Bereavement /In Memoriam
Dr. Surendra Kaushik
It is with deep personal regret that we inform you about the loss of our dear friend and valued beloved board member, Dr. Surendra Kaushik. Dr. Kaushik is the founder of Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women’s College in his hometown of Malsisar, Rajasthan India. He founded the school in honor of his wife who had stroke and was paralyzed at the height of their romantic life, and for whom he cared personally at home since 1991 until she passed in 2013. Dr. Kaushik died of a heart attack in his native country India on Wednesday just few days before the Schools graduation ceremony, which he had conducted annually since the school was founded in 1993. Dr. Kaushik taught economics at Pace University and was a recipient of several prestigious academic achievement awards including the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA). He was a true champion of women empowerment in India, Africa, and in America.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is the highest honor conferred by the President of India on overseas Indians. Since its inception in 2003, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman has been awarded to notable Indians in Diaspora such as His Excellence: Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam — Prime minister Mauritius: , Honorable Sir Anerood Jugnauth former Prime minister of Mauritius, including her Excellency Kamla Persad Bissessar — Prime Minister Trinidad and Tobago, Billy Nair, Member of Parliament, ANC South Africa; Pheroze Nowrojee, Advocate, Human Rights Activist, Kenya; Kenneth S. Benjamin, Founder and chairman of the Guardsman Group Business, Jamaica; Yesu, Persau, Guyana, V. Ramadoss Seychelles, Justice Ahmed Moosa Ebrahim, Zimbabwe; Lord Meghnad Desai, Economist, United Kingdom; Sukhi Turner, Fmr. Mayor of Dunedin, New Zealand; late Kalpana Chawla, Astronaut, United States; and so many more.
Dr. Surendra Kaushik had contributed enormously to the development of African Views, including extending scholarship to women and girls from Africa and beyond. His absence leaves a monumental void in our board. Our prayers are with his family and we urge those who can to please join the subsequent ceremonies.
Services in India will take place at Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women’s P.G. College as follows:
July, 30 – 31 Condolences and Visitations
August 10, 11th day Services
August 11, 12th day Services
August 12, 13th day Services
The Kaushik Family will organize a formal reception in Westchester, NY in mid/late August once all family has returned.
Helena Kaushik Education Foundation, PO Box 234, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 – 1017
Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women’s College, P.O Malsisar Jhunjhunu Rajasthan, India 331028
US– Africa Leaders Summit 2014
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit concluded on August 6, 2014 in Washington DC after 50 African countries and U.S. government officials as well as over 1000 business leaders, 1000 Media representatives from the US, Africa and other parts of the world met, shared opinions, and announced billions in public and private sector commitments to enhance trade, investment and security across Africa. Two key highlights of the summit were 1) the AGOA Forum, where Obama administration officials outlined the government’s comprehensive strategy for extending and updating the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and 2) the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, where more than $33 billion in business deals were struck between African and U.S. government and business leaders. African Views was among the attendees and encourages audience across the world to look forward to its detail report on the event — consisting of transcript and pictures of various forums during the summit — and analysis of the conducts, opinions, performances, and expectations of the participants and observers. Anyway we’re very excited at AV about this new opportunity. We believe this renewed U.S.-Africa relationship can be a game-changer in how immediate challenges are met in Africa.
Event Report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit
Business forum: http://www.bloomberg.com/bmia
Here is a list of challenges facing Africa by country-specific prevalence and make sure your concern is represented too: http://bit.ly/africanproblems
African Identity Articles:
- Cultural Charter For Africa
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- What is African?
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- Issue Of Race
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Join the African Women Empowerment Campaign
- The African Women Advancement is a pilot program designed to use women advancement as a strategy for ending poverty in impoverished or developing communities.
African Views Association for Women Advancement (AVAWA) is a concept of grouping women together as an association in urban and rural African communities. AVAWA’s mission is to advance the status of women and girls by forging a strategic alliance between people and organizations committing to improve the environment through education on health, economic well-being of the community. PINK AFRICA project is being built up for the Women Advancemnt Summit in Senegal.