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To celebrate Indian culture, Luxembourg City in Europe to mark September 17 as ‘India day’

The Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg City hall) has played a crucial role in organizing the event along with the Indian Association Luxembourg to strengthen communal harmony

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Chicago: Association of Indians in America, Inc. Illinois Chapter (AIA) proudly organized ‘Group Dance Competition Youth Talent Show on August 27, 2016 at Harper College Auditorium, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL Asian Media USA
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Sept 6, 2016: ‘India day’ is likely to be celebrated on September 17, this year in Luxembourg City. This event is an effort of The Indian Association Luxembourg (IAL) to celebrate Indian Culture as well as promote cultural acceptance through social interaction.

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The event will have stalls displaying Indian Culture and Tradition, which include Henna, Spices, traditional Indian outfits, Indian snacks, and Indian music. Live dance performances from various regions of India are one of the key attractions of the event, which will be commence at 9AM and conclude at around 6PM, in the place d’Armes. The event also aims to highlight ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives.

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Chicago: Association of Indians in America, Inc. Illinois Chapter (AIA) proudly organized ‘Group Dance Competition Youth Talent Show on August 27, 2016 at Harper College Auditorium, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL Asian Media USA
Chicago: Association of Indians in America, Inc. Illinois Chapter (AIA) proudly organized ‘Group Dance Competition Youth Talent Show on August 27, 2016 at Harper College Auditorium, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL, USA. Asian Media USA

The Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg City hall) has played a crucial role in organizing the event along with the Indian Association Luxembourg to strengthen communal harmony.

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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