US-based Trinidadian author Nathalie Taghaboni, right, recently returned home to launch her latest book, Side By Side We Stand.
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Who Is Narendra Modi?
Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India on May 26. This Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat in India, through his dynamism, was able to lead his party, the BJP, to a historic win in the world’s largest democracy. For the first time in more than 20 years, a single political party in India was able to win a comfortable majority of 284 votes in a parliament comprising 543 members.
Previously, the Congress party with the Nehru family in total control was only able to lead India through a coalition with other political forces. They inevitably had to make compromises in the administration which has led to its decimation at the polls. Narendra Modi was a member of an Indian delegation of Hindus who attended the World Hindu Conference 2000 at the Cascadia Hotel, Trinidad. This event was hosted by the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha.
According to a report in the Trinidad Guardian of August 21, 2000:
“Over 1,000 guests attended the event at the Cascadia Hotel on Thursday night. The conference was a significant milestone in the history of T&T; it will serve as a prelude to the World Summit of Spiritual and Religious Leaders which takes place at the United Nations from August 28 to 31. The World Hindu Conference 2000 will benefit the summit and influence thought at the UN over the next few weeks.