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Inspired by da Vinci, Bharat Dalal’s retrospective to be held in New York

By Siddhi Jain

Titled ‘Beyond Borders’, a major posthumous retrospective of late artist Bharat Dalal will be showcased at the Indian Consulate in New York in August 2021. Organized by Arth Art International, it will feature a series of six humongous paintings inspired by the works of the Leonardo da Vinci.

Dalal (1955-2018) is the creator of this series called ‘The Fossilized Passions of Da Vinci’ which took him over five years to complete. An exemplary painter who possessed a scientific bent of mind, coupled with a philosophical outlook, Dalal felt an unexplained, yet strong connection with the universal genius of da Vinci. For this series, Dalal took a selection of da Vinci’s paintings and introduced them to an added layer of expressionism. One of the most intriguing features of his art was the technique. He hung the huge  canvases from the ceiling with the help of pulleys. With sheer skill he would cover the negative spaces around the required portion and drop the desired color on it. He let the force of gravity define the flow of the paint, allowing the hues to naturally adopt the pattern.

The series, accompanied by handwritten poems and in-depth manuscripts by the artist, provide the viewer an opening to partake in the universal metamorphosis so integral to da Vinci.

‘Ginevra De Benci’ and ‘The Last Supper’ by Bharat Dalal. (Photos courtesy IANSLife)

Said Dr Bernadette Escalona-Cooper, curator, “Bharat Dalal was an international artist of Indian origin, did his magnificent paintings in the USA (LA to be precise), and examined the works of the Italian great Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. He could have been a phenomenal or forgotten artist. But in retrospect, the geniuses behind this ambitious art exhibit call him phenomenal because of his ingenuity and introspective mind.”

 “Beyond Borders shall prove to be a visual delight for viewers. Though inspired by da Vinci’s works, they possess a unique non-replicable technique used by the artist and the philosophical quest for the universal equivalence,” Vikash Nand Kumar, co-curator of the exhibition, added.

Bharat Dalal did his magnificent paintings in the USA, so it is fitting that the Indian Consulate in New York is hosting his retrospective in August. .
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Consulate allays community concerns over OCI rules

New York: Indian Consulate officials have addressed concerns expressed and shared on various media platforms in the United States about  the recent changes to rules relating to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card-holders.

In a March 11 virtual meeting, Consul General in New York, Randhir Kumar Jaiswal, assured leaders of various community organizations that there were no major changes announced during the recent OCI notification by the Indian Government.

“None of the elements in the proclamation is new. All past notifications are put together,” he said, adding, the only new phenomenon is that buying and selling of farmhouses has been added to the list because of its misuse.

On the OCIs being described as “foreign nationals”, Amb. Jaiswal said, “You will be treated as NRIs. The new laws do not change your status. If there is any particular concern, please contact us and we will address your concerns.”

Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman Emeritus of GOPIO, highlighted the concerns of   many OCIs who have established successful businesses in India because the new directive asks companies doing technology and other research needing special permission from the government. That will lead to their ideas  getting divulged to their competitors, he said.

To another question, the Ambassador said, “Rules for foreign nationals will apply to all naturalized citizens in the US.” He reiterated the government position that RBI permission is needed to buy and sell properties in India. On dual citizenship, he said, “OCI card stays as a connection. No further plan at this time regarding dual citizenship for people of Indian origin.”

For OCI cardholders now, entry fees to be charged for visiting national parks and  monuments, historical sites and museums in India and tariffs in airfares in domestic sectors in the country shall be at par with Indian nationals.

Participants at the March 11  interactive session included various chapters of GOPIO as well as NFIA, FIA (Ohio), India Association of Greater Boston, Indian Diamond and Color Stone Association, Indian American Forum for Political Education, Society of Indian American Engineers and Architects, National Indian American Association for Senior Citizens.

Apart from OCI, other issues discussed at the meeting included the impact of the pandemic on the Indian community in the tri-state, raised by Sudha Acharya, executive director of South Asian Council for Social Services.

Amb. Jaiswal talked about India-US relations, “We have bipartisan support in the Congress. Our relationship continues to flourish and prosper when either party in the US is in power.”  On Consular services, he said, as of now, the business visas and the employment visas by India have been restored. However, Tourist visa stands suspended. The Ambassador also assured the community that when the pandemic subsides, the Consulate will organize Visa Camps, allowing people to obtain visas from their hometowns.

Ambassador Jaiswal was joined at the meeting by Deputy Consul General Shatrughna Sinha and other top ranking officials from the Consulate. Sinha, while praising the Indian-American community said, “The Indian Diaspora is the strongest pillar of India’s outreach to the world. OCIs are in par with Indian citizens. Rules remain the same and not much has changed. Don’t go by the media; many voiced concerns due to misconceived notions.”

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73rd Punya Tithi of Gandhi Ji observed at the Consulate

Shanti Fund and LIMFF organized the multifaith program

By Bakul Matalia

New York: On January 30, Volunteers of Shanti Fund in collaboration with the Long Island Multi Faith Forum (LIMFF) and Consulate General of India, observed the solemn occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 73rd Punya Tithi – death anniversary- at the ballroom of the Consulate here.

Since 2005 Shanti Fund, along with LIMFF, has been marking the day by replicating the Mahatma’s daily morning and evening ritual of multifaith prayers to promote peace, religious harmony, and tolerance. For the first 5 years, this event was held at the Indian Consulate and since 2010, at the Suffolk County Executive Office building in Hauppauge, Long Island, where a life size statue of Gandhiji graces the plaza level. This year it was back to the Consulate. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions only presenters were there in person, some speakers appearing virtually.

Priest Nikhil N. Trivedi recited slokas and Gayatri Mantra. (All photographs: Shanti Fund)

Consul General Randhir Jaiswal kicked off the event on time at 3 PM with warm welcoming words, emphasizing two qualities of Gandhi Ji – punctuality, and self-discipline.

Arvind Vora, co-founder of Shanti Fund, conducted the program. It began with Gandhi Ji’s favorite bhajan, “Vaishnav Jan Toh” by Ms. Yoomesh Sharma and Adhan-Muslim call to prayer by Imam Ibrahim Atasoy, who was born in Turkey and educated at Al-Azhar, a world renowned Egyptian University.

Imam Ibrahim Atasoy presented Adhan-Muslim call to prayer. (All photographs: Shanti Fund)

Nitin Ajmera, Chairman of the Board of the Parliament of World Religions, recited “Manglic”, a Jain prayer. Soh Young Lee sang Amazing Grace in Korean, Spanish and English. This Christian favorite was part of Biden’s inauguration. Hindu priest Nikhil Trivedi recited slokas and the Gayatri Mantra. Two Longwood High School students Angad Singh and Arjan Singh Bindra presented Anand Sahib – The Song of Bliss from the Sikh faith.

Rev. JoAnn Barrett, of Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship in Huntington, presented a peace prayer covering all faiths. Chandni Rodriguez honored Gandhiji in yogic gestures and by reciting The Eye of Wisdom poem written by her mother,  Gurani Anjali, who established the first yoga studio on Long Island, in Amityville.  Dr. Yousuf Syed, a physician, Islamic scholar and descendent of the Nizam dynasty of Hyderabad, spoke about the true message of peace according to Islam.

Bakul Matalia, a Shanti Fund volunteer, thanked all the presenters and the Consul General and Deputy Consul General Shatrughna Sinha for being gracious hosts.

The hour long meeting ended with Gandhiji’s other favorite bhajan, Raghupati Raghav Rajaram, recited by Soh Young Lee-Segredo and the audience joining in.

Soh Young Lee sang Amazing Grace and Raghu Pati Raghav. (All photographs: Shanti Fund)

 

Bakul Matalia, a volunteer of Shanti Fund and member of LIMFF, can be reached at bakul.matalia@yahoo.com.

 

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Indian Consulate celebrates Republic Day

Consulate General of India, New York celebrated 72nd Republic Day at the Consulate premises on the morning of January 26. Consul General Randhir Jaiswal hoisted the national flag and read out the President of India’s address to the nation. (Photos: Indian Consulate)
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No Walk-in Service at CGI, New York

There will be no direct public dealing at the Consulate General of India, New York with immediate effect in light of the continued surge in Covid-19 cases. All applications/documents will be received and dispatched by postal method only. No facility for walk-in is available except for death related emergencies and Life Certificate applicants.

(iPassport:  Please apply through the official service provider VFS Global at https://services.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/

(ii) OCI: Please apply through the official service provider VFS Global at https://services.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/

(iii) Visa: Emergency visa will be issued directly by the Consulate General of India, New York to the eligible categories allowed to travel to India as per the advisories issued by the Government of India.  Applicants for emergency visa may write an email to us through the PRAMIT dashboard available on our website www.indiainnewyork.gov.in    explaining the exigency. The Consulate thereafter will inform you of the next steps.

(iii) Attestation Services: Miscellaneous Consular services such as Power of Attorney, Birth Certificate, PCC etc. shall continue to be accepted by postal mail. These can be applied through the following link       https://www.indiainnewyork.gov.in/Miscellaneous_general_info_new

  1. All Visa and Attestation services will be processed only on receipt of all supporting documents and fee at the Consulate. Applicants should factor in that it may take longer and there could be delays in providing above services due to the current Covid pandemic situation.

  1. For further details with regard to fee, document required etc. and any other query in this regard may please be addressed through PRAMIT available on www.indiainnewyork.gov.in

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FIA hosts farewell reception for Consul Vipulkumar Mesariya

The Federation of Indian Associations of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut (FIA-tristate) leadership hosted a farewell for Vipulkumar Mesariya (IFS: 2010), Consul (Political and Press, Information, Culture) at the Consulate General of India in New York, at an informal gathering at Akbar Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey on November 21. 

During his tenure, Mesariya was administratively involved with various FIA celebrations at the consulate. 

FIA Chairman Ankur Vaidya, Vice Chairman Bipin Patel, President Anil Bansal and his executive team, committee members and members of the Board of Trustees attended the event.

Chairman Vaidya thanked Mesariya for the joint initiatives administered between the consulate and FIA during this tenure. He thanked him and expressed FIA’s deepest gratitude while wishing him a successful career ahead.  President Bansal congratulated Mesariya on completion of his tenure in New York and extended good wishes and luck for his future endeavors. FIA Trustee Srujal Parikh talked about how the consulate is a second home for Indian Americans, while past president Alok Kumar, thanked Mesariya for introducing new initiatives and his sincere commitment to serving the Indian community in the U.S. 

Similarly, several FIA members complimented Mesariya and applauded his innovative and interactive initiatives for the better engagement of the Indian American community.

Mesariya commended and thanked FIA for all the help extended to the consulate for various initiatives. Chairman Vaidya presented Mesariya with a memento on behalf of the FIA and a citation from Edison Township.

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Building immunity with Ayurveda in Covid-19

By Surekha Vijh 

Washington: As the Corona pandemic rages on and vaccines are months away, many Ayurvedic and integrated medicine experts from around the world emphasized the need to build immunity and stay healthy.

A webinar titled “Ayurveda for Building Immunity” was organized by the Indian Consulate in San Francisco on November 12. The participants, mostly Ayurvedic specialists, reiterated that building immunity was the most important factor to fight the novel coronavirus, as the ancient system of Ayurveda has dealt with viral and bacterial outbreaks over the centuries.

India’s Consul General in San Francisco, TV Nagendra Prasad, inaugurated the webinar, saying, “Ayurveda has been part of Indian life for centuries and it was a time-tested cure for many ailments.”

Dr Narayananam Srikanth, Deputy Director General of the India’s Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, said that Ayurveda, supplemented with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, is most suitable to build immunity.

“Give your immune system a boost with healthful, plant-based foods, stay active. Eat right, sleep right, and lead a useful and happy life,” he advised.

Dr R Nagarathna, Chief of Arogyadhama in Bengaluru, called breath an important factor in healthy living. That is why breathing exercises, Pranayam, assumes importance in tackling Covid that damages the respiratory system.  She said a cheerful, peaceful life was essential, along with the intake of quality food. As the digestive fire was the best during the day and slowed down after sunset, only light food should be taken after sunset.

Ranjith Kumar, Joint Secretary at India’s Ministry of Ayush, said Ayurveda and other eastern holistic medicine systems such as Siddha and Unani could play a vital role in this global wave of Covid-19.

Dr. Issac Mathai, chairman, SOUKYA International Holistic Center near Bengaluru, said Ayurveda with remedies from the West brought forth the best of East and West. He said the immune system relies on white blood cells that produce antibodies to combat bacteria, viruses, etc, and vegetarians have more effective white blood cells compared to non-vegetarians due to a high intake of vitamins and low intake of fat.   

Dr Mathai said maintaining a healthy weight benefits the immune system. Obesity has been linked to increased risk for flu and other infections such as pneumonia. He suggested Beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes, carrots, and green leafy vegetables is a powerful antioxidant that could reduce inflammation and boost immune function by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body along with vitamin C found in red peppers, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, mangoes, lemons, besides vitamin E found in nuts, seeds, spinach, and broccoli.

Jayarajan Kodikannath, a noted Ayurvedic consultant, stressed the benefits of cleansing therapies and Ayurvedic medicines that help enhance immunity. He elaborated on the role of Panchakarma procedures and how they help “detoxify” the body.  He said vitamin D supplementation has been effective in reducing the risk for viral infections, including respiratory tract infections.  Zinc, a mineral in nuts, pumpkin and sesame seeds, beans, and lentils, can help boost white blood cells, which defend against invaders. And inadequate sleep has also been linked to suppressed immune function.

Mamta Landerman, founding president of the California based Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), said development of a healthy and balanced lifestyle was the key to building immunity.  She moderated the webinar.

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VFS Global replacing CKGS as service provider for visa & passport

New York: The existing service center of Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) located in the city for providing outsourcing services for Visa, OCI, Renunciation, Passport and Global Entry Programme (GEP) (Website: www.in.ckgs.us) has shut down its operations starting  October 14. Any applications received after October 16 at CKGS will be returned to the applicants without processing.

The new service provider, VFS Global, would commence its operations from November 2, 2020.
Till that date, the Consulate General of India, New York will provide services in emergency cases directly. Applicants falling under its jurisdiction are advised to follow the instructions given below to avail emergency services.
Visa: Emergency visa will be issued to the eligible categories allowed to travel to India as per the advisories issued by the Government of India.  Applicants for emergency visa may write an email to visa.newyork@mea.gov.in or through PRAMIT dashboard available on website www.indiainnewyork.gov.in explaining the exigency. The Consulate thereafter will inform of the next steps.
Passport: For emergency passport services, applicants are requested to send an email to passport.newyork@mea.gov.in or through PRAMIT dashboard. Once the request has been approved by the Consulate, the applicant will be informed of the procedure for initiating the application process. The approved applicants may send the completed form by postal mail to Consulate along with a return pre-paid envelope for further processing. 
OCI:
 All OCI services will remain suspended till the new service provider takes over on November 2, 2020.
Attestation Services:
 Miscellaneous Consular services such as Power of Attorney, Birth Certificate, PCC etc. shall continue to be accepted by postal mail.
The contact details of VFS Global, service fee details, operational hours, website etc. will be published on Consulate’s website shortly.
In case of any further query, contact PRAMIT dashboard available on www.indiainnewyork.gov.in

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VFS Global to replace Cox & Kings Global Services as service provider for visa, OCI, passport

The existing service center of Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) located at     235 West, 23rd Street, New York 10011 for providing outsourcing services for Visa, OCI, Renunciation, Passport and Global Entry Programme (GEP) (Website: www.in.ckgs.us) will shut down its operations at close of business on October 14, 2020. The new service provider, VFS Global, would commence its operations from November 2, 2020. 
In this context, it may please be noted that applicants can only submit applications on the CKGS website before the above deadline. Applicants must ensure that the documents are shipped to CKGS with a suitable pre-paid return envelope in a manner to ensure it reaches CKGS by October 16, 2020. Any applications received after October 16, 2020 at CKGS will be returned to the applicants without processing.
With effect from October 14, 2020 and till VFS Global commences its operations on November 2, 2020, the Consulate General of India, New York will provide services in emergency cases directly. Applicants falling under CGI, New York jurisdiction are advised to follow the instructions given below to avail emergency services. 
Visa: Emergency visa will be issued to the eligible categories allowed to travel to India as per the advisories issued by the Government of India.  Applicants for emergency visa may write an email to visa.newyork@mea.gov.in or through PRAMIT dashboard available on website www.indiainnewyork.gov.in explaining the exigency, The Consulate thereafter will inform of the next steps. 
Passport: For emergency passport services, applicants are requested to send an email to passport.newyork@mea.gov.in or through PRAMIT dashboard available on www.indiainnewyork.gov.in. Once the request has been approved by the Consulate, the applicant will be informed of the procedure for initiating the application process. The approved applicants may send the completed form by postal mail to Consulate along with a return pre-paid envelope for further processing. 
OCI: All OCI services will remain suspended till the new service provider takes over on November 2, 2020. 
Attestation Services: Miscellaneous Consular services such as Power of Attorney, Birth Certificate, PCC etc. shall be continued to be accepted by postal mail. These can be applied through the following link https://www.indiainnewyork.gov.in/Miscellaneous_general_info_new 
The contact details of VFS Global, service fee details, operational hours, website etc. will be published on Consulate’s website shortly.
In case of any further query, contact PRAMIT dashboard available on www.indiainnewyork.gov.in

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