Gandhian Society hosts cultural event to celebrate diversity and US- India relations

Elected officials and community, business leaders pose for a picture at the June 18, 2024, Ganchian Society event celebrating diversity and welcoming the new Consul General of India in New York Binaya S. Pradhan, 3rd from right. Also seen in photo are Mayor of Woodbridge Township John McCormac, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media/ITV Gold, and leaders of FIA, FISANA, etc. PHOTO: Indian Consulate/Gandhian Society

The Gandhian Society, a non-profit organization which aims to promote the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, hosted a cultural event to celebrate diversity and strengthen relations between the United States and India.

The event took place June 18, 2024, and included representatives from more than 25 organizations “representing the vibrant tapestry of the Indian diaspora in the New York area,” organizers said in a press release.

The Consul General of India in New York, Binaya Srikanta Pradhan, was the guest of honor.

India’s Consul General in New York, Binaya Srikanta Pradhan, top left, addressing the Gandhian Society event. Other speakers include Bhadrakumar Butala of Gandhian Society, top right, Sam Joshi, bottom left, Mayor of Edison, NJ, and John McCormac, Mayor of Woodbridge Township, NJ. PHOTO: Indian Consulate

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

Special guests and attendees at the Gandhian Society celebration of diversity event June 18, 2024. PHOTO: Gandhian Society

“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 portrayed the diversity of the Indian-American community.

The event featured remarks from a number of special guests and community leaders.

Among the other speakers at the Gandhian Society event were Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh, top left, Kenny Desai of FIA, top center, Albert Jasani of Royal Albert’s Palace, top right. PHOTO: Indian Consulate.

Mayor Sam Joshi of Edison Township welcomed the Consul General and expressed gratitude to the participating organizations.

Mayor John McCormac of Woodbridge Township spoke about the Indian-American community’s valuable contributions to their local communities.

A number of business leaders also spoke. Albert Jasani and Dr. Dinesh Patel, owners of Royal Albert’s Palace in Fords, NJ,  and the event’s hosts, welcomed the guests, and 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.

Representatives of community organizations also spoke. Kenny Desai, former president of Federation of Indian Associations of Tri-state, Bharat Rana, president of the Federation of Seniors Associations of North America (FISANA), and Jahanvi Mehta of the Oak Tree Road Business Association, Edison, NJ, greeted the Consul General who took the helm of the Indian Consulate early this year.

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 Pradhan praised the Gandhian Society for organizing the event and for the warm welcome. He appreciated the cultural show featuring Indian classical music, a traditional Mallakhamb performance, a Tabla ensemble, and an Odissi 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 Bhadra Butala, founder of the Gandhian Society.



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