Cllr. Manji Kara - Presented with the Ambassador for Peace award on the 21st July 2011
I come from a religious and a sound family background. I am married with two grown up successful sons. The joint Hindu family concept and multi faith community in India and Kenya, where as I was brought up, instilled strong community sense and duty. I may be one of the few Hindus who could claim to be educated in Muslim Schools staffed by mainly Christian teachers. Being brought up in an environment where different communities and cultures coexist in peace and harmony is a great beginning to the journey of life.Since my arrival in UK, I have participated in local organisations of different ethnic and nationality origin. I have promoted sense of goodwill between faiths by encouraging local organisation to invite members of other groups to see for themselves the inherent peaceful and friendly nature of the group no matter what their origin. I can mention but a few, Bahai’s, Iranian, Iraqi, Pakistani, Muslims, Jain, Jews, Christians and Hindus of different denomination (believe you me, there are quite a few).
I enjoy attending and learning about other faith groups and organisation. I make it a point to attend community events when time permits me. We in England are lucky to have sucha vivid tapestry of cultures and communities to enjoy.
I decided to serve the people of Harrow by becoming a councillor in 2002. This has opened numerous doors and opportunities for me to interact with the diverse community of Harrow. In recognition of my close ties with the communities, I shadow the Communities and Cultural Development Portfolio holder at Harrow Council.