Times of India
04 December 2010
One of India’s best known gay rights activist, prince of the erstwhile state of Rajpipla, Manvendra Singh Gohil, will soon join hands with the first lady of France, Carla Bruni, to create awareness on HIV and AIDS in India.
While many may be hoping to get a glimpse of French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla during their state visit to India beginning Saturday, Gohil shared the table with the first lady at a dinner organised to create awareness on HIV and AIDS–related issues in Paris recently. The event had been organised by AIDES, a French organisation.
While Lakshya Trust, run by Gohil, works for HIV and AIDS–infected persons, Bruni is ambassador for the Geneva–based Global Fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. “Carla said she would like to be associated with us. She was well–informed about my work and that of Lakshya Trust,’’ said Gohil.
“I have promised her help in any project she plans to take up on HIV and AIDS," Gohil said. Carla was particularly keen on a programme focused on preventing spread of the infection from women to children.
Lakshya Trust project director Sylvester Merchant, who accompanied Gohil to France, said: “Carla was the guest of honour at the event. Sarkozy also made an appearance at the event along with several other celebrities." Gohil is one of the first representatives from Asia to have participated in the event in Paris.
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