A WIDE range of consumer and human rights and social, economic and political issues is being discussed during the two-day Fiji National Hindu Forum being held at the Tanoa International Hotel.
The forum started yesterday with Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma as the chief guest.
Speaking at the event, Dr Sharma said the forum sought to bring together Hindus and other interested parties to deliberate on how religious inclinations and lifestyles contributed to strengthening life in Fiji.
"Each sub-group at the conference will share their intrinsic knowledge, experience and expertise," he said.
"The purpose is for everyone to learn that commonality underpins all of mankind and the differences exist only in how one interprets human behaviour, attitude and codes of existence."
Dr Sharma said the trauma of indenture, independence and repeated coups were now over.
"We can look forward to a new era of greater multicultural, ethnic and religious partnership in our homeland of 135 years — Fiji."
The conference, which ends today, is organised by the Vishva Hindu Parishad of Fiji.
President Jay Dayal said they were trying to get all Hindu organisations in Fiji together under one roof for a strategic forum that would benefit the nation.