December 23, 2012
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December 23, 2012
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GOPIO LAUNCHES GADAR CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION IN THE USA
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International), in
collaboration with GOPIO Chapters of Metro DC and Virginia, held a very
successful launch of its GOPIO GADAR Centennial Commemoration in the USA on
Saturday, November 3, 2012 starting at 2:00pm at the Embassy of India in
Hon. Nirupama Rao, India's Ambassador to the USA, was the Chief Guest.
Three (3) other Indian Diaspora ambassadors to the United States also
participated in the launch program: Hon. Ambassador Bayney Karran of Guyana;
Hon. Ambassador Dr Neil Parsan of Trinidad & Tobago; and Hon. Ambassador Subash
Mungra of Suriname.
The GOPIO GADAR Centennial Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of
the Gadar Movement which began in 1913, is planned as a series of commemoration
events throughout 2013 in collaboration with several NRI/PIO organizations,
government and international agencies, individuals and institutions. It is a
fitting tribute to patriots and heroes of the Gadar Movement and deserving of
their sacrifices to free India.
The history of the Gadar movement is a testimony of the deep love that the
Indian immigrants had for their motherland, India. The Gadarites wanted India
freed from the British and did not hesitate to make any sacrifices for the cause
of freedom, dignity and prosperity of their motherland. Over 6,000 went back to
India to fight for their cause; several Gadarites were imprisoned, many for
life, and some were hanged to death. They are our heroes, deserving highest of
admiration and deepest respect. The determination, courage and sacrifices of the
Gadarites inspired many freedom fighters to continue their mission for India's
independence. The Gadar Movement is an integral part of the rich heritage in the
United States for the Indian Americans and of Indian history. The Gadarites left
an extra-ordinary legacy for the future generations and a global centennial
commemoration is a fitting and well deserved tribute.
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) on 15th October, 2012
announced details of the annual convention for overseas Indians, Pravasi
Bharatiya Divas (PBD 2013) program which includes GADAR Centennial events at
PBD2013 based on GOPIO's initiatives to the Prime Minister's Office and MOIA.
These events include: An Oration at the plenary session, a Gadar Exhibit
and Hon. Prime Minister's speech on 8th January to make favorable
mention of Gadar.
MOIA Press Release on 15th October, 2012 stated that, "Since we are
celebrating the centenary of the Gadar Movement in 2013, the PBD Oration this
time will be on the Gadar Movement. We will also have an exhibition on the Gadar
As GOPIO has done for the Kolkata Memorial unveiled on January 11, 2011 in
recognition and remembrance of Indian indentured laborers who left India from
1834-1920, the Centennial Commemoration of Gadar Movement is another GOPIO
initiative in our continuing efforts to preserve and promote Indian history,
heritage and culture.
The launch event on November 3, 2012 included a lecture/discussion on "The Role
of Gadar Movement for India's Independence" by prominent Gadar researchers and
historians, a release of the GOPIO publication on "Global Indian Diaspora",
distribution of a GOPIO Gadar Centennial Commemoration Press/VIP information kit
and GOPIO Gadar Centennial lapel pin as well as showing of the GOPIO Gadar
Centennial Commemoration documentary.
The launch program included a welcome by Dr Renuka Mishra (GOPIO National
Coordinator USA) followed by remarks by Dr. Zafar Iqbal (President, GOPIO Metro
DC) and Mr Jay Bhandari (President, GOPIO Virginia).
GOPIO chairman Inder Singh delivered a compelling presentation on
Role of Gadar Movement for India's Independence;
prominent Indian community advocate Dr Rajen Anand spoke on
The Importance of the Gadar Movement;
and Kewal Kanda of California discussed
The Gadar Memorial Hall.
Hon. Ambassador Nirupama Rao spoke glowingly about the launch and positively
supportive of GOPIO's initiative and GOPIO Gadar Centennial Commemoration,
highlighting GOPIO's initiatives on matters of interest and concern in the
Indian Diaspora. She said that "it is a privilege to cooperate with GOPIO in
this auspicious venture." Ambassador Bayney Karran, Ambassador Dr Neil Parsan
and Ambassador Subash Mungra reiterated the long and lasting bonds of heritage
and history between their respective countries and India, with lots of
inspiration and encouragement derived from the Gadar Movement for the struggle
for independence in their respective countries. Their attendance and
participation certainly enhanced the program and made it more global in outreach
Photo below: From l to r. Dr Renuka Misra (GOPIO National Coordinator, USA);
Inder Singh (Chairman of GOPIO International); Hon Bayney Karran (Guyana's
Ambassador to USA); Hon Nirupama Rao (India's Ambassador to USA);
Hon Neil Parsan (Trinidad
& Tobago's Ambassador to USA);Hon.
Subash Mungra (Suriname's Ambassador to USA); Ashook Ramsaran (President
of GOPIO International); Dr Piyush Agrawal (Senior Vice President of GOPIO
International); Jay Bhandari (President of GOPIO chapter of Virginia).
Photo above: Audience at the program.
Remarked program coordinator Dr. Piyush Agrawal, "We are grateful for the
overwhelming support of
Hon. Ambassador Nirupama Rao as well as the close collaboration of Hon
Dr.Virender K Paul, Minister of Press, Information and Culture at the Indian
Embassy, to make this a highly successful program. In addition, I want to thank
our organizing team for their
individual and collective effort, commitment, enthusiasm and determination. We
are also grateful for chapter members, friends, associates and community members
who attended in large numbers. We look forward to a very successful
the GOPIO Gadar Centennial Commemoration in the USA and Canada, as well as
GOPIO COFFEE TABLE BOOK ON GLOBAL INDIAN DIASPORA RELEASED
A Coffee Table Book "Global
Indian Diaspora" was released by Hon.
Ambassador Nirupama Rao and also presented to Ambassadors Karran, Parsan and
Mungra. That was followed by discussion of GOPIO Gadar Centennial Commemoration
worldwide and in particular the USA by respectively Mr. Ashook
Ramsaran (President of GOPIO International) and Dr Piyush Agrawal (Senior Vice
President of GOPIO International). Dr Renuka Mishra concluded the program with
thanks and appreciation to all who contributed to its huge success. Then
followed the showing of the GOPIO's Gadar Centennial Commemoration documentary
and refreshments catered by Woodlands.
above: GOPIO Coffee Table Book "Global Indian Diaspora - GOPIO Making an Impact"
released in Washington DC by Ambassador Nirupama Rao. From l. to r.:
GOPIO-Washington DC Capital President Dr. Zafar Iqbal, GOPIO Chairman Inder
Singh, Ambassador Nirupama Rao, GOPIO US National Coordinator Dr Renuka Misra,
GOPIO President Ashook Ramsaran, GOPIO-Virginia President Jay Bhandari, GOPIO
Intl Senior Vice president Dr Piyush Agrawal.
The new released book is available by sending a check for $23 (includes postage
and handling) to GOPIO International, P.O. Box 560117, New York, NY 11356,
USA or contact the publisher in India, Mr. Sayantan
Chakravarty, Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel:
(91)-11-2923-1515 or (91)-11-2923-3647.
For more details on GOPIO GADAR Centennial events, visit:
For more information, please contact GOPIO Chairman Inder Singh, at
MOIA AND KERALA GOVT. GETTING READY TO HOST THE PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS
(PBD2013), JAN 7-9, 2013
MOIA AND KERALA GOVT. GETTING READY TO HOST PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD2013),
Jan 7-9, 2013
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and the Kerala Govt. is getting
ready to host the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) from January
7-9, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala, India. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr.
Manmohan Singh on January 8. The President of India will deliver the valedictory
address on January 9 and also confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards. The
pre-conference seminars will also be organized on January 7 followed by plenary
and panels sessions beginning on January 8. Mauritius President Rajkeswur
Purryag will be the chief guest.
PBD has become a significant forum to connect the overseas Indians from all over
the world and the PBD-2013 will be focusing on more connectivity with overseas
Indians. Kerala will be the Partner State of the 11th PBD, which
would provide the Diaspora an opportunity to understand the vibrant culture and
potential of the State. More than 2000 delegates are expected to participate in
PBD-2013 from all over the world.
For any further queries, kindly contact: MOIA Director of Diaspora Services,
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at email@example.com
DISCOUNT REGISTRATION FOR GOPIO MEMBERS
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has approved GOPIO's request for
discount registration by GOPIO delegates to PBD2013 at 50% rate of $125.
Please refer to the PBD2013 registration link and information below:
For more information on PBD 2013, visit
GOPIO PREPARES FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION 2013 - DETAILED PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
GOPIO International plans to hold its annual executive and general council
meetings, followed by its conference starting on January 5 afternoon and
concluding on January 6 immediately preceding, and in conjunction with Pravasi
Bharatiya Divas 2013 events of January 7-9, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala, India.
GEARS UP FOR GOPIO CONVENTION
GOPIO-Kochi met on December 12 at the Presidency Hotel on the GOPIO-2013
Convention coordination. The meeting was chaired by Chapter Mr.P.C. Cyriac who
was former Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu and was attended by GOPIO 2013
Convention Chairman and GOPIO Executive VP Sunny Kulathakal, GOPIO Convention
2013 Convener T.P. Ibrahim Khan and other officers including Secretary Jose
Thomas and Vice president Kurian Abraham. A special guest was former Tourism
Minister and Chief Secretary of Karnataka Mr.J. Alexander. Others present at the
meeting were Advocate C.V. Prakash, Jose Puthukadan ans other committee members.
The arrangements for GOPIO Kochi Convention 2013 were discussed at the meeting.
GOPIO Convention Chairman Sunny Kulathakal and Convention Convener Ibrahim Khan
briefed the progress of the arrangements to receive nearly 400 delegates from 60
countries for the Kochi Convention 2013.
above: GOPIO-Kochi officials at the convention planning meeting. Fifth from left
Tourism Minister and Chief Secretary of Karnataka Mr.J. Alexander and next to
him are GOPIO Exec. VP Sunny Kulathakal and GOPIO-Kochi President P.C. Cyriac.
GOPIO Convention 2013 - Kochi,
January 5 - 6, 2013
GOPIO Meetings, Regional & Country
& Community Service Awards Banquet
To download pdf copy opf GOPIO
Convention 2013, click below:
GOPIO Convention 2013 in Kochi - Detailed Program
5thJanuary 2013 -
GOPIO Meetings, Regional & Country Reports
Venue: The Presidency Hotel, Kochi
10:30am - 12:30pm
GOPIO Executive Meeting
Chaired by Ashook Ramsaran, (President, GOPIO Int'l,
(Not Open to the Public)
12:30pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Regional & Country Reports
Chaired by Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l, USA)
Open to the Public
Dr. Markandey Rai - Kenya
Ved Prakash Goojha - France
Deo Gosine - Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. Arnold Thomas - Caribbean
Munish Gupta - Africa
Dr. Sai Giridhar - Middle East
Umesh Chandra - Oceania (Fiji, Australia, N.
Rajindre Tewari - Europe
Amb R. Dayakar - South Asia
Dr Piyush Agrawal - North America
Jay Bhandari - Virginia, USA
Dr Sunny Wycliffe - Metro DC, USA
Roy Bodjhwan - Netherlands
Pradeep Kapoor - New Zealand
Jean Ramsamy - Reunion Island
Mrs. Lucky Singh - Australia
Dr. Prabhu Kulkarni - Ireland
Koshy Thomas - UK
Mr. Radha Krishnan - Indian Organizations in the USA
K. N. Gupta - Liaison with Government of India
Harbachan Singh - Liaison to United Nations
Sunny Kulathakal - GOPIO Council Reports
Dr. Piyush Agrawal - GOPIO Chapter Developments
General Council Meeting
Chaired by Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l, USA)
Open to the Public
Venue: Dream Hotel, Kochi
6thJanuary 2013 - -
GOPIO Conference Program
Venue: The Presidency Hotel, Kochi
o Welcome: Sunny Kulathakal
(Executive Vice Pres, GOPIO Int'l, Bangalore)
o Welcome: P. C. Cyriac (President of
GOPIO Chapter, Kochi, India))
o Remarks by: Inder Singh (Chairman
GOPIO Int'l, USA)
o Remarks by: Ashook Ramsaran,
(President, GOPIO Int'l, USA)
o Inaugural Remarks by: Former Gov
M. M. Jacob (former Governor of Meghalaya& Arunachal Pradesh, India)
o Book Release: EDGE OF THE CLIFF by
Anand Mullo (Historian, Mauritius)
o Thanks: Suman Kapoor (Chair,
GOPIO's Women's Council, New Zealand)
Session I: Diaspora Issues:
Challenges & Opportunities
o Chair: Sunny Kulathakal (Executive
Vice Pres, GOPIO Int'l, Bangalore)
o Co-Chair: Ms. Lucky Singh
(President, GOPIO Chapter Sydney, Australia)
Sarat Maharaj (GOPIO of Brisbane, Australia)
o Lead Speaker: Paresh Rughani (GOPIO
Chapter of London, UK and Management Consultant)
o Speaker: Dr. Chandrashekar Bhat
(Prof. at Tezpur University and Former Dir of Diaspora Studies, Hyderabad,
o Speaker: Prof Mohan Gautam
(Co-Chair, GOPIO Academic Council, Netherlands)
o Speaker: Umesh Chandra (Int'l
Coordinator, Oceania, Australia)
o Speaker: Anita Bhat(Youth Director,
GOPIO Youth Council, USA)
o Speaker: Dr. Arnold Thomas (Int'l
Coordinator, Caribbean, St. Vincent)
o Speaker: Dr. Isaac M. Nooranal
(Chairman of Soukya, India)
o Q/A: Radha Krishnan (National
Director, Liaison to US Indian Organizations, USA)
o Thanks: Jaswant Mody (Associate
Secretary, GOPIO Int'l, USA)
Session II: Freedom
Movements in the Diaspora - Gadar & Others
o Chair: Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO
o Co-Chair: Dr. Neerja Arun (GOPIO
Academic Council Co-Chair, and Coordinator cum Dir, Gujarat Univ. International
Program, Ahmedabad, India)
o Lead Speaker: Prof Harish Puri
(Researcher, Historian, & Author of Books on Gadar Movement, India)
o Speaker: DrSavitri Sawhney
(Daughter of Gadar Hero Khankhoje, Author, India)
o Speaker: Manpreet Kaur Singh
(Author, Journalist, Australia)
o Speaker: Sunny Wycliffe (Community
Leader, GOPIO Metro DC, USA)
o Q/A: Ved Prakash Goojha (President
of GOPIO France, France)
o Conclusion: Harbachan Singh
(Director, Liaison to United Nations, USA)
o Thanks: Jay Bhandari (President,
GOPIO of Virginia, USA)
o Introduction: Kurian Abraham (GOPIO
Chapter, Kochi, India)
o Guest Speaker: Ashok Rao (Chair, TiE
o Thanks: Issac John Pataniparambil
(Chair, GOPIO Media Council, Dubai)
Session III: Economic
Progress in the Diaspora:
Making an Impact in Global
& Business Entrepreneurship
o Co-Chair: Dr
Thomas Abraham (Exec. Trustee, GOPIO Foundation & GOPIO Founding President, USA)
Rajindre Tewari (Int'l Coordinator, Europe, Netherlands)
o Lead Speaker:
PNC Menon (Founder of Sobha Developers Limited, Oman)
o Speaker: Shri
K. Mohandas (Former Sec of MOIA & Shipping, India)
Americai V. Narayanan (GOPIO Chapter of Chennai, India)
o Speaker: Dr.
Muhammed Majeed (President and CEO, Sabinsa Corporation, USA)
o Speaker: T.
Ramappa, Secretary, GOPIO-Bangalore and Chamber of Commerce
Prasad Yarlaggada (GOPIO of Australia Chapter)
Arvind Sood (President, GOPIO Chapter of Central NJ, USA)
o Thanks: Deo
Gosine (Co-Chair, GOPIO Business Council, Trinidad)
Session IV: Economic
Progress in the Diaspora:
Investment in India; Creating
India-Diaspora Science, Technology & Innovation Knowledge Network
o Chair: Munish
Gupta (Int'l Coordinator, Africa, India/USA)
o Co-Chair: Dr. Ramesh
Caussy (Chair, GOPIO Science & Tech Council, France)
o Lead Speaker:
Yousuf Ali (Managing Director of EMKE Group, Abu Dhabi)
o Speaker: J.
Alexander (former Karnataka Tourism Minister, India)
Deepak Sharma (Kotak Mahindra Bank, India)
o Speaker: Nirankar
Saxena (Senior Director, FICC, India)
o Speaker: Sujata
Sudarshan (Diretor, CII & CEO of OIFC, India)
o Q/A: TP Ibrahim Khan
(GOPIO of Kochi Chapter)
o Conclusion: Dr.
Markandey Rai (GOPIO of Kenya, Africa)
o Thanks: Dr. Harish
Srivastava (Dr. Harish Srivastava (Senior
Session V: Conclusion &
Ashook Ramsaran, (President, GOPIO Int'l, USA)
o Supported by:
Dr. Piyush Agrawal (Senior Vice Pres, GOPIO Int'l, USA)
o Note Taker:
Shyam Das (GOPIO, Australia)
o Thanks: Netram
Rambudhan (Treasurer, GOPIO Int'l,USA)
Session VI: Resolutions
o Chair: Dr Thomas
Abraham (Exec. Trustee, GOPIO Foundation &
Founding President, USA)
o Research: Dr.
Piyush Agrawal (Senior Vice Pres., GOPIO Int'l, USA)
o Co-Chair: Amb.
R. Dayakar (Int'l Coordinator, South Asia, India)
o Thanks: K. N.
Gupta (Director, Liaison to Gov't of India, India)
6thJanuary 2013 - -
GOPIO Community Service Awards Banquet
Venue: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kochi
His Excellency H. R. Bhardwaj, Governor of Karnataka and Kerala
Hon. Vayalar Ravi, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA)
Hon. Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala
Lord Bhikhu Parekh, House of Lords, London
7thJanuary 2013 - -
GOPIO Wrap-up Meeting
Venue: The Presidency Hotel, Kochi
GOPIO Executive & Council
Co-Chaired by Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l,
Co-Chaired by Ashook Ramsaran, (President, GOPIO
Finalize Resolutions; Assessment; Planning
Special rate of Rs. 4,000 for double room plus taxes for GOPIO delegates at
PresidencyHotel. Make your reservation at Presidency Hotel (Near Ernakulam Town,
near North Train Station), Kochi, Tel: +91-484-2394300, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contac5t: Mr. Nibu Mathew at +91-9746471257. Transportation will be provided
from Hotel Presidency to Dream Hotel for Jan. 5th evening dinner and
to Crown Plaza Hotel for GOPIO Conference and Banquet on Jan. 6th.
Since it is PBD Hotel, there will be transportation from Presidency Hotel to Le
Meridian Convention Center on Jan. 7, 8 and 9.
Click below for
GOPIO KOCHI CONVENTION -
PROGRAM AND KERALA TOURS DETAILS
If you like to volunteer in the convention committee, please contact Convention
For more information on GOPIO Kochi Convention, contact Convention 2013 (Kochi)
Chairman, Mr. Sunny Kulathakal at
Kulathakal@yahoo.com at +91-9845756692 (India Mobile). or Convention 2013
(Kochi) Convener, Mr. T.P. Ibrahim Khan at
Registration to attend the GOPIO Conference and the CSA banquet is
for all GOPIO delegates and all others. However, pre-registration is needed.
Contact Thomas Abraham, Joint Secretary, GOPIO-Kochi, E-mail: email@example.com.
GOPIO ARRANGES KERALA TOURS FOR GOPIO AND PBD2013 DELEGATES
GOPIO is collaborating with reputable tour and hospitality groups in Kerala to
provide optional tours at discounted rates for delegates attending GOPIO and
PBD2013 events in Kochi. These tours are designed to be made in advance of GOPIO
and PBD2013 and after the PBD starting on Jan. 10th. See more details by
downloading the document.
RESERVE KERALA TRIP WITH THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL GROUP
Mystical Holidays Pvt. Ltd., No.4/593-D, Ground Floor, Marottichodu, Edappally
P.O., Kochi 682024, Tel: 091-484-4061516, or contact Mr. Noble Jose at +91
GOPIO PROMINENTLY FEATUERED AT COMMONWEALTH DIASPORA SYMPOSIUM IN UK
The Commonwealth Symposium was held on November 15, 2012 at Birmingham Council
House, Victoria Square in Birmingham, UK and GOPIO was prominently
featured as the leading Diaspora organization. The presentation was made by
GOPIO International president Ashook Ramsaran who spoke on the Indian Diaspora
and GOPIO's role in connecting, nurturing and strengthening the Diaspora for the
benefit of both India and the Indian Diaspora.
The symposium was organized by Derek Douglas, working in collaboration with
University of Liverpool and Birmingham City Council, for the primary purpose of
Cultural Comparisons of Diaspora Policy initiatives in three ACP Commonwealth
The specific aims of the project:
Hold a symposium to explore the common themes and common experiences across
Diaspora, to consider differences and the cultural variations in the approach to
Diaspora, and to specifically compare the experiences of three nations and
Diaspora across the ACP region;
Publish papers for use by students and others wishing to adopt or adapt lessons
for conceptualizing and creating their own Diaspora initiatives;
Identify that best practice from Commonwealth countries which has developed
though the development of Diaspora.
The symposium discussed Diaspora policies formulated by selected communities and
explored the cultural distinction which underpins these polices. The
symposium also considered cultural variation and specifics among countries that
have hindered formulation of policy at a government level. Also participating in
the symposium was Shri V. S Ramalingam, Consul General of India in Birmingham.
As was done in El Salvador in June 2012, Ramsaran's presentation focused on "how
GOPIO works, its best practices and the resulting benefits; and to highlight
experiences and lessons learned from Diaspora-Government-Private Sector
partnerships for the development of Human Capital". His presentation as an
informative discussion centered around the following topics: The Indian Diaspora
- what it is and how it adapts and evolves; GOPIO, the global Indian Diaspora
organization; GOPIO's Role in Connecting and Strengthening the Indian Diaspora;
GOPIO and the Government of India: A hand-in-hand relationship; Government of
India's Initiatives & Programs for its Diaspora; Benefits to the Government of
India; Benefits and rewards for the Indian Diaspora; Lessons of the Indian
Diaspora for others".
Following the symposium, Ramsaran met with Michael Murray of Birmingham City
Council who discussed how Birmingham and other UK cities work with Inclusive
Cities network (ICN), a Commonwealth local Government Forum to "share good
practice, policies, know-how, experience and learning on inclusive city
development and governance".
Dr Amanda Sives (University of Liverpool, UK);
Shina Alege (Nigerian High Commission, Minister/Deputy Head, Political
Department, UK); Chris Webb (St George's Community Hub); Ashook Ramsaran
(President of GOPIO International); Richard Bourne (Senior Fellow, Institute of
Commonwealth Studies); Dr. Clara Rachel E. Casseus (Int'l Migration Policy
de Poitiers, France); Dr Mashuq Ally (Assistant Director Equalities
Birmingham City Council);
Lincoln Downer (Minister Counsellor, Jamaican High Commission, UK);
Ruth Jacobs (Council Birmingham and West Midlands Jewry)
GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS
GOPIO-INDIA FELICITATES DR. THOMAS ABRAHAM AND DR. DIDAR SINGH
GOPIO International's India Chapter held a meeting on November 23, 2012 in New
Delhi to discuss and encourage participation at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
(PBD) 2013 and the GOPIO Annual Convention 2013 to be held at Kochi, Kerala.
India Chapter President Rajendra Prabhu was indisposed so the meeting was
chaired by K N Gupta, Director of Government Liaison for GOPIO International in
India. The function was presided by GOPIO International Coordinator for South
Asia, Ambassador (Retd.) R Dayakar. The event was co-hosted by GOPIO
International Coordinator for Africa, Munish Gupta, and Nirankar Saxena, Snr.
Director, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Center
for Technology Commercialization. Munish & Nirankar have spearheaded a unique
collaboration through an MoU signed between FICCI C Tech and GOPIO Science &
Technology Council chaired by Dr. Ramesh Caussy of GOPIO France.
GOPIO India chapter used the occasion to welcome Dr Thomas Abraham, founder
President of GOPIO International, who was on a visit to India, and Dr. A Didar
Singh, recently appointed Secretar General of FICCI, the oldest and biggest
chamber of commerce in India. Dr. Didar Singh was specially welcomed because of
a longstanding association with GOPIO due to Dr. Singh's previous assignment as
Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India. GOPIO India
thanked Dr. Abraham for his inspiration and long guidance while looking forward
to enhancing the cooperation between GOPIO and FICCI under the stewardship of
Dr. Didar Singh. FICCI has recently been engaged by Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs to now take over organizing and conducting the Pravasi Divas beginning
with the 2013 event in Kochi.
Dr Singh encouraged expanding interaction and exchanges between GOPIO & FICCI
and hoped it would translate into action and actually engage the Indian Diaspora
further with the Indian industry. He highlighted GOPIO's two Memoranda of
Understand (MoUs) with FICCI, the second between GOPIO Women Council and FICCI
Ladies Organization (FLO). Nirankar Saxena of FICCI thanked Gupta for pioneering
the latest MoU on Science & Technology that could become the harbinger the
creation of a tremendous knowledge network combining that of India with its
Dr. Abraham said he was excited about the S&T initiative between the two
organizations that could pave the way for Diaspora's direct interaction with
Indian industry. K.N.Gupta welcomed two eminent personalities from GOPIO India
chapter and the media. Mr Kanak Sen Deka from Northeast India is also the
President of GOPIO Northeast India and one of the most decorated literary and
media figures; Mr. Deka is also President of Assam Sahitya Sabha and Northeast
Newspaper Society. Mr. Prem Prakash MBE, UK, is an NRI and originally from
Delhi, also the Chairman of India's biggest TV news agency, Asian News
International (ANI). Both of them chatted with the members about the 50th
anniversary of India's struggle with China in 1962. Mr Prakash had witnessed the
1962 struggle with his presence in Tejpur (Assam).
Munish Gupta welcomed more than 20 attendees of GOPIO India and even visiting
NRIs from the US. Munish emphasized that regular GOPIO India programs were an
important means of GOPIO outreach to bring more and meaningful members into its
fold, note the concerns of visiting and returning Diaspora in India and ways to
enhance the engagement of India with its Diaspora. The meeting condoled the
death of Gr. Capt. K.R.Gopalan, founder member of GOPIO India Chapter.
above: Book on
Global Indian Diaspora - GOPIO Making an Impact
is released in New Delhi. From l. to r.: Mr. Kanak Sen Deka, Publisher of
'Agradoot' Assamese daily newspaper and President of the Northeast Newspaper
Society and President of GOPIO Northeast; Mr. K N Gupta Editor in Chief PIO TV
and Director of Government Liaison of GOPIO International; Mr. Gupta Chairman
PIO TV (www.pioTV.com)
and International Coordinator-Africa of GOPIO International; Dr. Thomas Abraham
Founder of GOPIO International and Chairman of the GOPIO Foundation; Sayanthan
Chakravarty, Editor, India Empire; Dr. A. Didar Singh Secretary General of
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and former
Secretary of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs; Mr. Nirankar Saxena, Snr.
Director, FICCI Center for Technology Commercialization; Ambassador (Retd.) R
Dayakar International Coordinator - South Asia of GOPIO International.
APPOINTMENTS TO GOPIO's ACADEMIC, CULTURAL & YOUTH COUNCILS
The following persons have been appointed to GOPIO's Academic, Cultural and
Youth Councils in the continuing effort to expand and grow the organization to
meet the increasing needs of a rapidly increasing PIO/NRI population living in
more countries than before.
New appointments as council chairperson are follows:
Chairperson, GOPIO Academic Council: Prof. Prabhu Guptara
Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Management and Public Policy,
William Carey University, India. As the Honorary Chairman of Career Innovation,
he acts as a thought-leader, building links with individuals and organisations
around the world. Widely known as a speaker and broadcaster, Prabhu had
for 15 years (to February 2011) the unique job of adding value in cutting edge
and non-foreseeable ways to UBS, one of the largest banks in the world), where
he was responsible for Think Tanks as well as for the Distinguished Speaker
series. Dr Guptara was the lead speaker at GOPIO's India-US Geo-Economic Forum
on Examining Indian and US Geo-Economic Roles in the 21stCentury held
on April 21, 2012 in New York. Recently in October 2012, Dr Guptara was a
speaker at NFIA convention in Chicago
Chairperson, GOPIO Cultural Council: Dr. Maurits Hassankhan
Former Minister of Home Affairs, Dr hassankhan is a historian, researcher and
prooponet of preservation of Indian heritage. He has written several books and
is a speaker at regional and international events. Dr Maurits Hassankhan
is a member of GOPIO of Suriname, is very active in Indian Diaspora matters in
the Caribbean, visits India regularly, participated in the GOPIO conference in
St Vincent (June 2-4, 2012) and is a sought-after speaker at major events.
Dr Maurits Hassankhan will take the lead role as convener of the upcoming Indian
Diaspora Conference in Suriname (June 2013).
Chairperson, GOPIO Youth Council: Ms. Kirty Matabadal
Ms. Kirty Matabadal, born and raised in the Netherlands, PIO of SurInamese
Indian descent, is the Youth Representative of the Netherlands to the United
Nations. Ms Matabadal has experience in the Dutch National Youth Council,,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human
Values; Hoge Raad der Nederlanden, Dag van Respect, Dutch National Youth
GOPIO International President Ashook Ramsaran, ably assisted by current and
previous office bearers, began an intense effort towards the goal of global
representation at all levels.
"My objective is work collaboratively to further expand and grow GOPIO, to make
it much more globally representative as GOPIO continues its vital outreach and
service to an ever increasing population in the global Indian Diaspora," says
IT'S A GIRLS ORGANIZED GROUP FOR GOPIO WOMEN'S CHAPTER IN THE NETHERLANDS
The GOPIO women's chapter in the Netherlands organized debate on the 28th
October in Rotterdam on female gendercide.
A documentary named 'It's a Girl' was shown as the first part of the event. This
documentary showed female foeticide is being practised in large scale in India
but also China. As the Sruti's talk about the respected position of women,
they are referred to be as sacred. The question was why in our modern society
women, especially in India, don't have the right to life: 'female gendercide'
has become quite common. One panellist, Dr. K. Madan from the University of
Amsterdam, studied this phenomenon and signalled that in 10 to 15 years there
will be 7 million men without a woman.
The GOPIO Women's Council in The Netherlands felt the need to address this issue
and to raise its voice against injustice which happening right now in India to
The panel discussion representing the Indian and Chinese community living in the
Netherlands discussed the issue of female gendercide and the consequences for
society. Awareness is necessary to take any action. That's the reason the GOPIO
Women's Council in the Netherlands organized this event. The event was
closed with a sketch performance by Sheetal Gandhi, a performer from Los
Above Left, from l to r.,
Mr. D. Woei, Pt. Ashish Mathura, Dr. M. Schipper, Mr. R. Ramdas (Moderator) &
Dr. K. Madan. Right, Members of the Women's Chapter with GOPIO International
Coordinator for Europe, Drs. Rajindre Tewari, From left to right: Asha
Tewari-Kanhai, Sheela Vyas (Chapter President), Rajindre Tewari, Mahesvari
Autar & Mrs. Namita Krul.
Dr. DIDAR SINGH APPOINTED AS SECRETARY GENERAL OF FICCI
Dr Alwyn Didar Singh has been appointed Secretary General, Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is a former civil servant
who until recently served as the Secretary to Government of India in the
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs where he was very supportive on issues of
interest and concern of the Indian Diaspora, in particular GOPIO's initiatives
on Passport Surrender and Kolkata Memorial. He was Member of National
Highways Authority of India, Department of Road Transport and Highways at New
Delhi. He served as Joint Secretary with the Ministry of Heavy Industries and
Ministry of Commerce (Foreign Trade).
Dr. Singh has hands-on experience in e-Commerce and e-Business, having been
Managing Director of two Information Technology enterprises in Punjab, India
where he was instrumental in establishing an IT Park and satellite earth station
at Mohali in late 90's. He holds a Masters in Development Administration from
Birmingham University, UK and has the distinction of having done the first PhD
in India on the Policy and Administration of e-Commerce. Dr. Didar Singh is an
internationally known expert in e-Commerce and ICT development and presented a
number of papers and made presentations at Conferences on the subjects of
E-Commerce and Trade both in India and abroad. Author of: e-Commerce for
Managers (2002); e-Commerce In India: Assessments and Strategies for the
Developing World (2008).
In a congratulatory letter to Dr Didar Singh on October 19, 2012 GOPIO
International president Ashook Ramsaran stated that GOPIO "looks forward to
working closely and collaboratively with you the new Secretary General of FICCI
as we have successfully done when you were Secretary of the Ministry of Overseas
Indian Affairs (MOIA) with major accomplishments such as Kolkata Memorial and
Passport Surrender issues. We look forward to adding to the two (2) current MOUs
with FICCI: GOPIO's Women's Council (GWC) and FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in
2010; GOPIO Science & Technology Council (GST) and FICCI's Center for Technology
(FCT)". GOPIO plans on giving Dr Didar Singh special recognition "in recognition
and appreciation of his commendable service to the Indian Diaspora" at GOPIO's
CSA banquet on January 6, 2013 in Kochi preceding the annual Pravasi Bharatiya
PRAKASH NARAIN BEGINS 2nd TERM as MAYOR of CYPRESS
Prakash Narain, M.D., served as Mayor of Cypress, California in 2010, during his
first term on the Cypress City Council. On December 10, the five-members of the
Cypress City Council elected Dr. Prakash Narain to a second term as Mayor of the
City of Cypress, effective immediately. Narain will hold this position for one
year, until December 2013.
"I look forward to continuing to lead this city down the path of success," said
Mayor Narain. "In 2013, we will continue our progressive infrastructure
improvement projects." He continued, "In 2013, our community can expect more
quality municipal services, educational business forums, and an annual job
On January 23, 2013, at the annual State of the City event in Cypress, he will
share with the community the achievements of the city in the past year and the
goals for the coming year.
Narain has already achieved many "firsts". He is the first Indian-American to be
Mayor of a city in Southern California, the first Indian-American elected to the
Cypress City Council, and the first physician elected to the Cypress City
Council. Remarkably, Narain, a first-generation immigrant, won election in his
first attempt at public office.
Dr. Narain is currently serving on his second term on the City Council, having
been reelected in 2010, unchallenged. He was selected as Mayor Pro Tem for 2009,
as well as for 2012.
Although Cypress has a population of almost 50,000 people, South Asians comprise
only 0.2% of the voting residents. When asked about his political success, Mayor
Narain stated, "It is not enough to interact with our South Asian community.
Living in this country, we must try to mainstream as well. It is important to
find ways to do community service in our local cities and build bonds with our
fellow residents." Narain has been very active in the community for many
years. He served on the city's Senior Citizens Commission for eight years.
In addition to his political career, Dr. Narain maintains a full time
medical practice in Seal Beach, California. He has a specialization in internal
medicine and geriatrics.
Narain grew up in Ranchi and graduated from Darbhanga Medical College in Bihar.
He immigrated to the United States in 1980. Since 1987 he and his wife and two
children have been living in Cypress, California.
INDIAN AMERICAN STUDENT WINS DISCOVERY 3M SCIENCE CONTEST
Deepika Kurup, 14, a ninth grader at Nashua High School in Nashua, N.H., has won
the 2012 "Discovery Education 3M Young
Scientist Challenge" for developing a cost-effective and
sustainable water-purification system, harnessing solar energy to disinfect
contaminated water. Kurup was named "America's Top Young Scientist", winning
$25,000 and a trip to Costa Rica from Discovery Student Adventures.
Kurup and the nine other finalists presented their innovative technologies Oct.
15-16 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. In a phone interview, the
young Indian American student told India-West Nov. 6 that her water purification
system has two advantages over existing technologies. It is more cost effective
and it is safer to use because it prevents chemical-based photo-catalyst
coatings from "washing off into the water."
A highlight of the program was the chance for all the finalists to be coached
over the summer by a 3M scientist. Her mentor, Jim Jonza, "had so much to share
with me about the innovative process," Kurup said. The New Hampshire student was
thrilled to visit the 3M labs in St. Paul and see the company's cutting edge
The main project constituted 60 percent of the total score in the contest, with
two additional challenges each accounting for 20 percent. One challenge was to
combine multiple 3M technologies in new ways. The other was to building a "Rube
Goldberg" machine designed to turn on a light bulb using science and engineering
principles. "We not only had to build the machine, but we had to show that we
could communicate that knowledge," Kurup said.
Discovery Education chief executive Bill Goodwyn said in a statement, "Kurup and
the rest of this year's finalists have shown incredibly innovative thinking, and
I am certain that they will be prepared to compete in today's global economy and
create a bright future for our country."
The ninth grader told the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper that she would
use the $25,000 for college, donate some to charity and also create a platform
to encourage more young women to consider science as a career. The daughter of
Pradeep Kurup, a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and
Meena Kurup, a homemaker, the Indian American student told the newspaper she
wants to pursue a career in neurology. Her other interests include martial arts
and playing the clarinet and saxophone.
Three other Indian American students placed in the top 10 in the young scientist
challenge are: Anin Sayana of Bellarmine College Preparatory in Cupertino,
Calif., for his research targeting chemotherapy-resistant cancer stem cells;
Anishaa Sivakumar of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., for her
project that treats patients suffering from macular degeneration; and Naren
Gaurav, of Meadow Park Summa Middle School in Beaverton, Oregon.
INDIAN AMERICANS IN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
While there is no official or unofficial figure of the number of
Indian-Americans appointed by Obama in his administration in the first four
years of his Administration, it is estimated that the list could easily be at
least a few dozens or even touch the half a century mark.
This is a far cry from the Regan Administration when the first Indian Americans
was appointed to a senior administration post to his administrations. In 1987,
Regan appointed Joy Cherian as one of the Commissioners to Equal Employment
Opportunities Commission. He continued to serve as a Commissioner under Bush and
Clinton administration till 1994.
Indian Americans have come a long way since them and have travelled quite a
distance under the Obama Administration.
Obama, who in four years ago became the first African American to have been
elected as US President, appointed Raj Shah, as administrator of USAID -- the
highest ranking Indian American in any administration.
Vinai Thummalapally, the US Ambassador to Belize, became the first
Indian-American Ambassador in the US history.
Highly talented, Vikram Singh in his capacity as the Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defense for South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) is the highest ranking Indian
American official in the Pentagon.
The anti-terrorism and anti-Wall Street crusade of Preet Bharara, the US
Attorney, who is another Obama appointee, is well known.
Dr. Subra Suresh in his capacity as Director of the National Science Foundation,
the agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through research
programs and education projects, overseas billions of dollars in scientific
Others in the administration are as follows:
Nisha Biswal: Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia in the USAID.
Dr. Islam A. Siddiqui: Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the US Trade
Priya Aiyar: Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs in the
Department of Energy.
Mythili Raman: Department of Justice.
Subhasri Ramanathan: Counselor to the Secretary, Department of Homeland
Sri Srinivasan: Principal Deputy Solicitor General in Department of Justice.
Kiran Ahuja: Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
Nealesh Kemkar: Deputy Counselor to the Secretary in the Department of Interior.
Lopa P. Kolluri: Deputy Chief of Staff, Operation and Strategy in the Department
of Housing and Urban Development.
Taara Rangarajan: Special Assistant to Susan Rice, the US. Ambassador to the UN.
Atman Trivedi: Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Security and
Jeremy Bernton: Priority Placement Director.
Rachana "Ruchi" Bhowmik: Deputy Assistant to the US President and Dy. Cabinet
Secretary in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs.
Shilpa Phadke: White House Dy. Director of Cabinet Affairs.
Gautam Raghavan: Associate Director of Public Engagement at the White House.
Aneesh Raman: Presidential Speech Writer at the White House.
Rishi Sahgal: Dy. Associate COUNSEL at the White House.
Kevin Samy: Special Assistant for Public Engagement at the White House Council
on Environmental Quality.
Kamala Vasagam: Special Assistant to the President, Office of Presidential
Rohan Patel: Associate Director for Public Engagement, White House Council
on Environmental Quality.
Puneet Talwar: Senior Director for the Gulf States, Iran and Iraq at the White
House National Security Council.
Arun Chaudhry: First White House Official Videographer.
Rashad Hussain: U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Farah Pandith: Special Representative to Muslim Communities.
Early this year Obama appointed Paula Gangopadhyay Member of the prestigious
National Museum and Library Services Board, and Sonny Ramaswamy; Director of the
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Romesh Wadhwani was appointed board of trustees of John F Kennedy Center for
Performing Arts. Anuj C Desai, Associate Professor of Law at University of
Wisconsin Law School, was appointed by Obama as member of the Foreign Claims
And this is not a comprehensive list of Indian Americans serving in the Obama
Quite a number of them having served in the first four years of the Obama
Administration decided to either join the private sector or work for his
re-election campaign like popular Indian-American actor Kal Penn, or to chart
their own political career like Vivek Kundra.
Kundra who served for more than two years as the first chief information officer
of the United States, is aiming to run for the post of Virginia Lt Gov.
Kal Penn left his lucrative career in Hollywood to serve as the Associate
Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. And then he quite the
White House to play a key role Obama's victory by mobilizing the country's youth
in the run up to the November 6 presidential elections.
Richard Verma; the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, at the
US Department of State until March 2011 and Neera Tanden served as senior
advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services,
advising Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and working on Obama's health reform team
in the White House to pass the bill.
Both Verma and Tanden have joined the Center for American Progress - an eminent
Washington-based think tank. Verma was one of the key foreign policy surrogates
for the Obama Campaign.
Ro Khanna spent two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and has
written a book "Entrepreneurial Nation" after leaving the administration; and
Suresh Kumar served for two years as the Assistant Commerce Secretary for Trade
Promotion and Director-General of the US Foreign Commercial Service.
His son Aditya Kumar served at the White House as the Deputy Assistant to the
Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff.
Anil Kakani, who served as Senior Advisor for India at the US Department of
Treasury for nearly two-and- a-half years, was possibly the only Indian-American
in the Obama Administration to move to India to join the private sector.
Compiled from PTI and other sources.
INDIAN AMERICAN ACADEMICS NAMED FELLOWS BY AAAS
Forty-four Indian American and Indian-origin scholars from academic institutions
in the U.S. and other countries were among the 702 scholars that the American
Association for the Advancement of Science recently elevated to the rank of
The pre-eminent national scientific organization selects Fellows based on their
efforts in advancing science or fostering applications considered scientifically
or socially distinguished.
The new inductees will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue
rosette pin Feb. 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual
Meeting in Boston, Mass.
Recognized for their contributions to science and technology in their respective
In Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources:
Avtar Krishan Handa of Purdue University, Ravi Naidu, University of South
Australia; and Sanjaya Rajaram, Resource Seed Mexicana.
Soman Ninan Abraham of Duke University Medical Center, Anurag Agrawal, Cornell
University; Priya Davidar, Pondicherry University, India; Lakshmi A. Devi, Mt.
Sinai School of Medicine; Ratnesh Lal, University of California at San Diego;
Mitzi Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina; D. C. Rao, Washington University
School of Medicine in St. Louis; and Mrinalini Chatta Rao, University of
Illinois at Chicago.
Prabir K. Dutta of Ohio State University, Kattesh V. Katti, University of
Missouri-Columbia; N. Rama Krishna, University of Alabama; Krishna Kumar, Tufts
University; Ursula Mazur, Washington State University; and Mohan Srinivasarao,
Georgia Institute of Technology.
Amit Bandyopadhyay of Washington State University, Yogesh Jaluria, Rutgers
University; Suhada Jayasuriya, University of Central Florida; Soundar Kumara,
Pennsylvania State University; Azad M. Madni, University of Southern California;
and Samir Mitragotri, University of California at Santa Barbara.
Also recognized in this category were Ranga Narayanan of the University of
Florida, Rama Venkatasubramanian, RTI International; Darsh T. Wasan, Illinois
Institute of Technology; and Rama Krishna Yedavalli, Ohio State University.
Information, Computing & Communication:
Prabir Bhattacharya of the University of Cincinnati, Raj Jain, Washington
University in St. Louis; Prasant Mohapatra, University of California at Davis;
Manish Parashar, Rutgers University; and Nagarajan Ranganathan, University of
Also recognized in this category were Arun K. Somani of Iowa State University,
Aravind Srinivasan, University of Maryland at College Park; and Ashok N.
Srivastava, NASA Ames Research Center.
Raghu Kalluri of Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess.
Anil Kumar Sood of MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Ashutosh Kotwal of Duke University, Aneesh Manohar, University of California at
San Diego; Nitin Samarth, Pennsylvania State University; and Surajit Sen,
University at Buffalo.
Nitis Mukhopadhyay of the University of Connecticut, Haikady N. Nagaraja, Ohio
State University; and Ajit C. Tamhane, Northwestern University.
FOUR INDIAN AMERICANS AMONG 2013 MARSHALL SCHOLARS
Four Indian-Americans are among the recipients of the 2013 Marshall
Scholarships. Aditya Ashok from Boston College, Aditya Balasubramanian from
Harvard University, Paras Minhas from the University of Pittsburgh and Rahul
Rekhi from Rice University will each receive funding to study at a university of
their choice in the United Kingdom next fall.
The Marshal Aid Commemoration Commission administered the two-year scholarship
for American students, which is named after Secretary of State George C.
Marshall and commemorates the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan.
Ashok, who won a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service in 2011, will
study global health at the University of Glasgow in August next year. "I am
pleased to win the Marshall Scholarship, which will provide me with an
opportunity to better understand health disparities that exist between the
United States and the UK," his is quoted as saying in a press release on the
Boston College website.
Balasubramaniam, a Harvard College senior concentrating on history, will study
at the London School of Economics. After his junior year, Balasubramanian took a
year off from school to work at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in
India, where he investigated voter and politician information campaigns. "I am
most interested in the rising inequality in the United States and India, since
they are both countries I have ties to," he said on the Harvard University
Microbiology student Minhas, a senior in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts
and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, will begin pursuing a Ph.D. in
molecular cell biology at University College London next fall. During the spring
semester, Minhas, who was named a Goldwater Scholar and an Amgen Scholar, plans
to continue researching the HDAC3 enzyme, a press release on the university
website said. He will also study British laws on mental health and whether it
would be beneficial to implement similar legislation in the United States.
Rekhi, who is majoring in bioengineering and economics at Rice University, will
use the scholarship to complete a Master of Science degree in international
health policy at the London School of Economics and a Master of Science degree
in bioengineering at Oxford University.
"I'm very excited by the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge translational
research at Oxford's Institute of Biomedical Engineering, where scientists,
engineers and physicians from around the world collaborate to develop the next
generation of therapeutic technologies," Rekhi was quoted as saying in a press
release on the Rice University website. At LSE, Rekhi plans to engage with world
leaders on health care policy and health economics while gleaning insights from
the British National Health Service that can be applied back in the U.S., the
Credit: News India
Friday, December 07, 2012 AT 05:09 PM
INDIAN AMERICAN PHYSICIAN RECEIVES AMA AWARD
Dr. Latha Ganti Stead, an emergency medicine physician from Gainesville, Fla.,
has been honored by the American Medical Association. She was presented the Dr.
William Beaumont Award in Medicine on Nov. 12 at the AMA's semi-annual
policy-making meeting. The award recognizes a distinguished young physician for
his or her work in the medical sciences.
"It is an honor to present Dr. Stead with this award recognizing her outstanding
contributions to emergency medicine," AMA Board Chair Dr. Steven J. Stack, was
quoted as saying in a press release from AMA.
"Dr. Stead's dedication to medicine is reflected by the volume of research she's
published, her commitment to patients and time spent mentoring other
physicians," he added.
A professor and chief of the division of clinical research at the University of
Florida in Gainesville, Stead is also the Toral Family Foundation Endowed
Professor of Traumatic Brain Injury.
At the age of 38, she became the first and youngest full professor of emergency
medicine at the Mayo Clinic, her bio data on the university website said.
She has authored 22 books, including the best-selling "First Aid for the
Clinical Clerkship" series.
Stead has received awards from the Mayo Medical School for excellence in
teaching. The American College of Emergency Physicians awarded her with the
National Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2005, and she also received the
first ever Mentorship Award from the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association
in 2008. She was also named a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar for her project entitled
"Strategy & Innovation in Clinical Research for the Global Health Era."
Stead received her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico.
She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the Jacobi-Montefiore
Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.
She has a master's in clinical and translational science from the Mayo Graduate
School and a master's in business administration from the Kellogg School of
NRIs AND PIOs NEWS FEATURES
LEGENDARY SITAR MAESTRO PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR PASSES AWAY
Pandit Ravi Shankar, who spearheaded the worldwide spread of Indian music, and
had a major influence on Western musicians like the Beatles, died Dec. 11 in San
Diego at the age of 92. Shankar, whose health had been fragile for the past
several years, underwent heart-valve replacement surgery Dec. 6 at the Scripps
Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., where he breathed his last.
A recipient of the Bharat Ratna in 1999, Shankar maintained residences in both
India and the United States. He was also awarded the two other top Indian
national civil honors - the Padma Bhushan in 1967 and Padma Vibhushan in 1981.
The Indian Prime Minister's office called him a "national treasure."
He is survived by his wife Sukanya; daughter Anoushka Shankar Wright and her
husband Joe Wright; daughter Norah Jones; three grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren. "It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit
Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today," Sukanya and
Anoushka, said in a joint statement. "As you all know, his health has been
fragile for the past several years, and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that
could have potentially given him a new lease of life... His spirit and his
legacy will live on forever in our hearts and in his music," they continued in
their joint statement.
A three-time Grammy award winner, Shankar last performed in California on Nov. 4
along with his daughter Anoushka Shankar. Ravi Shankar has also been nominated
for the 2013 Grammys for his album "The Living Room Sessions Part-1" and was
pitted against Anoushka in the same category.
A Bengali Brahmin, Ravi Shankar was born named Robindra Shankar on April 7, 1920
in Varanasi. The youngest of four brothers, he spent his first 10 years in
relative poverty, brought up by his mother. He was almost eight before he met
his absent father, a globe-trotting lawyer, philosopher, writer and former
minister to the Maharajah of Jhalawar.
In 1930, his eldest brother Uday Shankar uprooted the family to Paris, and over
the next eight years Shankar enjoyed the limelight in Uday's troupe, which
toured the world introducing Europeans and Americans to Indian classical and
"As a performer, composer and teacher, Shankar was an Indian classical artist of
the highest rank, and he spearheaded the worldwide spread of Indian music and
culture," said writer and Editor Oliver Craske, who provided additional
narrative for Shankar's autobiography "Raga Mala."
Shankar achieved his greatest fame in the 1960s when he was embraced by the
Western counterculture. Through his influence on his great friend George
Harrison, and appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals, and the
Concert for Bangladesh, he became a household name in the West.
Shankar has authored violin-sitar compositions for Yehudi Menuhin and himself,
music for flute virtuoso Jean Pierre Rampal, music for Hosan Yamamoto, master of
the Shakuhachi and Musumi Miyashita, Koto virtuoso, and has collaborated with
Phillip Glass (Passages). Harrison produced and participated in two record
albums, "Shankar Family & Friends" and "Festival of India" both composed by
Shankar. Shankar also composed for ballets and films in India, Canada, Europe
and the United States. The latter includes the films "Charley," "Gandhi," and
the "Apu Trilogy."
A Magsaysay award winner, Shankar was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha
in 1986. Believing in the greatness of Indian classical music and blessed with
charisma and intelligence, he pursued a dream of taking the music out to the
Western world. Between the early 1950s and the mid-1960s he became the leading
international emissary for Indian music, first performing as a solo artist in
the USSR in 1954, in Europe and North America in 1956, and Japan in 1958.
He developed a characteristic sitar sound, with powerful bass notes and a serene
and spiritual touch in the alap movement of a raga. The sitar virtuoso was
responsible for incorporating many aspects of Carnatic (south Indian) music into
the north Indian system, especially its mathematical approach to rhythm. He also
gave a new prominence to the tabla player in concert.
He was appointed director of music at the Indian People's Theatre Association,
and later held the same position at All India Radio (1949-56). He composed his
first new raga in 1945 (30 more would follow) and began a prolific recording
career. The music doyen wrote a new melody for Mohammed Iqbal's patriotic poem
"Sare Jahan Se Accha."
Shankar won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury at the 1957 Berlin
International Film Festival for composing the music for the movie "Kabuliwala."
He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1962 and was named a Fellow
of the academy for 1975. In 2001, Shankar was made an Honorary Knight Commander
of the Order of the British Empire by Elizabeth II for his "services to music."
Shankar married his teacher Ustad Allauddin Khan's daughter Annapurna Devi in
1941 and had a son, Shubhendra Shankar. He separated from Devi in the 1940s.
An affair with Sue Jones, a New York concert producer, led to the birth of Norah
Jones in 1979. Jones became a successful musician, winning eight Grammy Awards
His second daughter Anoushka was born in 1981 with Sukanya Rajan, whom Shankar
had known since the 1970s. He married Sukanya in 1989.
Credit: India West
NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs AND PIOs AROUND THE WORLD
INDIA GOVT. LIFTS THE RESTRICTION OF TWO-MONTH GAP ON RE-ENTRY OF MOST FOREIGN
The provision relating to 2 months gap between two visits of a foreign national
to India on a Tourist visa has been reviewed by the Government.
The Government has decided, with immediate effect, to lift the restriction of
two-month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India except in case of
nationals of Afghanistan, China, lran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh,
foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and Stateless persons.
GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in
several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin
worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and
by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in
GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of
GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold
Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and half the amount for each
category for those from developing countries and India.
GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world so
as to network people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have
chapter in your city, please visit GOPIO website (www.gopio.net) and get details of chapter initiation
involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five
people or more. For more information, contact:
GOPIO Chairman - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: +1-818-708-3885,
GOPIO President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York, USA, Tel:
718/939-8194, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, Tel: +973 39441956
or +91 9845756692, E-mail:
GOPIO Senior Vice President - Dr Piyush Agrawal, Weston, Florida, USA, Tel:
To become a Life member of GOPIO, one can sign up
fill up the form and send it with a check to:
GOPIO International, PO Box 560117, New York NY
Dr. Thomas Abraham,
Founder President and Chairman Emeritus of GOPIO Intl. and Executive Trustee,
GOPIO Foundation (Stamford, CT, USA)
Kaur, Secretary, GOPIO International (New York, USA)
Bina Mahabir, Co-Chair GOPIO Media Council, GOPIO International
(Guyana-New York, USA) and Nilofar Pardawala (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Prashant Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)
Contributors of this issue:
Ashook Ramsaran (President, GOPIO Intl.), Sunny Kulathakal (Exec. Vice
President, GOPIO Intl. Bahrain), Dr. Piyush Agrawal (Senior Vice President,
Rajindre Tewari (International Coordinator, GOPIO Europe), Munish
Gupta (GOPIO Intl. Coordinator for Africa)
Contact Dr. Thomas Abraham, Tel: 203-329-8010, E-mail: email@example.com.
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