New York, NY
‘Kerala’s political arena has indeed lost a giant. Oommen Chandy was a true friend of the masses, and he served them well over the long fifty-three years with integrity and honor,” said George Abraham, vice-chair of the Indian Overseas Congress, USA.
“I was fortunate to get to know him from my Balajana Sakhyam days in Kerala in the 60s and retained a long-standing friendship between him and the family. I was involved with his earlier visits to the United States and had fond memories of accompanying him to various events and personalities that included the inauguration of the ‘Indian Overseas Congress’ in 1998 that was held in New York.”
“He was a man who understood the pulse of the people and would go out of his way to help regardless of their circumstances. His political acumen, along with his dynamic activism, catapulted him to the top of the leadership, where he was rarely outmaneuvered while setting up goals and accomplishing his objectives,” he added.
“He was a man of remarkable talent and resilience who was unfazed by any challenges. Even in the middle of the worst crisis of his political life, he mustered enough courage and dealt with it in a rational way in framing reactions that astonished both his enemies and friends.”
“His political fortune fell not because of anything he has done but because of the dirty tricks and political foul play employed by those who enjoy their power today. Another term as Chief Minister for Oommen Chandy would have brought unparallel development and progress for the state of Kerala that would forever remain a dream by his supporters around the globe,” said Abraham.
“Farewell, OC: As the scripture says, you have fought a good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith, and you may rest in eternal peace!”