At OFBJP event Indian Cabinet Minister Gajendra Shekhawat meets community in U.S.

India’s Minister for Water (Jal Shakti) Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, with Dr. Sudhir Parikh, at the March 22, 2023, meeting with Indian American community leaders organized by Overseas Friends of BJP. Photo: ITV Gold

On the eve of #WorldWaterDay in New York, March 22, 2023, India’s Minister for Water Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, met with the Indian American community at Akbar Restaurant in Edison, N.J. in a meeting organized by the Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party (OFBJP).

“Interacted with the karyakartas of Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) and Indian community on 22nd March 2023 at Edison city in New Jersey, USA,” Minister Shekhawat tweeted with several pictures of the event.

India’s Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat speaking at the March 22, 2023, community meeting hosted by OFBJP in Akbar restaurant, Edison., NJ. Photo: videograb from OFBJP YouTube video.

At the OFBJP meeting, the Minister for Jal Shakti gave a detailed speech lasting about an hour, about India’s progress and challenges since its independence in 1947, and the goals and achievements under the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He urged those gathered to be ambassadors for India’s achievements and its rapid technological and economic development.

He noted how in every field, whether it was the internet, or sanitation, or drinking water and toilets, India had progressed immensely since the BJP came to power in 2014. “I can say truly that no nation can be a world leader with military strength alone,” he said, rather it is the “cultural power” that brings a nation to the fore. And while all the things that the founders of the country wished had not yet been achieved, he said he was confident that in the next 25 years by the 100th anniversary India will be “Viksit Bharat,” or “Developed India” because of the speed with which it is progressing.

At the OFBJP meeting other speakers included Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold, H.R. Shah of TV Asia, and several others.

Dr. Parikh spoke of his early association with OFBJP since the early 1980s, and said the supporters were strong and committed to the ideology of the party.

Dr. Sudhir Parikh speaking at the March 22, 2023, community meeting with India’s Minister for Water
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, in Edison, N.J. Photo: ITV Gold

“We (Indian Americans) always work very hard to make sure U.S.-India relations go to the next level,” Dr. Parikh said, noting that under his presidency of the Indian American Forum for Political Education in the early 1990s, the Caucus for India and Indian Americans was established on Capitol Hill, and today with hundreds of U.S. lawmakers in the Caucus, as well as support from some 50 percent of the U.S. Congress supporting India, it is easier to further bilateral relations.

Dr. Parikh also said that he acquired media outlets and built Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold to further his philanthropic ideals. “It is a great service to the Motherland,” he said adding that his resources were available for any help needed by Motherland India.

Dr. Sudhir Parikh, 2nd from right, with other guests at the OFBJP’s March 22, 2023, community meeting for
India’s Cabinet Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Photo: ITV Gold.

Following the March 22, OFBJP meeting, Minister Shekhawat proceeded to the United Nations where he held numerous meetings with counterparts from other nations to discuss World Water Day goals and achievements.  who held a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings at the United Nations following the OFBJP meeting,

On March 21, Minister Shekhawat met the community in an event hosted by the Indian Consul General Randhir Jaiswal, at the Indian Consulate in New York City.

“I had the opportunity to meet & interact with our very dynamic Indian diaspora here,” the Minister tweeted.

“I shared with them the journey of our Ministry of Jal Shakti & the historic mega water movement undertaking in India under the leadership of hon’ble PM Sh @narendramodiJi,” Minister Shekhawat went on to tweet.

“It was heartwarming to see the genuine appreciation of our extended Indian family here for our efforts back in country. Glad to share that most of them vouch for the transformation that India is witnessing today,” he added.



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