“Kali” Way Street Co-Naming Approved by Community Board

“Kali” Way Street Co-Naming Approved by Community Board

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NEW YORK(TIP): The Indian Diaspora Council International (IDC)
 is pleased to announce that the initiative by IDC president Ashook 
Ramsaran co-naming 1 block of 169th Street between Highland Avenue and 
Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, New York, in honor of the late Ramesh D. 
Kalicharran, affectionately known as “Kali”, has been approved at a 
public hearing of Community Board #8 on June 20, 2018. Ramesh D. 
Kalicharran, who was born 1949 in Guyana and lived in New York since 
1970, passed away on December 3, 2017.

IDC statement on its application for 
co-naming 1 block of 169th Street: “Ramesh Kalicharran, popularly known 
as Kali, was an outstanding community stalwart, a prominent and well 
recognized cornerstone of the community, having pioneered several 
programs and events which promoted the interests of Indo-Caribbean 
people in New York and the Caribbean. He is widely recognized for his 
advocacy, philanthropy and exemplary contributions to charitable and 
community causes; for his exemplary contributions to his community and 
the promotion of Indian culture and heritage. He was an icon among 
Indo-Caribbean people with a long-lasting legacy of selfless service. He
 was an extraordinary community leader who led by example. In 
recognition of his tremendous contribution to the Guyana diaspora, he 
has received several citations and awards Asian-Indian, the 
Indo-Caribbean, and Other Ethnic American communities in New York. Kali 
was a proud ambassador for Guyana in particular, and the Caribbean, in 

The initiative and continuing efforts 
for co-naming the 1 block of 1269th Street by Indian Diaspora Council 
International (IDC) was led by Ashook Ramsaran who worked diligently and
 collaboratively in obtaining approval of NYC Council Member Rory 
Lancman on January 9, 2018 followed by several other elected officials, 
including NYS Assembly Member David Weprin who issued a posthumous 
proclamation in honor of “Kali”. Crucial organizational support was 
given on January 14, 2018 by Mid-Queens Community Council (MQCC) 
followed by formal application to Queens Comm. Board #8 (CB#8) on 
January 17, 2018.

Following a formal presentation to CB#8 
Transportation Committee by Ashook Ramsaran on April 26, 2018 attended 
by Ms. Romanee Kalicharran (daughter of late Ramesh Kalicharran) and Mr.
 Santram Dukhbhanjan, the CB#8 Transportation Committee gave its 
unanimous approval. Following the presentation by family, community 
leaders and associates at the public hearing on May 14, 2018, CB#8 
Transportation Committee gave its further approval paving the way for 
the general meeting on June 20, 2018 at which passage of the application
 was approved by a vote of 24 to 7 in favour.

Speakers in support of the application 
at the public hearing on June 20, 2018 were: Romanee Kalicharran 
(daughter) accompanied by Judith Kalicharran (spouse); Rev. Seopaul 
Singh (Caribbean Network Enterprises); Anoop Dhanpat (Trinidadians &
 Tobagians in USA); Harbachan Singh (Queens Civic Congress; Ashook 
Ramsaran (Indian Diaspora Council). Other family members and supporters 

Following the step-by-step progress and 
successes to date and with no opposition, the application is expected to
 be fully approved with an estimated installation and unveiling before 
the end of 2018.


For more information contact: Ashook Ramsaran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Mobile +1 917 519 5783)

Indian Diaspora Council International 
(IDC), established in 1997, is an international non-profit organization 
with global affiliates and membership in 21 countries with the objective
 to embrace, engage and enhance the shared heritage, aspirations and 
interests of persons of Indian origin with optimum inclusivity.


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