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EMGH Honors Congressman Al Green, Provides Construction Update

Bubble diagram (above) shows the unique audio-visual segments of the EMGH exhibit space beginning with His Journey, followed by Our Journey, and then My Journey. Dignitaries at the reception at India House on July 18 included Bellaire Mayor Andrew Friedberg (left), City of Houston Treasurer Chris Brown, Emcee and EMGH Truestee Dr. Manish Wani, Congressman Al Green, CG Aseem Mahajan, Dr. Alma Allen, and Trustee Atul Kothari. Photo: Namita Sutaria.

By Pramod Kulkarni Houston: Peace through non-violence is one of the eternal preachings of Mahatma Gandhi. An eternal venue to convey the life and teachings of India’s Father of the Nation will soon be a reality at the Eternal Gandhi Museum of Houston (EMGH). At a reception at India House on the evening of Saturday, July 16, EMGH trustees honored Congressman Al Green before a select audience of donors and dignitaries. Cong. Green was responsible for the passage of community funding of $3 million through the US House of Representatives and the Senate. Budgeted for a total cost of $13 million, EMGH is a three-acre facility at 12379 Riceville School Road, adjacent to Sam Houston Tollway and West Airport Road in southwest Houston. EMGH trustees have raised about $7 million of the funding through government funding, foundation grants, and private donations. EMGH is a cultural and educational museum dedicated to preserving Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of nonviolent conflict resolution by cultivating universal values of truth, nonviolence, peace, love, and service. Opening in 2023, it will be the only museum in the Americas dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. At the reception on July 18, Dr. Manish K. Vani welcomed the audience and introduced the Swar Sangam choir, which presented two of Gandhi’s favorite bhajans, “Vaishnav Janato” and “Ram ka Gungan”. Swar Sangam returned to the podium at the conclusion to lead the audience in singing of the bhajan, “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram”. Keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Clayborne Carson with Stanford University, who spoke about how Mahatma Gandhi not only inspired Rev. Martin Luther King, but the entire Black civil rights movement. Many of the civil rights movement leaders had visited India to speak directly to Mahatma Gandhi at his Sabarmati ashram in Ahmedabad. Stating how EMGH represented a highlight of India’s “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, Consul General Aseem Mahajan revealed that the Government of India had facilitated the donation of Gandhi’s bronze statue, which will be the centerpiece of the EMGH outdoor pavilion. Chris Mozier and Cynthia Torp of Solid Light, which designed the exhibit space, guided the audience through each of the unique exhibit features. Lorie Westrick of RDLR Architects explained how the humble nature of the Gandhi exhibits in India and the spinning wheel (charkha) inspired the EMGH architectural design. Tina Khatri of TDK Construction presented photos of the current state of the building. The evening concluded with dinner catered by Dawat Cuisine. For more information, visit All discourses will be in English. Swami Mukundananda is founder of unique Yogic system JKYog, also known as Yoga for the Body, Mind and Soul. He received His degrees in Engineering & Management from IIT (Delhi) and IIM (Kolkata). For last 3 decades, He has inspired people on path of Spirituality, holistic health, yoga, meditation, service to society & God-realization. He has been invited to speak at various Fortune 500 companies like Google, Oracle etc. For youth, has conducted programs at prestigious universities such as Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Kellogg School of Management and Duke University. Free Registration recommended at

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$4 Million Dakri Family Gift Supports UH’s New Center for Economic Inclusion By Chris Stripes The Dakri family has pledged $4 million to support the University of Houston’s new Center for Economic Inclusion (CEI) in the C. T. Bauer College of Business. Just launched in May, the CEI’s programs build on Bauer’s awardwinning SURE program (Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship), which trains students in business development while simultaneously educating and enabling under-resourced entrepreneurs in the community to launch businesses. In recognition of the gift, the center will be called the Musa and Khaleda Dakri Center for Economic Inclusion. The gift establishes an endowed chair to support the center’s chair/ director position and an endowed professorship to expand the institute’s research priorities, which includes research on small business entrepreneurship. It also provides significant support for research costs and graduate research fellowships for students. Natives of India, Musa and Khaleda Dakri are longtime Houston residents who have been married for 54 years. Musa has been the chairman of Wallis Bank for more than 30 years while their sons, Asif and Faizel, serve as Wallis Bank’s chief executive officer and chief information officer, respectively. The gift was made

on behalf of the entire Henry Cisneros, Dakri family. former secretary “We are honored to of the U.S. Departoffer our support for ment of Housing the Center for Ecoand Urban Develnomic Inclusion. The opment (HUD), work done by Dr. called UH’s model Saleha Khumawala for training entreand the University preneurs and upof Houston has been skilling students life changing for so the best he has ever many in the Houston seen. area. We hope that this The Dakri family pictured left to right: Asif, Julie, Khaleda, The CEI will take gift will allow count- Musa and Faizel. lessons learned less others within our from the SURE and Khaleda, for example, procommunity achieve their goals program and apply them more vides support for student scholarregardless of their socioeconomic broadly across a range of programs ships, research and more. status,” said Asif Dakri. including: “The Dakri family is passionate Musa Dakri completed his BachA flagship one-semester course about the betterment of Houston, elor of Science degree at the Uniin which students collaborate with generously offering their time versity of Bombay, and served as a community entrepreneurson new and resources to truly make an managing partner for a mid-sized product development. impact in the community,” said real estate investment company. Cougar Professional Skills Renu Khator, University of HousKhaleda Dakri received her BachClinic, a program where graduate ton president. “With this support elor of Science degree in chemisand undergraduate students teach for our new Center for Economic try from Baroda University. After professional skills to community Inclusion, entrepreneurs from all arriving in Houston in 1977, Mr. members. communities, including those in Dakri founded and subsequently Experiential Learning Business most need of investment, will get ran Dakri Real Estate Holdings Skills Course Lab, where students access to education, expertise and before becoming chairman and will develop domain-specific training needed to build businesses CEO of Wallis Bank in 1991. courses that are structured similar and transform lives.” Longtime supporters of the Unito SURE classes. The Center for Economic Incluversity of Houston, the Dakri famCEI will found and develop a sion aims to combine experienily is committed to helping solve Higher Education Economic Intial education, rigorous academic problems across ethnic boundarclusion Consortium, bringing research, and real-world experies, working for the betterment of together higher education organitise to train university students the African American, Mexican zations with strong economic inin human-centered skills, while American and South Asian comclusion programs to exchange best economically empowering undermunities. An endowment in UH’s practices on a bi-annual basis. resourced entrepreneurs. At the Center for Mexican American and “Our newly-established Cencenter’s launch, keynote speaker Latino/a Studies named for Musa ter for Economic Inclusion will

empower aspiring entrepreneurs, who are mostly women and people of color, to chase their dreams of founding a successful new business, just as the Dakri family has done successfully for decades,” said Paul A. Pavlou, dean of the C. T. Bauer College of Business. “Our gratitude to the Dakri family is only matched by our eagerness to get to work and train the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs.” Since its establishment in 2012, the SURE program has trained more than 400 students and helped launch or grow more than 600 businesses, as well as educate approximately 1,500 aspiring or current entrepreneurs. CEI Executive Director Saleha Khumawala, Robert Grinaker Professor of Accounting and founding director of the SURE program, has known the Dakri family for decades, and said their support and generosity are vital to the center’s success. “As the only higher educationbased economic inclusion center in the country, we are helping build a more sustainable and inclusive society. This isn’t just about diversity, equity and inclusion, it’s about economic empowerment,” said Khumawala. “The Dakri family and Wallis Bank have been instrumental supporters of our programs for many years, and I am incredibly thankful for their generosity.”


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Hindu Heritage Youth Camp (HHYC) Counselors Preparing for 210 Campers By Dhawani Dawar Houston: The excitement of the counselors is palpable in the air as they work vigorously to prepare the arts and crafts supplies for camp. Another group of counselors sits in the corner with the directors practicing their educations and ensuring that everything is perfect for their campers. This hustle and bustle occurs every Sunday at Keshav Smruti in Houston, TX as counselors organize everything down to the last detail for the 210 campers expected this year. Each counselor realizes the importance of Hindu camp and the role it plays in the lives of the campers – strengthening religious and cultural ties. Thus, the preparations for the “best five days of the year” are in full swing. Hindu Heritage Youth Camp (HHYC), founded in 1984, has aimed to “inspire the younger generation by teaching them the rich values and ideas of their heritage” for 38 years now. Children from the greater Houston area come together to discuss India’s rich history, learn age-old Hindu

traditions such as yoga, and form bonds with each other while playing games like “steal the butter.” Life-long friendships come out of these five days, and many campers go on to serve the community that once served them by becoming counselors, coordinators, and directors. They spread the knowledge and wisdom they once received to the next generation of campers. The five-day camp in Medina, Texas is packed with numerous activities that appeal to each age group. This year, we have over 60 college students and recent graduates who have worked tirelessly to organize daily games, educa-

tions, and arts-and crafts for the that occur each day. Without the hard work of our counselors, camp would not be possible. Sara Joshi, a 5th year counselor, explains that “I met some of my best friends at camp and learned to appreciate my Hindu Heritage. I want to provide these campers with the same pivotal experience HHYC had for me because camp is where I learned to be proud of my culture and my roots.” Camp will be directed by Ranjan Veludandi and Shivangi Dixit this year. Ranjan is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, and this is his second year as a director. Ranjan explains

that this year of meetings has been quite different. “We have taken on a hybrid format of Sunday meetings. We started especially early this year with Sunday zoom meetings and now will be meeting in person for the final touches before camp. We are learning to adapt to the new environment around us and are prepared for any challenges that come our way. Can’t wait to see everyone there!” Shivangi Dixit is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University. She has served as both a counselor and coordinator in the past. This year will be her first year of directing. Shivangi states that she is extremely excited because “the

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counselors and coordinators have worked rigorously to prepare phenomenal education topics that will give campers an insight to their cultural background. Hopefully, campers will leave HHYC with new knowledge to share with their family and friends. I am counting down the days till July 26th. HHYC is only possible due to the hard-work of our counselors and support of it’s umbrella organizations, Hindus of Greater Houston. Furthermore, there are a multitude of volunteers who help out behind the scenes during camp – there is a camp doctor who ensures the wellness of the campers, volunteers work in the kitchen to prepare homecooked meals, and sponsors to fund the various supplies. In the future, HHYC is looking forward to building its permanent home at Texas Hindu Campsite. This article was written by Dhwani Dawar. Dhwani graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Neuroscience and has been a counselor at HHYC for six years.

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Rishi Sunak Tops UK Leadership Contest

London: Former fiwar in Ukraine, which nance minister Rishi has sent fuel prices Sunak won the biggest soaring. backing from ConserAs the contest invative lawmakers on tensifies it has also Wednesday in the first become increasingly vote to choose who will fractious as rival succeed Boris Johnson camps trade barbs and as party leader and Britsome offer a series of ish prime minister, while eye-catching tax cuttwo more rivals were ting pledges. eliminated. Sunak said it was not Sunak, whose resignacredible to offer more tion as finance minister spending and lower last week helped pretaxes, saying he was cipitate Johnson’s fall, offering honesty “not secured support from 88 fairytales.” of the party’s 358 MemZahawi said he had bers of Parliament, with been smeared over junior trade minister his personal finances Penny Mordaunt second Rishi Sunak with wife Akshata and daughters Krishna while culture minister with 67 votes and for- and Anoushka. Nadine Dorries, who eign minister Liz Truss announced on Sept. 5. was fiercely loyal to third with 50. While Sunak might be the Johnson and is now backing Truss, Nadhim Zahawi, who took over most popular contender with his has accused Sunak’s team of “dirty as finance minister from Sunak last colleagues, a YouGov poll of tricks” as part of a “Stop Liz” stratweek, and former foreign minister nearly 900 party members found egy. Jeremy Hunt were knocked out af- Mordaunt was the favorite, beat“I believe his (Sunak’s) behavter failing to get the required mini- ing any of the others in a run-off. iour towards Boris Johnson, his mum of 30 votes. They join three She had a huge lead over Sunak, disloyalty means that I could not other contenders who dropped out who fared badly against almost all possibly support him,” minister for the day before. his rivals, and is now the book- Brexit opportunities Jacob ReesThose remaining — which also makers’ favorite. Mogg told Sky News on Wednesincludes former equalities minWhoever wins will face a daunt- day. ister Kemi Badenoch, Attorney ing in-tray while having to rebuild Johnson, who won a large majorGeneral Suella Braverman, Tom public trust bruised by a series ity in December 2019, announced Tugendhat, chair of parliament’s of scandals involving Johnson, last week that he would step down Foreign Affairs Committee — will from the breaking of Covid-19 after a torrent of resignations from go through to a second round on lockdown rules to appointing a ministers and with many ConserThursday. lawmaker to government despite vative Party lawmakers in open Subsequent ballots will be held having been told of allegations of revolt. among the Conservative lawmak- sexual misconduct. His would-be successors have ers, eliminating the candidate with Britain’s economy is facing stressed how they would offer inthe fewest votes each time, to whit- rocketing inflation, high debt, and tegrity and trustworthiness in contle the field down to a final two by low growth, leaving people grap- trast, but face questions of their July 21. The new leader will then pling with the tightest squeeze on own, such as why they backed be chosen from those two by the their finances in decades. All this Johnson for so long. Sunak was 200,000 Conservative party mem- is set against the backdrop of an like Johnson - fined for breaking bers in the country at large, and be energy crunch exacerbated by the lockdown rules. -- CNBC

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Swami Mukundananda’s Lecture Series in Houston Houston: We all appear to want so many things in life - but behind all our endeavors is our singular desire to be happy. This innate quest for happiness is possibly the most defining and uniting aspect of all humankind. And yet despite this, happiness seems to elude us. American philosopher Henry David Thoreau once said, “Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it shall elude.” Have you pondered over why expensive holidays, exotic restaurants, sophisticated parties, luxurious homes, and the latest model fanciest cars can still not make us happy? Seek answers to these questions & more in the Houston program by Swami Mukundananda. Swami Mukundananda will be in Houston conducting a 2-week a Life Transformation program in person to provide you with concrete tools to attain tangible and lasting happiness – The Science of Happiness (Aug 4-11) and The Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana (Aug 12-17). This program is FREE for all. In this lecture series, Swamiji guides us through watching our thoughts - directing them, dismantling harmful thought structures, creative thinking, building focus,

meditation, and much more. Take your first step towards transformation and self-discovery! About Swami Mukundananda: Swamiji is the founder of JKYog, an international authority on mind management, a bestselling author, and a Vedic scholar. He received His degrees in Engineering and Management from IIT (Delhi) and IIM(Kolkata). After earning his degrees, Mukundananda chose to renounce a promising corporate career at the young

age of 23 and embrace monkhood and for almost four decades now, has been sharing his vast knowledge through his books, lectures, and life-transformation programs. He has been invited to speak at various Fortune 500 companies like Google, Oracle etc. Swamiji has conducted programs at prestigious universities like Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Kellogg and Duke. Swami Mukundananda will be visiting Houston Aug 4th to 17th presenting 2 weeklong lecture series. Program 1: Aug 4th -11th Science of Happiness, 7pm 9pm Daily Aug 6th & 7th only Yoga/Meditation 6 - 7 pm; Discourse from 7PM – 9 PM Venue – Durgabari Auditorium, 13944 Schiller Road, Houston, Tx 77082 Program 2: Aug 12th – 17th Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana, 7 - 9pm daily Venue – India House, 8888 W Belfort Ave, Houston TX 77031 Free signup at https://www. Dinner will be served daily after program. Contacts - Lata: 281-630-5982 Chaya: 281-780-4877 Raju: 832377-6070


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ZEE5 Global: ‘Rangbaaz’-- ‘Darr Ki Rajneeti’ Trailer Out ZEE5 Global, the world’s largest streaming platform for South Asian content, is back with another season of its flagship franchise, Rangbaaz. This is the third instalment of ZEE5 Global’s marquee gangster drama that has two successful seasons till now following two different political leaders cum criminals. Directed by Sachin Pathak and written by Siddharth Mishra, ‘Rangbaaz: Darr Ki Rajneeti’ is helmed by Navdeep Singh (of NH10 and Manorama Six Feet Under fame) and is set to premiere on 29th July. The series stars Vineet Kumar Singh, Aakanksha Singh, Rajesh Tailang, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Prashant Narayanan, Vijay Maurya, Sudhanva Deshpande, Soham Majumdar and Ashok Pathak among others. ‘Rangbaaz – Darr Ki Rajneeti’ is centred around Vineet Kumar Singh’s character, Haroon Shah Ali Baig (also known as Saheb) who is a gangsterturned-politician, Robin Hood style. This season charts his rise from a small town in Bihar to becoming one of its most powerful strongmen. As seen in the trailer, Saheb is released from jail after 11 years where he was imprisoned for over 32 criminal case charges including murder, kidnapping, and extortion. Loved by many, hated by some, and feared by all, Haroon Shah Ali Baig is now back to claim his territory with a single motive to contest and win the elections. And he has made it clear that he is willing to go to any length to get what he wants even if that means resorting to crude violence and murders. Trailer Link: JIEcTX2zhos Vineet Kumar Singh said, “I had so many reasons to jump onboard and be a part of Rangbaaz – Darr ki Rajneeti. First, Ajay Rai is someone I have worked with him in Gangs of Wasseypur and Mukkabaz and he is my lucky charm. It’s always a good experience working with him. Secondly, I have always wanted to work with Navdeep Singh as I love his movies. Thirdly, Siddharth Mishra has written an excellent script with beautifully layered characters. My character has all the things that an actor would want in a script. And lastly, Rangbaaz as a franchise is immensely loved by the audience and it has a legacy and a fan following so it was an easy decision for me to take on this project and now with the trailer out, I have fingers crossed”. Aakanksha Singh said, “I was aware about Rangbaaz’s legacy when I took on this season but it is only now that I realise the responsibility that follows. Rangbaaz has a massive fan following and so, we are excited and nervous to please the fans with this season. Though personally, this is my favourite season because of not just


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the credible performances by all actors but also the crew that put forth their A game. From Navdeep sir (the showrunner) and Sachin (our director) to the team of writers and producers, it truly was a dream team to work with. We have had an incredible time shooting for this season and I hope that the magic translated on-screen as well”. Director Sachin Pathak said, “It has been an incredible experience being a part of Rangbaaz franchise from second season and what is most exciting is that every season is a fresh story with new actors and characters. This season is exciting

as I got to work with Navdeep sir and a credible cast and we are looking forward to dropping the season soon and continuing the legacy of the franchise. This could not have happened without the incredible support from Ajay sir, Jar pictures and our brilliant crew”. ‘Rangbaaz – Darr Ki Rajneeti’ is all set to premiere exclusively on ZEE5 Global on 29th July Users can seamlessly download the ZEE5 app from Google Play Store / iOS App Store on Roku devices, Apple TVs, Android TVs, and Amazon Fire Stick. ZEE5 is also available on www.ZEE5. com.

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