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Indian Ethnic Media Pioneer Passes Away

IANS, Posted: Apr 10, 2008

NEW YORK -- Gopal Raju, one of the pioneers of Indian ethnic media in the United States, has passed away, reports IANS news service. Raju, 80, arrived in the US in the fifties and founded India Abroad, the best-known national Indian news weekly that was purchased by www.Rediff.com many years later. Raju remained publisher and editor of the New York-based, News-India Times, Desi Talk and Gujarat Times. He also founded the Indian American Centre for Political Awareness (IACPA) in 1993, which sought to empower Indian Americans politically by placing interns with Congressional and Senate lawmakers.

Raju also launched the Indian American Foundation (IAF) that raised millions for Indian development and disaster relief. He was honored by India in 2007 with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award for his contributions to the South Asian community. Three years earlier, he received the Ellis award, honoring immigrants for their contributions to the US.


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