( All Pictures from Asian Media USA)
On Saturday November 5th, Six Gam Patidar Samaj held their annual Diwali celebration in Rolling Meadows. Over 500 celebration attendees were treated to cultural programs, musical entertainment, and garba. The guests of the well-attended event included influential members of the Indian community, including Dr. Bharat Bharai and Niran Patel.
Raja Krishnamoorthi, US Congressional candidate for the 8th District of Illinois, and Michelle Mussman, candidate for State Representative, were invited to the event as honored guests and took part in the lamp lighting ceremony.
Krishnamoorthi addressed the crowd, encouraging the South Indian community to increase their participation in the political process. He emphasized the importance of political engagement, saying, “In 2010, I lost the Democratic primary by less than 1% because the South Indian community was not involved. So I urge you to get out and vote in 2012, starting with the Democratic primary on March 20.”
A South Indian himself, Krishnamoorthi’s dedication to political action is commendable. He is actively involved with Chicago’s South Asian community, and his participation in Six Gam is one of many organizations that Raja will work with in the coming months to reach out to the South Asian community and promote civic engagement.
Krishnamoorthi is firmly committed to refocusing the US Congress on the issues that are most important to the American people, including the growing South Asian population, and if elected will be the first Indian-American member of Congress.
“The lack of South Asian elected officials, especially members of US Congress, is a direct result of our communities low voter turnout. If we want our voice to be heard in Washington DC and on the state and local level, we must express ourselves through our votes,” said Krishnamoorthi. “Our community will never be properly represented in elected governance unless we take it upon ourselves to make our voices heard and our issues represented.”