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Mr Rishi Sunak MP
It is wonderful to see our Southampton Bal Vikash child,
Mr Rishi Sunak to be successful and become a British MP
and now the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Also a great honour to
have India’s very successful and philanthropic family Mr and Mrs Narayana
MURTHY visit our Vedic Society Hindu temple.
Jai Ho Sunak Family!
Vedic Society Sok Sabha Prarthana sheets
Mr Shushil Kumar Kalia
With a heavy heart we have to inform you that Kaliaji, as we knew him,
the very first founder member of the Vedic Society of Southampton,
passed away on Thursday, 6th January 2022.
Mr. Sushil Kumar Kalia was born on 1st January 1940 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
After completing his studies in late 60's he moved to Southampton, England with
his wife, Late Mrs. Kamladevi.
Whilst in Southampton he became very conscious of the fact that the Hindus in
the city did not have a place where they could meet and celebrate their
Thus in 1970 he invited a few elderly, and some not so old, to his residence in
Northumberland Road and talked about his desire.
In 1971,with the help of the Education Department he managed to get the Deanery
School Annexe on Argyle Road for regular Sunday gatherings. In 1972 with the
sudden arrival of more Hindus in the city, the gatherings got bigger and thus
the idea of having a bigger and permanent place was coming to surface..
In 1976 he moved to Canada with his
family.. By now the couple had two children: Rajnish and Alka.
Since his departure Mr. Jagdishlal Sharma was elected to carry on with the
project. After lots of hard work Southampton opened a newly built Temple in
Mr. Kalia was very happy to learn that the seeds he had planted, eventually
became a reality.
The Hindu community of Southampton will always be grateful to this humble
gentleman for his inspiration. Mr. Kalia will be dearly missed.
May God rest his soul in peace
Photos of Kalia ji when in Southampton
'Truth quenches untruth
Love quenches anger
Self suffering quenches violence
This eternal rule is a rule not for saints only but for all'
Mahatma Gandhi 1942
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10 January 2022