Bihar Foundation was joined by Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia & New Zealand and the Fiji Indian diaspora in celebrating the first-ever “Bihar Diwas” event on Friday, April 23 at Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings, Auckland.
High Commissioner of India Muktesh Pardeshi was the Chief Guest of the event, along with special guests from the Fiji Indian community, Rajendra Prasad, acclaimed author of the famous book “Tears in Paradise” and Raveen Jaduram, former-CEO, Watercare, Auckland City Council.
Inaugurating the event, High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi took the audience on a journey into the rich history of the Bihar region and its revered place in the history of ancient India and contribution in India’s independence movement and formation of modern India.
For the uninitiated, India’s Bihar region was the epicentre of Indian civilisation for about a thousand years witnessing great learning and eclectic movement in the form of the emergence of two great religions of Buddhism and Jainism, along with being the seat of political power under Maurya empire with great rulers like Asoka the great.
Revisiting this rich history of the region and its people, Mr Pardeshi also acknowledged the enterprising spirit of the people of the region, which saw them migrating to different parts of the world, including Fiji and forming the umbilical connection between the people of the region and the Fiji-Indian community.
Reciprocating the view, the special guest speakers of the evening, Rajendra Prasad and Raveen Jaduraam, acknowledged the community’s deep-rooted connection with India, which many in the Fiji Indian community call as their original or spiritual home.
The other speakers of the evening Ragini Gautam of Bihar Foundation and Nishith Prakash of Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia & New Zealand highlighted the contribution of Bihar’s diaspora in the progress of contemporary India and the role played within the broader global Indian diaspora.
The organisers expressed their satisfaction at the turnout at the event and the opportunity to come together on the occasion of the first-ever Bihar Diwas celebrations in New Zealand. (Sandeep Singh)