In a first of its kind, or at least in recent public memory, members of the Kiwi-Indian community in Hamilton were delighted to hear from and interact with, the Hon. Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon, who was the guest speaker at the programme, Information Night for Indian Diaspora.
The event held on Saturday, June 30, at Peachgrove Intermediate School, Hamilton, elicited overwhelming participation from the members of the Indian community in Waikato, who thronged in considerable numbers to take advantage of the opportunity.
The community organisations involved in supporting and organising of the event included diverse groups such as Overseas friends of BJP New Zealand, Tamil Society Waikato, Gujarati Pariwar Waikato, the Waikato Indian Association, and GOPIO Waikato chapter.
According to Dharmik Desai, one of the lead organisers of the event, the primary goal of the event was to celebrate the connection between the members of the Indian diaspora, in Waikato in particular, with India.
“It was an opportunity to educate Kiwi-Indian community in Waikato about the changes happening in India in recent times,” Mr Desai said.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon. Consul Mr Dhillon emphasised how the Indian government’s diaspora narrative has changed in recent times where conscious efforts were being made to stand behind each and every individual of Indian origin, in their good or bad times.
Mr Dhillon was referring to several unfortunate incidents related to the Indian community in Waikato that has stirred a lot of emotions in New Zealand and back in India, particularly the case of the botulism-infected Indian family.