City Hindus Network

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City Hindus Network (CHN) is a non profit-making organisation created to promote networking, spirituality, education and charity amongst Hindu professionals. It was founded in 2005 and its current Chairperson is Pratik Dattani, who took over from founder Dhruv Patel in October 2010.[1] The organisation is a member of the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) [2] and Hindu Council UK (HCUK) [3] British Hindu umbrella bodies. The CHN is focussed on building closer relationships between professionals working in the City of London of a Hindu or Indian background.[4]


Following CHN's establishment, it became a member of the HFB and the HCUK (the two major Hindu organisation umbrella bodies in the UK) in 2006. The CHN's first major event was held by the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, for the British Hindu community, at City Hall in London.[5]

Since then, the CHN has organised networking events, talks on Hindu philosophy and spirituality, a mentoring scheme, charity and volunteering events for Hindu professionals and taken part in community and government liaison on behalf of the Hindu community. Many of its events have been in conjunction with the accountancy and consulting firms and investment banks in London, alongside other Hindu community partners and charities such as the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS), Sewa International, the Vaishnava Professionals Network (VPN), National Sewa Day, Swadhyay Parivar, Children in Need India, the Asian Foundation for Philanthropy, IndiCorps and Connect India.

In 2010, the CHN published its constitution for the first time, which includes its committee rules. In October 2010, Dhruv Patel stepped down as Chairperson and Pratik Dattani took over. The current CHN committee is made up of 8 members from London, including Vice Chair and Treasurer Aekta Mahajan, who has been a committee member since 2006. Click on the links below to read the messages to members from Dhruv Patel and Pratik Dattani in October 2010:


  1. ^ “City Hindus Network, a saffron revolution in the City of London?” Red Hot Curry – 4 November 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  2. ^ “Hindu Forum of Britain website” Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  3. ^ “Hindu Council UK affiliates list” Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  4. ^ “Five on Five” India Incorporated
  5. ^ “City Hindus Network, a saffron revolution in the City of London?” Red Hot Curry – 4 November 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-01.

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