TO COMMEMORATE SACRIFICE OF INDIAN SOLDIERS IN WORLD WAR 1
1 Place du 8 Mai, 62840 Laventie, France
11 Nov 2018 at 11:11:11 hours
This marks the commencement of our project to establish 57 such statues near all cemeteries where our Indian soldiers lie buried in France.
GOPIO to Honor Ashook Ramsaran
Guyanese born Ashook Ramsaran was honored by Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) where he served as Secretary General and Executive Vice-Present before his election to 2 successive terms as President of GOPIO International in 2011. He is currently President of Indian Diaspora Council International; Chair of New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital Community Advisory Council; Vice President of Queens Civic Congress; Board Member of St. John’s University Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies; and Board Member of Fresh Meadows Civic Association. Ramex, is his family owned electronics manufacturing enterprise in New York. Hr actively engages several series of regional and global initiatives to “engage, embrace and enhance” the global Indian diaspora.
He featured in the Global Indian 2011 publication of “Top 25 Most Influential Indians in North America.” He was accorded the Uttar Pradesh Ratna award (2016) and the prestigious Government of India’s Pravasi Samman Award by the President of India (2011) in New Delhi, India.
IFSC and the city of Laventie share a very strong bond. For the last three years, IFSC has been an inseparable part of the Armistice Day celebrations with the people of Laventie. Mr. Jean-Philippe Boonaert, Mayor of Laventie has been gracious to allocate a beautiful location adjacent to the church of St. Vaast dating from the twelfth century.
It was only last year on 11th of November that the two human remains of First World War Indian soldiers of the 39th Royal Garhwal Rifles that were discovered in the fields of Laventie now lie buried at Laventie Military Cemetery.
Unveiling of statue at Laventie 62840, France on 11 Nov 2018
Painting have been prepared and received in France. Pictures being taken by Leonard de Selva in his studio at Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris
Leonard works as an independent photographer author. Since his first exhibition at the Musée Cantini in Marseille in 1968, he has been constantly working on his lens and exhibiting his photographs around the world. His work illustrates many documentary and artistic works, and is also regularly published in the press, mainly by French publishers.