian brahmans
·Real wealth is our Sanskriti / culture. We should maintain and
advance it should impress teaching Sanskrit (Vanita Shastri).
·It was also agreed that a
Book of “Brahmanic Values and Sankriti” should be produced. Vinod Tewary,
Vanita and Shekher Shastri to work on this. Others who would like to contribute
may contact Vinod Tewary
·Mr. Rajesh Shukla suggested
a list of Issues and Action Items. The list generated very interesting
discussions on what is the purpose to form WBF, what we want to achieve, what
are the issues we are facing. What are the political, social, economical issues
and to have Action Plans.
·M G Prasad discussed the
plight of the priests and suggested establishment of a fund. Also was discussed
the training required for priests for them to function effectively in
·The Organizational meetings
with thanks to all the participants.
Sammelan organized by Anoop
Bhargava was a grand success. Anubhav Shukla presented his several
interesting and humorous Hindi poetry. He was clearly the star of the
Convention. Others presenters were Vinod Tewary, Ramanath Sharma, Anoop andRajni Bhargava. A Kavi Sammelan was also organized on July 8th
and was very much enjoyed.
excellent exhibition on “Plight of Kashmiri Brahmans”, was
organized by Rabinder Koul, Rajni Koul, Aditya Koul and Sanjay Koul. The
plight of Kashmiri brahmans touched the peoples heart and the reality faced
by them. These people have been dislocated from their own homeland for over
18 years. They have been suffering for over 18 years and no effort is being
made by the Indian Government to resolve this issue. It touched some peoples
pocket as well and Chandra Dwivedi and Shivaji Pathak each have promised to
give $ 500. for this cause.
Convention opened with Registration ( Swami Nandan Ojha), and a
formal Welcome by Sanjay Tripathi and Nirmal Choubey.
convention was formally inaugurated by Dr. Yegnasubramaniun. This session was chaired by Umesh Jois, which started by
chanting Veda Mantra by Dr. Yegnasubhramaniun and his students. Umesh Jois
introduced Dr. Yegnasubramaniun Srinivasa who gave an excellent talk on
“Rescuing and helping Brahman Priests”. He explained in details the very
special skills and the hard work required in training of a Brahman priest. The
audience was so moved by his intense talk that they gave a standing ovation
to Dr. Yegnasubramaniun at
the end of the talk.
session Sanatan Dharma , past, present and future (youth perspective)
was chaired by Ravi Chandra Shekher. Speakers were Jaldhar Vyas and Saroja
Hansoge. Jaldhar Vyas stressed on the spiritual aspect of dharma, while
Saroja impressed on the practical application in daily lives. She favored
simplification. In this aspect, it is important to remember, that Bhagvad
Geeta, although is a highest spiritual discourse spoken by Lord Krishna for
Arjun was to follow and deal with the practical situation in Dharamshetra
Kurukshetra. Lack of this practical viewpoint and understanding has hurt us
brahmans and Hinduism extensively in the past.
Inspirational Keynote address was co-chaired by Anita Dubey and
Vanita Shastri and included Prayer & Dance recitals by Arpita Gorur,
Meghna Simha and speeches by Mr. Ramanath Sharma and MG Prasad. The dance
recitals were excellent and the talks were very much enjoyed and threw light
on our past, present and future.
Plenary session chaired by Ravi Chandra Shekher included speech by
Balaji Hebber, who spoke on the different aspects and philosophies of Hindu
religion. The talk was very informative and was enjoyed very much by the
session Sanatan Dharma, past, present and future chaired by Saroja
Hansoge with talks by Krishnamurthy Ramakrishna, Umesh Jois and Shekhar
Shastri. The talks explained Hinduism and some of the threats being faced by
our Hindu religion and stressed that we need to be careful to understand who
the opposition players are. There is a constant threat of conversion,
misguidance from some other religions and we should be prepared to identify
them and face them.
session “Challenges we face” chaired by Rajesh Shukla was very
interesting and had very strong opinions. The panelists were Rabinder Koul,
Surendra Tiwari, Sailesh Mishra and Aswath Hansoge. Our Brahman community,
today, is being discriminated, reservation quotas are being created to
prevent the best, the priests are suffering, the temples are not being cared
for, the Sankrit language is not being taught and is being ignored, the
values we should hold and which are the basis of our Hindu religion are
being threatened. We need to unify and deal with them very effectively.
session on Health & Fitness chaired by Anil Dubey and speakers
Yellespur Jayaram and Ravi Chandra Shekhar emphasized on health issues.
Health is even more important than the wealth and we need to care of
ourselves. Many of the attendees are above 50 years and proper care of
health is essential.
General Discussion session chaired by Vinod Tewary enabled
participants to share their thoughts. It is felt that for lot of those of
who have been brought up in this Country some simplification in following
and understanding our Hindu religion could be helpful. Also, practical
application aspects should be considered besides the spiritual aspects.
session Corporate Ladder was chaired by Sanjay Tripathi. The speakerwas Ranjana Pathak. She made an excellentpresentation and explained some of the challenges that are faced in
the American corporations by brahmans and other Hindus as they attain senior
positions. Ranjana Pathak has recently been given a special award in her
Company and has successfully risen to the position of Vice President.
session on Learning Sanskrit class given by Shekhar Shastri was very
much enjoyed by the participants. It was an interesting learning session.
The attendees spoke simple Sanskrit sentences for the duration of the class
Poster session was chaired by
Rajni Bhargava. It included presentations and performances from our young
folks. Participants were Kanupriya Bhargava, Ashish Pandya (karate), Lopesh
Ojha(dance) and Shelly Misra (Life of Goswami Tulsidas). Several of these
young folks have contributed articles in Bramhodaya
workshop session for High school children was chaired by Vanita
Shastri and Anita Dubey.
workshop for pre-school and Junior high was chaired by Sandhya
Dwivedi and Sharad Tewary
session was chaired by Sanjay
Tripathi and Tripti Pandey.
·The firstpart chaired
by Tripti Pandey was very interesting and included dances by Mallika Jois and
Ranjana Pathak and very nice bhajans by Asha Janardan and Gaytri Suswaran. The
bhajan “Bhaj Govindam” was very much enjoyed. Dances by Ranjana Pathak and
Mallika Jois were excellent.
·The second part included speeches by WBF President Nirmal Choubey
and Inspirational Keynote speech by Ashok Trivedi. The Presidentail
speech was given by Mr. Nirmal Choubey. He briefly described the initiatives which included support for Kashmiri Brahmans,
uplifting standards for priests, anti quota-reservations in institutions etc. We
all in WBF must support and work hard on these initiatives. This is only
possible when we unite and work hard together. Mr. Choubey's speech reflected
his strong passion and commitment for the Brahman cause. The audience responded
by giving him a standing ovation.
·The Key-note address by Ashok Trivedi was very
inspirational. Ashok Trivedi shared
how he was able to start a Company “Igate solutions” and was able to make it
a fastest growing Company. We could not have had a better inspirational talk on
“Entrepreneurship and Business Development”.
paath from Ramcharit Manas was organized by Anita Dube and Sharad
Tewary on Sunday morning starting at
, which was followed by Arti and prasadam. This was attended by several
Ramcharit Manas premi.
Nath Sharma gave a tribute to Bhaw Dutt Shukla who died last year. A two
minute silence was observed to honor him. Bhaw Dutt ji contributed
extensively to the formation of WBF.
session Our Identity was chaired by Chandra Mohan Dwivedi and the
speakers were Sailesh Mishra, Vanita Shastri, Umesh Jois and MG Prasad.
Sailesh Mishra suggested having a “Brahman Divas” and discussed possible
days. The WBF will take this suggestion work with other organizations.
Vanita Shastri explained how the Universities and Colleges are combining the
Study of Hindu religions with south-east Asian studies and causing it to be
totally misrepresented and teaching other languages and religion beliefs
under the guise of Hindu religion. Umesh Jois presented information on Omkar
Foundation and MG Prasad presented different aspects of Hindu religions. In
overall, the session wasvery
enlightening and was very much appreciated.
session on Youth Assessment was very interesting and gave the
opportunity to youth to speak and present the youth viewpoint. Participants
were Ajay Kaushik, Ved Shastri, Mrinal Shukla and Aditya Koul. The session
was chaired by Ajay Malaviya. The WBF needs to do more to attract our youth
in general in WBF and in the future Conventions.
Kaushik, President WBF Canada shared their plan for advancing WBF
activities in Canada
. He expressed his appreciation for the activities in WBF
and his impressions of the Convention. WBF also expressed appreciation for
WBF Canada and participation of Digamber Parikhi, Chandra Shekher Parikhi
and Alaknanda Parkhi from
for attending and contributing to this Convention.
President address was given by Nirmal Choubey and Treasures reports were
presented. The Convention is still in red and needs contributions from the
Convention publication “Bramhodaya” was distributed to the
Convention registrantswith the
registration. This was edited by Anoop Bhargava, Ramanath Sharma, Sailesh
Mishra. The “Eko’hum”, has been edited by Vinod Tewary. Thanks to the
editors, the editorial board and the authors who submitted the articles.
Thanks also to contributors who have advertised in the Brahmodaya.
Association of Sanketi Brahmans has supported the WBF activities and this
convention. Thanks for their support.
from individuals such as Digamber Parkhi, Chandra Shekhar Parkhi, Girish
Shelat, Nanoranjan Misra,Abhaya
Maharaj, Alok Dwivedi is very much appreciated.
support for Audio-Visuals was provided by Umesh Jois and Vivek. The system
worked well and their support is appreciated.
a convention arranged at such short notice (four-six months), arranging a
good relaxing hotel, good food, nice and entertaining programs is not an
easy task. The Convention attendees appeared to be very happy with all these
arrangements. Thanks to the
Team.Following people deserve
our thanks and appreciation for the work well done:
& Mrs. Nirmal Choubey – President WBF.
& Mrs. Sanjay Tripathi – Convention President
& Mrs. Swami Nandan Ojha – General Secretary
Anita Dubey- cultural Program and
& Mrs. Aswath Hansoge
Crowne Plaza Hotel provided good service and thanks to them and their staff.
also to the caterers Mr. Surrinder Singh of Jewel of India for good food and