Bali to host World Hindu Summit
Bali: Leaders from around the world will converge on the Indonesian island of Bali mid June for the second World Hindu Summit.
“We also have planned to create new history of the Hindu by declaring World Hindu Parishad (WHP) and World Hindu Center (WHC),” I Made Bakta, committee chief of the summit, told reporters on Saturday.
About 500 Hindu leaders from Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Mauritania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania and the United States have confirmed participation in the June 13-17 summit, Bakta added.
Chief of Indonesian Hindu Council Parisad (PHDI) Ida Pedanda Gde Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa said the WHS will address issues such as the Hindu, environment, health and radicalism.
Minister of Religion Suryadharma Ali will open the summit in Samuan Tiga Temple, Gianyar District, historical place that unifies several Hindu sects in Bali, reported the Jakarta Post.
Earlier, the Bali parliament allocated 1 billion Indonesian rupees (US$102,000) to organize the summit.
A A Ngurah Oka Ratmadi, chairperson of the Parliament of Bali said the summit will establish Bali as the world Hindu center.
“We do support this agenda because it will be very beneficial to Bali,” in spiritual, political and economic terms, he added.
According to him, the center would attract millions of rich people from India.