Prakash Joshi

From the Pearl of Africa to Canada Prakash Joshi Struggles for a New Beginning For All of Us


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Holding up a book written by Prakash Vinod Joshi -"Life in Four Continents".


Uprooted from Uganda, Vancouver engineer pieces his life with memoir, Life in Four Continents

Vinita Kinra: What was the main motive behind your memoir, Life in Four Continents?

Prakash Joshi: Two main reasons: Firstly, to live behind a legacy for the children so they can appreciate their Indian heritage—the roots and the experiences in four continents. Secondly, to respect my father’s wish. As a volunteer journalist, he read my articles on His Holiness Dalai Lama, Rev. Desmond Tutu, spiritual chiefs of our native North American Indians, Rev. Pandurang Shashtri etc. and asked me one day: “When are you going to write about our family?”

Vinita Kinra: Share with us the story behind the title of your memoir.

Prakash Joshi: I have tremendous love and pride for my Indian heritage, mainly due to the influence of my spiritual grandfather, even though I was born in Uganda and was a Ugandan citizen. The dictator Idi Amin Dada of Uganda expelled the Asians by giving us three months notice, allowing us to carry only two suitcases on our way out of the country of our birth. I was one of the 60, 000 Asians kicked out.

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Bhajan (4) by Prakash Vinod Joshi - “Jem Pankhi Udi Gayu Aakasma” Lyrics/Music Composition by Prakash Joshi Tabla Nawaz: Sirish Kumar Manji

Much is written about the historic visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Who was joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa and Professor Shirin Ebadi from Iran, the three Peace Prize recipients. I was privileged to be present at the two Public events at Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), University of British Columbia and Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, plus at a media conference at UBC (Read more...)

"Economics vs Ecology" by Dr. David Suzuki
-Donor appreciation Day, May 2009, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.

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In May of 1997 when I stood at the gates of the beautiful Westminster Abbey in London, England thousands of followers of Shri Pandurang Shastri, 'Dada' were full of joy and excitement as their spiritual leader who had taught them to see "God in all people" were about to witness a historic moment... (Read more...)

I have always admired the Environmental work carried out by Dr. David Suzuki (Not forgetting the ever popular documentary TV series "The Nature of Things") plus the initiatives he's taken towards "Paths to Peace", so when I was informed by CBC Radio that I had won two tickets to the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club with him on May 7th, 2006 (Read more...)

Native Chief Mercredi Following Mahatma Gandhi's Non-Violence Way. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) hosted a conference on non-violence in Vancouver October 10 through October 11, 1996 at the Squamish Recreation Center. (Read more...)



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Sirishkumar manji and Prakash  Joshi, London, U.K. (February 2002)


By Michael Chacko Daniels
Editor & Publisher, New River Free Press International
Prakash Joshi

As the world becomes smaller... hopefully, with the help of the almighty, I can play a little part in the form of a messenger to bring peace and harmony, says Prakash Joshi, this month’s Career Visions interviewee, a native of the Pearl of Africa — Uganda.

Explaining his nomination of Mr Joshi, Virgil Dias writes:

“...The highest accolade I can give Prakash is to say he is a humanitarian. He has great empathy for all kinds of people he has encountered in East Africa where he grew up, in the United Kingdom where he studied Industrial Chemistry, and in Canada where he makes his home today and works with Metro Testing & Engineering Services Ltd as a Senior Materials Engineering Technologist.

He is also an internationalist who seeks to understand the richness of the human spirit through great spiritual leaders past and present like Mahatma Gandhi of India, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, the Reverend Desmond Tutu of South Africa, and Spiritual Chiefs of our Native North American Indians.

He has given back to his community in Canada and is a respected member of his profession.

He hopes that someday the African people will find the prosperity they deserve and he has extended his efforts in Uganda to do whatever he can to foster an improvement in the social conditions of the people of that beautiful place that was once known as the Pearl of Africa.”


John Tempelton Award Ceremony-Westminster Abbey:

See attached article by Prakash Joshi reporting from London England.


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