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Chief Editor's Note
most of the GOPIO rank and file will be in Chennai to attend GOPIO
Convention 2009 and PBD 2009, the next issue will be published in
February 2009. Thank you for your support of GOPIO to make it a dynamic
and vibrant community based organization.
We wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.
GOPIO TO RECOGNIZE FIVE WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin
(GOPIO) has scheduled its Convention 2009 in Chennai on January 6th and
7th at the Trident Hotel immediately preceding Pravas Bharatiya Divas
2009. The conference will be formally inaugurated on January 6th at
7.00 pm by Honorable Minister Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian
On January 7, 2009, GOPIO has planned an all day conference with a theme,
Critical Issues of Interest and Concern to NRIs and PIOs
Specifically, the summit will include the following conference sessions:
Ø NRI/PIO Parents Coping at Home and Abroad
Ø NRI/PIO Contributions to Homeland Projects
Business and Investment Challenges and Opportunities in a Global
Financial Crisis Scenario
Ø Current Economic and Non-Economic Issues and Concerns of Confronting NRIs and PIOs
speakers who are quite experienced on the topics will make
presentations on the sub-themes, including active audience
On January 6th evening, GOPIO will hold it
Annual Awards Banquet at 7:00 P.M. at the Trident Hotel with Minister
Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and Minister of
Parliamentary Affairs as the chief guest. GOPIO COMMUNITY SERVICE
AWARDS which were established to recognize and honor those NRIs and
PIOs who have provided significant community and public service or done
philanthropic work for the Indian Diaspora and/or to India will be
presented and honored at the banquet.
In addition to Minister Ravi, other dignitaries at the GOPIO
Awards Banquet include Minister G. K. Vasan, Minister of State for
Statistics and Programme Implementation, and former Governor and
Minister M. M. Jacob who also serves as GOPIO advisor.
Photo Above: Minister Vayala Ravi, Minister G.K. Vasan and former Governor and Minsiter M.M. Jacob
"We at GOPIO feel privileged to recognize some NRIs/PIOs who have
contributed significantly to the countries of their adoption as well as
to India, and have added a special glitter to the resurgence of India,"
said Inder Singh, President of GOPIO.
Since its inception
in 1989, GOPIO has been organizing conferences and conventions in
different parts of the world to mobilize the global NRI/PIO community.
During the last few years alone, GOPIO has organized ten international
conferences. Besides providing a globally recognized platform for
dialogue and discussion to the worldwide Indian Diaspora, GOPIO's
conferences and conventions continue to help bring the Indian Diaspora
closer to mother India and strengthen the inherent bonds between mother
India and the globally spread Diaspora. The convention in Chennai on
January 6th and 7th, 2009, is another of its continuing efforts to
mobilize the global Indian community and facilitate their networking.
believes that the destiny of the Indian Diaspora, in many ways, is
intertwined inextricably with India. The NRIs/PIOs, individually and
collectively, certainly have made numerous, significant achievements in
their adopted lands but they are bound to India by the umbilical cord
of history, culture, heritage, and tradition.
Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham said, "By honoring those who have worked
selflessly for Indian Diaspora causes and India, we are providing
exposure of such role models to the next generation." "This will
motivate more NRIs and PIOs to volunteer their time for community
causes," Dr. Abraham added.
The awardees for this
year are Baroness Shreela Flather of UK's House of the Lords ,
Ambassador Albert Ramdin of Suriname, community activist and leader
Chandru Advani of Japan, Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker of New Jersey
State AssemblyUpendra Chivukula of USAand Durban Deputy Mayor
Loganathan Naidoo of South Africa.
Photo clockwise from top left: Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Baroness Shreela Flather, Chandru Advani, Loganathan Naidoo and Upendra Chivukula
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Convention Registration Fee: Rs. 1,000. Waived for those who register
prior to December 31, 2008. Prior registration is recommended as
total registration will be limited to 150 delegates. Limited number of
Jan. 6th banquets only registration available at Rs. 500 per person.
register, send an E-mail to GOPIO Secretary General Ashook Ramsaran at
email@example.com or call him at 718-353-1900. Registration to attend
conference proceedings and lunch on January 7th is FREE. Last minute,
on site registration shall be available.
The conference in
Chennai is coordinated by Conference Chair Americai V. Narayanan, Tel:
91-98410-46342, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and K.N. Gupta,
GOPIO-India president K.N. Gupta, Tel: (91) 11-4164-2066/9811131588,
e-mail: email@example.com.Hotel Arrangements
has negotiated with Trident Hotel, Chennai, a special
rate starting at INR 7750 SGL / INR 8250 DBL + tax inclusive of
breakfast and airport transfers by car. When booking,
mention code "GOPIO". Hotel contact: Jaspreet Singh, Director of Sales,
Tel. 91 44-22344747, 91 44-22428500 (Direct), Mobile: 91
9884301102, Fax: 91 44-22344555, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.tridenthotels.com
more information on GOPIO Convention 2009, please contact: GOPIO
President Inder Singh in USA at 818-708-3885, E-mail:
email@example.com or Munish Gupta, Chairman, GOPIO Media Council
91-9818631588 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Convention 2009 Chair
Americai V. Narayanan, Tel: 91-9841046342, e-mail:
email@example.comGOPIO-CHENNAI TO BE LAUNCHED
the GOPIO Convention in Chennai, GOPIO International will launch its
Chennai Chapter. NRIs/PIOs living in and around Chennai who would like
to be part of this chapter may contact the Chapter Coordinator V.
Narayanan at 91-98410-46342, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|PBD2009 TO ATTRACT 1500 DELEGATES
The 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is scheduled to
be held at the Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai from 07-09 January 2009.
Organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) in
partnership with the State Government of Tamil Nadu and the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), it would be the first PBD
Convention organized in Chennai. Last week, MOIA officials said at a
press conference that over 1500 delegates are expected to attend the
PBD Conventions provide a platform for
exchange of views and networking to the Persons of Indian Origin
settled all over the world on matters of common interest. Such
Conventions have helped the Government to better understand the
expectations of the Overseas Indian Community from the land of their
ancestors and acknowledge the important role played by it In India's
efforts to acquire its rightful place in the comity of nations.
the decisions taken by the Government of India as a result of wider
consultations held at these Conventions, are formulation of the
Overseas Citizenship of India, establishment of Overseas Indian
Facilitation Centre, Conceptualisation of PIO University, formation of
Prime Minister's Global Advisory Council of People of Indian Origin,
and the proposed India Development Foundation. A series of Programs
e.g. Know India Program and Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children
are also designed specifically for Diaspora youth.
other things, the 7th PBD Convention would have sessions on the
preservation of Diaspora language and culture and the importance of
Diaspora as facilitators and bridge builders. The highlights of PBD
2009 include an Exhibition on Trade & Industry, live demonstrations
by craftsmen, cultural evenings and post convention tours.
Convention would be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India on 8th
January. The President of India would deliver the valedictory address
and also confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards for 2009 on 9th
online Registration for PBD-2009 is open through the website
www.pbdindia.org or go directly to the registration page To register,
visit: http://www.pbdindia.org/registration/registration.aspx. Early
registration discount has been extended till December 31st, 2008.
N. Balasubramaniyan, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs, Government of India, Akbar Bhawan, Chankyapuri, New Delhi -
110021, Tel: + 91-11-24197910, Fax: + 91-11-24197942, Website:
www.moia.gov.in or Madhu Pillai, Director, Confederation of Indian
Industry, The Mantosh Sondhi Centre, 23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road,
New Delhi - 110003, Tel: + 91-11-24629994 - 7, Fax: + 91-11-24601298,
|GOPIO OFFICIALS TO PARTICIPATE IN PBD2009 AS FEATURED SPEAKERS
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas PBD 2009 being held in Chennai on Jan 8 -9, 2009 features prominent GOPIO persons as speakers.
GOPIO International Chairman Dr Thomas Abraham is a featured speaker at the Regional Working Session, United States of America.
GOPIO International President Inder Singh is a panelist in the breakout session, Building Bridges: Diaspora Philanthropy
International Secretary General Ashook Ramsaran is Chairperson of
Working Session "Caribbean" on Jan 9, 2009. Speakers at this session
include Amb Albert Ramdin (Suriname); Dr Prem Misir (Guyana); Dr.
Philomena Ann Mohini Harris (Barbados); Anand Ramlogan (Trinidad &
Tobago). Shri G. K. Vasan, Minister of State for Statistics &
Programme Implementation is the Chief Guest.
Gautam, Co-Chairperson of GOPIO's Academy Council is also scheduled to
be a speaker at a PBD2009 session. Other featured speakers from GOPIO
are GOPIO Executive Vice President Lord Diljit Rana, GOPIO's former
Chairman Ram Lakhina and GOPIO European Coordinator Raj Loomba.
GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS
GOPIO T&T CALLS FOR URGENT GOVERNMENT ACTION TO DEAL WITH FELICITY LEUKEMIA OUTBREAK
Trinidad and Tobago is calling for immediate action by the Government
of Trinidad and Tobago to help the victims of leukemia in Felicity,
Chaguanas. The President of GOPIO Trinidad and Tobago, Mr.
Deosaran Bisnath, is urging the government to set up a Committee
to deal with the leukemia outbreak in Lyle Lane, Felicity where one
child has died and three others have contracted this dangerous disease.
Mr. Bisnath has suggested that members of the Committee
should include representatives from the University of the West Indies,
the Ministries of Health, Education, and Social Development, and the
private sector, and that the Committee should be mandated, as a matter
of urgency, to investigate the possible cause(s) of this disease and
provide recommendations to treat current and future victims.
Bisnath is requesting the Government to act immediately since it is
possible more children, and possibly adults, may have already
contracted the disease or will be affected in the near future if the
cause or source of this leukemia outbreak is not discovered as soon as
possible. If the relevant skills and expertise to handle this situation
are not available locally, Mr. Bisnath is exhorting the Government to
obtain foreign expertise to help in identifying cause(s) and providing
Furthermore, Mr. Bisnath is calling upon the
Government to provide immediate assistance to the victims and their
families and friends, particularly those who need counseling and
financial help to cover medical expenses.
Trinidad and Tobago is reiterating the need for immediate Government
action in order to minimize the possibility of further fatalities and
occurrence of additional cases of leukemia at Lyle Lane Street and
adjacent areas in Felicity. The Government is obligated to move swiftly
to help the citizens of this community who are in immediate danger and
need help urgently.
Contact: Deosaran Bisnath, President, GOPIO Trinidad & Tobago, E-mail: GopioTT@gmail.com
GOPIO-NORWAY CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
celebrated its fifth anniversary in November 2008. GOPIO-Norway
Founder President Mohan Singh Varma welcomed the members and guests
including Indian Ambassador Banbit Roy and Head of the Chancellery
Shrilanji. Many organization head and community leaders participated
including the president of Oslo Gurudwara Sahib Gurudyal Singh, Shanti
Doo Editor Amit Joshi, Editor of Speil Suresh Shukla, Triveni Editor
Kailash Rai. Varma emphasized GOPIO's role within the community living
in world's highest pr capita country and stressed further cooperation
with the Indian Diaspora.
GOPIO-Norway President Balwinder
Jossan thanked Ambassador Roy for his leadership, dedication and
commitment in initiating excellent triangle cop-operation
between Norway, India and its Diaspora in Norway. He also thanked
Rajesh Bhatnagar, a very high ranking personal from TINE
(the main sponsor of the event) for his organizational
co-operation and the pre-planned famous factory tour, in which all
the participant of the event took part preceding the event.
Photo above: GOPIO-Norway members and Oslo community leaders with Ambassador Banbit Roy at the Oslo Celebration
Ambassador Roy in his remarks praised the GOPIO-Norway's efforts
to maintain good relation between Indian Embassy Oslo and the
Indian Diaspora In Norway.
At the interactive session followed, there have been great
demand from the participants to hold GOPIO's international
conference in Oslo in near future.
Contact: Mohan Singh Varma or Balwinder Jossan, Email: email@example.com
GOPIO-IRELAND PRESIDENT RECEIVES CHEMCIAL INDUSTRY'S LAMPITT MEDAL
Ireland President Dr. Prabhu Kulkarni was presented the prestigious
Lampitt Medal in recognition of his service to the UK based 125 year
old International Society of Chemical Industry (SCI). The Award
was presented at black tie Dinner held in Society's head quarters in
Belgrave Square in London on October 30th, 2008.
was founded in 1881 to advance scientific knowledge to the general
Public (www.soci.org ). Several leading people of that period, from
Britain and former British Empire, including J. R.D. Tata of India,
were involved in foundation of the Society of Chemical Industry. The
Society has over 5000 members in 105 countries and very active sections
in USA, Canada, Australia and India.
Dr. Kulkarni receives Lampitt Medal from the President of International Society of Chemical Industry
The Lampitt Medal was established in 1956 to commemorate the SCI
President in 1940 and the first medal awarded in 1958. It is given
annually in recognition of outstanding service by a member to the
Society towards achieving the aims and objectives. Prabhu is
first person o Indian Origin to receive this Award.
Kulkarni has held several positions in the SCI including present as a
Member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman, Health and Safety Group.
Previous posts have included, member of the Environment Group,
Executive Committee, Publication Committee and the Council. He was
Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Irish section over the
period 1983-1991. Prabhu was awarded the SCI Distinguished Service
Medal in 2004.
It is the first time the Lampitt Medal has been awarded to the Republic of Ireland Branch member.
DR. PRAKASH NARAIN ELECTED AS MAYOR PRO-TEM IN CYPRESS CITY IN CALIFORNIA
a city of 50,000 people in Orange County, Southern California elected
Dr. Prakash Narain M.D and Doug Bailey as Mayor Pro-Tem and Mayor
respectively on December 8, 2008.
The city of Cypress is 65% Caucasian and 21% Asian with only 0.2% South Asians.
Narain is a physician by profession and has been actively involved in
the community, which led him to win a seat on the city council on his
first attempt. He is currently chairman of the governing Board of
Directors of Los Alamitos Medical Center in Los Alamitos, California.
Narain is originally from Bihar, India and immigrated to the United
States in 1980.He is married with two children and has been living in
Cypress for the past 21 years. For more information on Dr. Prakash
Narain, see the city of Cypress website at www.ci.cypress.ca.us
INDIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS BAG BIG AWARDS AT SIEMENS SCIENCE COMPETITION
winners of 2008-09 Siemens Competition in Math, Science &
Technology were announced on December 8th. The nation's brightest minds
and the innovators of tomorrow bravely took on groundbreaking research
of life-threatening infections and deadly side effects of
chemotherapeutics. As a result, Wen Chyan and the team of Sajith M. Wickramasekara
and Andrew Y. Guo were named $100,000 Grand Prize winners in the 2008
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The prestigious
Siemens Competition, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, is
administered by the College Board. The tenth annual awards were
presented at New York University, host of the Siemens Competition
Wen Chyan, a senior at Texas Academy of
Mathematics and Science in Denton, Texas, won the $100,000 scholarship
in the individual category for chemistry research on combating
hospital-related infections. Sajith M. Wickramasekara and Andrew Y.
Guo, both seniors at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
in Durham, North Carolina, won the $100,000 prize in the team category,
which they will share equally, for genetics research of chemotherapy.
Sajith Wickramasekara and Andrew Guo won the team
category and will share a $100,000 scholarship for their genetics
research that has the potential to easily identify new chemotherapeutic
drugs and greatly improve existing ones. Their project is entitled, A
Functional Genomic Framework for Chemotherapeutic Drug Improvement and
"Mr. Wickramasekara and Mr. Guo used a
modern way of screening for drugs with yeast to address an important
problem regarding the limitations of chemotherapy including resistance,
toxicity and discrimination," said Dr. Jeffrey Pollard, Louis Goldstein
Swan Chair in Women's Cancer Research, Department of Developmental and
Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a competition
judge. "The project required a very large amount of work, organization,
and discipline to obtain and then fully verify these results, which the
team did in three ways. Sophisticated, innovative bioinformatics also
enabled them to identify new therapeutic targets and potential drugs.
Not only is this a process currently done by many large pharmaceutical
companies, with much more resources, but my own graduate students have
done similar work for their graduate theses."
Wickramasekara is the team leader and heard about the Siemens
Competition in 2006 when seniors from his high school were selected as
Regional Finalists. Mr. Wickramasekara is Captain of his school's
Science Bowl and has participated in various science competitions
including the 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair,
the North Carolina State Science and Engineering Fair as well as the
North Carolina Junior Science Humanities Symposium. He is an Eagle
Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and dreams of one day owning his own
biotech startup, specializing in personalized medicine.
team members co-founded the Student Journal of Research of the North
Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; they both serve as Editors
of the publication. Additionally, Mr. Wickramasekara and Mr. Guo were
recently named 2009 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.
national finals were judged by a panel of nationally renowned
scientists and mathematicians headed by lead judge Dr. Joseph Taylor,
winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and James S. McDonnell
Distinguished University Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton
University. Eighteen national finalists competed in this year's
national finals, including six individuals and six teams. The finalists
previously competed at one of six regional competitions held at leading
research universities throughout the month of November.
Other Indian American national winners of the 2008-09 Siemens Competition include the following high school students:
-- $40,000 scholarship - Nityan Nair, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
-- $20,000 scholarship - Ashok Cutkosky, Columbia, Missouri
FOUR INDIAN AMERICANS RECEIVE MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIPS
Aid Commemoration Commission has announced the winners of the 2009
Marshall Scholarships chosen by the eight regional committees. These
were confirmed at the meeting of the Ambassador's Advisory Council on 8
December 2008. Four Indian Americans have been selected to Marshal
Scholarship for 2008.
The scholarships were founded by
an Act of British Parliament in 1953 and commemorate the humane ideals
of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). They are funded by
the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall
Aid Commemoration Commission in the UK (for which the Association of
Commonwealth Universities provides the Secretariat). The selection
process in the US is managed by the British Council, on behalf of the
British Embassy in Washington DC, and the regional Consulates-General
in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San
Among the forty recipients this year, the
following are the Indian American winners, with their current
affiliation, the school they plant to join in UK and the field they
plan to pursue.
Dhananjay Jagannathan - University of Texas - Austin
University of Oxford, Ancient Philosophy
Rishi Mediratta - Johns Hopkins University
School of Oriental and African Studies, Medical Anthropology
Sheela Ramesh - Carnegie Mellon University
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Opera Studies
Anjali Tripathi - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge, Astronomy
INDIAN AMERICAN TO CONDUCT CHARITY CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL TO BENEFIT CHILDREN OF AIDS
Mathew, a Singapore-born Indian-American conductor of Western classical
music, will be back on stage to use his talents and to benefit
charities. Three times in four years, he has used his talents and
connections to help worthy causes. On Jan. 23, 2006, he organized and
conducted "Beethoven's Ninth for South Asia" - a major Carnegie Hall
fundraiser for the 2005 Kashmir quake. On Jan. 22, 2007, he organized
and conducted "Requiem for Dafur," Another Carnegie Hall concert, this
time for the victims of the awful atrocities in Darfur.
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, Mathew is back with the biggest of his charity
concerts. "Mahler for the Children of AIDS," at Carnegie Hall, will,
"raise funds and public awareness for pediatric AIDS and the
Prevention-of-Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV worldwide but
especially in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The evening will serve
as a memorial for the millions of mothers and children who have lost
their lives, a tribute to the resilience of the survivors, and an
urgent call for help to the global community.
performance, organized and led by Mathew, will feature some of the
finest orchestral musicians from every continent, which include
principal artists from: the New York Philharmonic; The MET Orchestra;
The Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Buffalo
Philharmonic; Minnesota Orchestra; Brooklyn Philharmonic; Emerson
String Quartet; students, graduates and faculty of The Juilliard School
and the Manhattan School of Music; and other major international
orchestras and ensembles.
Mahler for the Children of
AIDS is presented by Catholic Medical Mission Board (www.cmmb.org), a
leader in the global HIV/AIDS and humanitarian health care arena.
Mathew graduated in 2003 from Manhattan School of Music with the
Postgraduate Diploma in Conducting after studies under Czech conductor
Zdenek Macal and George Manahan. Mr. Mathew served on the
conducting staff at the Manhattan School of Music from 2003 - 2006, and
has been assistant conductor for the Brooklyn Philharmonic since
CHANDERPAUL COPS THE "CRICKETER-OF-THE-YEAR" AWARD AGAIN!
Guyana's internationally-acclaimed prolific
middle order batsman Shivnarine 'Tiger' Chanderpaul carted off the
Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) "Cricketer of the Year" award for the second
consecutive year. Chanderpaul, a third generation PIO who played for
the West Indies and Durham, was recognized for his outstanding
contribution to world cricket at the GCB 2008 Annual Awards
ceremony at the Umana Yana
|NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs AND PIOs AROUND THE WORLD
SIKH INAUGURAL BALL TO BE HELD IN WASHINGTON
Sikh and Indian American inaugural ball will be held for the first time
in Washington, DC to celebrate the presidential inauguration on January
20th, 2008 from 7 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Ascot, I-The Indian
Experience Restaurant in downtown Washington, DC, just a few blocks
from the White House. It is being organized by Sikh Community Center in
Washington, SC. Visit http://www.sikhinauguralball.com/ for more
KERALA OFFERS LAND TO NRIs TO START INDUSTRIES Kerala
will offer industry-specific land to prospective non-resident Indian
(NRI) investors, an official statement recently. According to the
scheme, land developed by government agencies like Kerala Industrial
Development Corp (KSIDC), Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development
Corp (Kinfra) and Directorate of Industries and Commerce (DIC) will be
made available to prospective NRIs.
KSIDC has released a
long list of available land for the NRIs. Interested NRI, entrepreneurs
or firms based in the Middle East can apply online by logging on to
All the details of the available
land, including the price, were provided on the website and those
interested can choose the desired location and submit applications
online by Jan 31, 2009.
Kerala now has over two million
of its people settled abroad, with close to 90 percent of them working
in the Middle East. Over the years, the remittances made by them have
kept the state economy afloat.
In the last fiscal,
Kerala received Rs.245.25 billion in remittances - about 20 percent of
the state's net state domestic product and 30 percent more than the
state's annual receipts.
CANADA RATED AS THE MOST WELCOMING NATION FOR IMMIGRANTS
to a survey done by Forbes magazine (February and April 2008), 95
percent of the immigrant respondents surveyed said they were able to
befriend locals in Canada, followed by Germany.A federation comprising
10 provinces and three territories, Canada is a parliamentary democracy
and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of
state. The Indo-Canadians constitute the fastest growing ethnic group
in Canada, with its population reaching as much as one million in 2008.
INDIANS CONSTITUTE THE LARGEST RECIPIENTS OF UK CITIZENSHIP IN 2006
view of rising incidents of Indian brides being deserted by their NRI
husbands, the Government of India has decided to shortly put in place a
system of uniform marriage registration process to curb the practice
that has ruined the lives of thousands of women. The registration form
is being introduced to easily track overseas grooms who desert their
wives and for initiating legal action against them. It will be
applicable for marriages registered across the country under any of the
three marriage registration acts.
According to figues
released by Eurostat, EU's statistics body, more foreigners were
granted citizenship in Britain than in any other European Union country
in 2006. Of the 154,000 foreign nationals granted British citizenship
in 2006, Indians accounted for 15,125, largest from Asia. Pakistan
nationals granted British citizenship numbered 10,260. Only a fraction
of new Britons came from other EU states.
According to a
research based organization, foreigners coming to Britain will account
for the bulk of the increase in population, which is expected to rise
from 60 million this year to 67 million in 2031. However, it is very
likely that thousands of high-net worth people of Indian and other
foreign origin will quit Britain following UK policy to levy tax on
people with non-domicile status. About 42% of South Asian high-net
worth individuals considered nondomicile in the UK are preparing to
leave once the change takes effect.
AN AMERICAN IN GANDHI'S INDIA PUBLISHED
in Gandhi's India. The Biography of SatyanandStokes," was
published recently by Indiana University Press. It has a Foreword
by the Dalai Lama and advance comments by Rajmohan Gandhi and Dr.
The book is the life story of an
American, Samuel Evans Stokes who went to India in the early part
of the last century and left an indelible impact on the social
and economic life.of the people among whom he settled. Often
called the Johnny Appleseed of India, Stokes is a legendry figure in
North India.He brought the American delicious apples to India all
the way from Pennsylvania in 1916, distributed free saplings
to poor local farmers and helped them grow and nurture them
thereby transforming the entire economy of the Western Himalayas.
And even today Himachal with
its flourishing horticulture-based economy,
acknowledges Stokes contribution to its
A scion of
a distinguished family of Philadelphia, Stokes, went to
India in 1904 at the age of 21 to work in a leper home in Subatu in the
Himalayan foothills. During the following years he worked in
the devastated Kangra earthquake of 1905, in smallpox camps and in
cholera infested villages. He also started a Franciscan Order,
"The Brotherhood of Imitation of Jesus."
settled in Kotgarh, a village deep in the Himalayas beyond Simla,
and spent his life in fighting against social injustices and
working for the economic uplift of the local people. The 1919
Jallianwala Bagh massacre in the Punjab drew Stokes
into India's struggle for freedom from the British. He became a
close associate of Gandhi and actively participated in the
non-cooperation movement and was a member of the
decision-making All India Congress Committee.
1921, he was arrested along with other national leaders, refused
to defend himself and was sentenced by the British to six-month
imprisonment. He was the only American who went to jail for his role in
India's freedom struggle and led Gandhi to remark," As long as we
have an Andrews, a Stokes, a Pearson in our midst, so long it
will be ungentlemanly on our part to wish every Englishman out of
The book was first published in India in
1999 by Penguin Books under the title, "An American in
Khadi." It was received very well and there were
several reviews in the Indian Press by eminent journalists
The book was a landmark for while
Stokes' name continued to be associated with the prosperity of the
hill regions, little was known of his other contributions to India.
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