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Kamapala, Uganda, 29 September 2019: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla today attended a Reception organised by the Indian Diaspora settled in Uganda along with other members of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation (IPD) that is currently attending the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Kampala, Uganda. The event was organised by the Indian Association in Uganda at the end of the four day conference. Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, MP (Lok Sabha); Smt. Roopa Ganguly, MP (Rajya Sabha); Dr. L. Hanumanthaiah, MP (Rajya Sabha); Smt. Aparajita Sarangi, MP (Lok Sabha), and Dr. Surjya Narayana Patro, Speaker of Orissa Assembly were also present at the Reception. He recalled that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in Uganda, thereby underlining the shared cultural heritage of the two countries. He said that Mahatma Gandhi had launched his struggle against imperialism from Africa, and the spark that he lit in Africa spread to India and eventually to the entire world and ended colonialism. He added that on the 150th year of the Mahatma, his message of peace and non-violence are still relevant for the world. Shri Birla said that the Indian Diaspora has contributed immensely to their adopted countries, not only economically but also socially. The Indian Diaspora represents India as its cultural Ambassadors. He thanked them for their contributions and informed them that India is today playing a leading role in the fight against terrorism and climate change, the two major challenges that confront the world today. He said that India is committed to building ‘New India’ by 2022 and is working towards that goal. Shri Birla invited members of Indian community in Uganda to visit Indian Parliament and watch proceedings of the two Houses.



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