‘Religion should never be a foundation for a nation-state and nationalism should not be based on any religion’ said Prof. Bhalachandra Mungekar M.P. He was speaking to a gathering of Indian National Overseas Congress members on Sept 24, 2015, at the Santoor Restaurant in Glen Oaks, New York. ‘It is the policy of Secularism the Congress party enunciated that kept India together since Independence and the recent happenings under the Modi administration is quite worrisome’ he added.
‘The planning commissions over the years provided a strong foundation for growth and the disbanding of the commission by the Modi Government is short-sighted’ said Dr. Mungekar who has served as a member of the Board.
Shri. Kodikunnil Suresh, M.P. (Lok Sabha) spoke at length about the growth and development of the past 60 years that ushered India to stand tall among the family of the industrialized nations as he paid tribute to Congress Party which made that possible. ‘‘Digital India’ is not a new initiative, but an ongoing development project of automation initiated by Rajiv Gandhi administration’ added Mr. Suresh, a member of Lok Sabha. He encouraged the NRIs to get involved and promote growth and opportunities in India.
Mr. George Abraham, Chairman of INOC, Mr. Harbachan Singh, Secretary-General of INOC, Mr. Thomas T. Oommen, Chairman, Kerala Chapter, Mr. R. Jayachandran, President, Kerala Chapter, Mr. U.A. Naseer, General Secretary, Kerala Chapter, Mr. Vinod Kerake, Mr. P.A. Abubaker of JaiHind TV also spoke.
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