COUNCIL elections in London will be held on May 6 and it is almost certain that the General Election will be held on the same day.
This means that politicians of all colours, shapes and sizes will be busy knocking on our doors for 'our valuable votes'.
One of their preferred ways of canvassing is to visit Indian/Hindu centres and Mandirs (Hindu places of worship) and address the worshippers.
Of course, this method of campaigning does not cost them or their parties anything and they get ready-made platforms and crowds.
Yes, female politicians will remember to wear colourful saris with matching bangles on arms and bindi/tilak on foreheads. Male politicians will wear Kurta Jabba.
And they all will remember to say things like 'Namaskar', 'Jay Shri Krishna' and 'Kem Chho'?
Indians/Hindus are warm-hearted people, and always welcome people of whatever background, but they should not let politicians fool them or take them for rides. They should ask politicians questions on issues that are important for the Indian/Hindu community.
For example: * Have they visited Christian/Jewish places of worship for electioneering purposes? Ask details.
* Why Indians/Hindus who do well academically do not get high-ranking jobs in the public sector?
* What their attitude is on Kashmir?
* How do they feel about India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council?
* When was the last time they visited the mandir and when will them come again?
* What is their opinion on the conversion of Hindus to Christianity in India, supported by countries in the West and the USA?
* Where is the Bhavani Sword of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj the Great? Where should it be?
* Are they aware that the government is planning to ban Ayurvedic medicine? Will they put pressure on the government not to do this?
* About issues that matter to you locally.
BRENT COUNCILLOR CHUNILAL VELIJ
CHAVDA Chapman Crescent
Harrow Liberal Democrat ward councillor for Alperton