“The wonderful thing about living in Queens is your neighbors are often from distinct and diverse parts of the world,” said State Senator Toby Stavisky. “Community groups like Gujarati Samaj are critical to preserving this diversity because they are a place where people who share the same language, culture and traditions can come together and celebrate their common history.”
At a ceremony at her Flushing office last week, Stavisky presented State Senate proclamations to President Harshad Patel, Program Manager Bharati Desai, chair of the Board of Trustees Raman Patel, Vice Chair Khandu Patel, president of the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects Mihir Patel, Community Advocate Jitu Mehta and Chairperson Dilip Chauhan.
Many of the same individuals were honored on Monday by Assembly members Nily Rozic, David Weprin and Ed Bruanstein in a similar ceremony.
Gujarati Samaj was founded in 1974. In 1985, the group opened a community center in Fresh Meadows. It hosts events such as religious festivals and community programs for the 2,300-plus families in Queens from Gujarati.
Some famous natives of Gujarati include Mahatma Ghandi and the current prime minister of india, Narendra Modi, who will be visiting Queens last this year.
“This honor is shared not only with the Gujarati people of New York State, but also the 55 million Gujarati people in India,” Chauhan said after receiving his proclamation from Stavisky. “This strong relationship between the Samaj and the senator brings the borders of our two countries closer and together we strengthen business and social ties between the two regions.”