World Hindu Congress 2018

The World Hindu Congress (WHC) is a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another, and impact the common good. It offers Hindus an opportunity to introspect towards improvement and tap into collective resources to seek tangible solutions to the most pressing contemporary issues.

Held once every four years, WHC's seven parallel conferences showcase how the values, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of the global Hindu community find expression in a variety of spheres, including economic, education, media, organizational, and political, as well as the unique leadership and contributions of Hindu women and youth. WHC also serves as a platform to address critical issues impacting Hindus worldwide, including human rights, discrimination, and cultural assaults. Interactive sessions provide space to deliberate the challenges and opportunities facing Hindu communities across the globe and build actionable pathways towards the progress and prosperity of Hindus and the betterment of humanity and the world.

The second World Hindu Congress will be held at Hotel Westin in Lombard, Illinois, U.S. from September 7 – 9, 2018. This Congress' theme is the principle, Sumantrite Suvikrante or “Think Collectively, Achieve Valiantly." On the eve of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's historic address to the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, Hindus from around the world and of all backgrounds are expected to participate.

They will gather to connect, discuss, energize and push awareness about critical issues facing Hindus worldwide and figure ways on how the community can be globally significant and impactful.

Over 2000 Hindus from across the globe and 250 thought leaders are expected to attend the gathering. They include heads of countries with a sizable Hindu population, top tier corporate heads from both India and the US, dynamic Hindu leaders and media personalities. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat is one of the key speakers.

Tibetan leader HH Dalai Lama, Art of Living Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Chinmaya Mission Head, Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Brahmavihari Das Head of International Relations from BAPS, Swami Purnatmananda from Bharat Sevashram Sangh and Pranav Pandya from Gayatri Parivar will also be present at the event that has been dubbed as “the biggest Hindu gathering of leaders to date."

The conference is being organized by the World Hindu Foundation headed by IIT, Kharagpur graduate Swami Vigyananand. It will commemorate 125 years of Swami Vivekananda's historic Chicago address on September 11, 1893. This is the second such conference, the first was held in New Delhi in 2014.

The goal of WHC, Chair S.P. Kothari said, is to “make the world understand the Hindu way and view of life not just at the spiritual and social level but also at the economic and educational level" while WHC Vice Chair Raju Reddy reflected that “Hindus are viewed as great doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, as positive role models but they need to become change makers. This requires them to be organized."

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