Community Outreach – IARI hosts Consul General of India
By NIKITA P. PANJWANI JUNE 20, 2016
The India Association of Rhode Island in partnership with TV Asia, hosted, on June 17 2016, for the very first time to have taken place in the state of Rhode Island, Ms. Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India to the Untied States, along with a delegation of several political and business dignitaries, as part of a community outreach program, aimed to engineer closer ties with the state of RI as well as promote a sense of goodwill amongst the rapidly growing Indian community in the State. The evening was preceded by a series of meetings held with the Director of International Trade Programs at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Mayor of Providence – Jorge Elorza, Mayor of Pawtucket – Don Grebien, Congressman David Cicilline and Senator Jack Reed. The dinner was a resounding success, with over 200 guests in attendance at the Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church in Providence, Rhode Island.
The event began with a veneration Kuchipuddi (Indian Dance) performance, dedicated to invoke the blessing of Lord Ganesha – also popularly worshiped as the Lord of Beginnings, by Ms. Sampada Velury, a beautiful and mesmerizing performance - an apt beginning to a wonderful evening. The evening hosted, along with the consul general, the deputy consul general, Dr. Manoj K. Mohapatra, several business representatives from the State Bank of India, Andhra Bank, ICICI Bank, Air India and Make My Trip, as well as the Mayor of Providence, Mr. Jorge Elorza – according to whom “Providence is a culturally rich, immigrant friendly city that does not believe in keeping people out by building walls”.
While addressing the guests, Ms. Ganguly, emphasized on the progress made by Shri. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, in cultivating Indo-American business and investment relations, presenting local and international investment opportunities within India and abroad, the attractiveness of current Indian economic climate and in promoting India as an active trade relations and cultural exchange partner with the United States. Also underscoring her address was the growing importance of the services provided by the Indian Consulate in New York, such that it is now being lauded as the second largest revenue generating Indian consulate, with a central telephone help line, dedicated to assisting the Indian populace residing in the country. Deeply embedded is the Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ (clean India) campaigned, intended, not just to keep the country clean aesthetically, but also from within, such as limiting bureaucracy and promoting efficiency of services.
IARI also took this evening as an opportunity to recognize, prominent members of the Indian community in Rhode Island, for their significant contributions to sciences, education, health care, society and public service. A special mention was also made to the efforts and contributions of the past presidents and the incumbent president Dr. Amrut Patel, in bringing the India Association of Rhode Island into rapid prominence, the profound effect of which can be endorsed by the passage of the Peace resolution by Rhode Island house of Representatives, declaring September 21 2016, to be celebrated as the International Day of Peace in RI. The evening came to an end, by honoring the students of the community by awarding them with citations from the Mayor’s Office – City of Pawtucket, RI for scholastic and non-scholastic excellence and achievements. This came about by the ceaseless efforts of Mr. Tushar Patel - IARI and Angel S. from the Mayor’s Office, which claims this kind of citation to be the first of a kind awarded to students, by the city of Pawtucket.
On a closing note, IARI, hopes, with the help of its unceasing team of volunteers, to increasingly focus its efforts towards building a close knit and welfare rich South Asian community within the State and India at large, through various programs, drives and events.
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