Being inspired by the rockstar welcome reception in honor of visiting Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi and his speech to the Indian Diaspora at the Madison Square Garden New York, the the Washington and India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC) has decided to celebrate Gandhi's 145th Birth Anniversary in a very special way.
As one of the partner organizations for the welcome reception, the Co-Chair of WASITRAC (wasitrac.org), Debadutta Dash said,"while the Indian Prime Minister would launch the initiative of "Clean India" on Gandhi's Birthday on October 2nd, we would be celebrating the auspicious occasion with our 4th Annual Building Bridges Award reception honoring four women leaders who have emulated Gandhi by their commitment and dedication in service to others in the community while making a huge difference in peoples' lives".
The women leaders who are going to be honored at the event are as follows: Justice Mary Yu, Washington State Supreme Court Diane Narasaki, Executive Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service Pramila Jayapal, Immigrant’s Rights Activist;
Founder of One America, and Dr. Ratna Roy, Founder of Urvashi Dance company, Professor and faculty member for Performing Arts at the Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA On October 2nd, 1879, Mahatma Gandhi was born on the crossroads of human history and gave the country, India, its freedom from one hundred years of British rule and a purposeful direction. He made his mark as a reformer, as a thinker, and as a liberator. He was a practical idealist. Gandhi believed in that no society, state or any other institution has any worth or importance apart from its part in contributing to the growth of the individuals of which it is composed. He championed the cause of equality, human rights and social justice throughout his life. Congressman Adam Smith (Bellevue) will be the Keynote Speaker and Mayor of Bellevue, Claudia Balducci will be the Guest of Honor.
Many business and community leaders from all across the communities have been invited by the organizers to participate in this event. Debadutta Dash Co-Chair 206-330-8512 (cell).