- Our 57th Annual Convention was held in Cuvu Sigatoka from 23 to 27 June 2016. It was ably hosted by our Cuvu Branch. A Souvenir magazine was produced to mark the convention. In its editorial the Acting National Secretary, Mr. Virendra Lal said that the convention had provided the opportunity to inform and educate the general public including the younger Sanatan followers about the vision, mission, values and principles of Sanatan Dharm.
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2.The Convention was officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Honourable Voreqe Bainimarama on 23 June 2016 at Cuvu, Sigatoka. Addressing a very large gathering of Sanatan advocates, the Prime Minister expressed his appreciation to the Sanatan Fiji for selecting a timely and appropriate theme “Sanatan – Promoting Unity in Diversity” for deliberation during the Convention. He said that the theme was consistent with the Fiji’s Constitution that all Fijians are united by common and equal citizenry and wished the Convention well.
3. The National President of Sanatan Fiji extended his warm greetings to the Chief Guest as well as the other distinguished audiences and his the country-wide members. He assured the Prime Minister that all his members value the richness in diversity and are proud of their multiracial and multi religious co-existence. He added that Sanatan Fiji is committed to promote and sustain unity and friendship among all Fijians.
Click here to read the full text of his welcome address that was published in the Sanatan Souvenir magazine.
4.Mr. Chandar Shekhar Singh, President of the host Branch, Cuvu, also extended his warm welcome to the Chief Guest, the prominent guests and all the Sanatan followers and members at home and abroad. He added that the Cuvu Branch was deeply honoured for the privilege given to it for hosting the 2016 Convention.
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5. Pundit Dewan Chand Maharaj, the immediate past president and the chairman of the Sanatan Trustees, was also present at the Convention not only greeted the Chief Guest and other prominent persons including members from all the Sanatan Branches but also passed on his best wished to the 57th Annual Convention. He presented a donation of $20,000 as to the Prime Minister for the TC Winston relief fund on behalf of Sanatan Fiji.
Click here to read the full text of his words of wisdom published in the Convention Souvenir Magazine.
6. Several prominent persons also conveyed their best wishes for our the 57th Annual Convention on behalf of their organizations. Their well-wishes and words of wisdom were published in our Convention Souvenir Magazine. Sanatan Fiji is indeed grateful to them for their kind words of appreciation.
You may read individual messages by clicking beside their name here.
6.1 The Attorney General, Minister of Finance, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – Click here
6.2 High Commission of India – Click here
6.3 The Honourable Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr. Mahendra Reddy – Click here
6.4 Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Mr Arun Padarath – National President – Click here
6.5 National President TISI Sangam Fiji – Mr. Sadasivan Naicker – Click here
7.Sanatan Fiji Annual Report
7.1 – Secretarial Report by the Acting National Secretary, Mr. Virendra Lal – Click here to read the report
7.2 – Sanatan Fiji Education Report by the Chairman of the Education Board, Dr. Akhila Nand Sharma – Click here to read the report.
8. Programme 57th Annual Convention
As shown in the programme, the four-day Convention had a number of religious, social, educational, entertainment, sporting and meeting activities.
Click here to find out what happened in the Convention. Brief activity reports are presented elsewhere.