By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Feb 22: The get-together organised by the Indian High Commission for the benefit of the UK Malayalee community last week was well attended by a houseful crowd. The first ever meeting hosted by the Indian High Commission for establishing contact with the Malayalee community was attended by people from all walks of life.
Following this meeting some of the community members raised displeasure at them not being able to talk or raise their views during the meeting. There were also some lone voices through Facebook posts questioning the objectives of such a meeting.
ukmalayalee.com took up this matter with the Indian High Commission to clarify the purpose and objectives and received a prompt response.
Q: What was the purpose of holding the meeting?
The UK Malayalee Event was held to establish contact with the Malayalee community considering the importance of our bilateral relationship.
Q: Why were all the community members not given opportunity to speak during the occasion?
Only a few individuals could speak on the occasion, as in a big gathering it is not possible for everyone to get a chance to speak.
Q: What was the outcome from this meeting?
The outcome of this meeting was getting to establish an initial contact with the Malayalee Community.
Q: Are you planning further meetings?
The High Commission plans to organise such meetings with other Indian community organisations in the UK as part of our outreach to the community. We intend to hold further meetings with the Malayale community by organising more such meetings in the future.
The High Commission's event was open to the whole of the UK Malayalee community and invite was sent to as many people possible.
Representatives of several Malayalee organisations including councillors, journalists and other prominent professionals attended the first ever event on 16th February 2017 at 5.00pm at India House.
The meeting was also attended by international businessman MA Yusuf Ali, who has established several businesses in the UK and also an employer who has offered jobs to several Malayalees in the UK. MA Yusuf Ali too can be termed as a UK Malayalee and his presence would definitely add mileage to this community to take the community to mainstream activites within the business and political arena.