Ranju Batra

Ranju Batra, starting September 11, 2021, she is now a publisher of The America Times Company Ltd.and a member of the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Since 1990, she is the Administrator of The Law Firm of Ravi Batra, P.C., Chair of the Diwali Foundation USA since 2017, and created the DF-USA’s “Power of One Award” - the “Oscars of Diplomacy” - which have been annually awarded to exceptional world class diplomats since 2017 at United Nations. Since September 2021, she is an Advisor for Legal and Humanitarian Affairs to the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, having previous served as an Advisor to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine from 2015.
Since 2010, she chaired the Diwali Stamp Project and after a 7-year personal journey, successfully secured the Forever USPS Diwali Stamp on October 5, 2016. Joining in the USPS’ official Dedication, her person sale of over 170,000 stamps for First Day made the “Diwali Stamp" the best seller in USPS’ over 200 years history. Two months later, 24 nations, came together at the United Nations’ Trusteeship Council Chamber on December 5, 2016 to celebrate the Diwali Stamp and honor Ranju Batra for achieving it at the:  "Small Stamp for a Big Festival" - “Celebrating the living heritage of a billion people and honouring the 7-year-long quest of a woman to have it immortalised in a stamp. Organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus.” It was co-organized by the permanent missions of Georgia and India, and supported by Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, France, Germany, Honduras, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, the U.K., Vietnam and Palestine. In 2017, new nations who supported the "Power of One" Award were: were Algeria, Botswana, Malta, Republic of Korea, Romania, Spain, United States of America, IAEA-NY. In 2018, additional nations who supported were: Albania, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Oman, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. In 2019, additional nations who supported were: Bhutan, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lebanon, Philippines, South Africa, and Turkey. 50 nations. And, then, there was a Covid-19 based hiatus.
Ranju’s campaign for the Diwali Stamp was supported by many, including, Rep. Carolyn Maloney who authored two Congressional Resolutions, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Greg W. Meeks, Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Ami Bera, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Amb. Dnyaneshwar Mulay who wrote the Official Poem for the Diwali Stamp Project, and many diplomats and their families, including, Palestine’s Amb. Riyad Mansour, now India’s Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, and founding Executive Director of U.N. Women, A/S Lakshmi Puri. As president of the Association of Indians in America-New York during 2011–2012, she celebrated the 25th Silver Diwali in New York City, including, a history-making gala dinner at The Pierre, where United Nations Security Council Amb. Abdullah Hussain Haroon, of Pakistan, and Amb. Puri, of India, of India, jointly participated to celebrate Diwali. Her hard work to grow the Diwali celebration in 2011 was recognized by “The New York Times” as the largest such celebration in North America with “over 200,000” attendees.  Ranju has excelled and made a difference with her excellence-with-humility approach in helping to “form a more perfect nation.” Her exemplary service to society has been duly recorded and celebrated with numerous awards, citations, proclamations and Congressional Records. She regularly interacts with the multilateral diplomatic community, and during the High Level UNGA Debate, with heads of State/Government.

Remarks by Ranju Batra, Chairperson, Diwali Foundation USA at 2022 “Diwali Stamp – The...

Thank you, Ambassador Olof Skoog, head of the European Union Delagation to the UN, for your principled leadership and in being the lead organizer...
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Publishers’ Note: United States of America – who are we?

“In Congress, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the course of human events, it becomes...