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D
eveloping infrastructure,
improving the quality of
human capital, optimum
regulation for good business, and
extensive financial sector reform
should be the next steps for
improvement and develop- ment
of the Indian economy, RBI
Governor Raghuram Rajan said.
Rajan was speaking at an event
hosted by the Consulate General of
India in NewYork in collaboration
with the India-America Chamber
of Commerce on Oct. 8.
Rajan encouraged the audience
to get involved in the “nitty gritty of
the implementation process” and
assured them that it was not diffi-
cult, especially given the Indian
government has the political will to
reform. “Now is a good time to
invest in the Indian economy,” he
noted.
Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, consul
general of India in NewYork and
Rajiv Khanna, president of the
India-America Chamber of
Commerce, gave brief introduc-
tions about the governor before
Rajan’s address which was followed
by a Q&A session, a consulate press
release said.
“Over the years, India has out-
grown its institutions,” Rajan said,
adding, that such institutions only
worked well when we had the prac-
tice of resource allocation, which
was a source of revenue. “This was a
time when coal could be extracted
from the ground with your bare
hands,” he said.
Our economy can no longer work
with this model, he said, and just as
there were drastic democratic
changes that reacted to the econom-
ic slump in the past decade, institu-
tions also have reacted. Rajan
emphasized on the need to convert
talk about change into delivering
and implementing reforms.
He made three crucial recom-
mendations to creating a more
investment-friendly market in India:
(1) stalled projects needed to get
back on track, and that clearance
granted at the capital should be
effective on the ground; (2) the com-
plex labor laws needed to be
improved to benefit both employers
and workers; and (3) promotion of
self-certification to eliminate the
stressful and cumbersome process of
inspections.
By a Staff Writer
ndian-Americans and offi-
cials of the Obama
Administration discussed
ways to include the Hindu
concept of “seva” or service
in the American socio-cultural
milieu at the Fourth Annual
White House Seva Conference
on Oct. 2. This year’s conference,
“Dharmic Dialogue: Seva and
Social Justice”, marked the 145th
birth anniversary of Mahatma
Gandhi.
In attendance were Neha
Desai Biswal, assistant secretary
of State for South and Central
Asian Affairs; AsimMishra, chief
of staff at Corporation for
National and Community
Service and Anju Bhargava,
founder and Board member of
Hindu American Seva
Communities (HASC), among
others.
Biswal shared with partici-
pants her personal narrative that
exemplified the importance of
seva in her life. She shared the
story of her grandparents strug-
gle during India’s independence
and how seva for your country or
community can bring happiness
in your life. She also spoke about
howMahatma Gandhi inspired
so many people to do seva for
others, HASC said in a press
release.
Mishra talked about his own
personal journey when he had
volunteered and joined
AmeriCorps after college. He
introduced his mentor and guest
of honor, Senator HarrisWofford,
who served as a special assistant
to President John F. Kennedy on
civil rights and was instrumental
in the formation of Peace Corps.
The Hindu-American com-
munity honored SenatorWofford
for his life’s work with a shawl
and a framed personalized letter
fromDr. Rajmohan Gandhi, one
of Mahatma Gandhi’s grandsons.
SenatorWofford shared stories
about his childhood when he
went to India and sawMahatma
Gandhi and how that influenced
the rest of his life. He became a
lifelong believer in non-violence
and shared books and Gandhi’s
teaching with Martin Luther
King in fighting for civil rights in
the 1960s.
Others who spoke included
Ken Bedell from the Department
of Education, Rohan Patel, a
Deputy Director at theWhite
House, and Dr. Sushil Jain, Board
member of the Federation of Jain
Associations in North America
(JAINA).
A video message from Rep.
Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, called
on communities to positively
affect change by remembering
the lessons of Mahatma Gandhi
who led by example.
The conference began with
prayers by the prayers by the
Erhard family of Colorado, fol-
lowed by the singing of the
national anthem by Raghava
Raja Ram.
In her opening remarks,
Bhargava spoke about how
HASC was originally conceived
as an idea for promoting seva
and social justice in the public
square providing opportunities
for people and Dharmic organi-
zations to become more engaged
with the federal government on
these issues.
Other highlights of the day-
long event included panels on
seva and social justice, Energy
and Environment, Hindu-
American youth empowerment,
Homeland Security and Civil
Rights as well as a leadership talk
by Lt. Colonel Ravi Chaudhary.
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WhiteHouse ConferenceDiscusses Importance of Seva inEveryday Life
‘Time toDeliver BeginsNow,’ RBI Governor Tells Indian-Americans
Left, Neha Desai Biswal, assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, addresses attendees at the at the Fourth Annual White House Seva Conference on Oct. 2.
Right, with the help of the Dharmic Feeding Coalition’s Homeless Hunger Seva, conference attendees, speakers, and community members served more than 200 meals at the
Community for Creative Non-Violence, in Washington, D.C. Hindu American Seva Communities along with partners from Sathya Sai Baba Center of Bethesda and the Hare Krishna
Temple of Potomac also organized the distribution and fed over 100 homeless people.
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan speaks to an event held on Oct. 8 at the Consulate General of India in New York.
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