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Lead India 2020 (USA) Organized a Rich Tribute to the People’s
President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in New Jersey
Edison, New Jersey, August 2nd, 2015: Non Resident Indians representing more than 30
different organizations from all most every state of India paid rich tributes to the People’s
President Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a Tribute (Shraddhanjali) organized by Lead India
2020 Foundation (USA) in Edison, New Jersey, United States.
Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a socially conscious rocket scientist and served as 11 th
President of India (2002-2007) but more importantly he created a roadmap for the nation
called Vision2020 to see India as a developed nation by the year 2020, said Hari Eppanapally,
Chairman of the Lead India 2020 Foundation (USA) while paying tributes to His Excellency Dr.
Mr. Eppanapally remembered his association working with Dr. Kalam since 2008 to promote
the Lead India 2020 movement (www.Li2020.org). Dr. Kalam selflessly worked for the
development of the country by inspiring millions of children and youth by travelling
extensively even after his tenure as president of India. Dr. Kalam worked relentlessly with a
focus to Provide Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) to develop the nation holistically and
reduce the migration of rural population to urban areas, said Mr. Eppanapally. The befitting
tribute to Dr. Kalam is to empower youth and work towards fulfilling his dream of seeing a
holistically developed India providing affordable and quality healthcare, value based
education and 24x7 energy to all citizens of India, said Mr. Hari Eppanapally while addressing
the gathering represented by over 30 Indian American organizations in the USA.
We are really fortunate to have Dr. Kalam as the chief mentor of the Lead India 2020
Foundation that aims to transform millions of school children across India, said Srinivas
Ganagoni, President of the Lead India 2020 Foundation (USA). He also emphasized the
importance of carrying on Dr. Kalam’s values, character and most importantly foster the
youth abroad and back home, as well as remaining focused on the mission at hand – the
future of India.
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Rajmohan Gandhi paid tributes to Dr. Kalam. More than his kind
words of Kalam, he enriched the audience with sage advice. He said that Dr. Kalam would
want us to heed. His advice for the elite Indian Americans remained simple: “I know you love
India, I know you support India, but please make sure you also get to know India.”
Everyone remembered Dr. Kalam and his services to the Nation. Commissioner of New Jersey,
Upendra Chivukula, Indian American community leaders HR Shah, Dr. Yegna Sumbramanian,
Sridhar Chillara, Major Krishnakumarchari, Nandu Balija, Dr. Rio Horacio, Peter Kothari, Prasad
Kunisetty, Dr. Meghraj and Dr. Rami Reddy and Rajesh Gooty are just few among several
prominent people paid rich tributes to the Missile Man.
Congressman Frank Pallone and Senator Sam Thompson sent their deep condolences and
praised Dr. Kalam inspiring millions of youth through Lead India 2020 movement and his
contributions to the world in the field of science and technology.
The representatives of the Indian American organizations Sudhakar Perkari, Rajeshwar
Gangasani, Laxmi Devineni, Dr. Poorna Sirikonda, Ravi Chandra, Dhiren Amin, Dr. Dadukh,
Mahesh Chtinis, Rajan Marathe, Damu Gedala, Mallik Buddhavarapu, Ranjith, Vishweshwar
Kalavala, Srini Guduru, Satish Poondi, Ravi Annadanam, Madhu Anna, Mahesh Shah, Venu
Yeluri, Vijayaraghavan Poondi, Jamuna Puskur, Venky Sadagopan, Chetana participated and
remembered Dr. Kalam.
Indian community leaders and representatives of organizations Art Of Living, ATA, FIA, HATCC,
IBA, Jet USA, KJN, Lions International, Marati Viswa, NATA, NATS, OFBJP, OVBI, Sai Datta
Peetham, Sewa, Sofkin, TAGDV, TANA, TATA, TDF, TFAS, TLCA, Vision Telangana, VTSeva
participated in the program.
The Lead India 2020(USA) team: Hari Eppanapally (Chairman), Srinivas Ganagoni (President),
Rajesh Gooty (Secretary), Srinivas Guduru (Vice President), Kishore Avvari (Treasurer), Nandu
Balija (Advisor), Sridhar Chillara (Advisor), Upendra Chivukula (Advisor), Lax Chepuri (CFO)
and Directors Santosh Pathuri, Naresh Chintalacheruvu, Anurag Jain, Surinder Verma, Prasad
Tanjerla, Sudhakar Uppala, Raj Gowilkar, Arun Sriramineni, Damu Gedala, Krishna Siddhada
and Vamsi Koppuravuri planned and organized the event in a memorable way in a short span
of 4 days.
The young dynamic youth volunteers of Lead India 2020 (USA) Susmitha Ganagoni and
Vamshi Eppanapally conducted the entire program start to finish by engaging the attendees
by sharing their experiences of meeting Dr. Kalam in Washington DC.
Mr. Sudhakar Uppala thanked every Indian American Organization who participated and
supported the program and the media partners TV9, TV5, TV Asia, Mana TV, NTV, UNITV,
News India, Desitalk, Gujarat Darpan, TeluguPeople.com and the Indian Clicks.
Special thanks to TV Asia Mr. HR Shah and Gayatri Sanjay for arranging the Venue, Dr. Rajarao
Bandaru for coordinating the Inter faith prayers, Dhiren Amin (Indian Business Association) for
taking care of the publicity material, Manisha and Damu Gedala for decorations and Vivek for
flowers, Mirchi Restaurant, Hyderabad Palace, Deccan Spice, and Paradise Biryani Pointe for
the food arrangements, Guru Indira Dixit and her students for performing Guru Ashtakam, NJ
Sisters for the prayer song and Lalith Akella, Anjali Chennapragada for singing the Indian and
American national anthem.