Category Archives: Indians in Sudan

The Legacy of Abdallah Khalil 2nd Prime Minister of Sudan

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In Sudan, Fridays are dedicated to the family when all children meet at the father’s house for breakfast. This writer had the privilege of being with such a family last Friday. This was the house of Abdallah Khalil the second Prime Minister of Sudan from 1956-58. Abdallah Khalil’s son Amir had visited their farm house in Omdurman that morning and brought plenty of dates and other fruits. Amir Abdallah Khalil showed me his father’s room which was no less than a museum with antique collections of typewriter, telephone, music recorder, trophies, rifles and swords. There were photos framed on the walls showing Abdallah Khalil with many heads of state. The one that caught this writer’s attention was the one with Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. This photo was taken when Nehru visited Sudan.
Abdallah Khalil’s son Amir served the United Nations for 4 decades. He retired as Assistant Director General of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. After retirement he was assigned to UN headquarters at New York as Advisor to FAO for Security Council Affairs. Currently Amir is the Chairman of Omdurman Teaching Hospital.

Sudan’s Dhirubhai is No More

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Dhirajlal Tribhubandas Ramjidas Shah was born in Sudan in 1930. He was the senior most active member of the Indian Community in Sudan. He had narrated to me the day in 1956 when he had received Mr.Kidwai the first Head of Indian Mission in Sudan. Dhirubhai, as he was called, was agile and alert even at the age of 87. He attended all events, be it the National Day celebrations at the Embassy of India in Khartoum or celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday at the Indian School in Omdurman. I last met him on 7th June, at the Iftar jointly hosted by the Indian club and the Police Association of Omdurman .He was the cynosure of all eyes even on that evening. He breathed his last three days later. We pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace at his heavenly abode.

Police Association Felicitates President of Indian Community in Omdurman, Sudan

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The Police Association of Omdurman felicitated Dr. Anil Kumar Mithani at an Iftar hosted by the Indian club in Omdurman on the 12th day of Ramadan. Dr.Anil Kumar Mithani a Senior Consultant Urologist and President of the Omdurman Indian Community (truly the Indian diaspora, Sudanese nationals of Indian origin mainly from Rajkot) has excellent public relations. Senior Police Officers like Haytham Osman and others participated at the Iftar which presented a commendable group performance of songs and dance by children of the Police community. Ambassador of India who returned from Asmara the same evening attended the event. He conveyed Ramadan Greetings to all and praised the Police for the good job done since the law and order situation is very much under control in Sudan. He appreciated the joint cultural exchange between the Police Association and the Indian community and looked forward to more such events.

Goan Folk Songs and Dances in Sudan

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Exchange of Cultural Programs is a symbol of strong bilateral relations between two countries. So is the case between India and Sudan. Embassy of India in Khartoum in partnership with Ministry of Culture Sudan brought Goa Kala Academy under the aegis of Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi.
Goa Kala Academy performed folk songs and dances of Goa at the National Theatre of Omdurman on Thursday 18 May. Goa is a picturesque state in the West Coast of India. Goa has its own rich tradition of folk lore and folk art tradition. A ten member troupe from Goa Kala Academy performed various folk songs and dances with colourful costumes and ‘props’. The dance forms ranged from winding and unwinding of braids with brisk footwork, lamp dance with gymnastic skills balancing the brass lamps on their heads, warrior dance with swords and horse heads on the waists and stilt dances.
Minister of State for Culture Dr.Hasabalrasoul Ahmed inaugurated the program along with the Ambassador of India Amrit Lugun. They were joined by the Commissioner of Omdurman Majdi Abdulaziz.
The audience comprised Ministers, Diplomats, Dignitaries and members from both Sudanese and Indian communities. The Cultural troupe will also perform in Madani.

Sham – E- Hind, Indian Cultural Evening in Khartoum

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More than 400 people witnessed the Indian Cultural evening held at the premise of the Old Embassy of India on 11th November. The event aptly named Sham – E – Hind was an evening well spent with Indian song and dance program from almost all regions of India. Ambassadors with the First Ladies of U.K., Pakistan, Malaysia and South Korea were present along with many other dignitaries including Mrs. Norma Kfouri, Chairperson of International Volunteers Welfare Group (IVWG). This event was organized and hosted by Indian Ladies Club of Khartoum of which the Indian First Lady Asha Lugun is the President. It was a very well organized program showcasing talent of the Indian community in Khartoum. Delicious Indian food and number of lucky draws with immediate prizes were an additional attraction. Take a glimpse with these photographs.

Indians in Sudan Celebrate National Unity Day

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National Unity Day was introduced by the Government of India and inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. The objective is to pay tribute to one of the founding leaders of the Republic of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel known as the Iron Man of India. As the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of Independent India, Vallabhbhai Patel is credited for the integration of over 550 princely states into India and for consolidating and modernizing the administrative service. Sardar Patel shaped the narrative of a modern, strong and self-reliant India.
National Unity Day is celebrated by the people of India, organizing variety of events. Embassy of India in Khartoum invited friends of India and the Indian community to celebrate the 141st Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Saturday, 5th November at the Indian Community School in Omdurman. The celebrations involved school children to participate in essay competition, dressing up as freedom fighters and leaders of India, speeches and patriotic songs. Ambassador of India H.E. Amrit Lugun opened a photo exhibition on Sardar Patel, paid floral tributes and gave away prizes to the winners of the essay competition. There was also a screening of a short film on the great leader. Ambassador spoke to the large gathering talking about India’s history of freedom movement and Patel’s contribution to nation building in myriad ways.