LONDON Jan 9: The Malayalee Hindu Nair Community of Sussex came together on the 2nd of January 2023 for the Inauguration of Nair Service Society Sussex which is an extension of the Nair Service Society(NSS) established in Kerala, India in 1914 by the late social reformer Shri Mannathu Padmanabhan.
Mims Davies (Mid Sussex MP, Minister of Safeguarding) and Mustak Miah (Burgess Hill Councillor) with Men from the Nair Community at the NSS Sussex Inauguration
The chief guest for the event was Mims Davies (MP for Mid Sussex and Minister of Safeguarding) who along with Mr Mustak Miah (Councillor – Burgess Hill ), Venugopalan Nair (President – NSS UK) and Mrs Suma Sunil Nair (Patron – NSS Sussex) formally inaugurated the event.
Other dignitaries were also present from the different religious communities and associations in Sussex.
The event served as an initial opportunity for the Nair community from all parts of Sussex to meet up and get to know each other. A variety of cultural programs were also put up for the enjoyment of the gathering.
Mims Davies (Mid Sussex MP, Minister of Safeguarding) with ladies from the Nair Community at the NSS Sussex Inauguration
The NSS Sussex will follow the core ideas and services of the NSS. These include the protection and promotion of heritage including various Nair family traditions enabling the younger generation to experience the Kerala Culture.
Lamp Lighting Ceremony – (L-R) Deepak Menon(President NSS Sussex), Mustak Miah(Burgess Hill Councillor), Mims Davies(Mid Sussex MP, Minister of Safeguarding) and Venugopalan Nair (President NSS UK(London))
The NSS Sussex hopes to work towards the preservation and dissemination the cultural and religious traditions of the Nair community which include intellectual and cultural exchange, documentation of the cultural traditions of the Tharavad (the essence of Nair community), the mode of Nair worship, the practices of Nair Hindu rites and so forth.
The institution also intends to work with other religious communities and charitable institutions in the area for the betterment of the community as a whole.