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Address by Incoming President

One of the main concerns of the parents is the safety and security of their children. This concern turns into anxiety if the children happen to be living in a diverse community. As our children are in minority in the industrially advanced economies of the world, this anxiety may turn into anguish if the majority cultures behave as racists. Recent events in Australia remind us of similar events in New Jersey created by ‘Dot Busters’ or KKK in the US a few decades ago. The US administration was quick to take action against such racist attacks.

Australian administration, however, is still in the denial phase, which does not augur well for us. Government of India has done well to emphasise and re-emphasise it. Our representations to the concerned departments of Government of India and the Australian authorities through emails and other modes of communication have been noted and we hope that the concerned authorities would take appropriate action.

After founding the Association about seven ago, we have a new team of members in the Executive Committee which was elected recently. I would like to thank Mr. S.N. Makhijani who has conducted the elections smoothly and efficiently. I would like to thank all the members of out going Executive Committee for setting a precedent by establishing the Rules and Regulations for conducting elections. Including both the parents in the election process has not only empowered mothers, it has set an example for active participation by women in NRIPA and all such organisations of parents. By expanding the size of the Executive Committee, we have included many more members in our activity. I also appreciate all the members of our new team for the donations that they have made to the Association as a gesture to thank all the members of our Association. We would like to thank Mr. Madhusudan Mehta and his outgoing team for their guidance and support to NRIPA since inception.

Workshop on Ageing and Yoga held on 20 December 2009 was a huge success for which we are thankful to Dr. K. N. Shighlot, Chief Medical Officer, Health Centre, M. S. University of Baroda and Dr. Nilima Patel, Professor, College of Physiotherapy for their unflinching help in organising this event. Many members have asked us to repeat such workshops that focus on health.

We began the New Year by calling a meeting of EC for a brain storming session that lasted over two hours. This session was helpful in identifying the key issues for the development and growth of our Association. Mr. Mehta has listed some of them in his article in this issue of the Newsletter. We shall take up such issues in a phased manner.

I would like to add to it by asking the members to seriously consider ‘Out Reach’. As parents of NRI children, we are privileged and proud to live a comfortable life. We have worked hard to achieve this social status that has given us comfort, privileges, and prerogatives that are denied to a large majority of our population. I firmly believe that we, as members of NRIPA should think of helping the less privileged in our society and run some ‘outreach’ programmes on behalf of our Association. This will give us visibility in the public eye besides tapping the resources available to NGOs working for the less privileged people.  Let us pray to Almighty in the Vedic way:

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः  l

सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः  l

सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु  l

मा कश्चित्   दुःखभाग्भवेत l

ॐ शांति शांति शांति

Dr. Om P. Juneja