November 12th has become a historical day for the Indian-American community as one of their own was honored on two big platforms. It’s a day of double honor for Dilip Chauhan, an Indian-American, based in Long Island, New York, and a day of pride for the entire South Asian community.

On Sunday, November 12th, the US Congress dedicated November 12th as the “Dilip Chauhan Day” from the 6th Congressional District in New York. The decision was announced by Congresswoman Grace Meng from Sixth District. Ms Meng is the first Asian woman to become a congresswoman in New York. On the same day, the Long Island Gujarati Cultural Society (LIGCS) invited and honored MrDilip Chauhan as a “Guest of Honor” at their Annual Gala to celebrate Diwali at Gujarati Samaj in New York. Mr Chauhan graced the occasion with his presence and was honored by the society. The event was attended by about six hundred people from LIGCS.

Said Congresswoman Grace Meng,”Dilip Chauhan is an outstanding community leader within the State of New York. His Presentation, Gateway to South Asian American Community of New Yorkhas educated many elected officials about the community including Members of Congress, State Senators, Assembly Members, Public Advocate and other legislators from New York State in last ten years. I am honored to recognize our beloved community leader, Dilip Chauhan. I thanks him for his invaluable years of diligent and noble services to residents of New York and fellow Americans”.

Mr. BakulMatalia, President of LIGCS while presenting the honors to Mr. Chauhan said,”The Long Island Gujarati Cultural Society felicitates Mr. Dilip Chauhan for his persistent and praiseworthy services to Indian community in general and Gujarati community in particular. Mr Chauhan’s selfless actions, tireless advocacy and numerous outcomes for individuals, businesses and organizations, make him an ideal candidate as a recipient of LIGCS Guest of Honor.”

“I am humbled on receiving such honors on this day,from Congresswoman Grace Meng for declaring November 12, 2016 as “Dilip Chauhan Day” in Sixth Congressional District in New York, and “Guest of Honor” from Long Island Gujarati Cultural Society in New York. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work. I sincerely thank Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, PujyaMahant Swami Maharaj and my parents for inculcating high values and inspiring me all these years with spirit of community service. I also sincerely want our community members to participate in civic duty such as “register to vote” and encourage 25,000 plus Gujarati Americans living in Long Island to promote Gujarati language to become an official language in New York. I also urge small business owners to register their businesses, and certify with MWBE Certification, so you can be a part of government contracting process”. said Dilip Chauhan while accepting the honors. Dilip Chauhan also thanked Congresswoman Grace Meng, BakulMatalia,President of LIGCS and entire executive committee.

It’s widely recognized that Dilip Chauhan is a well-respected advocate and leader within the South Asian Community in New York City and Long Island. Mr. Chauhan is a first South Asian American to be recognized as Political Rising Star “40 under 40” by City Hall Political News. He has been an Advisor to “The Association of Indian American Physicians of Indian American Origin(AAPI)”. He was also the Chairperson of Gujarati Samaj of New York. In his current position as Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’ liaison to the South Asian community, Mr Chauhan has made enormous contribution to Community Relations Department, which provides information and advocacy to residents of Nassau County and helps to increase responsiveness and resolve problems that impact the quality of life for individuals and families. An advocate of “voter registration” drive amongst South Asians, Dilip has also been a bridge between South Asian community and organizations and government officials. Mr. Chauhan is a Board member of South Asian American Voice (SAAVOICE) and Honorary Director of Service Now for Adult Service, Inc (SNAP) and member of Brahmin Society of New York.

Two well-deserved honors for a man who has dedicated his life and work to the welfare of the community.

Photo Courtesy : Vijay Shah
Rose Kumari.