May 2018
May 2018

Forum on contributions of Sikh Americans to US military

Dean Vali Nasr and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Strategic Studies Program hosted a conversation on “Diversity in the US Military and the Contributions of the Sikh American Community,” at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC on April 17.
The event was hosted with the Sikh American Veterans Alliance (SAVA) and was attended by Ravi Bhalla, Mayor, Hoboken, New Jersey; Lieutenant General Mark Herling, USA, Retired, former Commanding General of US Army Europe; Dr Tammy S. Schultz, Director of National Security and Joint Warfare and a Professor of Strategic Studies at the US Marine Corps War College; LTC Kamal Kalsi, D.O., president, Sikh American Veterans Alliance and Shamila Chaudhary, Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute.

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May 2018

NJ producers’ movie wins prestigious national awards in India

Photo above Falguni Chintu Patel, with Chintu Patel, the producers of Irada, which won two national films awards in India.

Irada, produced by NJ-based Falguni Chintu Patel of Irada Entertainment, has won two awards at the prestigious 65th National Film Awards ceremony on May 3 in New Delhi.
A film about environmental preservation in India, Irada received the awards in “Best Film on Environment” and “Best Supporting Actress” for Divya Dutta. The awards were announced by the Government of India on April 13.
Set in Bhatinda, Punjab, the film is based on a true story about illnesses and deaths of residents from the pollution of the city's water source by thermal power plants. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Sagarika Ghatge in the lead roles.
Irada Entertainment is the brainchild of Falguni Patel, who also runs Irada Foundation, with her husband Chintu Patel, co-CEO and co-chairman of NJ-based Amneal Pharmaceuticals, a leading generic drugs firm in the US. The foundation is designed to serve as a charitable-giving vehicle for the Patel family in the healthcare and education sectors.

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Gujarat Day celebrated at Indian Consulate in NY

The non-resident Gujarati community in North America celebrated “Gujarat Sthapana Divas-2018” or Gujarat Day at the Consulate General of India in New York on May 2. The event showcased the rich traditions and culture of Gujarat. It was organized by the Con...

Lawmakers attend AAPI annual ‘Legislative Day’ in DC

Dozens of lawmakers from the Democratic as well as Republican parties spoke at the annual Legislative Day of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States, hosted at the Capitol Hil...

Manav Seva Mandir’s 25th anniversary fundraiser in Chicago

Nearly 800 people attended the 25th-anniversary fundraiser of Manav Seva Mandir in Bensenville, IL. The event featured “Krishna ek Prem Gatha,” a musical. Manav Seva Mandir seeks to be a focal point for Hindu worship, develop a congregational sense of resp...

Sri Sri speaks about harmony at 2 events in Washington, DC

Georgetown University, India Initiative, hosted “Interfaith Harmony and Service: A Conversation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar” at the Gaston Hall in Washington, DC. The event was followed by a question-answer session with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the spiritual le...

BAPS hosts annual women’s conference

Tammy Murphy, First Lady of NJ, was the keynote speaker. Photos: Gunjesh Desai Several hundred participants attended the BAPS Women’s Conference on April 21 at the BAPS Temple in Edison, NJ. The event’s theme, “The Power of Positivity,” was headlined by Ta...

Deepika Padukone in ‘Time’s 100 Most Influential’

TIME magazine hosted its 14th annual Time 100 gala, celebrating Time’s list of the world’s most influential people, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City, on April 24. Among the featured names on the list were Boll...

BJP National Spokesperson hosted at TV Asia

Dr Sudhanshu Trivedi, BJP National Spokesperson.  The Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP), along with TV Asia, hosted a meet and greet with Dr Sudhanshu Trivedi, National Spokesperson of the BJP, at the TV Asia auditorium in Edison, NJ, on April 28.Dr Trivedi,...

Dr Subramanian Swamy addresses gathering at TV Asia

H R Shah, left, TV Asia chairman & CEO, welcoming Dr. Subramanian Swamy, center, at the TV Asia headquarters, in Edison, NJ. Photos: Gunjesh Desai Dr. Subramanian Swamy, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP, addressed a gathering of community members at the TV As...

'Inspire Series' lecture at the UN

From far right, Rajinder Verma, Matbar S. Negi, Musthafa PC, Promela Suri and Sudha Ananth. Photos: Gunjesh Desai The Society for Promotion of Indian Culture & Experience (SPICE) hosted the "Inspire Series" lecture with Musthafa PC, leading food industry e...

Panel discussion on ‘Green Card Backlog’ at TV Asia

From left, Bish Mazumdar of Lion Mortgage; Abhishek Bais, MIT graduate currently in Green Card backlog; TV Asia host Sanjiv Pandya; Rani Emandi, founder of Emandi Law Firm and Ajay Kumar, CPA, at an informational session on “Financial Planning While In Gre...