Posted by: Bagewafa | جولائی 28, 2010

Canada bade farewell to M.P.Singh—Firoz Khan

Canada bade farewell to M.P.Singh.
By: Firoz Khan

Last Saturday over a hundred Indo-Canadians from all over Toronto and GTA bade farewell to Mr. M.P.Singh, consul and head of chancery of consul general of India at a function organised by Mehfil Group, the prominent social and cultural organisation of Toronto. The function was held in association with The Hindi Times, a well known Hindi language weekly newspaper, Apna Radio Bollywood Beats and Hamara Sahara, a self reliant seniors’ group.

Among the guests were out going consul Mr. Singh,  consul Mr. Tirath Singh, incoming consul Ms. D. Charandasi, well known Gujarati writer and poets from Gujarat Mr. Chinu Modi, novelist and recipient of Canada’s highest civilian award Order of Canada Mr. Jay Gajjar from Mississauga and Peel Region School Board topper Ms. Dimple Dalal.

Firoz Khan, president of Mehfil Group welcomed all guests and participants. He said that Mr. Singh has completed his tenure of three years at Toronto and now the government of India has posted him to work at Dubai. He further said that it is a general impression among Indo-Canadians living in GTA that the staff at consulate office do not mix up with people freely barring a few. Mr. Singh became rallying factor for all of them. He was always ready to receive anyone and everyone with a broad smile. The number of people and floats every year at Independence Day parade increased because of his excellent PR. We rarely find such officers. It will be a great loss for Indo-Canadians and his absence will be felt. We all wish him best of luck in his new posting at a new place.

Mr. Tirath Sing said, Although Mr. Singh is junior to me but I always consulted him and like a guru he always guided me. We are posted to work at a place for a limited time and after completion have to move to some other places. He assured the gathering that the staff at the consulate are always eager to help. If anyone has any complain my doors are always open. He said that we all will feel his absence at this year’s parade which takes place at Dundas Square on August 15th i request you all to please participate in large number.

Ms. Charandasi who has come in place of Mr. Singh said that she will strive her best to carry on his good work. This gathering is a proof of how popular he is here. She further said that she is happy to be at the gathering which is her first public appearance. She thanked organisers particularly Khan for welcoming her.

Mr. Chinu Modi said that he was very happy to meet Indo-Canadian community in Toronto. He praised Mehfil Group and Firoz for organising such an excellent function. He further said that I happy to see that a large number of people are still interested in literature of their mother tongue. He recited his few Gujarati and Hindi poetries which were applauded profusely by the gathering.

Mr. Jay Gajjar said that he is aware of Mehfil Group. This group is doing an excellent work in giving opportunities to all of us for socialising. In fact Mr. Firoz bhai, as we all call him fondly, is a well read person. He is always on fore front for supporting literature, writers and poets. There are very few people like him.

Mr. Rakeh Tripathi, publisher of Hindi Times and owner of Apna Radio said that we feel proud to recognise the contribution by people like Singh, Modi, Dalal and Gajjar. I personally congratulate Firoz bhai to organise such a nice function, Mr. Singh was really a rallying factor for us. His absence will be felt for a long time.

Ms. Dimple said that my achievement was due to the support she got from her parents and teachers. I used to study for four to five hours daily. In my family my mother was the only earner. We all including my father were studying. I am happy to be here and see that my community is celebrating my achievement. For this I thank Firoz uncle to whom I am meeting for the first time.

An english novel ‘A Life Lost – A Life Gained’ by Mr. Gajjar was released by Mr. M.P.Singh. Along with Gajjar Chinu Modi and Dimple Dalal were felicitated. Mr. iqbal Malek of Iqbal Halal Foods at Thorncliff and his family presented a bouquet to Mr. singh.
Mr. Dilip Modi of Super Vision, Weston Rd. arranged for delicious refreshment for all.

A kavi saamelan was held at the function at which Saran Ghai, Gopal Baghel, Chinu Modi, Acharya Tyagi, Mohd. Ali Bhaidu ‘Wafa’ and Rakesh Tewari presented their poetries.

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