Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrations Bring Over 8000 Devout Muslims to

Islamic Center of Naperville Eid Prayer in Naperville! Kashif Fakhruddin, President, ICN Naperville Extends Warmest Wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the World Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr Asian Media USA © Chicago, IL: On Monday May 2nd,2022 Muslims from all over the Naperville and suburb areas joyfully bustled into the Embassy suites and two locations of ICN to join the celebrations of Eid Ul-Fitr. While there were various venues that held Eid prayers throughout the region, the largest turnouts were at the Naperville where arrangements for Eid prayers were made by the Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN) in five spells, at 7:30 am, at 8:30 am, 9:00 am,10: 00 am, and at 11:30 am. The Imam for the first session of the Eid prayers was Shayakh Ismail Al-Qadhi, Shayakh Omar Hedroug, for second session, Dr. Abdullah Ansari for the Third session, Shayakh Rizwan Ali for the fourth session and Wali Khan for the fifth session. Over 8000 devout Muslims, including prominent Businessmen, Professionals, and Community Leaders, attended the Eid prayers. Women in vibrant colored dresses, men in ethnic outfits and children, smiling and laughing, filled the parking lots and poured into all the three locations. Volunteers of the Eid Committee of the ICN open-heartedly welcomed the […]

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SAPNA  gets recognition from US Congress declaring May 6, 2022 as International Veena Day facilitated by US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Sri Annamacharya Project of North America (SAPNA) and the Shirdi Sai Mandir, Rolling Meadows,  have  conducted  a Two Day International Veena Conference & Festival on May 7 & 8,2022. US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi declared a proclamation honoring the 18th International Veena Festival, which was submitted to the Congressional Record and was entered into the record on May 6,2022. Illinois State Senator Ram Villivalam declared May 7,2022 as the International Veena Day .  In this Two day Veena Festival  Birth Centenary of Padmashree Emani Sankara Sastri , a Veena Legend and  a Great Musician , was celebrated by unveiling his portrait and this was added to the Sunada Sudha Collection of Paintings. The program was started by the Vedic Chantings by  Vedic Scholars Sri Hanumat Prasad & Sri Nagraj Vattyam  The Veena Schools of Rajaveena, Ensemble of Ragas, RAMA Veena Music Academy, Pallavi School of Music, Teachers Rajeswari Pariti, Saraswati Ranganathan, Rama Gurupalli, Dr Jaishree Prasad,  Bhavya Behata, Anupama Ganti, , Neela Amaravadi  Emani Kalyani Lakshminarayana, Dr Ayyagari Syamasundaram, Mrs Jayalakshmi have performed live in person and on the Virtual Platform from India and other US Cities. With a grand Scale total of 80 Veena Participants’ Performances s were presented. Professor Srinivas […]

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Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC), has celebrated this year Ugadi and Srirama Navami on April 16th,2022

Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC), the first Telugu organization in North America has celebrated this year Ugadi and Srirama Navami on April 16th,2022 at Hemmens Auditorium, Elgin. TAGC is devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Heritage and Culture in the Midwest region headquartered in Chicago, the association was originally founded in 1971 and it recently completed its golden jubilee celebration and entered its 51st year. Over seven hundred Indian origin members participated in this Ugadi event. Program started with prayer song by Singer Ramya and lighting the inauguration lamp by Smt.Uma Avadhuta President of TAGC 2022. Cultural Chair Prasanna Kandukuri and Co chairs Swetha Chinnari, Sireesha Rebbapragada and Shailja Bethi with all the board members were present on the stage. Anchor Lavanya Guduru came all the way from Atlanta to host the show. Unni Vitta also accompanied Lavanya to make the show more entertaining. Cultural programs mesmerized the audience with the varieties and the digital projection made the programs livelier. More than 300 kids and Adults participated in the event. Few highlights of the programs were Ramayana, Hanuman Chalisa, Lazy dance by adults, Ugadi theme dances and Senior’s dance etc. Audience enjoyed each and every program with […]

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Navy Pier, Delhi committee of Chicago Sister Cities

partner for celebration of Holi Asian Media USA © Chicago IL:  First time a large metropolitan city in the United States, Chicago, celebrated the Indian festival of Holi, with over 2000 people in attendance which included live cultural programming, music and dancing, food and drink, and color throwing.  “The Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities is thrilled to partner with Navy Pier for this event so that Chicagoans and visitors can participate in the celebration of Holi, a holiday that marks new life and energy,” said Smita N. Shah, Chairman of the Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, Director on the Navy Pier Board of Directors, and CEO of SPAAN Tech, Inc. “How fitting that we can celebrate this one-of-a-kind event on our beautiful lakefront, with Mayor Lightfoot, in the city blessed by Swami Vivekananda.”  Also in attendance were Consul General Amit Kumar, Indian Community Leader Niranjan S. Shah, Pratima Shah, and ABC 7 News Reporter, Ravi Baichwal. Ravi Baichwal of ABC7 News, provided a welcome for attendees and served as the master of ceremonies. The celebration was the last of three events in the Global Connections series at Navy Pier presented by ComEd, which previously hosted events celebrating […]

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    Press Release

Restoration of Long Duration (10 years) Regular (Paper) Tourist Visas   Consulate General of India      Chicago …     Press Release Restoration of Long Duration (10 years) Regular (Paper) Tourist Visas           The Government of India has decided to restore old valid long duration (10 years) regular (paper) tourist visas for the nationals of USA with immediate effect. Fresh issue of regular (paper) long-duration (10 years) tourist visas has also been restored for US nationals. In addition, e-Tourist visas under the three options (one month, one year and five years), which remained suspended since March 2020, shall stand restored. Applications for fresh e-tourist visas for eligible nationalities can also be made at the Indian E-Visa Portal [https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html] The current scheme of regular tourist visa/e-visa (one month stay only) on gratis basis will also continue. Foreign nationals on tourist/e-tourist visas would be permitted to enter India only through designated Sea Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) or Airport ICPs  by flights, including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘air bubble’ scheme or by any flights as allowed by Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation. In no case, the foreign nationals will be allowed to enter through land border or riverine routes on Tourist visa/E-Tourist […]

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B.A.P.S Volunteers From Robbinsville, New Jersey
Help Refugees in Ukraine

REZSZOW, Poland — As a devastating humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, hundreds of thousands are fleeing the warzone seeking refuge in neighboring countries. This has included thousands of Indian nationals, mainly students, who have been left stranded amid the conflict.  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally called BAPS to assist the government’s efforts for the safe passage of Indian nationals from Ukraine. Pujya Brahmaviharidas Swami reassured the Prime Minister: “We have also been instructed by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj to mobilise BAPS volunteers.” Volunteers from the USA, UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Poland swiftly sprang into action to support the emergency relief efforts on the ground. This has included setting up a mobile field kitchen in the south-eastern Polish city of Rzeszów, which has begun feeding around 1,000 hot vegetarian meals daily to refugees of all faiths and nationalities. BAPS is also arranging accommodation facilities and coordinating medical assistance and is working closely with the Indian government and local partners. Volunteers travelled from Robbinsville, NJ to Rezszow, Poland and to Budomierz, Poland, on the Ukrainian border to help distribute humanitarian supplies to and facilitate the transport of international students and others fleeing Ukraine. Darshan Patel, an attorney […]

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International Women’s Day Celebration

Ms. Surabhi Kumar, spouse of the Consul General Amit Kumar, was the Guest of Honour at the special cultural event with the theme “Break the Bias” organised by Mandi Theater to celebrate the International Women’s Day and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Ms. Surabhi Kumar shared her thoughts on the issue of women empowerment and equality. Ms. Kumar also handed over commendation certificates to select artists.  Consul General Kumar also addressed the gathering, inter alia, paying tribute to Pandit Birju Maharaj who had notably blurred the role of gender in Kathak performances – a documentary on him was screened at the event. A vibrant cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.

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Maneesh Media along with International University of Vedic Wellness showcased a remarkable Book Launch & Women’s Day Celebration

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: Maneesh Media along with International University of Vedic Wellness unveiled a spectacular event to commemorate the International Women’s Day celebration and the launch of Maneesh Media’s new book, “India Calling 2022” on March 8th, 2022 at the Marriot in Hoffman Estates, IL. India Calling 2022 is a new book celebrating India’s Prime Minister, Modiji’s mother Heeraben Modi who is 102 years of age! This book also depicts the 113 magnificent foreign trips of the Indian Prime Minister Modiji and the outcome of those trips during his leadership The International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world to honor the remarkable hard work and achievements of women in every field. This extraordinary event also acknowledged women’s empowerment by honoring the significant efforts of women to make the world a better place to live in. A life of dignity is the birthright of every woman. Women’s empowerment is key to advancing the development of every country. Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities and improved prospects for the next generation. Dr. Mrs. Santosh Kulshrestha Kumar – Founding Executive Director, of Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Universal Metro Asian Services, and International University […]

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TAGC Women’s Day attracts hundreds of attendees with a variety of activities and fashion competition

Asian Media USA © Chicago: Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC) the first Telugu organization in the USA, celebrated Women’s Day on March 6th,2022 at Monty’s Elegant banquets in Bensenville, IL. TAGC is devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Heritage and Culture in the Midwest region headquartered in Chicago, The association was originally founded in 1971 and it  recently completed its golden jubilee celebration and entered into its 51st year. Over 350 women of Indian origin participated in this women’s day event. Program started with a devotional song by Singer Ramya and lighting the lamp by Uma Avadhuta, President of TAGC 2022, Women’s Day Chairs Sirisha Madduri, Archana Podduturi and Co chairs Ramya Nagulavancha, Ramya Kapila and Deepa Gudipally. All the other women’s Bod’s Vinitha Podduturi, Manasa Lattupalli, Neelima Cheikicharla, Prasanna Kandukuri and Madhavi Konakalla were also present. This year’s theme was Retro Style where all the ladies came out in their best retro looks. All the ladies were excited to show off their beautiful outfits and style. Anchor Sahithya Vinjamuri was an addition to enthusiasm in ladies. Speaker Deepthi Suri provided very valuable information and great insight on the benefits of Ayurveda in our daily lives. Several fun filled activities […]

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Hindi cultural and literary programme Sandarshika

As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Consulate General of India, Chicago and the Hindi Coordination Committee (HCC), Chicago, jointly organized a Hindi cultural and literary programme Sandarshika on 5 March 2022 at Consulate premises.  Hindi academics and diaspora with interest in Hindi from Chicago, neighbouring areas and a few other states of US Midwest attended this event. The program was also live streamed through the Facebook page and the YouTube channel of the Consulate.           Consul General Amit Kumar delivered the inaugural remarks at the event.  Dr. Mithilesh Mishra from University Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC), Dr. Rakesh Kumar, President of International Hindi Association (IHA)-Indiana Chapter, USA, and Mr. Rakesh Malhotra, HCC Chief Coordinator also joined the event.           Consul General, in his remarks, provided a brief overview on Consulate’s activities in context of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. He said that HCC has consistently been working since 2019 to bring together Hindi volunteers, academicians and organization on a single platform and has thus enabled strengthening promotion of Hindi language across the US Midwest.  He appreciated the important contribution of International Hindi Association (IHA)-Indiana Chapter, Hindi Club of Illinois and the organizations like Hindi Gurukul, Aurora, Hindi USA-St. Louis […]

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Star-studded, Action-packed Dr. VGP 11th Annual Congressional Global Community Awards Gala leaves everyone mesmerized

SEWA International USA Awarded organization of the year 2021 at gala Congressman Danny K. Davis, the Anchor of Dr. VGP 11th Annual Congressional Global Community Awards Gala stressed the importance of Showcasing the Community heroes and Achievers from Multi-Ethnic communities on Saturday, February 19 Evening at Yellow Box, Naperville. Over 960 persons were in attendance at the Star-Studded Dr. VGP’s Annual Congressional Gala which was watched by many viewers live-streamed across the world. Hosted by AMEC-American Multi-Ethnic Coalition, a grassroot Bi-Partisan Organization celebrating 38 Ethnic Communities across America. Dr. VGP Congressional Awards Gala was headlined by three U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis, Raja Krishnamoorthy & Bill Foster, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller, Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell & Chris Taliaferro, Aurora Alderman Swetha Baid, Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, Cook County Health CEO Israel Rocha Jr., Indian Prairie School District 204 Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley among others. Prominent Awardees included 7-year-old Aaryan Khot, Judy Wang, WGN  TV Anchor, Chicago Housing Authority Commissioner Dr. Mildred C. Harris, Dr. Paramjit Chopra, CEO, MIMIT, Eddi Ni, CEO Windfall Group, Jason Lam of President Chinese American Development Association, Donald Dew, President, Habilitative Systems Inc., Dr. Santosh Kumar, Founder MAFS […]

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Senior Friendship Group Chicago Celebrates Valentine’s Day with fun and devotion

Senior Friendship Group Chicago celebrated Valentine’s Day on Feb 13th at Honest Restaurant in Niles, IL. The program started with President Harshad Parekh welcoming everybody. Senior Friendship Group President Harshad Parekh gave inaugural remarks and briefed everyone about the group’s past and future activities. He introduces Pinky Thakkar Chairwoman and founder of Senior Friendship Group Chicago. Group member Smita Parekh sang some melodious chants and created a beautiful devotional atmosphere. Everyone looked beautiful dressed ok the colors of love pink and red. Members celebrating their birthday in January and February were congratulated on their special days. Some members were also presented with awards for their excellent community service and leadership qualities. Award winning members included Ashwin Majumdar, Suresh Amin, Haribhai Lilabem Thakkar, Pinky Thakkar, Aruna Patel and Dilip Patel. Awards were presented by Arvind Patel. “On this Valentine’s Day, I want to express my love and affection for my caring family and friends. I want to tell my husband Dinesh Thakkar how fortunate I am to have him in my life as my best friend and a wonderful life partner. I want to thank him for the love and support, and I look forward to celebrating our bond together for […]

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SWERA Team Proves Its Mettle Again with Yet Another Historic Event Celebrating Lohri

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: SWERA, an organization changing the lives of socio-economically disadvantaged women, hosted its annual Lohri festival celebrations on Feb 12th,2022 at Atlantis Banquets, in Arlington Heights, IL. The highlights of the event were the beautiful cultural extravaganza put together by the SWERA team led by Jasbir Kaur Mann. Jasbir Kaur, who was one of the anchors at the event as well explained the significance of the Lohri festival and how the new concept of gender equality needs to be promoted and followed all over the world. The festival of Lohri holds great significance as it marks the harvest of the rabi crops and the end of winter days. In Northern India, Lohri is usually celebrated with a bonfire. The lighting of a bonfire during this festival is an old tradition. Ancient people lit the bonfire to welcome the return of longer days. The event was very well anchored by Jasbir kaur mann, nikki Sekhon, Gurmukh Singh Bhullar, Jasbir S Sanghera and Paramvir Kaur. The event started with Shabad Kirtan by the kids of Gurmat School followed by singing and dancing by many artists from all over the Midwest. The event was graced by Mr. Ranjit Singh […]

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Big Suchir Entertainment celebrates musical Valentine’s Day

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: Big Suchir Entertainment Celebrated Valentine’s Day on February 12,2022 at Big Suchir Restaurant and Banquets in Downers Drove, IL The celebration included a beautiful lineup of some of the finest vocalists of Chicagoland. The singers included Avni Sing, Parwez Ekram, Shirley Kalvakota, Alam, Minhaj Siddiqui and sound was provided by Syed Lateef. The event hosts Prachi Jaitly and Niranjan Nathwani thanked all the guests for joining the celebration. The event went into the wee hours with the guests dancing on the romantic numbers sung by the singers. The event also featured a beautiful dance performance by Falguni Rana. Other community leaders who joined the event were Ashok Potdar of Silver Seniors Group, Shailesh Rajput and Nimish Jani. Photographs and Press release by: Asian Media USA Suresh Bodiwala Chairman Asian Media USA Cell: 847-420-4789    E-Mail: bodiwalasuresh@gmail.com Copyrights ©: Asian Media USA No one shall download or otherwise duplicate the graphics, images, press release and written content from the PDF without our express written permission. Likewise, no one shall reuse the aforesaid things, as the same are the intellectual property of the Company, we hereby reserve all rights Disclaimer: Asian Media USA Asian Media USA press releases are event oriented and published after careful review […]

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February is Punjabi Language Month in the State of Illinois

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: In recognition of the contributions of Punjabi speaking residents to the communities of the great state of Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker proclaimed the month of February as “Punjabi Language Month” in the great state of Illinois. This is in accordance with the United Nations International Mother Language Day which is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February approved by U.N.E.S.C.O. to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote preservation and protection of all languages. Punjabi, the 9th most widely spoken language in the world, originated around 7th century in the Punjab region of the undivided India and Pakistan in South Asia and is spoken by more than 113 million people worldwide mainly by the Hindus, Sikhs, Muslim, and Christians with roots from the region. It is recognized as one of the official languages in India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, and Canada. Besides the above-mentioned countries there is a significant presence of Punjabis in Malaysia, East African countries, U.A.E., New Zealand, and Australia. There are more than 750,000 Punjabi speaking Americans and more than fifty thousand Punjabi speaking Illinoisans. “Several activities and events to celebrate the Punjabi Language Month have been planned for the Metro Chicago area. […]

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The Consulate General of India, Chicago celebrated

the 73rd Republic Day of India The Consulate General of India, Chicago celebrated the 73rd Republic Day of India on Wednesday, 26 January 2022.   In view of COVID-19, the event was held in hybrid format with members of the Indian American community and Friends of India joining the event physically.  Many more joined the event virtually. The event started with Consul General Amit Kumar, unfurling the National Flag, followed by the singing of the National Anthem of India. The Consul General read out the Address of the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind and spoke on the India-US strategic partnership and the valuable contributions of the Indian diaspora. A cultural programme was organized. This included singing by Hindustani classical vocalist Ashwin Rode accompanied by Tabla Player Akash Dixit; dance performances by students of Kalapadma Dance Academy and Tarana Dance Academy; and rendition of patriotic songs by Ms. Shweta Pandya, a vocalist from Michigan and her students.  The Consulate had also sought submission of paintings drawn by children to celebrate this occasion.  These wonderful paintings were displayed during the event and are being shared on the Consulate’s social media platforms. The programme was live streamed through Consulate’s Facebook page […]

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Federation of Indian Associations Chicago Embarking on A New Journey…

FIA Team Elect Sunil Shah As Chairman Embarking on a new chapter, Federation of Indian Associations [FIA] Chicago, status 501(c)(3), a premier community umbrella organization — held its very first meeting of the year 2022 on Jan 05, 2022 (7PM to 8:30PM CT). The meeting was hosted virtually via zoom keeping in mind the growing number of covid cases, practically all over the news channels lately! The meeting was called to order by Gen Secretary, Richa Chand, and presided over by Founder President Sunil Shah and President 2022 Hitesh Gandhi, and well attended by Team FIA Board Members: Executive Board members:  Rita Singh, Mukesh Shah, Dhitu Bhagwakar, Neil Khot, Gurmeet Singh Dhalwaan, Vinita Gulabani, Pratibha Jairath, Ashawani  Mahajan, Abir Maru, Anu Malhotra, Pika Munshi Neelam Jai, Directors: Mukesh Mike Shah, Bharat Malhotra, Jitendra Balsara, Mir Ali, Vidya Joshi, Chandni Kalra, Pratik Deshpande, Hemendra Shah, Kashif Khan and Advisory Board members: Keerthi Reevori & Suresh Bodiwala. The meeting was focused on the New Year and the New Beginnings under the leadership of President Hitesh Gandhi. Opening speeches were delivered by Sunil Shah, Hitesh Gandhi and Founding Members Mukesh Shah, Rita Singh, Neil Khot, Dhitu Bhagwakar, followed by other members present. There […]

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Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) unveils ambitious roadmap to undertake community-centric initiatives while celebrating its growth trajectory

Chicago, IL: Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) hosted a welcome reception to unveil its comprehensive roadmap for 2022 & beyond replete with meaningful events that seeks to compliment and celebrate a multitude of community-centric program initiatives with emphasis on India’s festivals, community outreach, charitable causes, social, cultural, business, medical and other community- oriented events including  addressing the emerging pandemic challenges at its annual board meeting held on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at the Big Suchir Banquets in Westmont, IL. The meeting was attended by the entire FIA team as a well as the advisory board members. This year FIA Chicago unanimously elected its new leader Hitesh Gandhi and the new board. The event was presided by Founding Members Sunil Shah, Onkar Sangha, Neil Khot, Rita Singh, Mukesh Shah, Dhitu Bhagwakar and Current President Kamal Patel. Founder President Sunil Shah took the stage and outlined the successes behind the year 2021, listing the events conducted by the FIA and its team. He thanked the outgoing team for its hard work in putting together and conducting various India centric and Charitable events during the year. He also took the opportunity to welcome new members to team FIA. In a major announcement he declared that FIA will […]

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Secretary of State Hon. Jesse White hosts a grand Diwali Reception

Hon. Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State hosted a grand Diwali Reception under the aegis of National Council of Asian Indian Associations [NCAIA] at the iconic Atrium of the state of Illinois building in Chicago with all the festive color, lights, confection, pleasantries and exchange of greetings. The colorful Diwali celebrations encompassed ceremonial lamp lighting led by Hon. Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and Consul General of India Mr. Amit Kumar joined by NCAIA principal officers: Harish Kolasani, Dr. Anuja Gupta, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Neelam Dwivedi Singh, Ajeet Singh, Keerthi Kumar Ravoori and Vinesh Virani. Illinois Secretary of State Hon. Jesse White welcomed the guests with open doors for the first time to celebrate Diwali deep inside his executive office and heaped praises on the Indian American community. Hon. Jesse White – in his greeting remarks – said I am a dear friend of the Indian American community and I share the same philosophy of love and kindness with the citizens of Illinois State. Hon. Jesse White said that he was inspired by the dictates of Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King and he follows that creed in inspiring the inner-city youth. Diwali truly symbolizes the triumph of good […]

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