NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know News India Times November 24, 2017 10 Community By StaffWriter -NEWYORK T he Indian Consulate in NewYork, in collaboration with Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP), Association of Indian Americans in North America (AIANA) and Gujarat Foundation Inc., organized a pro- gram to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of the “Ironman of India” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The program at the Consulate began with a floral tribute by all pres- ent to the respected leader. Eminent mem- bers of the communi- ty attended and shared their views on this occasion. The Consul General Sandip Chakravarty in his welcome remarks shared the contribution of Sardar Patel in unifying India at the most crucial moment after achieving inde- pendence in 1947. He also highlighted Patel’s simplicity and his vision of a united India. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas - National Unity Day pledge was taken by all present. H.R.Shah, Srujal Parikh of the FIA, Kaushik Amin of the Gujarat Foundation, Suresh Jani and Jagdish Sehwani of OFBJP, Sunil Nayak of the AIANA, Deepti Jani of OFBJP, Mala Shah of the Gujarati Samaj and Dhiren Parikh also contributed their views on the occasion. A short documentary on the life, achievement and the sacrifice made by Patel was also shown. It was decided unan- imously by all to remember and pay trib- ute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel every year in such a way where in not only sen- iors but the youth and school going children who are not aware of the sacrifice, struggle and the contribution of leaders in shaping inde- pendent India, be actively involved. Some other commu- nity members present at the event among included Hirubhai Patel of Gujarati Samaj, Bhadra Butala of Gandhian Society, Gautam Patel of Paramus Gujarati Samaj, Yogesh Shah,Gumgesh Desai and others. By StaffWriter -NEWYORK he Brahmin Samaj of U.S.A. (BSOU) held their 29th annual Diwali celebration on Sunday, November 5, at Royal Albert’s Palace, in Edison, New Jersey. The evening was graced by many high profile community leaders, including Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, founder and chairman of ParikhWorldwide Media and Padma Shri H.R. Shah of TV Asia, whom both were honored by BSOU. Other individuals and members of groups who attended the event included Ramesh Patel, the FIA chairman; Ram Gadhavi, President of the Gujarati Literary Academy of North America; Pinakin Pathak, vice chairman of BSOU and President of Omkara Group; Jayesh Patel, former president of FIA and OFBJP; the India Cultural Society, Ekal Mahavidyala, and president of the Lions Club of NJ; Piyush Patel, veteran community leader and philanthropist; Dipak Shah, well- knownVaishnav leader and philanthro- pist; Arvind Bhatt, a philanthropist and Trustee of BSOU; Chandrakant Tridevi, chairman of BSOU; Abhay Shukla, President of BSOU; Jashbhai Brahmbhatt, vice president of BSOU; Dr. Mukund Thakar, a well-known philanthropist; Kaushik Vyas; Bhagavatbhai Pandya; Shreejay Purohit; Sanjay Amin and more. Dr. Parikh spoke on the occasion; con- gratulating BSOU on completing 29 years and encouraged everyone to do their part in strengthening India-U.S. relations. Shah was also honored at the event for his illustrious career, beginning his busi- ness in the early 90s, before acquiring TV Asia from Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. Entertainment was provided by Natwar Thakkar of Roshni Productions. Consulate Hosts Meet On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty, Suresh Jani, Dipti Jani and Deputy Consul General Paramita Tripathi. Judge Mala Shah Kaushik Amin Photos:Peter Ferreira Peter Ferreira T Brahmin Samaj Of USA Celebrated Gala Diwali Dinner (Left to Right) Chandrakant Trivedi, Pinakin Pathak, Mukund Thakar, Piyush Patel, Padma Shri H R Shah - Chairman & CEO of TV Asia, FIA Chairman Ramesh Patel, Deepak Shah, Sunil Nayak, Ram Gadhvi, Jayesh Patel, Pradip Kothari, Dr Sudhir Parikh, guest & Shreejay Purohit Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Founder and Chairman, Parikh Worldwide Media, was felicitated at a Gala Diwali Dinner hosted by Brahmin Samaj USA, at Royal Albert's Palace, Fords, NJ, on November 5, 2017.