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Moses Nagamootoo: Guyana’s First Tamilian Prime Minister


Guyana: Moses Nagamootoo, born in the village of Whim, in the eastern country of Guyana, is the first Prime Minister of Guyana who has a Tamilian background.

Earlier he has also worked as a teacher and journalist and later he became a lawyer.

Nagamootoo is a popular leader. He has been the PM since June 2015 and was also chosen as the first Vice President of the country.

Nagamootoo has written a novel named Hendree’s Cure (2001), which describes a world of Madrassi fishermen who inhabited the Corentyne village of Whim in the 1950s and 1960s. The novel shows that he is proud of his India connection and still clings to it.

He entered politics at the age of 14. Since then he is a member of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and Progressive Youth Organization (YPO). At its 29th Congress on August 2, 2008, he received the fifth-highest number of votes (595) in the election to the PPP Central Committee.

Nagamootoo has served in the Parliament of the country and was also Minister of Information and Local Government. Of the total population of Guyana, 43.5% of the population is of East Indian origin, out of which 28.4% are Hindus. Since 1830s, Indians have been migrating to Guyana making it a diversified country.(inputs from agencies)(image:

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Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple

As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai

will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons

On his next visit to the United Arab Emirates as part of his West Asia tour starting 9 February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating first-ever Hindu temple to be constructed in Abu Dhabi as reported by Economic Times.

During Modi’s visit to the oil-rich nation in 2015, around 20,000 square metres of land was allotted for the construction of a temple in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba.

According to the records, UAE is home to as many as 2.6 million Indians, who form around 30 percent of the total population of the country. As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai.

Prime Minister Modi visit to UAE will kick start on 10 February. After landing in Abu Dhabi, he will be travelling to Dubai the next day. On a three-day event in Dubai to which India has been invited as the guest country, Modi will be addressing a large gathering of Indians in Dubai Opera on 11 February sixth World Government Summit.

After the Prime Minister’s visit in 2015, India’s relations with the UAE have seen some remarkable advancements. On India’s 68th Republic Day celebration, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyanthe was honoured as the chief guest. Just after that visit of Zayed Al Nahyanthe, UAE initiated a USD 75 billion sovereign funds for India.
Interestingly, UAE remains to be India’s number one trading partner and the current annual trade between the two countries stands at around USD 53 billion.

Following UAE’s visit, Prime Minister Modi will be visiting two other countries in West Asia – Palestine and Oman. The visit to Palestine will be first Indian Prime Minister to the country in seven decades. Last year, Modi had visited Israel, the arch-rival of Palestine and hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a six-day visit to India between 14-19 January.

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