Annual Meeting – 2010 & Hindu Memorial Day

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
India House, Houston, TX

The Program

SESSION I (09:30 AM – 10:45 PM : 1 hr 15 mins)

Theme: Socio-Political Empowerment of American Hindus and collective action

Presiding: Rudranath Talukdar

09:30 AM       INAUGURAL: Welcome & Commencement (Dilip Mehta)

09:45 AM       Purpose & Expectations (Rudranath Talukdar) Introduction, discussion agenda and program outline

10:00 AM       Dr Sachi Dastidar – Bangladeshi Hindus and their struggle

10:15 AM       Pathways to political intervention (Prof. Sachi G. Dastidar)

10:30 AM       Shefali Dastidar – Women empowerment

10:45 AM       Closure of first session (Rudranath Talukdar)

 SESSION II (11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: 1 hr 15 mins)

 Theme: Global impact of American Hindus
 Presiding: Jay Shah
 11:00 AM       Purpose & Expectations (Jay Shah)
 11:10 AM       (Shri Tapan Ghosh)
 The global impact of political action by American Hindus – Tapan Ghosh
 Role of American Hindus in human rights defense of Hindus in Bangladesh
Global Hindu Issues & Hotspots
11:45 AM       Role of American Hindus in human rights defense of Hindus in Bangladesh
12:00 Noon    Combined Panel Discussion

( Dr. Dastidar, Tapan Ghosh, Dharminder Dargan, Rudranath Talukdar)

 12:30 PM       Adjourn for lunch
SESSION III (01:30 PM – 5:30 PM: 4 hrs 0 mins)

Theme: Hindu Memorial Day Observance & Essay Contest Award Function

HINDU MEMORIAL DAY
 Presiding: Dharminder Dargan
01:30 PM       Background information Videos
02:00 PM       Introduction & Concept (Dharminder Dargan)
02:15 PM       Memorial Day Observance (led by Shri Dilip Mehta)
02:30 PM       Partition Testimonies – #1 Vapari Malani
02:45 PM       Partition Testimonies – #2  TBD
03:00 PM       Partition Testimonies – #3  Mrs. Malhotra – Partition Survivor  (TBC)
03:15 PM       Essay Competition – Historical Background & Process (Dharminder Dargan)
03:30 PM       Essay Competition Award #3 (Jay Shah & Presentation by The Awardees)
03:45 PM       Essay Competition Award #2 (Bramh Mishra & Presentation by The Awardees)
04: 00 PM      Essay Competition Award #1 (Rudranath Talukdar & Presentation by The Awardee)
04:10 PM       KEYNOTE ADDRESS – The Situation Today (Shri Tapan Ghosh)
04:30 PM       Volunteer Sign-up & Call for Support (Shri Rudranath Talukdar)
05:00 PM       Vote of Thanks & Adjournment (Shri Dilip Mehta)