National Hindu Students' Forum

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National Hindu Students' Forum (UK)
AbbreviationNHSF (UK)
Region served
WebsiteNHSF (UK)

The National Hindu Students' Forum (NHSF (UK)) is a network of Hindu societies operating on university and further education campuses in the United Kingdom. The NHSF (UK) was started in 1991 from a stall at a Hindu marathon, but now operates in around 50 different institutions around the United Kingdom.[1] The NHSF has been described by historian Edward Anderson as having ties to the Sangh Parivar, a group of Hindu nationalist organisations in India such as the RSS and the BJP.[2][3][4] In early years the NHSF had the same address as the HSS, a UK charity, per Manoj Ladwa, the then HSS spokesman.[5][6] Ladwa later served as a senior advisor to Narendra Modi during his successful Indian election campaign of 2014.[7] Although the HSS is considered to be inspired by the RSS, a UK charity commission inquiry in 2016 found no formal links between the two.[8]


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  8. ^ "Charity Commission report landing page". Archived from the original on 2022-09-21. Retrieved 2023-03-23.

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