" The Chinese community of Kolkata
Cordially invite you and your representative of your organization,
to a gathering :
On 21st April 2013, at 10.30 a.m.
At Toong Oon Church,
22, Black Burn Lane ,Kolkata,India
The Honourable Prof. Maria Fernandes, Vice Chairperson,
Minority Commission, West Bengal, has consented to be the speaker."
As per the programme the meeting took place with representatives from the various Indian Chinese organizations.
Prof. Maria Fernades was welcomed by Mr. David Chen on behalf of the community; two lions welcomed her and offered her two bouquets of flowers and Mr. Thomas Chen sung a Chinese song to welcome her.
She spoke about the scope of the Minority Commission and its various functions in particular for the Indian Chinese in India.
In the interaction followed, she cleared doubts and presumptions, which was very enlightening. She not only offered her service to our community and encouraged us to move forward with the assurance of the law of the land in our support in giving us assistance to help us in solving the problems that had afflicted us.
Hope this will be the prelude of a new era for the Indian Chinese Community in Kolkata.