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This global convention will be declared officially open on Friday 17th March by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley

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– by Dr. Kumar Mahabir and Ms. Razia Mohammed

Trinidad, March 16, 2017: The Indian Diaspora Councils of New York and Trinidad will be hosting an Indian Diaspora World Convention from March 17-20 at various venues in Trinidad.

Speaking last week at a press conference at the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC), Dr. Rampersad Parasram, Chairman of the Indian Diaspora Council (TT) said:  “This convention will culminate a series of events around the world commemorating the 100thanniversary of the abolition of the recruitment of indentured labourers in India.”

Parasram referred to the implementation of the Indian Act of 1917 as a “significant milestone in mankind’s quest for social justice and human rights.” He said that the convention will provide a perfect opportunity to reflect on the injustices of indentureship.

Parasram added that the convention will also provide a forum to discuss the impact of indentureship on the millions of descendants of indentured labourers worldwide. He stated that the objective of organizing the convention is to create a platform for critical dialogue towards the advancement of the global diasporic community in developing their respective nation states.

This global convention will be declared officially open on Friday 17th March by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, and will be followed by a concert and dinner. According to Dr. Deokinanan Sharma, President of the NCIC, the cultural programme will showcase various art forms such as Indian folk songs. He said that the performances will take attendees on an artistic journey from 1845 in India to contemporary Trinidad.

The theme of the convention is “Charting New Frontiers.” Highlighting topics to be addressed over the two-day academic conference to be held at the NCIC on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March was Conference Coordinator Dr. Primnath Gooptar.

He listed the panels for the conference which included “The Heritage and Historical Contexts,” “Identity in the Indian Diaspora,” “Challenges Facing the Diasporic Indians,” “Documenting the Indian Diaspora,” “The Global Indian Diasporic Community in the 21st Century” and “Youth and Gender Issues.” 

Gooptar said the conference will host over 36 speakers from 15 foreign countries such as Belize, the Netherlands, Canada, St Vincent, India, UK and Japan. Attendees can expect interesting presentations such as “The Significance of History and Archaeology in the Indian Diaspora” by Nisha Ramracha, “Racial and Political Discrimination and Victimization in Guyana” by Vishnu Bandhu, “The marginalization of Indian men in advertisements in Trinidad and Tobago” by Kumar Mahabir, “Indo-Caribbean’s growing economic status in New York” by Tarachand Singh, and “Indian Involvement in Cricket in the Caribbean” by Daren Ganga.

The academic conference is free and open to the public on both days (March 18-19) by registration at 8:30 on mornings.

A gala banquet will be hosted by the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) at their St Augustine headquarters on Sunday 19th March. SDMS representative, Vijay Maharaj, said the banquet will include performances by some of the students of the SDMS’ 52 primary and five secondary schools. Feature speakers at the banquet will include Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Yacoob Ali, President General of The Anjuman Sunnat-Ul-Jamaat (ASJA) (a collaborating partner of the convention).

Another event included in the global convention will be the release of new books on the theme of Indian identity in the Diaspora. There will also be tours for foreign visitors to various places of diasporic interest e.g. Indian Caribbean Museum, the Temple in the Sea, and the 85-foot Hanuman Murti (scared statue).

A reception and dinner will be hosted by the Indian High Commission at India House for conference presenters. Community outreach academic programmes have been planned for Felicity, Sangre Grande and Penal. In recognition of the abolition of the recruitment of indentured labourers in India, a plaque-unveiling ceremony will take place at the office of the Mayor of Chaguanas.

 

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

Read more about Indian cuisine abroad: Hindoostane Coffee House: London’s First Indian Restaurant.

Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)