NYC mayor honors Indian community bodies at Diwali Celebration
Lauding the contributions of the Indian American community to New York City, mayor Eric Adams has honored four community organizations and Grammy Award Winner Falu Shah for their work in the New York area.
“Let me tell you my love for this community. Let me tell you why I believe this community is so important to the city,” he said bestowing the honors at a largely attended Diwali celebration at the Gracie Mansion on Oct 25.
“When I looked at during the 70s when we saw such a large wave of those who came from India, moved to Queens, wanted to believe in American dream,” Adams recalled.
“You worked hard and opened small businesses, and you sent your children to school to learn different skills so they can be deputy mayors and doctors and leaders of agencies and help our city move forward. You fortify the strength of our city,” he said.
“And when you do an analysis, you notice your presence in law enforcement, healthcare, small businesses, your faith,” Adams noted..
“You’re one of the largest economic groups in this country, one of the largest educated groups in this country, one of the largest small business owners in this country. You believe in the American dream and you live it out every day,” he said.
The honorees were Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and its chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, Federation of Indian Associations of NY, NJ, CT (FIA) Chairman Ankur Vaidya, Indiaspora Founder M.R. Rangaswamy, Tulsi Mandir of Richmond Hill Queens represented by its priest Lakra Maharaj, Romeo Hitlall of the Indo-Caribbean community and Grammy Award Winner Falu Shah.
Over 1100 people attended the festive celebration with Indian food, dances of India and people dancing to the tune of Bollywood music.
Others present with Mayor Adams were his senior team members of Indian origin including Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi, Environmental Protection Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala, Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan and Deputy Commissioner Dilip Chauhan (Trade and Investment)