A US metropolis within the coronary heart of the Mississippi Delta area, whose financial fortunes have been just lately revived largely by an organization based by an Indian-American, will set up a bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi.
The unveiling of the bust, which has been commissioned and provided by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and designed by well-known sculptor Ram Sutar, can be carried out throughout a ceremony within the metropolis of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Coahoma County on Friday.
“We are humbled by this most generous gift. Gandhi was among the most courageous and spiritual of men. He led his nation to freedom not with guns but with simplicity, determination, truth and non-violence. His efforts inspired the world, including the leaders of our own nation’s Civil Rights Movement, such as Dr King (Martin Luther King Jr) and the late Congressman John Lewis,” mentioned Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy.
India’s Consul General in Atlanta Dr Swati Kulkarni would formally current the bust to the town, a media assertion mentioned.
The ceremony takes place within the week of Gandhi’s birthday and throughout the celebratory 75th anniversary yr of India’s Independence.
Clarksdale and Coahoma County are positioned within the coronary heart of the Mississippi Delta area, close to the Mississippi River.
While the area has suffered depopulation and lack of jobs in latest many years, an inflow of latest business, job alternatives and folks throughout the previous 4 years have begun to reverse the neighborhood’s fortunes, in response to the assertion.
The Indian-American neighborhood has performed a major function in that progress, a metropolis official mentioned.
“Having recruited PeopleShores to Clarksdale, which was founded by Indian-American Murali Vullaganti, I have seen firsthand their commitment to training their employees not only with technical skills, but most importantly, essential life skills,” mentioned Jon Levingston, government director of the Crossroads Economic Partnership.
PeopleShores is a for-profit social enterprise that brings technology-driven jobs to the “shores” of economically challenged communities within the United States.
The occasion is being sponsored by the Crossroads Economic Partnership, a collaboration of the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Authority of Coahoma County; PeopleShores, a social enterprise; and Indiaspora, a nonprofit organisation of worldwide Indian diaspora leaders.
“Their care and thoughtfulness in providing employees new educational and job opportunities are helping to break the generational cycles of poverty that have gripped our region for decades,” Levingston mentioned.
There can also be a completely staffed medical clinic within the PeopleShores constructing to deal with with out cost the healthcare wants of these residents who haven’t any medical health insurance, he mentioned.
“Their leadership in this endeavor and their embodiment of the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi makes this gift even more meaningful and resonant for us,” he mentioned.
“Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings and principles continue to be a guiding light now as much as ever. This is especially relevant today when we are grappling with uncertainty in the face of a global pandemic, as well as a new social awakening in the US,” mentioned MR Rangaswami, founding father of Indiaspora.
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