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Indian American committee raises $70,000 at Houston gala

January 16, 2006 14:23 IST

An Indo-American body has raised $70,000 at a function to celebrate a decade of its service in promoting political involvement among its members, marking the growing participation of Indians in the US political arena.

The Indian American Politician Action Committee of Greater Houston, with over 1,00,000 members, raised the money at an elegant first annual gala organised to honour elected and non-elected leaders for their contributions.

Titled 'Building our Future Together', the function was well attended by 370 guests, including top Indian Americans and elected political officials such as Congressmen Tom DeLay and Kevin Brady, Texas State Representatives Garnett Coleman and Hubert Vo, former US Congressman Nick Lampson, Mayor Bill White, city of Houston, consul general of India and various city officials.

"After having made waves in medicine, business, law, information technology and various other professional sectors, it is high time for 20,00,000 Indian Americans who enjoy the highest per capita income of all minorities to find their space in politics," was the general consensus of every speech at the gala.

"Athough, we have successfully built many businesses, community centres and religious organisations, we still have not found any political voice. It is responsibility of every Indian American living here to be part of the political process,"  Jagat Kamdar, one of IPAC's founders told PTI.

Seema Hakhu Kachru in Houston
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