Statement praising Gopal Raju goes into Congressional record

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Washington, May 28 (UNI) Republican Congressman Joe Wilson recently submitted a statement into the Congressional Record honouring the life of pioneer of Indian-American journalism Gopal Raju who died in New York last month.

He was founder of the publications India Abroad, News India-Times, and the Indian American Center for Political Awareness (IACPA).

The statement said, "Mr Raju spent a lifetime supporting the Indian American community and promoting a stronger relationship between India and the United States.

In particular, the Washington Leadership Program that was formed under the IACPA has allowed nearly two hundred Indian Americans to participate as interns on Capitol Hill-some of whom have even served in the office of the Second Congressional District of South Carolina." "Additional achievements include launching the Indian American Foundation (IAF)-which raised millions of dollars for causes in India - and the India Abroad News Service that for over 20 years has been a vital channel for information sharing between the United States and India . Most recently, Mr Raju was the editor and publisher of News India-Times, Gujarat Times, and Desi Talk." "A man of passion and committed to the needs of his community and his people," Mr Raju received the Ellis Island Medal of Honour which is given to immigrants for their contributions to the United States, the 2000 Asia Society's Leadership Award, the 2006 Taraknath Das Foundation award, and in 2007 he was recognized by India with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award.

Congressman Wilson said, "I was honoured to have met this incredible individual. I know his humility and selfless contribution to the lives of the millions his programmes and publications touched will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Raju's family and the entire Indian American community." UNI XC NC GC0707

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