September 7 - 9, 2018 @ Chicago

FRIDAY  September 7, 2018
Responsible Democracy For All
Conducted by the World Hindu Democratic Forum
This conference brings together elected representatives, appointees, staffers, policy experts, and other stakeholders involved in shaping and affecting public policy to deliberate on issues impacting Hindus at the local, national, and global levels. This session also seeks to encourage Hindus to become more civically and politically engaged.
Introductory Remark - Keynote
Session 1. Reasserting a Strong Hindu Political Voice in Girmitya Countries (T&T, Suriname, Guyana, and Fiji)
After achieving recent political success in the Girmitya countries of Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Guyana, and Fiji, Hindus have suffered several political setbacks. This session will focus on strategies to reassert a strong Hindu political voice and create new political leadership at all levels of governance.
Session 2. Collective Strategies to Address Adverse and Complex Political Environments (Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia)
Hindus in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia face complex legal, social, and political obstacles. This session will focus on strategies to unite and leverage political and civil society leaders in these countries to affect positive change for Hindus.
Saturday September 8, 2018
Session 3. Strategy for Protecting Hindu Rights in Hostile Countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan)
Hindus are systematically deprived of their basic rights in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan by the government and non-state actors. This session will focus on strategies and specific policy recommendations that need to be implemented to protect the rights of Hindus in these countries.
Session 4. Expanding and Cultivating Political Leadership in Western Democracies (USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, France)
Hindus in the US and other Western Democracies have increasingly been elected or appointed to government positions at the local and national level in recent years. This session will focus on mechanisms to expand the role, visibility, and influence of Hindus in politics, while cultivating new political leaders at the grassroots level.
Session 5. Empowering the Next Generation of Political Leaders – Training, Mentoring, and Developing Support Systems
The future of a strong Hindu political voice across the globe rests in the hands of the next generation. This session will focus on how to effectively train, mentor, and develop support systems and networks for young Hindus to enter and succeed in all levels of politics.
Session 6. Way Forward