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Houston's special India connection draws praise from a powerful senator at heavy-hitter gala

Houston's India connection draws praise from powerful senator at gala

Dr. Neil Badlani, from left, John Cornyn and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Dr. Neil Badlani, from left, Sen. John Cornyn and award recipient Dr. Devinder Bhatia. Photo by © Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images
Jagdip Ahluwalla, from left, Rashi Vats and Sanjay Ramabhadran at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Jagdip Ahluwalla, from left, Rashi Vats and Sanjay Ramabhadran. Photo by © Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images
Ed Emmett at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Photo by © Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images
Durga and Sushila Agrawal, from left, John Cornyn and Sonal Bhuchar at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Durga and Sushila Agrawal, from left, John Cornyn and Sonal Bhuchar. Photo by © Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images
Pallavi and Pinakin Dinesh, from left, John Cornyn and Preeti and Umesh Verma at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Pallavi and Pinakin Dinesh, from left, John Cornyn and Preeti and Umesh Verma. Photo by © Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images
Sanjay Ramabhadran, from left, John Cornyn, R.K. Sandill and Jagdip Ahluwalia at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Sanjay Ramabhadran, from left, Sen. John Cornyn, R.K. Sandill and Jagdip Ahluwalia. Photo by © Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images
Sanjay Ramabhadran at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Sanjay Ramabhadran. Photo by © Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images
Dr. Neil Badlani, from left, John Cornyn and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Jagdip Ahluwalla, from left, Rashi Vats and Sanjay Ramabhadran at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Ed Emmett at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Durga and Sushila Agrawal, from left, John Cornyn and Sonal Bhuchar at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Pallavi and Pinakin Dinesh, from left, John Cornyn and Preeti and Umesh Verma at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Sanjay Ramabhadran, from left, John Cornyn, R.K. Sandill and Jagdip Ahluwalia at the IACCGH Gala October 2014
Sanjay Ramabhadran at the IACCGH Gala October 2014

Fifteen years of building relationships between Houston's business community and India were celebrated in high style at the Hilton Americas-Houston during the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston annual gala.

More than 650 prominent businessmen, physicians and community leaders attended the evening that featured Sen. John Cornyn as keynote speaker. Cornyn praised the chamber for its role in strengthening "the critically important U.S.-India partnership." In remarks to the gathering, special guest Harris County Judge Ed Emmett noted that India "is not just an economic partner but a spiritual partner as well.”

Welcoming guests to the "Building Bridges for Business" gala were IACCGH president Sanjay Ramabhadran and executive director Jagdip Ahluwalia. Gala chairs Sushila and Dr. Durga Agrawal, Dr. Neil Badlani and Rekha Muddaraj, Peggy and Avinash Ahuja and Preeti and Umesh Verma oversaw the evening that featured Indian cuisine from Dawat-Madras Pavilion.

Numerous honors and awards were presented including Pioneer Awards given to Sonal Bhuchar for Education, Pinakin and Pallavi Dinesh for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Devinder Bhatia for Healthcare and Judge R. K. Sandill for Public Service.  GAIL and its U.S. partners – Carrizo Oil & Gas, Cheniere Energy and Dominion Cove Point LNG — were honored for their pioneering efforts in securing India’s energy future.

The heavy-hitter turnout included Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Nobel Prize Winner (1996) Robert Curl, University of Houston chancellor Renu Khator and professor Suresh Khator, Gina Bhatia, Gwen Emmett, Fred Whipple, Keith Teague, S.P. "Chip" Johnson, Jayanta Sinha and Donald Raikes.

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