NZ Premier Flayed for Attending Hindu Meet

May 27, 2007

Source: Bahrain Tribune

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.bahraintribune.com/ArticleDetail.asp?CategoryId=3&ArticleId=154817

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Helen Clark has been criticised for attending a conference organised by the Hindu Council of New Zealand in Auckland last week. The group is alleged to have strong anti-Muslim views and links with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu radical outfit.

Sapna Samant, a filmmaker who attended the conference, claimed Muslims were condemned during the event, which was opened by Prime Minister Helen Clark. She questioned how Clark could have been involved in such an event, thestuff.co.nz reported.

The theme of the conference was ‘contribution of Hindu community to the national life of New Zealand’. Guna Magesan, general secretary of the Hindu Council of New Zealand and a senior scientist with a New Zealand government research organisation, presented the keynote address.