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Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center
This is the internet version of the Kerala Center News letter. Vol.1 , 2002
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12th Anniversary
GUJARAT - A Call for Action
Reception for Miss India USA - Miss. Stacy Isaac
Activities @ Kerala Center

The Kerala Center
cordially invites you and your family
with friends to it's
12th Anniversary Celebration
on April 27, 2002.

at 5.00 PM.

Fashion Show **** Talent Performance ****
Cultural Activities *** DINNER


Photo: G. Mathai -Kerala Center Board Member presenting the Plague of Congratulations to Miss. Stacy Issac - Miss India USA. Board members Theresa Sebastian, James Thottam, Raju Thomas, Alex Kidarathil, Jose Korakkudilil and Mr. Rajeshwar Prasad. Also seen Mr. Thomas Isaac.

Miss. Stacy Isaac ( Florida ), the Miss. India USA for 2001 was given a warm reception at
the Kerala Center. The India Festival Committee has been holding this Beauty Pageant for 20
years, and Stacy is the first Keralite to win the contest. She was accompanied by her 
father Mr. Thomas Isaac and her sisters Sheryl, Shirly and Stephany.

She was felicitated by Varghese Therekkara, Rajeshwar Prasad, Raju Thomas and Chrismol Alex.
G. Mathai presented her a Plaque of Congratulation from the Center, while Mrs. Sarah Thalappillil
gave her a Sovereign sponsered by Maharani Jewelers.

As Stacy came on Stage wearing the Beauty Queen's Diadem and winsome smile, the whole audiance
beamed with pride. mr. Jose Chummar Korakkudilil, who MC ed the ceremony specially congratulated
Mr. Dharmatma Sharan, theIndia Festival committe Chairman who was also present on the occation. 
Ales Kidarathil said the welcome speech and James Thottam said the Vote of Thanks. 
In her reply speech, stacy spoke of the need to take part in contest like beauty pageant. 
she did well at the Q.A. session, too.


Photo: Mr. Shrikumar Poddar (right), Mr. Prakash Parekh (Left )

Shrikumar Poddar, a community activist from Lansing, Michigan was on a Tour of the
East Coast cities to mobilize support for the riot victims in Gujarat. After addressing 
meetings in Washington, Poddar had three Meetings in New York. A meeting organized 
at the Indian American Kerala Cultural And Civic Center condemned the inaction of 
Gujarat government in stopping The Gujarat riots.

Poddar said that the violence was perpetuated in an organized way with the help of state 
machinery and called upon an enquiry commission by a Sitting judge and to punish all those 
including officials who are responsible for the riots. Another speaker, Mr. Prakash Parekh,
an attorney and a Community leader who was in Jamnagar during the riots said that for 48 
hours, there was complete breakdown of law and order and it was a free for all in 
connivance of the state administration. After learning the atrocities committed by the mob,
Parekh felt for the first time that it was not his country. However, Parekh said there were
some honest police officers who took a strong stand to stop the riots, as example to the 
DSP of  Jamnagar who told rioters to pack off.

The meeting endorsed that there should be efforts from all levels, Government and community,
to heal the wounds with Hindus and Muslims united with members of other faiths. A national
steering committee to monitor the situation was created and will be based in New York with
local  affiliations in all the principal cities of the United States. The task of this 
group will be to build a national and international network to promote communal harmony in
India and to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future. Counterpart groups will be
identified in India for both relief, rehabilitation, justice and developing Sadbhavana 
Groups throughout India.

The meeting passed the following resolutions:

PROTECT Life And Property Of All Citizens Regardless Of Their Religion.

GIVE Relief & Rehabilitation Assistance And Compensation For Loss Of Life And Property Without
Any Discrimination Whatsoever.

PUNISH All Perpetrators Of Heinous Crimes Against Innocent Men, Women And Children And 
Everyone Who Supported Them Including Government Officials, Police Officials, Politicians
Regardless Of Rank Or Position UponConviction.

URGE Citizens Of Throughout The Country To Form Sadbhavana Committees with members from each 
Faith To Prevent Any More Loss Of Innocent Lives Or Looting Of Property.

PUBLISH Full And Impartial Report Within Thirty Days About The Failure Of Gujarat Government 
to Protect Lives.

A riot victims' fund has been set up. One could make a tax-deductible contribution to 
International Service Society, A Humanitarian Service of Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment, 
2601 Cochise Lane, Okemos, MI 48864-2055, Tel: 1-888-511-7341

========Activities at Kerala center========

ECTI & J. J. Entertainments
Organizing Different Activities
at Kerala Center

Math Tuition: Abraham Thomas ( Monay - Friday: 4.00 PM - 9.00 PM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 5.00 PM )
Math Tution classes for Junior High School, High school and College level Students
Preparation Classes for PSAT, SAT and GMAT Examinations.

Computer Classes: Elmont Computer Training Institite ( Monay - Saturday: 8.00 AM - 9.00 PM )
Computer Fundamentals, MS Office, Internet Access and Use,
Database design and Applications, Programming Languages, Website design and Developments.

Dance class: Mrs. Beena Menon ( Every Tuesday 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM )
Indian Classical dance, Folk dance and Western dance.

Malayalam Class: Abraham Thomas, Chrismol Alex and Christy James ( Every Friday 7.00 PM - 9.00 PM )
Malayalam Reading, Malayalam Song, Kerala Cultural Activities
and Talent Improving Practices and Competitions.

Instumental Music Class ( Keyboard ): Madhu ( Every Saturday 10 AM - 1.PM )