For Immediate Release
December 16, 2017
USHA holds reception in honor of Nagesh Singh,
Consul General of Atlanta.
December 16, 2017 – Atlanta, GA: The US Hindu Alliance (USHA), the first Hindu advocacy group in America, organized a well attended reception on December 15, 2017, in honor of Consul General of India in Atlanta, Shri Nagesh Singh, as part of its outreach to the diplomatic community.
The reception held at the Tadka Banquet Hall in Alpharetta, was attended by prominent personalities, including Sam Massell, former Mayor of Atlanta, Naomi Takahashi, Consul for Economic and Political Affairs for Japan, Vincent Liu, Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Dr. Jagdish Sheth, world renowned Emory University
professor of marketing, Narender Reddy, national Republican leader and Major Tom Patton, from the Forsyth County Police Department.
The event began with an invocation and welcome by Shobha Swamy, followed by scintillating performances showcasing several types of classical Indian dances. The performers were part of various dance schools in Atlanta, including Kalaivani Dance and Music Academy, Natya Veda Dance Academy, Kalaxya Institute of Performing Arts, Noopura Nrithavidyalaya and Deeksha School of Performing Arts.
After recognition of the distinguished guests who were present, USHA President Gokul Kunnath shared his thoughts on the importance of engaging with the world. The reception today is part of our effort to reach out to the broader diplomatic community, he said. In addition, India occupies a special place in the Hindu heart because of our connection to its ancient civilization. He also asked the audience their support to build an effective Hindu voice in America.
Dhiru Shah, President Elect of Global Indian Business Council and an Alumni of the London School of Economics, elaborated on the economy of India in the last two millennia until independence. Citing examples, he demonstrated that India was a major economic power until the conquest of the country by Britain. The British destroyed India’s education system, its agricultural, textile and manufacturing industries.
Dr. Jagdish Sheth, the Charles Kellstadt Professor of marketing at Emory University, gave his observations on the emergence of India as a major economic power. He explained why he was confident of India’s rise and the growth of its economy using several examples, including the acquisition by Tata Motors of two globally known British Brands, the Jaguar and Land Rover.
Sam Massell, the 90-year- old former Mayor of Atlanta and one of Georgia’s most influential figures, spoke about the warmth he felt beingMwith the audience. He said that he feels proud to be invited to the USHA event. Massell, the President of the Buckhead Coalition, had been a pioneer in improving the economic landscape of Atlanta. Bob Arnett, author of the popular book, India Unveiled as well as many children’s books, informed the audience that Dharma is what sets India apart from every other country in the world. He also stated that the ideas contained in the Vedas, the most ancient sacred writings, offer the solutions for the seemingly insurmountable problems of the world. Rajeev Menon, Vice President of Communication for USHA, introduced the Guest of Honor, Consul General Nagesh Singh. In his remarks to the audience, Shri Singh stated that what we need is more education and empowerment and congratulated USHA for taking up the initiative to organize the community. He asked everyone to be familiar with the challenges and the accomplishments of India after independence. India has demonstrated to the world that it can remain as a powerful, united democracy and contribute meaningfully to economic progress, peace and prosperity. He acknowledged the improving ties between the US and India and was confident that the relations would continue to improve in the future.
Numerous Hindu organization heads recognized and thanked the Consul General for the amazing work being done by him and his team in the Southeast.
The emcee for the event was Pratibha Tripathi, senior media advisor to USHA and former anchor of CNN and Dr. Sreekala Satheesh, national treasurer of USHA and a practicing physician.
Note: The US Hindu Alliance (USHA), founded in 2001, is a national grass root, non- profit, tax-exempt, advocacy organization of Hindus to protect and promote the interests of Hindus worldwide. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com or visit www.ushaonline.org.