Friday 2 October 2009

White man sponsor on Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary


White man sponsor on
Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary

AMANDEEP KAUR
Friday, 02 October 2009
HAMILTON(New Zealand): In a rare goodwill gesture Richard Howard, a New Zealander of British heritage will be one of the sponsors for the mega function being organized by the Indian community to mark the birth anniversary of legendary martyr Bhagat Singh at Hamilton on October 3.
It is worth mentioning here that Richard Howard is the first New Zealander of British ancestry, who has come forward to sponsor a patriotic function being organised to commemorate Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Managing Director of Pathways, one of New Zealand’s most established and reputable immigration consultancies, Richard Howard, is pleased and appreciative to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of the ceremony and also to deliver a keynote address for a gathering of around 1,500 Indians in Hamilton.
“Without going into good or bad sagas of history, I wish to establish good rapport with each ethnic community in New Zealand including Indians, who are emerging as a major international market,” said Richard.
The development is being seen as turnaround in the history given the fact that British rulers had hanged to death the revolutionary Indian patriot Bhagat Singh, along with two associates Rajguru and Sukhdev, nearly eight decades ago. In the post-independence era Bhagat Singh had emerged as the icon of Indians for playing a significant role in liberating the country.
The ceremony would be organized by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Trust, Hamilton. Having come into existence in June 2008, the Trust has already commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of legendary martyr and its endeavours to mark his birth and martyrdom anniversaries on regular basis.
“The ceremony turns out to be great for us as a British-New Zealander Richard has agreed to be the part of it as a sponsor. We welcome this gesture to garner better ties,” said the Trust Chairperson Jugraj Singh Mahil.
The Trust Vice President J.S Randhawa said that invitations had already been sent for the ceremony and arrangements are being made for an expected gathering of more than 1,500 including some New Zealanders by birth.

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