Doha, Qatar: Sprawling hall of Al Ghazal Club on Friday 13 April 2012 resonated with words emphasizing positive changes in Bihar.
The occasion was the centenary celebration of Bihar’s establishment as a separate state organized by the Qatar Chapter of Indian Association of Bihar and Jharkhand and Bihar Foundation Qatar Chapter.
Bihar’s Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu and Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shayam Rajak addressed the gathering over mobile phone and congratulated the Bihari community in Qatar for showing the solidarity on the occasion of centenary celebration of the foundation of Bihar.
Speaking on the occasion Shakil Ahmed Kakvi, Chairman, Bihar Foundation Qatar Chapter, said that the motive to celebrate Bihar Divas was to bring all the people of Bihar origin around the world on one platform. He also congratulation Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for giving a day to Biharis as Bihar Diwas where they could forget all other identities except the one of a proud Bihari.
"We feel proud of the present Bihar and its glorious past. The progress of Bihar is the progress of India. Bihar is progressing fast under leadership of Nitish Kumar. Now, it is the land of opportunities," Kakvi said.
"Nitish Kumar has changed the perception of Bihar not only within India but also among Indians living abroad," Azim Abbas of Doha said.
M. S. Bukhari, a member of the Indian Business delegate to Bihar added, "Bihar is on the path to progress and it is visible everywhere whether it is infrastructure, law and order, or business activity."
Syed Abdul Hye, while thanking Kakvi for providing opportunity to visit Bihar, said that his perception of Bihar had changed after his recent visit to the state.
Shawls and Ashok Pillar mementos on behalf of the Bihar Ministry of Tourism were presented to the six-member team of businessmen who had visited Bihar recently.
Aqeel Ahmed, Bihar One representative, in his speech, lashed out at the Indian media for continuing to project a negative image of Bihar.
"Bihar also has a rich history. It is the cradle of spirituality," Ahmed said.
Chief Guest of the Bihar Diwas Function M. R. Qureshi, the first secretary of Embassy of India, in his address, said that the efforts of the Indian Association for Bihar and Jharkhand, in cooperation with the Bihar Foundation were highly appreciable.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar His Excellency Dedy Saiful Hadi, outgoing QP engineer and patron of IABJ Ashok Kumar Sinha, PR Coordinator in the Ministry of Interior Faisal Hudawi , Khalid Hassan AL Shammari, and Corp. Ali Ambar Al Khulafi of Ministry of Interior, state of Qatar .
'Unnati', an in house magazine of the Qatar association compiled by Mahfuz Hasan and Aqueel Ahmed, was also released on the occasion.
A memento was presented to A. K. Sinha for his contribution to the organization. Several children were also rewarded at the function. Doha-based Indian child singer Nader Abdul Salam who is well versed in Arabic songs was honored with the Talent of the Year Award. He also gave a captivating performance on the occasion.
MES Indian School student Pushp Raj Prasad bagged the Award of Excellence for his various accomplishments in mathematics as well as in other subjects. Raiyyan Aftab and Abu Baker Iqbal bagged awards of excellence for their achievements in the academic field. Anwar Hamdule of Modern Printing press, P. J. Bielbey, HOD Music, Art and Craft of MES, Jitu Patel of Qatar Tribune were also honored for their remarkable support for Bihar Divas celebrations.
Meanwhile, 'Ek Shaam, Bihar ke Naam' featuring songs from Bihar were presented by the members of the Kainat Foundation that was followed by a concert by Nadir Abdul Salam. Local Bhojpuri artists also performed Bhojpuri songs from Bihar.