Vayalar Ravi condoles Gopal Raju’s death

April 10th, 2008 - 10:57 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Recalling his “seminal contribution” to empowering the Indian diaspora in the US, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Thursday condoled the demise of Gopal Raju. “It was with profound grief and shock that I learnt about the sad demise of Gopal Raju. He was one of my oldest friends since I met him in the early 1980s and we were in regular touch for about 25 years,” Ravi said in a message.

“Through organisations like the IANS (), which he founded, he made seminal contribution to the understanding of the Indo-American community in the US as well as back home in India, and in general, to a better understanding of India in the rest of the world,” the minister said.

“The Indian American Center for Political Awareness (IACPA) founded by him helped empower the Indian community and encourage them to participate in the political process and public policy in the US,” Ravi said.

He noted that Raju’s contributions to the Indian diaspora were recognised by the Indian government, which conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award on him in January 2007.

“I convey my sincere condolences to all his friends and relatives as well as to the members and officer-bearers of the organisations that he founded, which will, I have no doubt, continue to make valuable contributions to Indian society as well as the overseas Indian community,” Ravi said.

Raju died in New York early Thursday after a brief illness. He was 80.

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