Amirali Dodhiya- Home Page
Houston Community College-Home Page
Texas Renaissance Festival- Home Page

FIS Participates in MLK Jr. Grande Parade

From left: Rajender Aparasu, Saureesh Aparasu, Krishna Vavilala, Surender Talwar, Raghava Solipuram, Suresh Shah, Meera Kapur (Event Chair), Michel Jones (Unity Church), Shravya Aparasu, Raghu Nednur, Anjana Solipuram, Apoorv Nednur, Pavani Solipuram, Sanjana Solipuram and Kranti Nednur. 

From left: Rajender Aparasu, Saureesh Aparasu, Krishna Vavilala, Surender Talwar, Raghava Solipuram, Suresh Shah, Meera Kapur (Event Chair), Michel Jones (Unity Church), Shravya Aparasu, Raghu Nednur, Anjana Solipuram, Apoorv Nednur, Pavani Solipuram, Sanjana Solipuram and Kranti Nednur.

HOUSTON: On January 21, the Foundation of India Studies (FIS) participated in the 19th MLK Jr Grande parade in downtown, Houston for the third consecutive year. The occasion also marked the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.’s Civil Rights march into nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and significantly coincided with the historic investiture of the first black president, Barack Hussein Obama who was elected for the second term.

This year’s MLK parade was important because President Obama took oath of office laying his hands on the bible which belonged to MLK Jr. and started off his second term with a determination to curb gun violence which recently caused needless deaths of 20 innocent school children in Sandy Hook Elementary school, Connecticut.  History has witnessed untimely deaths of two great Presidents like Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy due to gun shots and ironically similar fate was met with by MLK Jr. and his spiritual guru, Mahatma Gandhi who both preached non-violence.

Parade watchers cheered and clapped, as Suresh Shah, a resident of Kingwood dressed as Mahatma Gandhi walked with the stick and folded hands offering “Namaste” with the FIS group and several children. The Mahatma Gandhi attire worn by Suresh Shah caught the attention of hundreds of spectators who thronged all along the parade route.

FIS banner which depicts pictures of both Mahatma Gandhi and MLK jr., pronounces that Indian community salutes both the Apostles of Peace and Non-violence.

Commentators covering the event live, which was later shown in the evening broadcasts, talked about how MLK Jr. adopted Gandhi’s principles of non-violence for his civil rights movement.

Several children who participated in the MLK Jr. Parade and walked under the FIS banner were surprised with the attention they received.  “It was great to see that people care about Mahatma Gandhi and cheered for him on MLK day,” Shravya Aparasu (Age 9) commented.   Apoorv Nednur (Age 8) wrote the following in his daily journal after the parade – “MLK Jr. was a great man; because of him we all can participate in such wonderful parades as equals.”    Sanjana Solipuram (Age 7) said “It was incredible to march in a parade on such a peaceful day for Mahatma Gandhi.”

The large musical bands, cheerleaders, and enchanting floats impressed the large crowds on a holiday with perfect weather.

The event chair, Meera Kapur thanked the children and the volunteers for their participation.

“It is essential for the Indian community to become visible in the mainstream and be recognized as Indians. This will create a lasting bondage between India and America at the grass roots level” said Krishna Vavilala, Chairman of FIS who was also instrumental for installing the Gandhi statue in Herman Park.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *