The A-List author and veteran journalist Ajit Jain presenting three issues of The A-List to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
The A-List author and veteran journalist Ajit Jain presenting three issues of The A-List to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
‘The A-List,” which has become an acclaimed publication in Canada and much sought after by the 1.2 million strong Indian community, was formally launched at the Queen’s Park by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at an impressive event.
 
 

Present at this occasion were four provincial ministers: Dipika Damerla (Minister of Senior Affairs), Indira Naidoo-Harris (Minister for the Status of Women) ; Laura Albanese (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), and Michael Chen (Minister for International Trade). Also present was Liberal Member of Ontario Legislature, Vic Dhillon (from Brampton West).

 

Premier Wynee formally received all three issues of the annual publication released so far. Besides five elected officials present, there were 17 A-Listers of close to 150 profiled so far in three issues of The A-List, brought out in collaboration with Crossmedia Advisory Services in New Delhi.

 

They included ICICI Bank Canada President Sriram Iyer, George Weston President Pavi Binning, businessman and community leader Paul Sayal, young film producer and director Nimisha Mukherji, Nepal’s Consul-General Dr. Kunjar Sharma, Dr. Arun Chokalingam of the University of Toronto, and Sunder Singh, Director of Elspeth Heyworth Center for Women and others.

 

“The A-Lists share stories, with wider Canadian and in fact international audience, stories of success of Indo-Canadians and persons of Indian heritage – stories as to how they over the years have immigrated to various parts of this vast land Canada, they went through hard times, they struggled, and where they have reached now," said Jain, the author of the signal publication.

 

“These 17 outstanding people present here today – also the two provincial ministers – Dipika Damerla and Indira Naidoo-Harris, and MPP Vic Dhillon – are part of success of Indo-Canadians and how in different fields they are contributing to their adopted homeland,” Jain added.

 

Before the Premier arrived in Room 247 (also known as the Liberal official caucus room) at the Queen’s Park, five elected politicians had an hour-long round table with the A-Listers and discussed with them a number of issues. On top was the recent adoption of a private Member’s Resolution, tabled by Liberal Member Harinder Malhi (Brampton Springdale), calling riots in the streets of Delhi and other cities in 1984, in the aftermath of assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, as “genocide”.

 

As Jain observed, “yes it was deplorable what happened in 1984 in India, but with no stretch of imagination those tragic events could be termed as “genocide’
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The ministers did their best to explain that these things happen in a democratic society with freedom of expression. It was a private member’s resolution and it hasn’t become the law of the land, they said.

 

Indo-Canadians and persons of Indian origin are a highly respected lot in the country. They are and part of the mainstream with as many as four Federal Ministers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, 19 Members of Parliament, five Members in the Ontario Legislature and also in other provincial assemblies. The community is now 1.2-million strong in Canada and thriving and their achievements is what the annual The A-List seeks to bring out and celebrate.

 

(Ajit Jain can be contacted at ajit.jain0410@gmail.com)

 

Ajit Jain, his wife Rosalinda and daughter Lakshmi, with four provincial ministers. On the left are Indira Naidoo-Harris and Dipika DAmerla

Ajit Jain, his wife Rosalinda and daughter Lakshmi, with four provincial ministers. On the left are Indira Naidoo-Harris and Dipika DAmerla

Premier Wynne is receiving Pavi Binning, President of George Weston group of companies, (A-Lister 2016)

Premier Wynne is receiving Pavi Binning, President of George Weston group of companies, (A-Lister 2016)

Premier Kathleen Wynne is seen receiving ICICI Bank Canada President and CEO Sriram Iyer (A-Lister in 2015)

Premier Kathleen Wynne is seen receiving ICICI Bank Canada President and CEO Sriram Iyer (A-Lister in 2015)
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