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Indian diaspora centre inaugurated in Madagascar

“The centre will also be a place of remembrance and intercultural opportunities. Programmes are planned to be organized by the centre including sessions on Yoga and Ayurveda.”

— Zouzar Bouka, Chairman of Vision Madagascar

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Madagascar Foreign Affairs Minister Richard Randriamandrato inaugurated a centre for the Indian diaspora named ‘Indian Dhow’, in the presence of Indian Ambassador Abhay Kumar and the Chairman of Vision Madagascar Zouzar Bouka in Antananarivo.

The Indian diaspora in Madagascar, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps and high officials of the Malagasy government including Minister of Handicrafts Sophie Ratsiraka were also present at the event on July 29, according to a statement released by Indian Embassy in Madagascar, reported ANI.

Speaking on the occasion, Zouzar Bouka said, “I had this idea a long time ago to build something, in Madagascar, that is linked to India, my country of origin. I would like to thank in particular Ambassador Abhay Kumar who has encouraged me to go for it and not wait any longer. In the centre, we have a permanent exhibition on the history of Indian families who immigrated from India to Madagascar and who play a key role in the society and economy of Madagascar. The centre will also be a place of remembrance and intercultural opportunities. Programmes are planned to be organized by the centre including sessions on Yoga and Ayurveda.”

The centre has a permanent exhibition on the history of various Indian families who came to Madagascar and have made a niche for themselves in the social, commercial and cultural fabric of Madagascar and a video presentation on the various articles and artefacts associated with the Indian diaspora in Madagascar

Ambassador Kumar recalled the inauguration of the special exhibition that took place on March 27, 2021, by Madagascar Prime Minister Christian Ntsay at the Indian Embassy, “An exhibition that came to life with contributions from the members of the Indian community has found a permanent place today.” He also said that the Indian people in Madagascar play a crucial role in enriching the cultural and social diversity of the country. He felt proud to see a centre for the Indian diaspora take shape. “I believe this centre will flourish as a centre for the promotion of a greater understanding of Indian diaspora in Madagascar, their role and contributions to the Malagasy society and economy,” he said.

The Foreign Minister of Madagascar said, “As the centre is not only for the Indian diaspora but for the general public as well, we hope that everyone would benefit from it. Developing social and economic relations with India is very important and we hope that we will continue to work together. Indian diaspora members contribute to the development of the bilateral relations between Madagascar and India.”

The centre has a permanent exhibition on the history of various Indian families who came to Madagascar and have made a niche for themselves in the social, commercial and cultural fabric of Madagascar and a video presentation on the various articles and artefacts associated with the Indian diaspora in Madagascar. It will host various events from time to time and conduct tours to promote an understanding of the history, role, achievements and contributions of the Indian diaspora in Madagascar.

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Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

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