The Indian High Commission in Guyana on Tuesday hosted a local celebration of the 2018 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which is held bi-annually in India to honour overseas-based Indians who have made contributions towards the development of the country.Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which translates to Indian Diaspora, is observed onA cultural presentation by ICC dancersJanuary 9 annually and commemorates the return of Mahatama Gandhi, the country’s greatest Pravasi, to India from South Africa to lead the independence struggle.This year’s event was held under the theme: “Diaspora – The connection with India”. It also saw the hosting of the first ever People of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentarian Conference.A 23-member Guyanese delegation of 20 Members of Parliament (MPs), including former President Bharrat Jagdeo, attended the conference on Tuesday in New Delhi, India.The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebration in India started back in 2003 and provides a platform to discuss issues concerning the Indian Diaspora. The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are also given.Prominent Guyanese such as former Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar along with business tycoon, Dr Yesu Persaud have all been recipients of the award in the past.Addressing the gathering at the local celebrations held at the Indian Culture Centre, High Commissioner Venkatachalam Mahalingam said Indo-Guyanese, who are the in third and fourth generations of indentured ancestors, have made great contributions in shaping Guyana. He noted too that in doing all this, they managed to preserve many of the cultures and traditions passed on by their foreparents.“Amazingly, they have preserved their Indian culture in various forms through religious practices music, costumes, food habits, etc, though they have lost linguistic and family contacts from their ancestral land primarily due to enormous distance involved,” he stated.However, Mahalingam noted that the High Commission has since been engaged in various activities to further strengthen and sustain the cultures and traditions that were passed down. In fact, he noted that the High Commission will soon be organising cooking classes to teach Guyanese authentic Indian cuisines.Meanwhile, Cultural Activist Neaz Subhan was invited to speak on the topic: ‘Continuation of Cultural Moorings – Guyana’s experience’.He reflected on the journeys of Indian ancestors, who ensured that their identities, especially their cultural genetics, were never compromised when they decided to stay and build their lives in this foreign land.However, while much has been done to preserve the culture and traditions passed down, Subhan warned of the cultural erosion that is largely impacted by western and other influences, including technology. He urged Indo-Guyanese to remember in mind and spirit who they are and where they came from.“…We must not allow ourselves to succumb to complacency for it is being bombarded by tremendous influences with unfortunate erosion in some areas. But we cannot give up and must not be overwhelmed by the influences despite the difficulties and the lure, for if we do, then I don’t think we can genuinely pay homage to our indentured foreparents and the value of their selfless sacrifices can eventually disappear. While there is not so a subtle hint of gloom in that, we must also be proud of what we have done within the context of the Guyanese experience,” he said.On this note, the cultural activist posited that the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas must be seen as an avenue to foster ideas and introspection that will aid in the navigation through the challenges and times when necessary adaptation is no longer an option.The opportunity afforded to Indians across the world to meaningfully participate is not only most useful, but must be commended. The longevity of our culture, the continuation of the cultural moorings so that we can have and preserve the Guyanese experience, may depend a lot on such events including this simple gathering here this afternoon,” he asserted.Nevertheless, Subhan noted that on the local context, Indo-Guyanese must find ways and means beyond to sustain and broaden the efforts triggered by the cultural moorings over time.
The lotto match 2 winner for 16th January was Mary Moy Newmills. Next weeks jackpot is €3,460. Sellers this week are Neil Gallagher and Colin Kelly.The reconvened AGM took place on Saturday night and the following officers and committees were elected: chairman; Aidy Glackin, secretary; Sharon McGinty, ass-secretary; Eddie Crawford, treasurer; Paul Gallagher, ass-treasurer; Paddy Devine, pro; Neil Gallagher, registers; Paddy McConnell & Tommy Simmons, child protection officer; Micky McHugh, county board delegate; Barry McDaid, northern board delegate; Brendan Walsh, oifig na gaeilge; Barry O’Ludog, players rep; Eamon Ward, field committee;Hughie McDaid, Steven McDaid, Frank Carberry, Peter McConnell, Cieran Gallagher, hall committee; Karen McHugh, Charlie Peter McDaid, neil Gallagher, Paddy Devine, Margaret Anne McDaid, Aisling McDaid, Fiona mc daid, lotto committee; Margaret Anne McDaid, Aisling McDaid, Hughie McDaid, John McGinley (rashedoge).The following managers were elected: senior; Manus McFadden, 3rd team; Aidy glackin, u-21;Gerard mc grenera & mauns Kelly, minor; Brendan walsh & eddie Crawford, u-16;brian mc hugh,johnny mc ginley & semi Callaghan, u015; Gerard mc ginty, noel mc devitt & johnny mc ginley, u-14; Gerard mc ginty & noel mc devitt, u-13; tommy Marley & noel mc devitt, u-12 paddy mc ginty & paul gallagher, u-8 paddy devine, sean bonner & Gerard mc grenera, u-12 girls; Sharon mc ginty. Circuits will start in the hall on Monday the 16th at 7pm for ladies and 8pm for men, and it costs €45 for 10 sessions. All are welcome. If there is anyone interested in getting a copy of the county final dvd they can contact the club secretary Barry mc Daid. The gym is ladies only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm. There will be Zumba Dance classes in the hall every Thursday @ 8.15pm, all are welcome. There will be Irish classes in the clubhouse on Tuesday 8th at 8pm, all are welcome. GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: January 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA notes