Worldwide praises for Indo-Caribbean weekly ZOOM Programme
Last Sunday (26/9/21) marked the 70th edition of the Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre (ICC) weekly ZOOM Public Meetings. For 69 unbroken, continuous weeks, the ICC has hosted the programme every single Sunday. In the past year and for months, it has featured over 207 presenters from all parts of the world, speaking on 69 topics.
The Ameena Gafoor Institue (AGI) – directed by Professor David Dabydeen – and the Pluto Educational Trust (PET) recently joined the ICC in hosting some of its programmes that deal with indentureship and its legacies. The ICC has also partnered with the World’s Awareness of Multicultural Integration (MWAMI) and the Centre for Commonwealth Research (CCR) led by Dr Sibani Roy.
The topics of the meetings are mainly on and about Indians, but the forum is not for Indians only.
Its MISSION is to bring the Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean closer for intellectual discussions, unity, solidarity and empowerment every Sunday evening/night on one platform. Its VISION is to achieve a better understanding and appreciation of ourselves in seeking to create a diverse, just, equitable and non-discriminatory society in which Indo-Caribbeans thrive harmoniously with other ethnic groups.
The forum was created, and is directed, by anthropologist Dr Kumar Mahabir on the premise that Indians in the Diaspora are often marginal, or marginalised, in the mainstream media, and in formal discourses, and in public groups, organisations and institutions. This platform gives voice and visibility to this minority ethnic group in the region. It follows the Black Lives Matter movement with an objective to eradicate inequality, injustice, institutional discrimination and systemic racism.
The planning and production is a team effort by professionals in the Indian Diaspora, including Dr. Tara Singh from the USA, Ravi Dev from Guyana, Shalima Mohammed from Trinidad, Jai Sears from Grenada and Dr. Dew Sharman from Suriname. The IT Manager is Ravin Ramsingh who has been recording, editing and uploading the program to social media every week. The Chairperson is often Janine Gilharry from Belize, and the Moderator is Bindu Deokinath Maharaj from Trinidad.
See some commendations:
“Great of you to be doing these ZOOM meetings, Kumar. Thank you for your intellectual leadership! I, AGI and the PET have a lot of admiration for your amazing work.” – Dr. David Dabydeen, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick / Director, Ameena Gafoor Institute for the Study of Indentureship and its Legacies.
“Your ZOOM programmes mean a lot to me.” – Dr Sibani Roy, Founder/Chair of Networking for World’s Awareness of Multicultural Integration (MWAMI), UK.
“Thanks very much, Dr Kumar Mahabir. I applaud your activities” – Dr. Sylvia Moodie-Kublalsingh, first Director of the Centre for Language Learning, UWI.
“I wish to thank you once more for the fine work that you and the ICC are doing.” – Dr. Patricia Mohammed, Author and Professor Emeritus at the University of West Indies.
“I find your history and current situation in the Caribbean so enlightening that I share your meeting invitations with the rest of South Africans.” – Virandra Singh, attorney and entrepreneur, USA/South Africa.
“I truly admire your commitment and dedication to be such a beacon for our Diaspora…. Thank you for being such a strong advocate and ‘stand-up’ representative for the Indo-Caribbean Community” – Cliff Rajkumar, Former Senior VP and Director, Deutsche Bank Financial Services Division.
“All the best for your invaluable work in service of the Indo-Caribbean” – Bernadette Persaud, Artist, Guyana.
“I have been tuning into your Sunday ZOOM sessions and find them to be a worthwhile activity. Congratulations on putting this together” – Dr. Rosanne Kanhai, Author and Professor Emeritus, Western Washington University, USA.
“Thank YOU for ‘taking the bull by the horn’ and walking-the-talk for cultural equality (of treatment by the State in T&T. Of course, the show is achieving the far greater objective of promoting hemispheric awareness of each other’s ‘journey’ and enhancing pride in our collective achievements.” – Dr. Allen Sammy, Chairman of Council & Alderman, Trinidad.
“I loved the session last week as well. Thank you for your sustained, hard work in leading this important venture for us, Dr. Mahabir and Team.” – Dr. Anu M. Mitra, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, United States.
“Thank you for your commitment to the Indian Diaspora. Your work is so important in the preservation and advancement of our unique history and culture” – Shundell Prasad, Guyanese-American filmmaker of Once More Removed.
“The quality of the programme, and diversity of topics and speakers, are astonishing.” – Loaknath Dube, author and retired Senior Public Servant, Trinidad.
Almost all its ZOOM public meetings have been uploaded to its ICC’s website (see link below) as well as to YouTube permanently for posterity. https://www.facebook.com/indocaribbeanculturalcentre/videos/ These developments make its reach wider, bigger, better and stronger. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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