INDIA ABROAD May 26, 2017 22 INDIAN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS
By a Correspondent
iting his pioneering lead-
ership in transforming
Andhra Pradesh into a
high-tech-friendly state, two
congressmen have honored Chief
Minister Chandrababu Naidu
with the Light of Life Award.
Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (
D-Ill.) and Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.)
presented the award to him at
the Hyatt O’Hare in Chicago on
May 11, joined by Neeta Bhushan,
consul general of India in
The award was also given in
recognition of Naidu’s enduring
support to the farmers, technocrats, entrepreneurs, youth,
women and minorities.
Dr. Vijay Prabhakar, founding
director of the 7th Congressional
Multi-Ethnic Advisory Task
Force, paid tribute to Naidu for
his leadership of the state.
Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, trustee
of the Federation of Indian
Krishnamoorthi as a torch-bearer
inspiring the new generation of
Indian-Americans to run for the
Honors for A.P. Chief Minister
Ill. congressmen present Light of Life Award to Naidu
Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), center, and anny Davis (D-Ill.), third from left, honor Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Also seen are, Consul General of India Neeta Bhushan, Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Dr. Vijay Prabhakar and Harish Kolasani.
Chants of “Jai Mata Di” reverberated through the halls of
the Hari Om Mandir in Medinah, Ill., May 6, as Sunny
Jadhav, Dhanashri Bhavaria and Vinod Sutaria of the
Mumbai-based Melody Express captivated the audience
with nonstop devotional songs. Hundreds of devotees
gathered at temple to participate in Mata Ki Chowki
organized by Suga Builders of Naperville, Ill. The highlight
of the evening was flowers showered from a special
helicopter on the Hanuman statue at the temple entrance.
Children were entertained in the temple basement with a
magic show, face painting and balloon art.
Mata Ki Chowki in Illinois
and studying Atlases.
“I think children from
the Indian-American community don’t need to rely
on coaching and all that
outside help they have dedication and enthusiasm to
win competitions, and we
as parents try and give them
moral support and encouragement to help them succeed in their efforts,”
Vasuki Kodaganti said.
Satyendra Bhattaram said
his son who was born in
Pradesh, has been interested generally in happenings
in the world, particularly in
geography.” He would
always ask questions about
what happened, where and
why. He has been very curious from childhood. I am
very happy he made the
rank at the bee,” Bhattaram
told India Abroad. Indian-American children have
won the National
Geographic Bee competition
for the last six consecutive.
Last year, Rishi Nair, a sixth
grader from Florida, had
won the contest. Indian-Americans have also won
the last nine national
spelling bees, winning top
prizes in the Scripps
National Spelling Bee.
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