Guru Basava followers migrated from India to the Asia Pacific during the early 1990s and settled in the region. They realised the importance of promoting and preserving their origin, culture and transferring ethical values to the next generation. Over time, they approached people in different capital cities of similar origin which enabled the birth of separate chapters in different cities. They coordinated and worked collaboratively to promote the rich culture and heritage of Guru Basava amongst each other by inviting key speakers and prophets from India. They conducted several programs and educated the community to collectively introduce them to Guru Basava’s values. All these chapter presidents (2020-2021) unanimously came forward to establish this international charity of Basava Samiti of Asia Pacific Ltd (BSAPAC).
BSAPAC was established, to inculcate the idea from our predecessors to strengthen and connect the migrants of the region to deliver and share common services. This idea percolated through a few senior leaders to connect and strengthen the social fabric. Some chapters in Australasia were smaller in size and needed extra resources, governance, and directional support to grow and sustain, whilst other chapters were self-sufficient but the growth stagnated and/or declined with reduced enthusiasm over time. Outside of the Australasian region, Guru Basava’s followers in this region were looking for innovative tools and techniques to make the philosophy and the practices palatable to the young minds being raised as foreign nationals in different countries of the Asia Pacific. Therefore, a public survey was commissioned by the presidents of the Basava Samithi of Australasian chapters in 2020, which highlighted a number of concerns, threats and opportunities for growth.
A strategic response to address all these concerns by the general public was determined and a transformational roadmap was developed. BSAPAC acts as an umbrella organisation by providing all the required support and help for the Basava Samitis in the Asia Pacific region to grow and nourish while maintaining their autonomy.
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