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Minister for Asia and the Pacific Alok Sharma visits Neasden Temple

PUBLISHED: 09:41 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:40 15 November 2016

Alok Sharma, left, with former trustee Vinod Patel during his visit to Neasden Temple (Pic: FCO)

Alok Sharma, left, with former trustee Vinod Patel during his visit to Neasden Temple (Pic: FCO)

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The Minister for Asia and the Pacific paid a visit to a temple in Neasden yesterday to learn more about its role as a hub for the Hindu community.

Neasden Temple is in Brentfield RoadNeasden Temple is in Brentfield Road

Alok Sharma met with trustees of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Brentfield Road, which is popularly known as Neasden Temple, where he also discovered about the work being done to bring in people of all faiths.

During his visit, Mr Sharma additionally learnt about the temple’s plans for commemorating Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

The minister, who is also the Conservative MP for Reading West, said: “The magnificent Neasden Temple plays a wonderful role in the Hindu community, from hosting school visits to organising charitable events.

“The Mandir has attracted devotees from all corners of the globe and I would like to pay tribute to the trustees and volunteers for their many hours of devotion and commitment, and to thank them for their very warm hospitality during my visit.”

The temple is regularly visited by school children to learn about Hindu culture, traditions and heritage and recently hosted open days for all the community.

Nitin Palan, director of BAPS charities, said: “It was a very inspirational visit from a young MP who is a perfect role model for other young professionals to learn from.

“His current role as Minister for Asia and Pacific is ideal in the present economic climate as he understands Asia very well and will help the government in building greater understanding with India in particular as regards various trading relationships.”

For more information about BAPs visit bapscharities.org.


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