World Brahman Federation Initiatives

Adopted at the Joint Executive Committee & Presidentís Counsel Meeting on February 25, 2006

EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE

Dr. M G Prasad provided his thought on the educational  initiatives that WBF should undertake. He stated that Brahman main characteristics could be summed up in two words, Adhyayan and Adhyapak. He further said that they are custodians of knowedge, and they should impart knowledge through several means amongst them being  journals and newsletters which can be printed at a reasonable cost in India . In their conduct, Brahmans  need to show humility and culture. They should dispel the myth of caste system which was never an issue in ancient India . He went on to say that WBF should support the education of Hinduism in schools and colleges via support of organizations such as Omkar Foundation in USA . WBF should also offer endowments in support of teaching of Sanskrit in various universities that it is currently being offered. He believes that WBF should work towards simplification of rituals which are very important in Hinduism.  Dr. Prasad agreed to Chair the WBF Educational Program Committee.

PRIEST STATUS IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE

The condition of priests outside India was discussed.  It was clearly felt that the priests are now the face of not only Brahmans but also Hinduism. They are also the only Brahman group that constantly in contact with non- Brahmans. And thus, it was in the interest of WBF to work towards improving the status of those Brahmans who are opting for the priest profession. No separate group was established at this time, however, a request was made to Dr. Prasad to help us develop this initiative which he readily accepted. For the time being, the
educational issues of this group will be addressed by the educational program committee and the social/ financial status issue will be addressed by the government and media relations committee.

MATRIMONIAL FACILITATION INITIATIVE

Dr. Raya Halemane (via email) proposed the formation of a matrimonial facilitation committee to address the matrimonial concerns of Brahmans. The group strongly felt that for Brahmanism (or for that matter Hinduism) to survive, it was important that WBF address the matrimonial issues of the Brahman community not only in North America but all over the world.

CONVENTION INITIATIVE

There was a general discussion on holding conventions and it was agreed that conventions are very useful in exchange of ideas and bringing the community together.  It was felt that the WBF must continue to sponsor World Brahman Conventions (WBC), and work for its support. The idea of having a Convention Advisory Committee, separate from a specific Convention Management Committee was also agreed upon, and Mr. Choubey proposed the name of Dr. Chandra M. Dwivedi to Chair the Convention Advisory Committee was readily accepted. A proposal was also made that WBF India hold a convention on an annual basis at which Brahmans from all over the world are also invited.  Dr. Dwivedi has accepted the Chairmanship of the Convention Advisory Committee. He will work with the host country presidents for WBC 2007 and 2010.
 

ORGANIZATIONAL INITIATIVE

There was a general discussion led by Mr. Aswath N. Hansoge on organizational initiative. He felt that WBF should work very hard to increase its organizational affiliations as well as individual membership. He recommended that the presidents of affiliated organizations in North America be offered membership in President's Counsel. He also felt very strongly about the need to increase individual membership. He felt that for any organization to grow there is a need for people whose commitment is unquestionable. He agreed to lead a committee that will discuss all organizational issues including a new constitution and youth/ women participation. He was very much for bringing in women and youth who must be the back bone of this organization.    Mr. Hansoge will lead this initiative.

GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA RELATIONS INITIATIVE

There was a group discussion on the role of government and media on Brahmans throughout the world. It was certainly quite evident in India where the reservation system based on caste has held back the progress of the Brahman community even when India moves towards being a world power. WBF will play a leading role to fight  discrimination against Brahmans that affects the health and well being of the community. It will also address discriminatory practices against the Hindu society throughout the world. Dr. Rajesh Shukla, a veteran of Indian causes, took upon the responsibility to lead this initiative on behalf of WBF. He will work with all WBF country presidents to coordinate our efforts.

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The WBF EC/ PC Members met on 2/25/2006 to attend the
WBF strategy meeting, and the following transpired:

by Sanjay Tripathi


CONVENTION INITIATIVE


There was a general discussion on holding conventions
and it was agreed that conventions are very useful in
exchange of ideas and bringing the community together.
It was felt that the WBF must continue to sponsor
world Brahman conventions, and work for its support. A
lot of time was spent in discussing the date for WBF
convention in New Jersey in 2006. July 1, July 8 and
August 5 were mentioned as possible dates, and the
president, Mr. Choubey was asked to discuss with WBF
members and fiind out where the consensus was. The
idea of having a Convention Advisory Committee,
separate from a specific Convention Management
Committee was also agreed upon, and Mr. Choubey
proposed the name of Dr. Chandra M. Dwivedi to Chair
the Convention Advisory Committee was readily
accepted.A proposal was also made that WBF India hold
a convention on an annual basis at which Brahmans from
all over the world are also invited. Mr. Choubey will
discuss this proposal with WBF India President, Pt.
Mange Ram Sharma. 

Note 1: Subsequent to the meeting, Mr. Choubey has
consulted with Dr. Dwivedi and he has accepted the
Chairmanship of the Convention Advisory Committee. He
will work with the host country presidents for WBC
2007 and 2010. Mr. Choubey will soon recommend
additional names to join this committee.

Note 2: Subsequent to the meeting, Mr. Choubey has
consulted with several members of the EC/PC and there
is a consensus on July 1, 2006 for a convention in New
Jersey. Those receiving this email are requested to
comment further.


EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE


Dr. M G Prasad provided his thought on the educational
initiatives that WBF should undertake. He stated that
Brahman main characteristics could be summed up in two
words, Adhyayan and Adhyapak. He further said that
they are custodians of knowedge, and they should
impart knowledge through several means amongst them
being journals and newsletters which can be printed
at a reasonable cost in India. In their conduct,
Brahmans need to show humility and culture. They
should dispel the myth of caste system which was never
an issue in ancient India. He went on to say that WBF
should support the education of Hinduism in schools
and colleges via support of organizations such as
Omkar Foundation in USA. WBF should also offer
endowments in support of teaching of Sanskrit in
various universities that it is currently being
offered. He believes that WBF should work towards
simplification of rituals which are very important in
Hinduism.

Dr. Prasad agreed to Chair the WBF Educational Program
Committee. Mr. Choubey will soon recommend additional
names to this committee.

ORGANIZATIONAL INITIATIVE


There was a general discussion led by Mr. Aswath N.
Hansoge on organizational initiative. He felt that WBF
should work very hard to increase its organizational
affiliations as well as individual membership. He
recommended that the presidents of affiliated
organizations in North America be offered membership
in President's Counsel. He also felt very strongly
about the need to increase individual membership. He
felt that for any organization to grow there is a need
for people whose committment is unquestionable. He
agreed to lead a committee that will discuss all
organizational issues including a new constitution and
youth/ women participation. He was very much for
bringing in women and youth who must be the back bone
of this organization. Mr. Choubey will recommend
additional members to join his committee. Mr. Choubey
will recommend a separate committee for the sole
purpose of writing a new constitution. 

GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA RELATIONS INITIATIVE


There was a group discussion on the role of government
and media on Brahmans throughout the world. It was
certainly quite evident in India where the reservation
system based on caste has held back the progress of
the Brahman community even when India moves towards
being a world power. WBF will play a leading role to
fight discrimination against Brahmans that affects
the health and wellbeing of the community. It will
also address discriminatory practices against the
Hindu society throughout the world. Dr. Rajesh Shukla,
a vetran of Indian causes, took upon the
responsibility to lead this initiative on behalf of
WBF. He will work with all WBF country presidents to
coordinate our efforts. 

PRIEST WELFARE INITIATIVE
The condition of priests outside India was discussed.
It was clearly felt that the priests are now the face
of not only Brahmans but also Hinduism. They are also
the only Brahman group that constantly in contact with
non- Brahmans. And thus, it was in the interest of WBF
to work the welfare of these people who are opting for
the priest profession. No separate group was
established at this time, however, a request was made
to Dr. Prasad to help us develop this initiative which
he readily accepted. For the time being, the
educational issues of this group will be addressed by
the educational program committee and the social/
financial status issue will be addressed by the
government and media relations committee.

MATRIMONIAL FACILITATION INITIATIVE


Dr. Raya Halemane (via email) proposed the formation
of a matrimonial facilitation committee to address the
matrimonial concerns of Brahmans. The group strongly
felt that for Brahmanism (or for that matter hinduism)
to survive, it was important that WBF address the
matrimonial issues of the Brahman community not only
in North America but all over the world. No committee
was formed at this meeting but the issue will soon be
addressed by WBF and all its affiliated organizations.


The meeting Attendees:

Dr. M G Prasad
Mr. Aswath Narayan and Mrs. Dr. Lakshmi Hansoge
Dr. Rajesh & Mrs. Rekha Shukla
Mr. Sanjay & Mrs. Swati Tripathi
Mr. Anoop Bhargava
Mr. Nirmal & Mrs. Mukul Choubey

Venue;
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