Source: The Hindu
April 30, 2020
The Indian-American community has been an extraordinary source of strength during the coronavirus pandemic, India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu said Wednesday, asserting that they have stepped up and shown leadership in these difficult times.
“When they had no other place to go, Hotel Owners came forward to offer accommodation to stranded students and other short-term visitors. It gives me a great sense of pride that through the pooled resources from all of you, over 5000,-such rooms have been arranged. Special thanks to Indian Hotel owners including AAHOA for this,” he said.
Kalpesh Joshi from AAHOA said that it was very nice of the Ambassador to take this initiative. “I have never seen this extraordinary response from government official that they care about Indian citizens overseas and the diaspora,” he said.
“The community is doing its best in this hour of crisis. We hope that things get better here and in India. Some (Indian) students really want to go back and some students are scared as to what will happen. We give them moral support,” said Joshi, who has been leading the AAHOA efforts to provide accommodation to the stranded students.