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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

Tamil Sangam fetes prominent woman leader

By Prakash M Swamy
New York, 06 May, (

Vasanthi Stanley, a prominent women leader of Tamil Nadu and former Member of Parliament has appealed to Non-resident Indians to share their expertise and knowledge in various fields for the betterment of India.

Addressing a felicitation function organized by America Tamil Sangam in Hicksville, New York on Friday, she said Indian-Americans, especially Tamils, excelled themselves in the US contributing to the growth of the US in areas such as aerospace, information technology, medicine, pure science and finance. “Of late their contribution in politics and governance is noteworthy with Two Tamils decorating the US Congress,” she said.

George Abraham, chairman of Indian National Overseas Congress, said Stanley is affiliated to the DMK which was part of the Congress-led UPA Government for a decade in India. She proved herself an astute politician by nearly cent percent attendance in Indian Parliament during her six-year tenure.

Gunjan Rastogi, President of Indian Association of Long Island (IALI), Bina Sabapathy, past president of IALI and Richard Lindner, a prominent businessman spoke.

John Kingsly, a Tamil IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, who took over as Regional Director of Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) - Ministry of Commerce, Government of India – and posted in New York, spoke. Kingsly who also served as Joint Director of Enforcement Directorate was awarded President of India’s award for procurement reforms.

John Joseph, Chairman of America Tamil Sangam, said the association accorded welcome to any prominent person coming from Tamil Nadu irrespective of party affiliation and position. Taran Kaur, secretary of America Tamil Sangam, welcomed the gathering.
Vasanthi Stanley was a Member of the Parliament of India representing Tamil Nadu in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party. She is also a journalist and a writer.

She was a Member of the Censor Board and Telephone Advisory Committee and Tamil Nadu State Minority Commission. She became Member of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions.

In Parliament, she was a Member, Committee on Water Resources Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. She was elected to the Committee on Health and Family Welfare, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Member, Committee on Empowerment of Women. She also served on the Committee on Health and Family Welfare and Member of Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, Government of India.

- Asian Tribune –

John Joseph (left) and Kingsly (right) present the Excellence Award to Vasanthi Stanley while  Richard Lindner look on Photo by Nala
Vasanthi Stanley with prominent women commuity  leaders of NY. Photo Nala
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