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Abu Dhabi will get its First Hindu Temple by 2017, will have Idols of Lord Krishna, Maheshwara, Ayyappa and more

When will the government of UAE take measures to improve the conditions of Indian laborers at the Emirates bonded with Kafala?

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October 12, 2016: The first Hindu temple of Abu Dhabi will be ready by the end of 2017. The temple is being constructed on the property donated by the government of Muslim Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, said a business working on the project on Tuesday.

According to the Reuters report, the temple will come up on 20,000 square meters of land at Al Wathba. BR Shetty, Head of the Temple Coordination Committee said,” Al Wathba is just 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi city. It will be close to the highway on Abu-Dhabi-Al road. The temple will be ready within one year. The temple will have idols of Lord Krishna, Maheshwara, Ayyappa and more. It will have a good Vrindavan and a waterfront.”

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Last year, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, UAE government announced its decision to allocate land for first Hindu temple of Abu Dhabi.

The meeting with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was seen as an important step in escalating trade dealing between the two countries and the decision to construct a Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. This was to strengthen the strategic vision of the two nations.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince will be the chief guest at India’s annual Republic Day parade next year, mentioned Reuters.

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Indians constitute for about one-third of the population of UAE, which exceeds the local Emirati population. But the condition of the Indians community is dismal in the UAE.

According to the press agency, almost 80% of the Indians are laborers who are bonded to Kafala (the contract system) which seizes all their human rights. The unfair and abusive conditions of the Indians were completely ignored during the Modi’s visit.

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Building a temple is fine but wouldn’t it have been better if Modi’s visit has resulted in some changes in the Kafala that would have bought the poor laborers some happiness. But unfortunately, the people, who really needed help in surviving at UAE, were sweating at a construction site or were not even allowed inside the stadium.

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

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

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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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“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.

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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)