Launds sacrifices made by middle class Indians
Former Rajya Sabha member Yalamanchili Sivaji was felicitated by the Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Sangam (GWTCS) in recognition of his outstanding leadership on farmers’ issues at a function held in Virginia on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering Mr. Sivaji lauded the sacrifices made by the middle class Indians to educate their children.
Indians were doing exceptionally well both in India and outside. India was on top of list in receiving income from non-residents, he said. People of Indian origin constitute one per cent of the population in the United States. Forty per cent of the restaurants in the US and 30 per cent of companies in Silicon Valley have been started by people of Indian origin. Indians constitute 12 per cent of the physicians practicing in the USA and contribute three per cent of the USA’s GDP, he said.
Dr. Sivaji said that it was time for the Indians to assert themselves and bring pressure on the White House to resolve problems related to immigration.
A conference of TANA was held just a stone’s throw away from the White House and 10,000 delegates attended it. Non-resident Indians were yet to “acquire social acceptability,” he said.
“I advise you to identify with the local society instead of continuing to stay psychologically and mentally in India. I wish that at least the second generation can enter the Senate and try to hoist the Telugu flag in the White House,” he said.
The GWTCS office bearers Subba Rao Kolla, Ramu Koya, Ravi Gavineni, Vijaya Gudiseva, Satyanaryana Manne, Kishore Dhangeti, Dr.Yadla, Ram Chowdary, Bulliah Chowdary and David I. Ramadan (Member Virginia House of Delegates) were among the more than 1,000 people that attended the programme.