Champion of myriad causes for Indians

DUBAI - The Indian Consul-General, Dr George Joseph, who assumed office in Dubai on November 29, 2001, bid adieu yesterday, relinquishing his position, on health grounds, ahead of the usual term of three years. He leaves for Kerala on a holiday today, before taking up his new assignment as the Indian Consul General in Vancouver, Canada from September 1, 2003. Dr Joseph is being succeeded by the new Consul General Yash Sinha who had earlier been posted at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

By Debasree S.

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Published: Tue 5 Aug 2003, 11:58 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:10 PM

Dr Joseph (52), who had championed myriad causes on behalf of the Indian community during the last two years, lending a voice to the weaker sections of the community, particularly the labourers, had endeared himself to one and all through his easy understanding of issues and clarity of thought and purpose.

The Indian community and associations in Dubai and northern emirates have always found him by their side, ready to grace any occasion, or take up any issues on their behalf with the local authorities or the Indian government back home.

Dr Joseph, clad in his trademark black jodhpuri, has graced numerous social occasions, despite his failing health, building on the image of the Indian expatriate community.

Speaking to Khaleej Times yesterday, Dr Joseph described his short stint in Dubai as satisfactory, paying rich tributes to the Indian community for their ability to pool resources and work together to rescue the lesser-privileged among them from trouble.

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