DESI TALK NEW YORK – that’s all you need to know 4 April 12, 2019 COVER STORY Yagna For Victory By StaffWriter undreds of Indians in New Jersey, including Indian-Americans, gathered to pray for the elec- toral victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming elections. Close to 900 millions Indians are expected to go to the polls starting April 11 for 6 weeks of voting in the largest exercise in democracy, the results of which will be declared May 23. On this side of the globe, non-resident Indians are mobilizing in support of Modi, engaging in phone calls, trips to India, and holding prayer meetings and Chai pe Charchas (Discussions Over Tea), and Chowkidar marches. On Sunday, April 7, a "Shiv Shakti Maha Puja and Yagna" was held at the Shri Sanatan Mandir in Parsippany, N.J., hosted by IndiaWorld Foundation, a non-profit based in Morris Plains, N.J. Back in May 2014, a similar yagna was held in the mandir to usher in Modi's victory for his first term. Billed as a yagna "For United India" the flyer of the event said the prayers were meant to "send Divine Energy toward Preserving, Nurturing our Dharma and Culture, as India goes through tremendous Election Cycle and also praying for our Motherland towards becoming an emerg- ing Global Power 'Vishwa Guru'." The prayers were also "For Vibratn & Strong Bilateral Relationship between USA and India" and "Blessings for the Victory of Shri Narendra Modi's Team in 2019 General Election." Speakers praised Modi who they credited with raising India's status in the world and bringing about reforms in that country over the last five years in office. Seshadri Chari, a leader in the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), and on the National Executive Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in his speech, called the yagna "a very great occasion" adding that he was "elated" to be part of it. An estimated 400 people attended the yagna, according to those present at the event. "NRIs are India's ambassadors in their country of adop- tion," said Chari who is also chief editor of India's HW News Network, a partner of ParikhWorldwide Media and ITV Gold. "It is said 'You can take an Indian out of India, but you cannot take India out of an Indian," Chari said, adding, "They have kept the culture of India. They have kept it alive." "So it is not just victory of an individual. We are working for victory of not even one party, but for the victory of India. So if India is victorious, India's culture, India's dhar- ma ... and also universal peace will remain intact," Chari emphasized. "So we are actually working for one universe - that is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam." He praised NRI "karyakartas" who he said were "keeping the religion and culture of India afloat." Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, the founder and chair- man of ParikhWorldwide Media and chairman of ITV Gold, thanked all Indians living abroad, who he said "were all children of India" and must work for the betterment of India. "We all should take part in this festival of democracy. And who can make India strong? The one who has risen; one who has a great vision; one who works day and night for India; one who brought India to the global level -- and that is no one else but our beloved Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi." He praised the health insurance ini- tiative "Ayushman Bharat," the largest of its kind under- taken in the world, being implemented during the Modi government, and other steps. "Please tell your friends and family at home to vote for Narendrabhai. Vote for a strong leader, a visionary leader, to give him another chance," said Dr. Parikh, predicting that Modi would be victorious and get a "pure majority" in the new Lok Sabha after the elections. Dr. Parikh urged people to pledge to be "Chowkidars" (watchmen/ guards) adding, "Main Bhi Chowkidar" (I am H Many Indians and Indian-Americans gathered at the Shri Sanatan Mandir in Parsippany, N.J., April 7, to hold a Shiv Shakti Maha Puja and Yagna, organized by the India World Foundation to pray for the re-election victory of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Continued On Page 6 Supporters of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi living abroad performed special prayers for his re-election Photos:RajaBhatty Chairman and Founder, Parikh Worldwide Media, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, who is also chairman of ITV Gold, right, with Seshadri Chari, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader, member of the National Executive Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party, as well as chief editor of HW News, a partner of PWM, conducting the puja ceremony at the April 7, Shiv Shakti Maha Puja and Yagna to pray for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory.