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GOPIO will visit the World War I memorial on the second day of the event, in Neuve Chapelle to pay tribute to the Indian soldiers ( more than 4000) who were killed in France

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October 7, 2016: GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organisation with chapters in several countries. This organisation is actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern. It has made this possible by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.

GAPIO Europe convention is scheduled to take place from 10th-13th of November 2016 in Paris. The venue for the opening day is at the Restaurant Simla Hill.

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At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the end of World War I was proclaimed. GOPIO will visit the World War I memorial on the second day of the event, in Neuve Chapelle (Richebourg) to pay tribute to the Indian soldiers ( more than 4000) who were killed in France.

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Photo: sify.com

At the site of Neuve Chapelle (Richebourg), there now stands a memorial garden, circled by domed pavilions and towering columns, it now forms a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of our forefathers of Indian Origins.

On the final day at Hotel Le Marriott Discussion on “Make In India: Exploiting the potential” will be taking place. The session objectives include Investment Opportunities, Emerging Sectors, Research and Development, Human Resource Development India is the safest investment destination.

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Cheap labour will and cannot be a sustainable solution to attract investments. Investments in Human resources need to be made to create an internationally competitive advantage. Cities are essential to economic development. India has the opportunity to make quantum leaps in technology and designing cities. Retrofitting and modernising cities will not help.

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The second discussion would be on Entrepreneurial India. The objectives for this session include Exploiting the entrepreneurship opportunities in innovation, digital and social domains,Innovation, Focusing on the emerging and existing trends of entrepreneurship, digital India, role of the Indian diaspora, advancement in science, technology and research.

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Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

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Mahatama Gandhi, leader of non violence

Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

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Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

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Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean