Former Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy remembered in US

Kerala’s former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, addressing the inaugural meeting for the launch of the Indian Overseas Congress in US. PHOTO: courtesy George Abraham

‘Kerala’s political arena has indeed lost a giant. Shri. Oommen Chandy was a true friend of the masses, and he served them well over the long fifty-three years with integrity and honor.,” said George Abraham, vice-chair of the Indian Overseas Congress, USA.

Abraham said he had known Chandy since the 1960s and retained a long-standing friendship with him and the family. “I was involved with his earlier visits to the United States and had fond memories of accompanying him to various events and personalities that included the inauguration of the ‘Indian Overseas Congress’ in 1998 that was held in New York,” Abraham said.

“He was a man who understood the pulse of the people and would go out of his way to help regardless of their circumstances. His political acumen, along with his dynamic activism, catapulted him to the top of the leadership, where he was rarely outmaneuvered while setting up goals and accomplishing his objectives,” Abraham recalled. Calling him a man who was unfazed by challenges, Abraham said even in the worst crisis, Chandy would muster the courage and deal with issues in a rational way.

“Another term as Chief Minister for Oommen Chandy would have brought unparallel development and progress for the state of Kerala that would forever remain a dream by his supporters around the globe,” Abraham said, bidding the Indian leader farewell.



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