|Every diaspora is connected by the proverbial umbilical cord with its motherland. So too is the Indian Diaspora that has, in the 21st century, intensified its engagements with India. Spread over a 100 nations globally, and connecting regularly with its roots in one form or another, the Indian Diaspora, 28 million strong, is largely responsible for India’s growing clout in the world scene. In many ways, the men and women of the Indian diaspora are unofficial ambassadors of India, for what they showcase becomes a cornerstone for opinion building on India. This book talks about how the diaspora has fared, and the key issues it has raised, through the eyes of one of the most respected diaspora organizations in the world—the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). The book also profiles some leading GOPIO members, and the chapters that the organization has established worldwide. Also featured are some Little Indias across the world
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JAYA’S IIC MOMENT
From left: Mr Mahapatra, Mr
Sircar, Mrs Bachchan and Mr Das
On October 13, less than two days after her star husband’s publicized 70th birthday celebrations, Mrs Jaya Bachchan, MP, took time out to fly in to Delhi to keep a commitment she made a friend. She released Complete Plays, a book by eminent poet-laureate and celebrated Odia playwright Mr J.P. Das at New Delhi’s India International Centre. Present alongside were CEO Prasar Bharati Mr Jawahar Sircar, eminent theatre personality from Odisha Mr Anant Mahapatra and Mr Narendra Kumar of Haranand Publishers. One of the plays from the book was enacted by a theatre group from Bhopal. During her comments, Mrs Bachchan who’d specially flown in to release the book, spoke highly of Mr Das, “a man of integrity who’d always remain a friend for his goodness of heart.”
FICCI LAUNCHES GOPIO BOOK
In November, the Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Dr A. Didar Singh (3rd from right) launched the book on Global Indian Diaspora—GOPIO Making An Impact by India Empire Publications (see book on left). The book was launched in the presence of former GOPIO Chairman Dr Thomas Abraham (4th from left). Also seen in the picture are Mr Munish Gupta, Chief Editor of PIO TV (3rd from left), veteran journalist and Munish’s father Mr K N Gupta (2nd from left), former ambassador R Dayakar (right) and Publisher of the book, Mr Sayantan Chakravarty (4th from right).