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February 2007

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Best Regards

Sayantan Chakravarty


January was the month for NRI and PIO events. The big show—the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007—got off to a great start after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lit the lamp, and concluded with top Indians from across the world receiving special Samman awards from President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Plenty of important faces from across the global spectrum were seen at the PBD. The GOPIO meet representing largely the American and Caribbean faction was held before the PBD, another meet representing the African and South Asian faction took place after the PBD. Besides, a group of Indian business delegates from the U.S. held a day long show on January 11.

We at INDIA EMPIRE organized a conference on January 10 in partnership with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and the All India Youth Welfare Society. Our conference was attended among others by Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, GOPIO Chairman Thomas Abraham and GOPIO President Inder Singh.

Our cover story, though, talks about a show with a difference. We have Shilpa Shetty on the cover because she broke fresh ground not only in her career, but also in defining new relations with the Indian diaspora. The lady shook herself out of a lackluster period in her acting career and grabbed the headlines, and a lot more, for her stellar performance on the Celebrity Big Brother show on TV. Shilpa polled 67 per cent of the total votes in the final.

With this her career in tinsel town that was seemingly going nowhere suddenly got a huge lease of life, thanks largely to the manner in which she came into her own during the trying three and a half weeks, starting out with first winning hearts, then the votes. Consulting Editor Rakesh K. Simha has put across Shetty’s story in fine style.

Sayantan Chakravarty

Consulting Editors
Sanjay Sharma, Rakesh K. Simha, Rajeev Sharma

Contributing Editors
Vatsala Kaul, Dinesh Raheja, Indrani Talukdar (all India), Srikanth Beldona, Dharminder Diwan, Arnelle Hartenstein (all US), Rajesh Kumar (New Zealand), Ramesh Mathew (Qatar)

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