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A New Hindu community centre is likely to be built in Maidenhead riverside in London

This year in the beginning of August, the Hindu Society in Maidenhead celebrated its 11th anniversary

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August 22, 2016: A Hindu community centre is likely to be set up in Maidenhead riverside, London and the plans will be on show for consultation on Wednesday so that the neighbours can put forward their opinion regarding the construction.

On land next to Boulter’s Lock car park in Lower Cookham Road, the Hindu Society of Maidenhead has expressed their wish to build a centre. As far as the plan goes, it will be one-storeyed building and will also have a kitchen and hall; so that the community can hold any cultural, social or education events without any hassle.

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President of Maidenhead Hindu Society, Chander Mohan Malhotra said, “The building will have all the facilities that the society needs, and there will be a partition wall in the hall,” mentioned maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk report.

He further added, that the community has been working on this project for a long time and that depending on the availability of the hall, there is also a possibility that the community will be able to rent it  to other people for events.

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The area where a Hindu community centre is to be established. Image source: maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

“The elderly members of the society currently have to go to Slough for big events, so it’s not easy for them to get to. “After the consultation, and if we get permission, we hope to start as soon as possible,” said Malhotra to the maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk.

He assured that the Hindu community will pay for the building with the fund-raising and donations.

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The consultation regarding the plan with other people of the neighbourhood will take place at the Thames Hotel on Ray Mead Road on August 24 from 5-7pm.

For the rituals, customs or any events, currently the Hindu Society gather at St Piran’s on the first Sunday of each month. This year in the beginning of August, it celebrated its 11th anniversary.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)