Hindu statesman Zed asks Brent Council in England not to axe Navaratri funding

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged Brent Council in England to not axe the
Navaratri festival funding.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a release in
Nevada (USA) today, said that Navaratri was a major and auspicious Hindu
festival. It was important for Hindu families to pass on Hindu spirituality,
concepts and traditions to coming generations. It was already a tough task
amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and discontinuing
funding to a rich festival like Navaratri would make it even tougher.

Rajan Zed argued that besides bringing cohesiveness in the community,
continuing the reported 30-years old tradition of Navaratri in the borough
would also be a good marketing tool for the borough.

Borough's Hindu community is reportedly highly concerned about it and is
protesting against this proposal.

During popular autumn festival of Navaratri (nine nights), nine forms of
Devi (Divine Mother) are worshipped and it represents celebration of Goddess
Durga. It involves fasting, dances, prayers, worship, etc., and is a period
of introspection and purification.

Ann John is the Brent Council Leader; Aslam Choudry is the Mayor while
Gareth Daniel is the Chief Executive. Over 18% population is of Indian
descent in London borough of Brent in North-West London, which forms part of
Outer London. With Wembley as the administrative headquarter, it is the home
of Wembley Stadium and Neasden Swaminarayan Mandir and river Brent runs
through it. Brent has won the country's Street Dance Award.

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about
one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

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