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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gandhi Statue in Dallas will be a reality soon!

Gandhi Statue in Dallas will be a reality soon!

As a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, this is one of the most beautiful news of the year to me.  Hats off to all those who put in time and effort into this.
Mr. Prasad Thotakura's leadership with Indian American Friendship Council to make this a reality must be appreciated and Mr. Akram Syed's leadership in establishing the Gandhi Walk in Dallas must be appreciated. We also appreciate Mr. Sante Chary and a few others who have made similar efforts, and I am pleased to have committed to work with him.
Now, we need to adopt Gandhi's principles of inclusiveness and pluralism and I will make an effort to share his Quotes as often as I can with our Dallas Indians Group.
Press release from Prasad is appended below
Jai Hind,

Greetings! Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) is pleased to 
inform you that City of Dallas has allotted a prime spot in the heart 
of Dallas city off of Marilla street (North side of the Dallas 
Convention Center, walking distance from the City Hall) to install 
Mahatma Gandhi Statue. Please review an appeal from IAFC to Indian 
American communities letter on next page for more details and spread 
this exciting news among your family, friends and members of your 

IAFC, along with IANT, are planning to call for community 
organizations meeting in the first week of March to discuss further on 
this project.

Please email me whether you are the authorized contact person of your 
organization to receive further information. If you are not, please 
email us the contact information of the right person. We are in the 
process of updating DFW area India related organizations and your 
information will be helpful for us to update our records.

Please feel free to contact me or Prasad Thotakura if you have any questions.

Thank you and Jai Hind
Harshika Bhatt
Co-Chair, Community organization Council
972-462-1383 (H)
469-223-2522 (C)

2.0 : Letter from IAFC

Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC)
(Non-profit, non-religious, non-partisan organization)
Tax ID# 95-4822891; P.O. Box 610865, Dallas, TX 75267
February 13, 2010

Subject: Installation of Statue of ?Mahatma Gandhi? in downtown Dallas, TX.

Greetings! Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) has been pursuing 
the City of Dallas to install Mahatma Gandhi statue for a quite some 
time. We are very excited to inform you that finally we got the 
approval from the city. We sincerely thank Dallas City administration 
for taking initiative in realizing the long cherished dream of more 
than 100,000 Indian-Americans who live in the greater Dallas metro 
area. On request of IAFC, Dallas City has allocated a very prime spot 
on north side of the Dallas Convention Center on Marilla St. (few 
yards away from the Dallas City Hall) in the heart of the City. We are 
pleased to inform you that IAFC has already allocated $10,000 to make 
a 9 foot Bronze Statue in India and be shipped to Dallas.

We invite all India related organizations, professionals, businesses, 
entrepreneurs, women, youth and senior citizens to be part of this 
historical movement and project. Our plan is to get Mahatma Gandhi 
Statue be installed by August 15th, 2010. We are planning for a 
community organizations meeting in March to give a briefing on the 
project. We will email you details once the meeting date is confirmed. 
We request not more than two representatives from your organizations 
attend this important meeting.

It will be a greatest gift to all peace-loving Indians and Americans 
alike as well as putting the proud name of Dallas on the map of 
important cities that recognized the life and sacrifices made by 
Mahatma Gandhi who won India?s freedom from Colonial rule in 1947. 
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948),?an icon for Peace & non-violence has been 
a role model for millions across the Globe,?including our President 
Barrack Obama.

We seek your indulgence in supporting the cause in realizing this 
dream. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. We 
look forward for your favorable reply,

Best Regards,

Prasad Thotakura, General Secretary & Board of Directors of IAFC
(M) 817-300-4747; prasadthotakura@gmail.com

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