NEW YORK (Diya TV) — The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center in Elmont, New York, was abuzz with excitement on April 6th as the Dr. Thomas Abraham Library was officially dedicated. This library, named after the Chairman of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Dr. Thomas Abraham, stands as a testament to his five decades of service to the Indian diaspora community.

Indian Consul General in New York,  Binaya Srikanta Pradhan, alongside a diverse gathering of Indian diaspora members, inaugurated the library, which houses a wealth of books and historical documents chronicling the journey of the Indian community in the United States. From Dr. Abraham’s personal collection to contributions from various sources, the library offers insights into the rich tapestry of the Indian diaspora’s experiences and contributions.

During the ceremony, New York City Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs Dilip Chauhan presented a proclamation from Mayor Eric Adams, designating April 6th as Dr. Thomas Abraham Day. This recognition underscores Dr. Abraham’s tireless efforts in fostering community cohesion and empowerment among Indian diaspora members.

Dr. Abraham’s influence extends far beyond the establishment of GOPIO. He has been instrumental in founding and leading multiple diaspora community organizations, including the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of New York and the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA). His dedication to nurturing these institutions has empowered generations of Indian Americans and strengthened the bonds within the community.

In his address at the event, Dr. Thomas Abraham expressed gratitude to all attendees and emphasized the importance of continued growth and engagement within the Indian diaspora, particularly in the political arena. He envisioned the library as not only a repository of history but also a catalyst for future generations to understand and contribute to the ongoing narrative of the Indian diaspora’s impact on global affairs.

As the ceremony concluded with vibrant cultural performances and heartfelt tributes, it marked not just the opening of a library but a celebration of Dr. Thomas Abraham’s enduring legacy and the collective journey of the Indian diaspora community.