Global Hindu Gathering: World Hindu Congress 2023 Kicks Off in Bangkok, Drawing 2000+ Delegates from 61 Countries

RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, addresses World Hindu Congress 2023.

Mata Amritanandmayi Devi honoured at the WHC 2023 for her remarkable contribution to the society.

His Excellency Srettha Thavisin, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Thailand shared a special message.

A significant declaration representing the global Hindu community was unveiled at the World Hindu Congress, about Hindutva and Sanatan Dharma

Bangkok, 24th November, 2023 – The World Hindu Congress 2023, a global platform for Hindu leaders, thinkers, and influencers, commenced with an enlightening inaugural ceremony at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hall (Royal Jubilee, Impact Convention Centre)  in Bangkok. More than 2000 delegates from 61 countries have gathered to participate in this significant Hindu Resurgence event.

The World Hindu Congress is a global platform that brings together Hindu leaders, thinkers, and influencers from around the world to deliberate on issues affecting the Hindu community. Organized periodically, the WHC aims to unite Hindus, promote dialogue, and foster collaboration for the betterment of the global Hindu society.

The World Hindu Congress 2023 spans across three days, featuring conferences on diverse themes such as Hindu Organizations Conference, World Hindu Economic Forum, Hindu Education Conference, Hindu Media Conference, Hindu Political Conference, Hindu Youth Conference, and Hindu Women Conference. The event comprises insightful sessions, discussions, and dialogues, fostering unity and collaboration within the global Hindu community.

The plenary session of the inaugural ceremony featured a thought-provoking speech by Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, Param Pujaniya Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Dr. Bhagwat delved into the theme ‘Jayasya Aayatnam Dharmah,’ emphasizing the paramount role of Dharma in our journey to triumph.

In his address, Dr. Bhagwat stated, “What is meant by Jaya The dictionary meaning says it is victory but what is victory? The standpoint of Hindus about Jaya is that it’s not about Victory and Victims. It isn’t about conquering and the conquered. Jaya is about joining everybody together. There are three kinds of Vijaya. First is Rakshas Vijaya – the victory as seen by the demons. In this there is destruction only. The Tamasik Prakriti Vijaya. They believe in destroying just for the sake of destroying. It is Asuri Joy. When we say Jaya we don’t refer to this. Second is Dhan Vijaya – to acquire possession of all means of material happiness, people try to fight & dominate each other. This is Rajas Vijaya. Their intention is self centered. We have seen Asuri Vijaya where they committed aggression against our society for 500 years and wreaked havoc and destruction in our country. We have also seen the Dhan Vijaya, where for about 150-200 years, Bharat was looted like anything but when we say Vijaya, we mean the third concept that is Dharma Vijaya. The Vijaya that stands on Dharma. The process that is carried about by Dharma rules and its result is also Dharma”.

Reflecting on the significance and purpose of World Hindu Congress, Swami Vigyananand, Joint General Secretary of Vishva Hindu Parishad, Bharat, and Founder of the World Hindu Congress, expressed, “After independence Hindus were vilified by political class led by Jawaharlal Nehru and their so called academics and intellectuals. The general Hindu society and many Hindu organisations began to retreat from the Hindu identity during this difficult period. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh stood firm in the most challenging times. Sangh kept the flame of Hindu identity alive and burning through their Shakhas. Then came the Shri Ram Janmabhumi Movement where Hindu identity became prominent with the resounding slogan ‘Garv se kaho, hum Hindu hai’. On the platform of World Hindu Congress, a decision was made to popularise the term Bharat and Hindu. The aim is to make the Hindu identity visible, respectable and acceptable worldwide advocating the use of the word Hindu and Hindu Dharma only. The goal is to make the word Hindu and Hindu Dharma popular and fashionable in modern society. The usage of Bharat is now becoming mainstream. Many world leaders profoundly identify themselves as Hindu marking the extension of Hindu Resurgence movement.”

Mata Amritanandmayi Devi, Swami Purnatmanand Maharaj of the Bharat Sevasharam Sangh, and Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami of Hinduism Today were honored for their remarkable contributions to Hindu society at the World Hindu Congress.

The inauguration also witnessed the acceptance speech of Mata Amritanandmayi Devi, a revered spiritual leader, whose words are poised to inspire and resonate, marking a truly memorable moment to inaugurate the World Hindu Congress 2023. In her address, Mata Amritanandmayi shares, “A very powerful vibration pervades every particle of sand, every atom and the very atmosphere of our country Bharat. It is the vibrations of Vedic chants and spiritual austerity performed by countless ancient Rishis, it is the pulsation of spiritual power. This is the invaluable specialty of Sanatan Dharma.” 

A special message by His Excellency Srettha Thavisin, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Thailand was read out at the WHC 2023. It read, “Thailand is honoured to host the World Hindu Congress 2023, which brings together individuals from across the globe bound by the principles and values of Hindu Dharma. This gathering provides us with a unique opportunity to celebrate our shared Dharmic heritage.” 

A momentous declaration encapsulating the collective voice of the global Hindu community was unveiled in the Plenary Session 2 at the World Hindu Congress. In its official declaration, the World Hindu Congress strongly condemns unwarranted criticism of Hindutva and Sanatan Dharma. It also dispels the 150 years old conspiracy to limit Hindu with “ism” i.e. Hinduism. Intellectually dishonest terminology is the seed behind the vicious anti-Hindu narratives. The global Hindu community is urged to unite in promoting and embodying Hindutva, which can be loosely translated as Hinduness; through collaborative global initiatives. The declaration was accepted at the Plenary Session amidst the presence of delegates from 61 countries.