Text of the resolution adopted at the South Brunswick Township Council meeting held on September 26, 2023.
Resolution Declaring October 2023 as Hindu Heritage Month
Whereas; the Sanātana Dharma, also known as Hindu Dharma is the third largest religion practiced in the world, with more than one billion devotees worldwide and 4 million in the United States including many in the township of South Brunswick, New Jersey; and
Whereas; the Hindu Dharma has given birth to multiple other faith traditions with rich cultures and philosophies of their own, including Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, collectively referred to as Dharmic faiths; and
Whereas; the followers of Dharmic faiths collectively represent one of the world’s oldest civilizations as well as one of the newest and fastest growing immigrant communities in the United States; and
Whereas; the Hindu heritage with sanatani culture, traditions and sanatani values have enriched our great State and City by providing invaluable solutions to many of life’s problems and often serve as a source of inspiration, reflection, and contemplation for the millions of individuals who look upon to the teachings of Hinduism for guidance; and
Whereas; the Hindu heritage spreads the message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam that means “The World is one family” thereby emphasizes the interconnectedness and unity of all people and nations, promoting a sense of global harmony, cooperation, and shared responsibility for the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants; and
Whereas; the Hinduism demonstrates through a living enlightened civilization that global peace is achievable and sustainable, and this begins with individual peace and spiritual awakening; and
Whereas; during the month of October, the Hindu community in the Township of South Brunswick, New Jersey, across our great nation and across the world, will collectively celebrate its heritage by focusing on its culture and the diverse spiritual traditions rooted in BHARAT i.e. India; and
Whereas; the Hindu community of the Township of South Brunswick comes together to honor their shared heritage and spiritual traditions, and we recognize the many contributions the community has made to our beloved State of New Jersey;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED on this 26th day of September, 2023, by the Mayor and Township Council of South Brunswick, County of Middlesex, State of New Jersey, that October 2023 is recognize as: “Hindu Heritage Month”
The Mayor and Township Council acknowledges the significant contributions made by residents of Hindu heritage to our town of South Brunswick, New Jersey and by adoption of this Resolution, seek to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Hindu American community and urge all the residents of South Brunswick, New Jersey to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
RESULT: ADOPTED [3 TO 0]
MOVER: Ken Bierman, Councilman
SECONDER: Archana “Ann” Grover, Councilwoman
AYES: Ken Bierman, Archana “Ann” Grover, Josephine “Jo” Hochman ABSENT: Joseph Camarota
AWAY: Charlie Carley
This is to certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a resolution adopted at the South Brunswick Township Council meeting held on September 26, 2023.