Indian Consulate in New York Celebrates Rajasthani Culture
New York (USA): The language and cultural heritage of Rajasthan was celebrated fervently at the Consulate General of India here on International Mother Language Day, showcasing the rich flavors and vibrant colors of the state.
The Consulate and Jaipur Foot USA on Monday organized the special celebration of Rajasthani’s language and cultural heritage as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
Consul General Randhir Jaiswal recalled that Bangladesh had launched the initiative to celebrate International Mother Language Day. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed around the world since 2000 on February 21.
He pointed out that the people of India, regardless of their mother tongue, are somehow connected to the diverse and rich languages and dialects spoken across the country.
President of Jaipur Foot USA and International Organizer of Akhil Bharatiya Rajasthani Bhasha Manyata Sangharsh Samiti Prem Bhandari quoting Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi underlined the importance of mother tongue in a person’s life and in the education and development of children.
Bhandari asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include the languages of Rajasthan and Bhojpuri in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution and that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should make Rajasthan the “Raj Bhasha”. On the occasion, he also announced that a Jaipur Foot camp would be sponsored by the world famous American doctor, Dr. Subhash Jain at Khichan village in Jodhpur.
Jain, who served as an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he was the founding head of the Department of Anaesthesiology Pain Service, will spend over one crore of rupees on the camp in which Jaipur Feet, Stirrups, wheelchairs and tricycles and other health-related equipment will be provided free of charge to specially disabled people.
The camp aims to benefit not only needy people in Rajasthan but any state in India.
The Jaipur Foot Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti-BMVSS organization camp, led by Padma Bhushan DR Mehta, will be held on the occasion of the 131st birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar in April this year.
On this occasion, a young girl of Indian origin Riya Dadheech bewitched the public with her interpretation of a dance from Rajasthan.
Dadheech, through her organization Purple Paint, sells her artwork and donates all funds she raises to build toilets in schools in India.
“In these schools, there is a lack of toilets and because of this, girls drop out of school” and cannot continue their education, she told PTI.
Dadheech is committed to building about 500 toilets and has so far built 62 toilets in collaboration with NGOs in India.
Through the sale of her artwork, she has so far raised around US$45,000 for the Girls, Dignity and Empowerment cause. Bhandari said that a Jaipur artificial foot limb camp was held in Sri Lanka. The members’ adjustment camp was inaugurated as part of the week-long celebrations to mark ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – 75 years of Indian independence.
He said it was the 18th camp so far, with others being held in nearly 14 countries, sponsored by the Department of External Affairs under the India for Humanity initiative.
The gathering also savored authentic Rajasthani cuisine on the occasion.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 1:56 PM IST