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Moses Nagamootoo: Guyana’s First Tamilian Prime Minister

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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: youtube.com)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Meets Bollywood’s Delegates

While their past meetings drew ire for zero women representation, this time Alia, Ekta, Ashwiny and Bhumi lent the woman power.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

A delegation of young Hindi film actors and filmmakers like Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday to discuss how the entertainment industry can contribute to nation building.

Karan, who was a part of past industry meetings with the PM, led the delegation which included names like Ekta Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Sidharth Malhotra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.

After the meeting, where the Bollywood squad clicked a group selfie with Modi, Karan wrote on Instagram: “Powerful and timely conversations can bring about change and this was one of what we hope will become a regular conversation. Meeting the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi today was an incredible opportunity.

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Modi meets Bollywood

“As a community, there is a huge interest to contribute to nation building. There is so much that we want to do. And can do and this dialogue was towards how and what ways we can do that. When the youngest country (in demography) joins hands with the largest movie industry in the world, we hope to be a force to reckon with. Together we would love to inspire and ignite positive changes to a transformative India.”

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Karan also thanked the government on behalf of the film industry for the GST reduction in movie ticket prices that was implemented recently. It was a result of the meetings held with the PM last year.

While their past meetings drew ire for zero women representation, this time Alia, Ekta, Ashwiny and Bhumi lent the woman power. (Bollywood Country)