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A statement issued by the Women and Child Development Ministry said that an expert committee has been set up the External Affairs Ministry to look into the issues

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New Delhi, July 27, 2017: The government on Thursday clarified that the suggestions received on issues related to NRI marriages are not final recommendations but part of the review process.

A statement issued by the Women and Child Development Ministry said that an expert committee has been set up the External Affairs Ministry to look into the issues and difficulties faced by Indian nationals married to overseas nationals of Indian origin and suggest amendments in existing policies.

Noting that the committee is taking into account suggestions from a variety of stakeholders including individuals, civil society organisations, and institutions on the subject, it said: “Any news reports mentioning the suggestions as formal and final recommendations are completely misleading and incorrect.”

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It stressed that the suggestions will be examined by the government in consultation with a larger group of stakeholders to decide on future course of action.

These suggestions include amendments in certain acts including the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969; constitution of separate cells in embassies/missions abroad to coordinate with local authorities; circulation of do’s and don’ts on the subject, pre-marital and marital counselling etc.

The committee, headed by Justice Arvind Kumar Goel, ex-Chairperson, Punjab’s NRI Commission, includes Professor Pam Rajput, former MP Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, and senior officers of Women and Child Development, Home, External Affairs Ministries and Department of Telecommunications.

It has held four meetings till date to discuss the issues related to the subject of NRI marriages. (IANS)

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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.

In favour of Mahatama Gandhi
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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