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By StaffWriter -EDISON, NJ he South Asian Republican Coalition (SARC) was launched with a rally and dinner at the Royal Albert’s Palace in Edison, NJ, on December 29. Hundreds of people from the Republican party and from South Asian communities were in attendance, according to a press release. The purpose of SARC is to bring South Asian Americans (from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal) and other countries together on one platform for a strong voice, to create awareness among South Asian Americans to actively participate in mainstream poli- tics. The aim is also for these communities to believe in core values and principles of the Republican party and to support and promote it, said the release. SARC was founded by Hemant Bhatt in March of 2018. Bhatt is a businessman, political operative, activist and also Founder and President of; Director, Immigration Relations, America Winning Coalition; Founder, President and CEO of and the Managing Director of Quick Insurance Agency. Pinakin Pathak, a businessman, community leader and philanthropist, and Sridhar Chillara, a business- man, and Founder and CEO of Mana TV International, TV5 International, joined hands with Bhatt in December, 2018, as Co-Founders of SARC to achieve SARC'S mission and goals and objectives. Bhatt, in his welcome address, said South Asian Americans have the interests of ‘America First’ and are committed to make America proud, safe, strong, wealthy and great. “Though we have been organizing this event only for the last few days, I am very happy to see a great outcome of attendees. We want to take this organiza- tion to the national level and make sure that main- South Asians For GOP T Sridhar Chillara, John Vrtaric, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Founder and Chairman, Parikh Worldwide Media; Hemant Bhatt, Steven Rogers, Hemant Marathe, the Mayor of West Windsor, NJ; and Pinakin Pathak, at the lamp lighting ceremony of the launch of the South Asian Republican Coalition, in Edison, NJ, on December 29, 2018. Photos:SARC Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Founder and Chairman, Parikh Worldwide Media, speaking at the meet. Steven Rogers, Chairman of America Winning Coalition, and Member of President Donald Trump's Advisory Board 2020, speaking at the meet. Hemant Bhatt, Founder, South Asian Republican Coalition, speaking at the meet. The South Asian Republican Coalition was launched in New Jersey Continued On Page6 – that’s all you need to know 4 January 11, 2019 COVER STORY