Community honors Governor Haley in Dallas
Nikki Haley, center, at the event
At a desi reception in Dallas, South
Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said
she has no intention to run for vice
“I want to work for South Carolina
and complete my term as governor,”
Haley said at the reception hosted
August 19 by the Indian American
Friendship Council, which also presented her with a Pride of India award.
She said the family traditions that
made her what she is were: Honesty,
truthfulness and steadfastness for the
right causes. She also narrated the odds
she faced on her way to the governorship. Although she was born in
America it was not enough for her
opponents, she said, who reminded the
people that she was the daughter of
She thanked the community in Texas
for supporting her during the election.
She traveled to Dallas to thank the
IAFC for its support during her election.
The event was fully booked with
more than 450 people in attendance.
Speakers included IAFC Founder Dr
Krishna Reddy, India’s Consul General
in Houston Sanjiv Arora, Zulfi
Sadeque, acting consul general of
Canada in Dallas, former Dallas mayor
Tom Leppert, and Prasad Thotakura,
the IAFC’s coordinator for Texas.
‘This is the first time I’m meeting with Governor Haley
and I’m amazed to see the overwhelming support and
response that she gets,’ Arora said. ‘On behalf of the Indian
government, I congratulate her and wish her all the best in
serving the people of her state and building stronger bond
between India and the US.’
Sadeque said he was thrilled to participate in the memo-
rable event to honor Haley.
‘Governor Haley is not new to the Dallas community, she
has visited three times before on the IAFC ‘s invitation
since she has been elected a state legislator and gained
many admirers in Texas,’ Thotakura said. ‘The Indian com-
munity likes her so much because she has a clarity of
thought on any issue and is very proud of her Indian her-
itage. We are confident that Governor Haley is going to
play a major role in US politics in the very near future.’
Piyush Patel, the IAFC’s vice president, was the gala ban-
quet chair, and Rao Kalvala, secretary, was the emcee.
Thotakura, Reddy, Taiyab Kundawala, Tarakumar Reddy,
C R Rao, Niranjan Tripathy, Sat Gupta, Paul Pandian,
Murali Vennam, Raj Asava, Ramki Chebrolu, Sushmi
Kosuri and John Hamid of the IAFC board of directors presented the award to Haley.
Governor Haley presented Thotakura with the
Outstanding Community Service award, a memento with
the state symbol of South Carolina and a certificate of
Kalam feted in San Francisco
A P J Abdul Kalam
Former Indian president Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul
Kalam was conferred the 2011 Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers Honorary Membership award at a ceremony August 20 in San Francisco.
The award ceremony was the part of IEEE’s Sections
Congress 2011, held August 19 to 22, on the theme:
Empowering Members to Create the Future.
IEEE’s board of directors picks honorary members from nonmembers who have rendered meritorious service to humanity
in IEEE’s designated fields of interest.
“Abdul Kalam is being recognized for outstanding contributions toward transforming society through technology and for
inspiring millions of school children to harness science and
technology for human welfare and national development,”
Kathy Weeks, the awards presentations and communications
specialist, told India Abroad.
In his acceptance speech, Kalam said challenges like climate
change, energy, water and diseases have become global, though
maintaining peace and ensuring prosperity has not.
He said that unless nations join hands, the world has a long
way to go to achieve global peace and prosperity. He spoke
about his vision for a ‘World Knowledge Platform,’ an effort to
bring together the core-competence of multiple nations and
their institutions to benefit nations with economic development coupled with peace and prosperity.
He gave the example of the Pan-African e-network, the
Indian mission that helps 53 African nations through telemed-icine, tele-education and e-governance with an investment of
$120 million. Another program involving India and Australia
deals with the eradication of avoidable blindness. Based on
these success stories, he suggested that IEEE consider creating
an IEEE World Knowledge Platform to bring together the
unique core competencies of members in different parts of the
world to bring world prosperity and peace through regional
The two other IEEE medal recipients were Dr Raj Mittra,
director, Electromagnetic Communication Lab, Pennsylvania
State University; and Dr Arogyaswami J Paulraj, professor
emeritus at Stanford University, and senior adviser to
Broadcom Corp, Irvine, California.