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Friends Circle International Charter Night at Carlton Towers Hotel

At a glittering function at the Carlton Towers Hotel, Knightsbridge on the 2nd August 05 and in the presence of over 300 distinguished guests and dignitaries, Dr. Rami Ranger, MBE took the Oath of Charter Membership of the Friends Circle International administered by Lord Navnit Dholakia, the UK President of the Friends Circle International. The Oath pledged Rami Ranger to believe firmly in universal brotherhood of mankind and serve to create better understanding, love the people he meets and work for a tolerant society. This he took in the presence of distinguished guests such as His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioner of India, Mr Tony Baldry MP, Mr Barry Gardiner MP Minister of Energy and Industry and Mr Dominic Grieve MP, Shadow Attorney General. They all spoke about the importance of a tolerant and cohesive society if we are to get more out of our lives.

L to R: Barry Gardiner MP, G S Gujral CBE, Dominic Grieve MP

The Friends Circle International is a non political and non religious organisation that encourages membership from persons of all political persuasion and religion. The organisation strives to improve racial, communal and cultural understanding for increased and improved peace and harmony. Its ethos is the universal brotherhood of mankind.

Dr J K Nayar, the Founder and the World President of the Friends Circle International, in his address described what the Friends Circle International had done during the last 24 years to improve Indo-British relations and hoped that its members would always act as Ambassadors of Peace wherever they would be in the world.

Lord Navnit Dholakia, President of the organisation spoke about the need of a cohesive society if we are to avoid disharmony amongst ourselves. H.E Kamalesh Sharma’s speech touched a chord with the guests and was commended by all. He advocated a more tolerant society and spoke of a better understanding among all people. He also urged fellow Indians to be loyal to their country of adoption and play a meaningful role in society. He talked about India’s historic link with Britain and that he felt proud of the achievements of India and Indians across the globe. India is now the second biggest trade partner of Britain after the US. He could see India’s role changing in the world with its economic growth.

Dr. SP Sharma, the chirman of the Circle, thanked the guests for attending the dinner and also thanked the hotel staff for their superb arrangements.

The evening enjoyed by all ended with a lavish dinner and dance. Distinguished guests stood for the Loyal Toast.

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