NEW YORK: Members and supporters of the Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC) gathered in Long Island, New York last month to inaugurate the Kerala chapter and induct its first president, Varughese Kalathil. This is INOC’s 15 chapter in the US.
On the occasion, Hardeep Singh Puri, Indian ambassador to the United Nations said that despite his role as a non-partisan civil servant, he was pleased to participate in the function given the crucial role that the Congress Party played in the freedom struggle. The ambassador further encouraged members of the community to continue to practice their rich civic heritage in the United States.
Other distinguished speakers included New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, who expressed confidence in the community’s choice of Varughese as the first president of the Kerala chapter.
As a former student of history, DiNapoli said he valued the importance of ethnic communities that enrich the cultural and democratic fabric of New York. Nassau County Police Commissioner, Lawrence Mulvey stated that the diversity and safety of Nassau County was what truly made it a unique place to live.
INOC President Dr. Surinder Malhotra appreciated the participation that Malayalees brought to the long history of INOC. He recognized the tireless efforts of INOC Executive General Secretary George Abraham in forming of the Kerala Chapter over the past 3 years.
Kalathil Varughese in his acceptance speech promised to do his utmost to motivate the Kerala community’s support of the INOC goals and objectives. He exhorted the committee to move forward in unity, promoting democracy and secularism in India through continued close cooperation between two great democracies: India and the USA.
George Abraham explained the structure, goals and objectives of the newly created Kerala Chapter that will have an Executive Committee and a National Advisory Committee. These bodies will have focal points from across the country who will be encouraged to plant new units of the Kerala Chapter in their respective States.
India Post News Service