Immigration Minister, Tony McNulty MP, was among several dignitaries who celebrated the religious festival of Krishna Janmasthami at the Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple in Birmingham. The temple is developing into one of Europe's largest Hindu temples.
The celebrations were organised by Dr Narayan Rao of Hindu Council UK, and the guest list consisted of dignitaries from the political, business and religious communities, including Adrian Bailey MP, Lord Bhattacharyya, Lord King, Sri and Gopi Hinduja, Sangar and Swami Nirliptanandaji.
He concluded by saying that as regards the contribution of the Hindu community in the UK, it is not just confined to temples, celebrations and spirituality, but that the Hindu community gives a lot back to the country and respects other communities. "Our strength as a nation is our respect for each others' diversity", he said.