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Launch Of Boston Based Hindu Media Bureau

Geetha Patil

Hindu Media Bureau (HMB) is a community journalism organization based in Boston, MA held its launch and fundraiser event at Westin, Waltham, MA on April 06, 2019 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm with hundreds of invitees. HMB’s main objectives are to bring together talented resources to support public reporting and broadcasting from all around the world and provide training in creating quality editorial content. HMB, a non-governmental agency aims to bring a change by putting together a structure to promote and protect Hindu voice. Because, for decades, the presentation of Hindu views in the mainstream media has less truly been based on the original and authentic sources. Hence, the manifold consequences of this have negative impressions on how Hindus are perceived worldwide.

The program started with their meet and greet session for an hour with mouth-watering snacks and tea. Shri Sanjay Kaul Ji warmly welcomed all the participants and highlighted the agenda items of the event. Mr. Kaul is a Professional Civil Engineer, presently working for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as the Chief Engineer, a life member of Kashmiri Overseas Association, and World Hindu Council of America. Shri. Lochan Karthikeyan sang melodiously Lord Ganesh Vandana and created an auspicious atmosphere on the Indian New Years’ day. This was followed by lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Rajiv Malhotra, Francois Gautier, Pralhad Bahuder KC, Anuradha Palakurti, Manju Sheth, Bini Dang, Kiran Nath, Sanjeeta Saxena, Ruchi Mishra, Raji Gupta. After this, Dr. Abhaya Asthana, the Fellow at Nokia Bell Labs, the President of Vishwa Hindu of Parishad America, and Coordinator of WHC 2018@Chicago presented his introduction note to HMB.

Shri. Rajiv Malhotra & Shri. Francois Gautier were the chief guests of the event. Shri Rajiv Malhotra is an author, philanthropist, public speaker and writer on current affairs, and world religions. Besides directing the Infinity Foundation in Princeton, he also Chairs the Board of Governors of the Centre for Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and advises various organizations. He spoke about the strengthening of all the mass media avenues by adopting long-term development of serious scholars, providing training for speakers and subject-matter experts, adopting rigorous due diligence, peer reviews, and debates, and formal publication of high standard sources. Shri Francios Gautier is the Editor-in-Chief, Paris-based La Nouvelle Revue de l’Inde, and a director of a book collection on Bharat. He was the correspondent in South Asia, for the Geneva-based Journal de Genève, and Figaro and a regular columnist for number of newspapers in Bharat. He has written several books: Arise O India, A Western Journalist on India, India’s Self Denial, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - a Guru of Joy, and A New History of India. He is now writing a biography of Shivaji Maharaj for Hay House. He said that there is pressing need for teaching our youngsters about our rich history, Vedic literature, Hindu holocaust and many other areas by building museums that preserve and carry on the inspirational stories of Bharat’s heroes and heroines. Hindus should understand how rich intellectual and spiritual power they have in their DNA and stop imitating western education system and models. They should work seriously on making easily available their rich literature to others in electronic media. They should learn to defend themselves against the all kinds exploitation and misuse of Hindus and Hinduism.

The HMB Core Team comprised of Smt. Dhanashree Ramchandran, and Shri Adriaan Van Swieten. Smt. Dhanashree is the Founder and CEO, Nous Labs and taking meditation to the masses through her non-profit organization in Boston, “Mass Yoga & Meditation”. She said that MBH proposes firstly, to strengthen Hindu voice in media by publishing news articles to promote Hindu opinion on issues and affairs supported by educational campaigns and research projects. Secondly, to re-establish authority in representing Hindu philosophies by identifying the channels that refer less accurate translations of Sanskrit texts, commentaries and out of context mentions of Hindu traditions that claim to be resources for Hindu philosophies and practices and taking corrective measures. Shri. Adriaan, the R&D engineering in the energy industry, and providing search engine optimization (SEO), websites, and chatbot solutions. Shri Adriaan believes in the power of technology, “doing whatever it takes”, and asking the right questions. He is using his technical expertise in finding out the authenticity of the sources about Bharat that are prevailing online. Smt. Mahalexhmi (Maha) Pula, Vice-president, at Akamai Technologies, very meticulously and professionally conducted the event as the master of ceremony.

An entertainment piece, Rajmudra - The Royal Seal was presented to the audiences as the very first production of Hindu Media Bureau’s media arm. Lastly Shri. Sanjay Kaul proposed his warmest thanks to both the chief guests for coming and sharing their enlightening ideas, and all the participants for their active participation and support. He thanked all the volunteers for their dedication, Raj Mudhra entertainment team for entertaining the participants, Westin, Waltham for all the arrangements and accommodating last minute requests. He also thanked Minerva Indian Cuisine for not only providing delicious food but also taking care of the participants who were fasting due to Chaitra Navaratri.

For more information, please visit (coming soon): https://hindumediabureau.org/

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