Gadkari to visit USA this year - sends special video message to OFBJP National Council Meeting
Advani, Jaitley laud the role of Indian Americans and call to strengthen OFBJP in special video messages
Tarun Vijay , national spokesperson attends Houston convention and addresses public meetings in Houston and New Jersey-exhorts to form India Resurgence Groups to have more youth participation in OFBJP-USA
Overseas Friends of BJP – USA held its National Council meeting at Houston during May 22-23, 2010. It was a historic meeting of the Overseas Friends of BJP which saw a large turnout of youths from various walks of life and almost all the corners of America joining BJP as a platform of Bharat Bhakti and providing help to strengthen not only Indo-US relations but also trying to help India's cause world over.
BJP stalwarts from Bharat, Shri L.K. Advani, Shri Nitin Gadkari and Shri Arun Jaitley specially sent their video messages to greet the members of OFBJP-USA for the success of the National Executive and defining the role of OFBJP. BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari, in his message accepted the invitation of Shri Adapa Prasad, president of OFBJP and promised to come to USA very soon. He lauded the role of Indian Americans and assured that BJP will provide the stable government in next elections. Chiarman BJP Parliamentary Party and former Dy Prime Minister Shri L.K. Advani recalled when he had visualized the formation of Overseas Friends of BJP about two decades before and felt happy that Indians abroad are making Mother India proud with their brilliance and achievements. He expressed full confidence that if the last century belonged to the west, the 21st century would be India's century. Leader of Opposition , Rajya Sabha Shri Arun Jaitley said that Indian Diaspora has made great progress and it’s their achievements that has made India proud. He congratulated the members of Overseas Friends of BJP and appealed the youth to join the BJP in large number.
The chief guest at the meeting was Shri Tarun Vijay, BJP spokesperson, a well-known journalist, prolific writer and director of BJP think-tank Shyama Prasad Research Foundation. He was specially sent by BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari to grace the occasion. After the opening remarks of the President, Dr. Adapa Prasad throughout the day various members deliberated on various issues such as Religious Conversion, China’s Expansionist moves, Role of Youth and Women in Organization, police reforms, demographic terrorism and organizational matters.
The highlight of the meeting was the evening public program on May 22 held at newly opened India House, a community center in Houston. The program started off with a true patriotic flavor to it by paying tributes to the great patriots who contributed to India’s Independence and were Hinduism's torch bearers. After the initial welcome, local singer Himani Patel sang "Vande Matram" soulfully as the audience joined in impromptu.
The Chief Guest Shri Tarun Vijay, was introduced by Dr. Mahesh Mehta, National Coordinator of OFBJP-USA and International Vice president of VHP. He emphasized that the Globalization that Indian civilization propounded was entrenched in the Vedic concept of "Vasudev Kutumbakam" (The world is one big family). While the Western capitalist economies consider globalization centered in dispersal of markets, Indian globalization centers on considering the world as a family and thereby considering the survival and nurturing of mankind, nature and environment.
In his powerful oratory Tarunji captivated a strong audience of 300 persons for two hours. He spoke mainly on the current challenges facing India and how they can be countered so that India can emerge as a world power andVishwa Guru. In his inimitable and eloquent style of mixing Hindi and English oratory, Tarunji shared his wisdom on the importance of India, what it represents and what India has contributed to the world civilization over millennia and what more it can do to bring global peace and harmony. An interesting example he recounted his experience in China where he saw them paying respect to four Rishis from India, who had founded Buddhism in China. Tarunji narrated a very touching and dismal situation in North-East part of India and touched a chord with the audience when he shared his recent experiences while visiting Manipur and how bad the situation is there for Hindus. His oratory style reminds one of ex-PM of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He could freely communicate both, in Hindi and English, and presented the ideas in a way that touches the heart. The evening at India House left one with new insights, and inspiration from back home.
Later on May 24th, the North-East zone of OFBJP-USA organized a civic reception for Shri Tarun Vijayji in TV Asia's Community Auditorium. Over 250 people joined in the reception at a very short notice on a working day.In this program also the video messages of Shri Gadkariji, Advaniji, Jaitleyji and Shri Kidar Nath Sahaniji were played. Shri Tarun Vijayji again captivated the audience with his eloquence and wisdom for over one hour. In the end he strongly appealed the audience to join OFBJP in large numbers to help India and BJP so that India emerges from the current challenges stronger and prosperous.