Yet another party in Long Island to bid farewell to Ambassador Prabhu Dayal was hosted by one of the leading Medical practitioners of New York and a prominent member of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Dr. Shakir Mukhi, February 22. The well attended party included Dr. Nazir Maulavi, Mr. Habib, President of Islamic Cultural Center of Long Island, Mr. P. Ali Hazi, Bobby Kumar, Dr. Sunil Mehra, Dr. Dattatreya Nori, Sunil Modi, newly elected President of Association of Indians in America (AIA) Nassau County officials that included Zahid Ali Syed and Editors of newspapers that included, among others, Sharanjit Singh Thind and Prof. Indrajit S Saluja.
In his address,Mr. Dayal spoke of the strength of the Indian economy that has been growing in spite of worldwide recession. He attributed this growth, in part to the remittances and investments by persons of Indian origin abroad. He congratulated them for being engines of growth of India. He said he was happy to note that Indian Americans had made significant personal progress in their professions and businesses here.
Some, even, made their mark in politics. He referred also to the valuable contribution that the community was making in promoting friendly relations between India and USA. He said even though the relationship was quite strong and the bond between the countries continue to get stronger there was always need that the Indian American community continued to play its part in further cementing the relationship to the mutual advantage of the two countries- one the largest democracy in the world, and the other, the oldest democracy in the world.
As for his future plans,Mr. Dayal said he would like to visit places, read and write and play golf. Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Mukhi described Mr. Dayal as one of the most brilliant diplomats he had ever come across. He said of Mr. Dayal that he had earned the admiration and love of community by being sympathetic and helpful to its needs and aspirations. He expressed the gratitude of the entire Indian American community to Mr. Dayal and wished him all happiness in his retired life.