DALLAS, TX: The Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) in Dallas leaders met with the newly appointed Consul General of India Dr Anupam Ray in Houston on May 13 to welcome him as new CGI and assure him of support from Indian Americans in the area.
Dr. Prasad Thotakura, IAFC President, briefed CGI Dr. Ray about the vibrant Indian American community and their contribution towards the growth of the local economy, commitment to invest and donate their resources for the development of motherland, India.
IAFC, a non-partisan, non-political, non-profit organization, formed in 1990, promotes and provides a common platform to exchange views with local, national and international level policy makers. Its mission is to improve US-India relations, support developing countries, promote global democracy, protect the interests of the Indian American community and educate members of US Congress and Senate.
Dr. Prasad also gave a presentation on Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza that was built with the support and contributions of the Dallas / Fort Worth community. Now, it stands as the largest Gandhi Memorial in the USA.
Dr. Prasad Thotakura, along with Executive Vice President, Taiyab Kundawala, Vice President, Rao Kalvala, Board of Directors – Murali Vennam, Ramki Chebrolu and Mrs. Ranna Jani – welcomed CGI Dr. Ray and invited him to visit Dallas and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at his earliest convenience. Dr. Anupam Ray appreciated the effort of the MGMNT leadership in building such a memorable Gandhi memorial and accepted the invitation.
Dr. Anupam Ray is a physician by education and was a neuro-surgeon before he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994. He has held key diplomatic assignments as Political Officer in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Desk Officer, as manager of India’s successful campaign for the position of Commonwealth Secretary-General out of London, and as a senior member of the Indian team in the UN Security Council in New York.
He was the first employee of India’s outgoing aid agency (Development Partnership Administration) created in 2012. In addition to a medical degree, he has a M.A. in Public Administration and speaks English, German and Hindi.
India Post News Service