|Asma Mahmood, Consul General of India Shri Akhilesh Mishra, MJ Akbar, |
Reeti Mishra, Bhupinder Virdi
|With Binoy Thomas Editor in Chief|
The main point that was stressed in MJ Akbar's speech in Toronto was the elimination of poverty which is the foremost priority of the present Indian dispensation. The world is also focused on the fact that the economic development becomes meaningless if the wealth starts getting concentrated in the hands of a few. It is also the priority of The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by United Nations. Needless to say it is the most pressing issue of Indian subcontinent.
|MJ Akbar, Consul General Of India|
Shri Akhilesh Mishra,
Ghazal singir Azalia Ray, Meena Chopra
|Rakesh Tewari Producer Host |
Apana Radio, Publsher Hindi Times
Further he threw light on the structure of multicultural democratic India where the freedom of faith is practiced openly and fearlessly. This could have been surprising to some Canadians of Pakistani descent who were present in a vast majority at the event. Muslims in Pakistan are wrongly led to believe and perceive that the Muslims in India are suppressed. This was clearly and categorically conveyed by MJ towards the end saying " Thank God I am in India which is truly secular".
His talk was so engrossing that when it was over, everyone was left literally wanting more but that is typical of MJ. We wish that the event was followed by a question and answer session as well.
The evening was shared by many eminent personalities and media of Toronto both of Indian and Pakistani descent. The event was hosted by of Shri Akhilesh Mishra, Consul General of India in Toronto and his wife Reeti Mishra with a dinner to follow. Pakistani Consul General Mr. Golo, Senator Salma Ataullahjan, were also present for the evening.
Some pics from the event
|MG Vassanji, Nurjahan Vassanji and Bhupinder Virdi|
|Menaka Thakkar and Meena Chopra|