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EXCLUSIVE- ‘Mitti Ki Khusboo’: Why did Amanjot Ramoowalia leave Canadian Citizenship?

Nationalism sprouts within the home itself and such has been the story of Roomawalia, for which she left Canadian citizenship

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  • ‘Mitti Ki Khusboo’ is an initiative which thrives on connecting NRIs and PIOs to their motherland
  • Amanjot Ramoowalia left Canadian Citizenship for her native land
  • She now runs an NGO called “Helping Hapless”, which aims at helping the needy people.

– by Naina Mishra  

Chandigarh, June 08, 2017: ‘Mitti Ki Khusboo’ is an initiative which thrives on connecting NRIs and PIOs to their motherland. No matter wherever you set off, your native land must never be forgotten, and the smell of the motherland should always fill your heart with reverence.

Newsgram brings to you the gratifying narrative of an ex-NRI, Amanjot Ramoowalia who left the Canadian citizenship for the welfare of her native land– “Punjab”.

Ms. Ramoowalia, 47, is a resident of Chandigarh and the head of a charity for women. At the age of 19, she left to Canada and got married. During her stay in Canada, she always had a subtle inclination towards her homeland.

“I always had a whole in my heart for my nation. I still remember the first time in years after I visited India. As soon as the plane landed, I greeted the motherland and sighed relief.” told Ramoowalia to Newsgram.

Nationalism sprouts within the home itself and such has been the story of Roomawalia. Her family background explains the inclination towards the nation:

She grew up watching her father and grandfather fully immersed in serving the motherland. The young girl instilled the similar patterns in her as she grew up. Ramooawalia’s grandfather, Karnail Singh Paras was a renowned Kavishar of ‘Indian Punjab’. He used to sing patriotic songs and inspire people to devote themselves to Dharma (religion) and Vatan (nation). Ramoowalia also saw her father, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, now Cabinet Minister of UP, who ran ‘Dharam Yudh Morcha’ while struggling at the time of emergency period.

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“One night cops entered my house looking for my father. Few armed men tried to shoot him at back. At that time, we didn’t even know whether my dad would return back or not. On that night my mother told me not to cry. She pointed towards a painting of Guru Gobind Singh with 4 sahibzaade and said “our Guru sacrificed himself for us. We must not fear to lose him as he will sacrifice himself for the nation if the situation commands.” said Ramoowalia recalling the memories of her childhood.

It was certain that Ramoowalia was turning as a nationalist herself while growing up. Before shifting to India, Ramoowalia did some election campaigning for her father who was a politician in Punjab. She covered her father wherever it was required.  Ramoowalia would listen to the plight of the marginalized sections of society, which changed her perspective wholly.

She says, “I heard a woman lamenting over her 19-year-old son who died due to a drug overdose. I was touched with the problems people faced in Punjab and wanted to bring a change in the state of affairs”. By this time she was about to hail as the chief of Planning Commission Board under SAD-led government. However, I was a Canadian and was suppose to renounce my citizenship.”

Ramoowalia adds,”Someone on the immigration board did ask me “Are you sure you want to renounce the citizenship. People are dying for this.” But out of my people’s love and patriotism, I gave up my citizenship, quoted Ramoowalia on leaving Canadian citizenship.”

Roomawalia now runs an NGO called “Helping Hapless”, which aims at helping the needy people. It strives to solve myriads of issues like Human Trafficking, Drugs, and Domestic Violence.

“We wanted to continue our work which we also carried out during elections because it was the need of an hour and not something to be vouched politically”, she explained.

Ramoowalia put in plain words the essence of Mitti ki Khusboo.

 When you leave your home country owing to a better education or better life but do not forget your homeland, mother tongue, culture and traditions of the land you come from. The smell of the motherland is the smell of your own natives. Our land has the oldest legacy in the world. There might be others as well but for me, this is the place I found my soul always belonged to where heart fills more than the gut. I am fully satisfied living here and working for my people

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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Andhra Pradesh Janmabhoomi Project: 51 NRIs Help Tribal Village Kothavalasa in Developing a Space Fostering Sports Facilities

Sports Facility for a tribal village has been inaugurated by AP Janmabhoomi project which involves contribution of 51 NRIs

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AP Janmabhoomi rural project.

Andhra Pradesh, Sep 27, 2017: Kothavalasa, a tribal village near Araku saw an influx of sporting enthusiasts wailing and whistling in joy as a result of the ‘Tribal Development Project’ that got executed in less than 20 days.

With a vision to bridge NRIs to their native land, India’s Sunrise State, AP Janmabhoomi has spread its wings by launching various campaigns revolving around the holistic development of the rural public. AP Janmabhoomi’s prime focus areas include creating – Digital Classrooms, Anganwadi Centres & Crematoriums.

Before leveling the land
Girls playing throwball after leveling the land

Kothavalasa, of Dumbriguda Mandal, Vishakhapatnam District happened to be their first integrated Tribal Development Project. The Special Representative for North America, the team that is actively involved in this mission, after pondering upon various ways to impact the lives of the rural public came up with an offbeat approach.

According to the team, for any community to move forward, they need to stay united and what better than sports can teach people to stay united. Creating a sports facility is not an easy task, and it needs a lot of resources, especially money.

In alignment with their vision of involving NRIs in the overall gamut – AP Janmabhoomi, kicked off a fundraiser
campaign and has collected a sum of almost 1,30,000 rupees in just five days. It should be noted that the whole fundraising was carried on the official website of AP Janmabhoomi, where 51 NRIs from various parts of the globe have participated. During the team’s physical inspection to the site, they’ve partnered with ThinkPeace, an NGO which has already been impacting the people living there for more than 5 years till now. As part of their integrated Tribal Development Project, AP Janmabhoomi also donated an amount of Rs. 3,00,000 for the construction of an Anganwadi school.

Distributing sports equipment

Shri Sarveshwar Rao, MLA of Araku and Shri Ravi Subhash, I.A.S graced the inauguration ceremony with their presence
and distributed the sports equipment which is set to unite and empower the youth and children of tribal villages around Kothavalasa. The equipment included outdoor sports equipment like volleyball, throw ball and cricket kits. The indoor equipment included table tennis, carom boards, and chessboards. A tournament named after the great freedom fighter, Shri Alluri Sitaramaju, was organized in the ground which saw participants from 12 Mandals.

Also Read: NRI School Connect Campaign- A new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP 

The AP Special Representative for North America, Shri Jayaram Komati, currently heading the social initiative,
believes that all the NRIs share a common will to help
their native land.