Society must justify lavish spending

2015-07-08 06:00

NOVEMBER is slowly creeping in and so will Diwali. The Midlands Hindu Society will be organising the Diwali festival and finding ways of spending thousands of rands on a function that is really not wanted.

The money that society will be spending should be used to feed the poorest of the poor and to donate food hampers to the very poor.

Organising and wasting money on entertainment does not fill the stomachs of the poor who are in need of food.

All the Midlands Hindu Society members want are their names to be pasted on billboards informing the public of what they are aiming to do and to obtain glory.

It is time that the Midlands Hindu Society catch a wake- up and focus on the reality of the suffering of the poorest of the poor.

The Midlands Hindu Society must justify why thousands of rands will be lavishly spent on the Diwali festival and not giving to the poorest of the poor.

rajesh ramharak



The Midlands Hindu Society is an affiliate-based organisation who’s affiliates run several projects taking care of the nutritional, clothing, spiritual, medical, empowerment, educational and cultural needs of the community free of charge so that its accessible to the poorest of the poor.

Our Hot Meals Seva Project, which is run throughout the year serving over 200 people per day twice a week, has resulted in our members often being recognised as the faces “that bring us food” by the people we serve with dignity.

Hinduism teaches us that what is given in charity or seva must not be talked about hence your reader, and perhaps others like him, misinterpret this as inaction yet the seva continues quietly throughout the year. Midlands Hindu Society and its affiliates serve people of all faiths and communities without question.

Diwali however, comes once a year. It is a festival of joy and is celebrated with pomp and ceremony. Diwali is also a festival to be shared. It is a festival of unity and brings people of the different communities together in celebration. Unlike seva, the festival of Diwali is visible.

Those who contribute once a year to a festival of joy for the entire community are fulfilling their social responsibility throughout the year by supporting the numerous seva projects which are run, but this is not advertised or talked about so people like your reader can criticise.

At the Msunduzi Diwali Festival a hot lunch is served on Sunday to all present. The festival is brought to the public free of charge hence it also serves to entertain those who will otherwise not have the opportunity of attending entertainment programmes which attract an entrance fee.

Yours in service.

Sherry Mahabeer


Midlands Hindu Society

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