August - September 2005
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Billimoria, the CEO of Cobra Beer has been appointed Chancellor of
Thames Valley University. He is the third Asian to hold such
a high academic honour in the United Kingdom. Chair of the Governing
Body at Thames Valley University, Dino Adriano said, “I am
confident that in Karan Bilimoria we have someone exceptional who
will not only be a real inspiration to the University community but
who will also promote the interests of TVU with his renowned determination
with Baroness Usha Prashar & H.E. Mr. Kamlesh Sharma,
the High Commissioner for India
of the United Nations for Peace and Prosperity in Kunsthaus, Zurich
The theme of the Conference was ‘Give Peace a chance for
Health’. Prince Mohsin Ali Khan, President of the UN for Peace
and Prosperity, in his speech paid tribute to Prof. Dr Lutz and Dr.
Ian Kwasniewske, who have worked tirelessly in the cause of promoting
health and human life. He also welcomed Lech Valesa, the former president
of Poland and the Nobel Peace prize winner whose great services to
his great nation is recognised by all.The Prince in his speech pointed
out that “an opportunity like this serves to remind one that
it is possible to advance the cause of humanity using both physical
and spiritual means. The pillars of our civilisation today are in peril,
threatened by the forces of evil,, rampant materialism and injustices
in the world.”
Ali Khan with lech Walesa and Dr. Ian Kwasniewske
the inauguration of a National movement in Britain called Respect by
the Prince of Wales, Prince Mohsin Ali khan said that he supported
the aim of “promoting harmony and co-operation between all British
communities and cultures regardless of their background.”
Describing the impact of global warming the Prince said,
“The present degradation of our planet is due to irresponsible
market driven forces from which any aspect of humanity is absent. The
prevention of impending catastrophe is only possible if there is revival
and strengthening of the moral consciousness of world leaders. In our
physical life, body and spirit form unity of life. God is one. There
are many candle lights but the light is one.”
NAIDU IN LONDON:
M. Venkaiah Naidu, the past president and present deputy to L.K.
Advani, broke off his journey while on his way home from America, to
meet his old friends and devoted members of the Overseas Friends of
Venkaiahji, son of a farmer with a humble background, has attained prominent
position in the BJP with sheer determination, hard work and his love
and dedication for Bharat.
Like most BJP politicians, his thoughts and principles are firmly rooted
in the RSS ideology.
He was the president of the Youth Wing of Janata Party. He gained his
political experience in Andhra Pradesh where he was an MLA.
In the last NDA government, Venkaiah Naidu was a Minister for Rural Development.
He wrote several well researched and topical papers of public and political
interest, on subjects he incorporated in his various projects that include
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, Panchayat Raj system and Food for Work
which helped millions of under-privileged people, especially in the draught
hit areas of various states.
Overseas Friends of BJP held a reception at the SKLP Sports and Community
Centre in Northolt.
Although it was Friday, a working day and the function was arranged with
less than a week’s notice, there were some 150 prominent people
present in the auditorium, representing various communities and organizations.
Venkaiah Naidu arrived right on time, at 7pm, accompanied by Anil Pota,
General Secretary of Overseas Friends of BJP and Virjibhai Shingadia,
the Chairman of OFBJP, North London branch.
Anilbhai welcomed and greeted Venkaiah Naidu who in his speech emphasised
the gradual rise of the BJP in Indian politics.
In the last 25 years, from a humble beginning of “just two MPs
in 1982 to 182 at the height of our popularity.” BJP is also in
power in various states that include Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
“I know you all share our disappointment at losing the last general
election, especially as we, the NDA had given the country not only a
stable administration but unparallel economic progress in the history
of independent Bharat. I can honestly say that we made more progress
on all front in just seven years than the previous governments did in
“We left behind an economic growth of 8% and our balance of payment
at a record high of some $120 billion, in sharp contrast to what we inherited,
an empty kitty. We were favourite to win and even today none of us can
put a finger on any one issue, one particular reason why we lost.
“One reason put forward by the press was that we ignored the poor
and lost badly in the rural areas but it is far from the truth. In fact
we fared better in the rural areas but lost ground in the urban areas,
in cities like Delhi and Mumbai. We lost some of our long serving and
devoted members against novice and raw candidates in these cities. So
often glitter, razzmatazz, hype, dynasty members and film stars get more
attention, support and media exposure than true patriots who have dedicated
their lives in the service of Bharat.
“BJP has no dynastical rule, unlike Congress. It is a party of
ordinary people where any one can reach the height, fulfil their potential
and climb the podium with hard work, devotion and love for the motherland.
A person like me, a farmer’s son with a humble background could
only achieve such height in a party like BJP.
On Advani’s controversial speech in Pakistan when he laid a wreath
at the tomb of Mohamad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, Advaniji quoted
Jinnah from his own published work where Jinnah has described himself,
his views as a secular and believed in secularism. But as usual, media
twisted his words.
“Another misconception is that BJP is a party of old guards who
have already seen their best days. Yes, in Advaniji and Atalji we have
leaders of unparalleled experience, integrity, honesty and righteousness
who gave the country a stable administration, unparalleled economic progress,
made Bharat a nuclear power and put the country on such a high podium
that even the Western countries had to acknowledge the importance of
Bharat as a major power. Atalji’s skill and vast experience was
responsible in establishing a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan where
he was respected as an experienced and honest leader.
“Yet in Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Arun Jaitley,
Pramod Mahajan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqui, a few among many, BJP has a reserve
of young, able and ambitious politicians who would serve the country
well when their time comes.”
Praising Shri Narendra Modi, Venkaiah Naidu quoted none other than Rajiv
Gandhi Foundation Study Report which has put Gujarat as number one state
in economic freedom index, as well as well ahead in good government,
security of persons and property rights and the lowest crime.
“Gujarat holds the top position in almost every aspect of good
governance thus making Narendra Modi as the best Chief Minister in India.
How I wish there were more Chief Ministers as capable and dedicated as
“Congress and other parties have sent special delegates to America
and Britain to find out why BJP is so popular in the West. They find
it difficult to understand why BJP is so popular amongst NRI in the West,
especially in America and Britain when the Congress has a deep root here
in UK. Perhaps you have more patriotic spirit and are better educated,
thus well informed about the Indian politics”.
Council UK shares grief with the London Mayor and faith leaders
The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, launched a book of condolences
for the victims of the terrorist bombing atrocities in London. All
the major faith communities were represented to show their solidarity.
The Mayor himself was visibly distraught.
Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, followed the Mayor
to write his message.
Among the faith leaders present were: His Grace, the Bishop of London;
Justice Mota Singh representing the Sikh community; Sir Iqbal Sacranie
from the Muslim Council of Britain; Anil Bhanot from the Hindu Council
UK; Dr Natubhai Shah from Jain Samaj; and Jewish and other Church leaders.
Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, was
also present and signed his name as well.
The Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP, Minister Tony McNulty MP, Teresa May MP
and Simon Hughes MP represented the three main political parties. The
ceremony was conducted in silence as a mark of respect of those who lost
Hindu Council UK's London Faith & Culture Executive Team, led by
Dilip Joshi MBE and Sudarshan Bhatia, already have a close working relationship
with the Greater London Authority, and the Mayor’s speech in the
immediate aftermath of the bombings had inspired them to urge greater
understanding across the different faiths in a show of community-wide
solidarity against the terrorists:
Mr Joshi explained: “Ken’s speech after the bombings touched
us all. He said that the terrorist attack was an attack on all faiths
- Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Jew. Therefore we are all duty-bound to
work together, and indeed to pray together, to ensure our communities
remain strong and united against terrorism in all its forms."
Mr. Bhanot, General Secretary of the Hindu Council UK, read a verse in
the book of condolences from the Hindu sacred text.
"I am the unborn, without end, without beginning. I look equally
upon the saint, the sinner, man, animal and the Wise who worship Me thus
are dear to Me and will surely come unto Me. "Lord Krishna, The
Foundation launched in UK
At his recent visit to London, Mr. HP Kanoria, head of Srei Group
of Companies from Kolkatta, was instrumental in the launch of the Rajasthanis
Foundation in UK. The office bearers are - Dr. K.K. Saraogi, President,
Ashok Sancheti, Vice Pesident and S. Agarwala, Secretary.
The Foundation is registered in UK twinned with All India Marwari Federation.
The objective of the Foundation is to have a separate identity of overseas
Rajasthanis and develop friendly relations and involvement with all without
alienating itself from the world. It will also help to adjust local culture
and promote awareness of unity, as well as socio-economicawareness. The
Foundation will aim at developing cooperation amongst Rajasthanis worldwide
and people of Indian origin, abroad and in India. The programmes of the
Foundation include publishing a newsletter and Members Directory, celebration
of festivals and other cultural programmes of Indian artists in UK. A
village will be adopted in Rajasthan towards the socio-economic growth
and other projects for health, drinking water and education in India.
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