Friday, November 11, 2016

Theresa May prays at Hindu Temple in Bangalore in Indian attire (Sari); May's Diwali message praises Lord Rama

Here's a short video of British PM Theresa May visiting the Sri Someshwara Hindu temple in Bangalore dressed in a Sari, https://www.facebook.com/10downingstreet/videos/10154728384838453/, 35 secs, dated Nov. 8th 2016.

Given below are some screenshot pics from the above video










Here are some links having pics, much better than my screenshot pics above, of the visit:
1) Theresa May steps out in sari as she hails success of ‘Global Britain’ drive during India trade trip, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2139966/theresa-may-steps-out-in-sari-as-she-hails-success-of-global-britain-drive-during-india-trade-trip/

2) May hails success of 'global Britain' drive during India trade mission,
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3915124/Theresa-May-meeting-business-leaders-Indias-IT-capital.html

3) Here's Theresa May Looking Gorgeous In A Saree,
http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/11/08/heres-theresa-may-looking-gorgeous-in-a-saree/

I also came across this Facebook video post of British PM Theresa May, https://www.facebook.com/TheresaMayOfficial/videos/1474364222580346/, dated Oct. 31st 2016 where she sends her Diwali wishes. I have transcribed that video below.

Theresa May: I am delighted to send my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali, a festival which holds such significance for so many people. Indeed, right across the world, lights decorate the streets, flowers adorn homes, treats are served and presents exchanged - all marking the triumph of light over darkness.

But the festival of lights isn't just relevant for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. It is relevant to all of us, those of all faiths and none. We can all learn from the example set by Lord Rama, whose return from exile is marked by these five holy days. That epic story teaches us about building strong families and communities, shunning wrongdoing and evil, and choosing the right path. It promotes the values of service, responsibility, unity and tolerance.

We need those values more than ever as we build a country that works for everyone - a country where no matter what your faith, your beliefs or your background, you can reach your full potential.

In Britain's Indian communities we can see the good that can be done when people's talents are unleashed. I think of all those running their own businesses, taking risks and working hard so that they can provide for their families and take on staff. I think of all those public servants whose hard work and dedication makes our hospitals, schools, police forces and armed forces what they are today. I think of the volunteers who give up their own time to look after elderly neighbours or help provide food for families who are less well off.

These people are the backbone of our communities. And I would be so proud to highlight the achievements of British Indians next month when I make my first official visit to India as Prime Minister at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrating the relations between our countries and our shared ambitions for the future.

As we start the Hindu new year, it is an occasion for people to reflect on the twelve months that have passed and look to the opportunities ahead. So as friends and families come together in reflection and celebration, let me wish you all a Shubh Deepawali and send my good wishes to Sikhs celebrating Bandi Chhor Diwas, too.
--- end transcript of British PM Theresa May's Diwali wishes ---

Ravi: I think it is splendid of British PM Theresa May to share such wonderful wishes about Diwali and Lord Ram. It is also a wonderful gesture on her part to dress in a sari and pray at a Hindu temple in Bangalore. I am touched by both her gestures.

It is very heartening to see the Conservative Party Prime Minister of Britain so clearly express her support for respect and tolerance for followers of all religions including those who have no religion (provided they follow the law of the land as well).

I earnestly pray to Almighty God to shower His Grace on British PM Theresa May and her efforts to promote respect and tolerance for those of all faiths/religions and none, and to promote the values that many, if not all, of these religions have of "service, responsibility, unity and tolerance".

Update: Got some better pics of this event courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=694928280665913&id=100004462429073. Have provided them below.






[I thank British PM Theresa May and her staff and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above screenshot pics from and transcript of their Facebook posts/videos on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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