Hare Krishna and Sanatan Dharm in Britain: the campaign for Bhaktivedanta Manor

Nye, M. (1996) Hare Krishna and Sanatan Dharm in Britain: the campaign for Bhaktivedanta Manor. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 11(1), pp. 37-56. (doi:10.1080/13537909608580754)

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Bhaktivedanta Manor, the main centre for ISKCON (the ‘Hare Krishna movement') in Britain, has been under threat of closure for over ten years. The centre—which is a place of pilgrimage for many thousands of Indian Hindus in Britain—is considered by its local authority to be used inappropriately, since it does not have the required planning permission to be a place of public worship. In their view, Bhaktivedanta Manor should be used only as a theological college. ISKCON have challenged this position, and through a series of legal and political battles have tried to prevent the local authority from taking enforcement action. The campaign against closure by ISKCON demonstrates the large support this ‘new’ religion has among the Hindu population of Britain, and indeed has played an important part in developing the relationship between Hindus and the Hare Krishna movement. But the campaign also demonstrates a key point about the role of religious freedom within British law, as the series of legal challenges by ISKCON have highlighted how the right to religious worship is subject to other factors, such as planning regulations.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nye, Dr Malory
Authors: Nye, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Contemporary Religion
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9419

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