Members of the Indian Overseas Congress paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at an event to celebrate his 75th birth anniversary at the Royal Grand Manor Banquets in Edison, N.J., Aug. 25.
Sam Pitroda, chairman of the IOC lauded Gandhi’s contributions to Indian telecommunication and automation industries. “Rajiv Gandhi’s dreams laid the foundation for a modern India in telecommunications and automation while preserving freedom, democracy, and secularism for all,” Pitroda said.
“We need to resist strongly against any efforts to undermine those great advancements,” he added. Pitroda recollected his collaboration Gandhi and praised him for his innovative spirit and visionary thinking. Having known him personally, he went on to give, very eloquently, a firsthand account of Gandhi’s glory, dynamism, vision and his “Idea of India.”
Earlier, Rajeshwar Gangasani Reddy welcomed Pitroda along with IOC president Mohinder Singh Gilzian and vice chairman George Abraham, which was followed by a brief PowerPoint presentation on Gandhi’s memories and his contributions to India. Mohinder Singh felicitated Pitroda with a silk shawl and a $7,500 check as a donation to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation which provides transportation vehicles to the disabled and poor.
Others who spoke at the event included IOC secretary-general Harbachan Singh, IOC Punjab chapter president Gurmit Singh Gill and general secretary Rajender Dichpally.