Indian Overseas Congress New Jersey Sparks Enthusiasm with Grand Event, Setting the Stage for the 2024 Election Campaign Kickoff

New Jersey, [11/17/2023] — The Indian Overseas Congress New Jersey (IOC NJ) recently hosted a groundbreaking event, drawing over 500 individuals from the vibrant New Jersey and Tri-state area. This event marked the triumphant relaunch of the IOC NJ, focusing on three key aspects: the ongoing elections in five states, the kickoff campaign for the 2024 elections, and a poignant Diwali celebration symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness.

Under the esteemed leadership of IOC NJ President Pradip (Peter) Kothari and Chairman Harkesh Thakur, the event welcomed distinguished guests, including chief guest Sam Pitroda, Global Chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress. Notable IOC leaders, such as Vice Chairman George Abraham, Secretary General Harbachan Singh, and Working President Pradeep Samla, joined other IOC office bearers in gracing the occasion.

During his captivating address, Sam Pitroda shared his inspiring journey from India to the USA and back, shedding light on his significant contributions to India’s IT and telecom industry. He addressed challenges like communal disharmony and threats to constitutional values, drawing poignant parallels with global crises in Ukraine, Israel, and Palestine. Pitroda emphasized the paramount importance of upholding Gandhian principles for fostering a more harmonious world.

In a passionate speech, Peter Kothari urged the audience to embrace their rights and freedoms, denouncing hate and divisive politics. He advocated for active participation in the Indian National Congress, highlighting its role in championing the rights of the deprived and oppressed. Kothari emphasized the impact of adhering to Gandhian ideology for positive societal change, acknowledging the contributions of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel. He lauded Ms. Indira Gandhi’s support during Bangladesh’s Liberation War and Rajiv Gandhi’s efforts in the digital revolution.

Chairman IOC NJ Harkesh Thakur conveyed his wishes and support, encouraging widespread participation to ensure the success of Congress events. The gathering concluded with a shared commitment to uphold democracy and the principles outlined in the Indian constitution.

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The proceedings were overseen by Qayam Mausmi, Secretary of Indian Overseas Congress New Jersey, who focused on the Congress themes of fostering unity across India. The Bharat Jodo Movement, aimed at bringing together people from all states and walks of life in India, served as the cornerstone of the event. Arjumand Juweria, Joint Secretary, voiced concerns about escalating disharmony in India, underscoring the imperative for collective attention and concerted efforts to address this pressing issue.

Leaders from Kerala, Punjab, Telangana, Haryana, Andhra, and other state chapters of the Indian Overseas Congress in New Jersey were greeted by Sam Pitroda (Global Chairman IOC), Peter Kothari (President IOC NJ), and Ram Gadula (Telangana Chapter Head).

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Ram Gadula, Chairman of the Telangana Chapter, played a pivotal role in orchestrating a seamlessly coordinated event, bringing together chapter heads from various states. Sam Pitroda and Peter Kothari graciously acknowledged Chapter Heads, marking a significant moment in the Indian Overseas Congress’s New Jersey chapter’s journey.

Kerala, Punjab, Telangana, Haryana, Andhra and other state chapters of the Indian Overseas Congress in New Jersey greeted by Sam Pitroda (Global Chairman IOC) Peter Kothari (President IOC NJ) and Ram Gadula (Telangana Chapter Head)

In a spirit of camaraderie, Sam Pitroda, Peter Kothari, and Harkesh Thakur warmly greeted all members and office bearers of the Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) New Jersey Chapter. The event saw additional support from Vice Chairman Bharat Patel, Mr. Mukesh Maid, Vice President Manmitsing Vasdev, Tanzeem Ansari, and Mahesh Patel.

Key appointments within the chapter include Qayam Masumi as New Jersey Chapter Secretary, Raj Desai as Treasurer, and Dipak Valsadia and Harvender Singh as Public Relations Officers. Pamposh Shaikh joins as Joint Treasurer, emphasizing the chapter’s dedication to effective communication and outreach. The newly formed Executive Committee, comprising Raj Macwan, Vihari Patel, Neeraj Gamadia, Kirit Jakaria, Nandini Kothari, Nina Thakur, Jyoti Ruben, Dave Makkar, Chandrakant Bhatt Basha Syed, and Ashish Master, promises to be a driving force for the IOC NJ Chapter and the overarching Indian Overseas Congress.

The grand event, held in New Jersey by the Indian Overseas Congress, served as a powerful rallying point for the diaspora, promoting unity, peace, and a steadfast commitment to democratic values. Participants expressed fervent wishes for the Indian National Congress to triumph in all state elections and the upcoming 2024 elections, resonating with enthusiasm and optimism.

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