Ramesh Kallidai is the former Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain which is the largest umbrella body representing British Hindus.[1] Kallidai was the first Secretary General of the organisation. He has also served as a Commissioner of Integration and Cohesion to the British Government, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.[2] In 2007, the Evening Standard reported that the then-secretary general of the HFB, Ramesh Kallidai, maintained a close association with Hindu nationalist organisations in India, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).[3] Kallidai had spoken at a conference of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh earlier in 2007, praising its founder M. S. Golwalkar, and in 2004 had defended the VHP in British parliament, describing it as a peaceful organisation.[3]

References

  1. ^ [1], 11 Apr 2015, Report in the Sunday Guardian referring to HFB as the largest and fastest growing Hindu organisation in the UK
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), 25 Aug 2006, The Information Daily.com
  3. ^ a b "British Indian official linked to VHP". Hindustan Times. 13 June 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.