Indian Overseas Congress hosts party leader in New York

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Praveen Chakravarthy, chairman of the Data Analytics Department of the Indian National Congress Party, speaking at a reception in his honor by Indian Overseas Congress-USA, July 1, 2021 at Jassis Restaurant, NYC. Photo: courtesy IOC-USA.

Praveen Chakravarthy, chairman of the Data Analytics Department of the Indian National Congress Party was hosted at a reception in New York July 1, 2021, by the Indian Overseas Congress-USA.

“The Congress party is getting ready to face a critical national election and tackle pressing issues of national concern” – Chakravarthy is quoted saying at the event, in a press release from IOC-USA.

The event was held at Jassis restaurant in Queens, New York. It was the first physical gathering of members of IOC in 18 months, organizers said.

The meeting was opened by well-known businessman and former telecommunications and innovation advisor to the Government of India, Sam Pitroda, PhD, who lauded Chakravarthy’s contributions to the Indian National Congress. He urged the gathering of supporters to work hard to convey the party’s vision to the diaspora, including values of democracy, freedom, inclusiveness, and bottom-up development, the press release said.

“India is facing enormous problems from pandemic to farmer’s protests and alarming inequality, failing healthcare, and border tensions and the Modi government’s response to these challenges have been very disappointing,” Chakravarthy is quoted saying at the meeting.

Members of the Indian Overseas Congress-USA pose for a photo at a July 1, 2021 reception for Praveen Chakravarthy, center in front row, chairman of the Data Analytics Department of the Indian National Congress Party, held at Jassis Restaurant in NYC. Photo: courtesy IOC-USA

During the event, Chakravarthy also inaugurated the new membership portal of the Indian Overseas Congress, USA (www.iocusa.org) that aims at making it easier for Congress loyalists in the U.S. to become members and active participants.

Mohinder Singh Gilzian, in his speech, expressed hope that members of the diaspora “concerned about India’s current situation will get involved and be a part of this great endeavor.”

Some of the IOC-USA leaders who spoke on that day include George Abraham, vice-chairman, Harbachan Singh, secretary-general, Vice President Pradeep Samala, Vice President John Joseph, Vice President Gurmeet Buttar, Vice President Rajesh Allahdad, General Secretary Rajender Dichpally, General Secretary Sophia Sharma, President Telangana Chapter Rajeshwar Reddy, President Kerala Chapter Leela Maret, Chairman Punjab Chapter Satish Sharma, President Haryana Chapter Gulshan Ghotra, and President Andhra Pradesh Chapter Pavan Darsi.

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