February - March 2004
Celebrating Together - International Punjabi Society
by the European Division of Intenational Punjabi Society at SAS Raddisson,
Portman Square, the annual funcation and Diwali celebration underlined unity
and expansion of activities in Europe. It was a well-attended and well-organised
function. As the general secretary Mr. A.S. Walia explained, "The European
division of International Punjabi Society, with headquarters in London, is one
of the most active and popular branches of the Society", The functions
range from cultural evenings, music-dance mehfils, Diwali/Baisakhi celebrations
to educational seminars.
to Mr. Walia, "Our annual convention in Delhi was well attended
by about 150 delegates from all over the world. The Prime Minister of
India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Amarinder
Singh also graced the function. Mr I K Gujral, former Prime Minister
of India distributed the prizes".This year the Society is planning
to open new branches in Europe, Scotland and Ireland. The Aim is to provide
a common platform to encourage Punjabi culture.
annual dinner began with a report by the general secretary Mr. AS Walia.
The President Mr. GS Gujral welcomed the chief guests Mr. S. Pal, deputy
High Commission, the Mayor of Ealing Mr. , and Mr. Keith Vaz. In his
address, Mr. Gujral emphasised the need of unity among Punjabis and
promotion of Punjabi culture among young people. He explained about
the ancient heritage of Punjabis going back to Mahabharta time. A cheque
was given to the Mayor for his favourite charity. Entertainment was
provided by a professional group of bhangra dancers. It was a pleasant
evening. Everybody felt relaxed.
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