Gandhian Society Hosts Cultural Event To Celebrate Diversity And India-US Relations

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EDISON, NJ: The Gandhian Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, hosted a cultural event to celebrate diversity and strengthen relations between India and the United States.

The event welcomed over 25 esteemed organizations representing the vibrant tapestry of the Indian diaspora in the New York area. The esteemed Consul General of India in New York, Shri Binaya Srikanta Pradhan, was the guest of honor.

This evening, we celebrate more than just the arrival of a distinguished diplomat,” said Mahesh Wani, Secretary of the Gandhian Society.We celebrate an opportunity to bridge cultures and communities, a principle that resonated deeply with Mahatma Gandhi.”

The event highlighted the Gandhian Society’s commitment to inclusion, a cornerstone of Gandhi’s philosophy. It brought together individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, united by their connection to India and its values.

Our organization fosters a spirit of inclusion,” Wani added. “We have experienced seniors who guide us with their vision, while our younger members translate that vision into action. This mentorship ensures the Society’s sustainability and cultivates future leaders.”

The evening featured a cultural performance that showcased the rich diversity of the Indian-American community.

Dignitaries and Community Leaders Address the Gathering

The event featured remarks from a distinguished group of dignitaries and community leaders:

  • Mayors:
    • Mayor Sam Joshi of Edison Township welcomed the Consul General and expressed gratitude to the participating organizations.
    • Mayor John McCormick of Woodbridge Township spoke about the Indian-American community’s valuable contributions to their local communities.
  • Business Leaders:
    • Albert Jasani and Dr. Dinesh Patel, owners of Royal Albert Palace and the event’s hosts, extended a warm welcome to all guests and the Consul General. They further offered to host future consulate events benefiting the community.
    • Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, lauded the Gandhian Society’s humanitarian work and pledged his continued support.
  • Community Organizations:
    • Kenny Desai, former president of FIA, Bharat Rana, president of FISANA, and Jahanvi Mehta of the Oak Tree Road Business Association offered their greetings to the Consul General.
    • Anil Narang of World Vegan Vision spoke about Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of veganism and promoting Gandhian values.
    • Upendra Chivukula, chairman of the board of public utilities of NJ, offered his support and that of the state of NJ to the Consul General.

Consul General’s Remarks and Cultural Performances

The Consul General expressed his appreciation to the Gandhian Society for organizing the event and the warm welcome he received. He commended the captivating cultural show featuring Indian classical music, a traditional Mallakhamb performance, a Tabla ensemble, and an Odyssey dance recital. He acknowledged the Indian diaspora’s dedication to both their homeland and their adopted communities while preserving their heritage through culture, values, and traditions.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Mr. Bhadra Butala, founder of the Gandhian Society.

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