• 24 Feb, 2024

NY's Lolita Singh Honored by Mayor

NY's Lolita Singh Honored by Mayor

NY's Lolita Singh Honored by Mayor

New York based Indo-Caribbean American Lolita Singh was honored last Saturday by New York City Mayor Eric Adams at a community religious service at the Arya Samaj ground in Little Guyana, Queens. Lolita is formerly from Prashad Nagar.   
 

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The Mayor could not make the event that is celebrating Ganesh Utsav (Chaturthi) that is being held under a large tent thru September 8. Several temples are also celebrating Ganesh Chathurthi, an auspicious period for Hindus, after which pitri paksh or honoring the souls of the deceased commence.   
 

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The honor was presented to Ms. Singh by a pandit at the event. It was in recognition for her unflinching service to the Caribbean American community for almost four decades. Lolita has organized cultural and religious events in the city as well as in Jamaica and Guyana. She accompanied cultural and medical groups to Guyana and Jamaica multiple times. Lolita expressed appreciation for the honor. She said she does not serve the community with any return expectation, adding she is proud of her work to showcase and uplift the Indo-Caribbean community in New York and to better lives in Guyana and Jamaica.    

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a fourth generation Indian. His great grandparents from both his mother and father’s sides were born in India -- Gurbatore from Ghaizpur, Amru from Azamgarh, Sau from Chapra, Mangri from Mau, Bhuri and Bhura Singh from Bharatpur, among others. They all came at different times to then British Guiana (1880s and 1890s) to work on sugar plantations as indentured laborers. After serving ten years, they were freed laborers. They remained on the colony rather than returned to India, married and had children. They used the savings from indentureship to purchase landholdings to cement their ties to their adopted land. They were not given free land. Vishnu Bisram is ninth of twelve children of Gladys and Baldat, rural farmers, she also was a seamstress and he a taylor and they attended to a kitchen garden as well. Vishnu attended the St Joseph Anglican (called English) primary school from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, he passed the annual nationwide Common Entrance exam winning a scholarship place to attend the government Berbice High School in New Amsterdam, some 17 miles from his home village of Ankerville, Port Mourant. He declined the placement scholarship and opted instead for the private Chandisingh High School to which his family pad to pay a tuition. He entered for eight subjects at the Cambridge University Exam in 1977. Vishnu migrated to the USA in 1977 to further his studies. He enrolled at the City College of City University of New York September that year at age 17, studying Bio-Chemistry and also completing a major in Political Science. After his BSc in Bio-Chem, he pursued graduate studies in International Relations earning a MA. He went on to complete multiple post graduate degrees including doctorates in Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science and Educational Administration. Dr Bisram taught for over forty years in various subjects in the US. He also served as a newspaper reporter and columnist for over four decades and is a well-known pollster in the Caribbean region. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling extensively around the globe to research and write about Indian communities. He published countless articles on various subjects in the mass media, journals, and books. He also organized international conferences on the Indian diaspora and presented papers at many conferences. He was a guest lecturer at universities in Mauritius, India, Fiji, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, USA, and other countries. He is a well regarded political analyst on American and Caribbean politics. He makes him home in Guyana, Trinidad, and America and travels frequently to India.