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The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan: Mayor Ken Livingstone Joins Bhavan Centre's Republic Day Celebrations
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, visited the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in West Kensington as Chief Guest on the Bhavan’s Republic Day celebration on the 26th February. Also present were His Excellency Sri Kamalesh Sharma- the High Commissioner for India, Lord Dholakia and the Deputy Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Cllr Andrew Johnson.
Chairman, Mr Maneck Dalal OBE welcomed the Mayor of London and said that the
name of Ken Livingstone was synonymous with the great city of London. Mr Dalal
said that the Bhavan was a centre of excellence as far as Indian culture was
concerned and that the organisation was keen to join the mainstream of British
address, The High Commissioner for India, His Excellency Sri Kamalesh Sharma
said that there was a special relationship between India and London. Many thousands
of Indian companies did business in London and India was the second largest
investor in the city.
‘India is not only one of the world’s most important and rapidly growing economies – it is a rising superpower. It also has one of the world’s most important cultures. London is the most multicultural city in the world and within it, those of Indian origin are the single largest minority. We have a vital interest in strengthening our links with India. That is why I will be visiting India in November and next year I will be opening two Mayoral offices in India – one in Delhi and one in Mumbai. With the arrival of more and more Indian companies India’s cultural impact on London is only going to increase further.’
Lord Dholakia gave a vote of thanks in which he paid tribute to the Bhavan
and the exemplary leadership of its chairman. He also recalled his days at
the GLC when he had first met ‘Red Ken’. The evening concluded
with a cultural programme of Indian music and dance.