Ravi Batra at “Diwali Stamp – The Power of One” Awards: The UN is the “Vatican of Hope,” and the Diplomats are “Arch-Angels”

Must read

by Ravi Batra
Chair, National Advisory Council for South Asian Affairs, delivered at the Diwali Stamp – The Power of One Awards  Ceremony,
Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations, December 5, 2022
⭕️Check against delivery at UN Web TV: https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1t/k1t9pmrdvt

 

Preamble.

Thank you dear Amb. Olof Skoog, King Gustav’s highest decorated diplomat, for all your love, and the support of the EU Delegation. I thank Georgia and India for their essential help, and Amb. Ruchira Kamboj for waiting until December to be President of the Security Council, so we could have two UN Presidents  gracing us:  her,  and  PGA Csaba Korosi.

I celebrate H.E. Harold Adlai Agyeman of Ghana, last month’s SC President, for his support, and I’m touched by the official Letter from OSCE High Commissioner, H.E. Kairat Abrakhmanov, dated today, to Ranju and the  Diwali Foundation,  supporting her selfless motives and  humanity’s shared goals.  Thank you all!

I’m eternally grateful to H.E. Andrei Dapkiunas, a nobleman, for starting this tradition in 2016, in  addition to  planting the  Peace Tree in the  UN South Lawn, and to H.E. Valentin Rybakov for characterizing Ranju’s selfless achievement as the “Power of One,” and unexpectedly inspiring the creation of these Awards,” aka the “Oscars of Diplomacy,” and then for admirably  leading all of the  Award ceremonies  until 2019.

Vatican  of Hope & Arch-Angels

Dear President Csaba Korosi, First Lady of the world, Excellencies, my dearest Ranju, and friends all,

President Korosii, we are blessed to have you as our PGA during these trying times, as your calibrated wisdom is sorely needed to nudge the Combatants towards Peace in Europe, while preventing a new Axis War    from starting in the Far East, perhaps, by excommunicating the Mirrors of History in favor of Mahatma Gandhi’s & Martin Luther King’s direct descendant, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Truth & Reconciliation paradigm.

I thank each you – for all the warmth and love expressed in this Chamber – especially for Ranju and her immortal Achievement, and for today’s exceptional Power of One Awardees – each of whom have made our world better. I acknowledge two 2017 Power of One Awardees present: H.E. Maged Abdelaziz, the Pharaoh, and gender-equality champion H.E. Lakshmi Puri by her dear Amaya Zai  Ramanan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United Nation – is humanity’s Vatican of Hope, and the Diplomats are the Arch-Angels, who, when doing Good  can:

  1. Stop a war from starting, and even stop one that’s raging; or
  2. Do a “Black Sea Grain” deal, as SG Antonio Guterres did with Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, to save 50 million men, women and children from starvation!

Diplomacy, then, tilts between life or death, Good and Evil.

Diplomacy exists so even adversaries can talk. In 1945, General Douglas MacArthur personified Respect on the deck of the USS Missouri, even while receiving the Instrument of Surrender! But Social Media has denigrated discourse into a mud-fest of Insults that infects domestic politics, celebrating Division and inviting Sedition. Our rhetoric today, is hotter than the Volcanos of Hawaii; we must freeze it!

Let me be clear: Insults cause  War;  and only Respect converts Swords into Plough Shears!  So, lets show real respect to our adversaries. As  a great American P.R. Daniel Patrick Moynihan said:

No one is innocent after the experience of governing. But not everyone is guilty.

PM Narendra Modi declared at the SCO Summit in Uzbekistan, that “this is not an era for war.” So, we must all help make an Era of Peace. This annual globally-unique Award Ceremonies, celebrating world class diplomats, are held so diplomacy can disarm war, achieve SDGs, and feed the hungry.

The Ideals ofDiwali are the Ideals of the UN Charter! Ranju’s selfless journey honored these ideals with a secret ingredient, Respect, and she achieved an immortal stamp. Diwali is now a metaphor in the Vatican of Hope.

 

USA – Morocco:  First Treaty of Friendship.

As a personal privilege, I thank dear Amb. Omar Hilale for sending me copies of America’s First Treaty of Friendship signed in 1787 by our great Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and even George Washington with the then- Emperor of Morocco. Recently, our SG was in Morocco at dear Minister Miguel Moratinos’ Alliance of Civilizations Forum, and urgently called for an “Alliance for Peace.” The recipe for Peace is:  Diwali. The secret  ingredient Ranju used is: Respect.

Humanity has run out of time to silly egos, wars and empires, as we   face existential threats from a Climate Crisis that will drown nations and   wash away sovereignty, as freely as Hurricanes blow past our borders and rip the roofs right off our homes!

So, I applaud all of the Co-Organizers and Co-Sponsors of these Power of One Awards, as these brave Ambassadors and brave Nations dare to wage Peace, and seek to outlaw War.

Awards Moderator

Now, I assume the moderator role. I remind all Awardees, Speakers, PRs, HL UN Officials, etc., that at about 5:30 there will be a family   picture.

Moment of Silence

Please join me in a Moment of Silence to honor the memory of UN Peacekeepers lost, along with PM Shinzo Abe, Pres. Mikail Gorbachev, Queen Elizabeth II, F.M. Vladimir Makei, Pres. Jiang Zemin, and Rouslan Johnny Ago-gho – son of our Awardee Jean-Claude.               Thank you.

To help us better embrace Humility, Peter Ngo Essoka, Cameroonian afro soul  singer and  Rouslan’s friend,  will now sing:  “Amazing Grace”!

Power of One Awards

Finally, the moment we are all waiting for: to honor the best among us, who strive to  give us  a more  perfect world.

Our 1st Awardee is H.E. Kaba Imnadze  of Georgia.

A man of history, as he served with Georgia’s 1st President Shevardnadze.  It was Kaha’s dinner five days after the Stamp-dedication, that is the root of all that followed. After his distinguished service as PR, he is currently Georgia’s ambassador to  Canada.  And,  today we honor that generous  man  who  has made  Georgia proud,  and  each of us  safer due  to  his  efforts.  His achievements are plentiful and notable. So, the Diwali Foundation USA, supported by all Co-Organizers  and  Co-Sponsors,  over 60 nations,  is proud to bestow the Diwali Stamp – Power of One Award upon Amb. Kaha Imnadze.

Our next Awardee is  H.E.  Keisha A.  McGuire of Grenada.

H.E. Keisha Aniya McGuire is the former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Grenada to the United Nations from 2016 to 2022. She currently serves as the President & CEO of the Present and Future Institute, Inc.

And, today we honor her as  she made  Grenada proud,  and  each of us  safer due to her efforts. Her achievements are plentiful and notable. So, the Diwali Foundation USA, supported by all Co-Organizers and Co-Sponsors, over 60 nations, is proud to bestow the Diwali Stamp – Power of One  Award upon Amb.  Keisha A. McGuire.

Our next Awardee is H.E. Georgi Velikov Panayotov of Bulgaria (Teo) After his distinguished service as P.R., he served as a caretaker Defense Minister of Bulgaria, and  is  currently Bulgaria’s ambassador to  the  US. And, today we honor him  as he  made  Bulgaria proud,  and  each ofus safer due to his efforts. His achievements are plentiful and notable. So, the Diwali Foundation USA, supported by all  Co-Organizers  and  Co-Sponsors,  over 60 nations, is proud to bestow the Diwali Stamp – Power of One Award upon Amb.  Georgi Velikov Panayotov.

Our next Awardee is H.E. Jean-Claude do Rego of  Benin.

After his distinguished service as P.R., he is currently Benin’s ambassador to the United States.

And, today we honor him as he made Benin proud, and each of us safer due  to his efforts. His achievements are plentiful and notable. So, the Diwali Foundation USA, supported by all Co-Organizers and Co-Sponsors, over 60 nations, is proud to bestow the Diwali Stamp – Power of One Award upon Amb. Jean-Claude do Rego (Nadia)

Our last Award is for Lifetime Achievement by Hon. Eliot Lance Engel. Of the many great things dear Eliot Engel has done, aside from being the Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, is to have a boulevard named after him in Albania, the birthplace of Mother Teresa, and speak at my swearing-in as NACSAA chair on Capital Hill 15  years ago,  along with now-HFAC Chairman Greg W. Meeks, along with then-House Oversight Chairman Ed Towns, chair of Central, South Asia Gary L. Ackerman, plus then-D.A. Bob Morgenthau’s representative.

As a co-equal branch of government, Chairman Engel has helped  globally guide the rudder of our Ship of State away from needless strife.  He has served as a Congressman for 32 years, from  1989.  His lifetime has  been dedicated to help America form a a more perfect union, and the world to be better. And, today we honor him as he made the United States proud, and each of us safer due to his lifetime of distinguished service.

His achievements are plentiful and notable. So, the Diwali Foundation USA, supported by all Co-Organizers and Co-Sponsors, over 60 nations, is proud   to bestow the Diwali Stamp – Power of One Award upon Congressman Eliot Lance Engel.

Family Picture: Awardees & family, Speakers & family, Miracle  Angela & Precious Neal, Diwakar Kamboj, Valentin & Natalia Rybakov, Co- Sponsors, P.Rs, US Gs & AS Gs, Amaya & Himayani, Peter Essoka

Fullscreen Mode

 

Fullscreen Mode

Fullscreen Mode

About the author

Author profile

Ravi Batra, starting September 11, 2021, is a publisher of The America Times Company Ltd., and since January 2022, is the Editor-in-Chief. He is a member of the National Press Club, in Washington D.C., and a member of its "Freedom of the Press" and "International Correspondents" Teams/Committees.

A member of the bar since 1981, he is the head of a boutique law firm in Manhattan, The Law Firm of Ravi Batra, P.C., that handles complex constitutional, sovereignty, torture, civil and criminal cases, representing governments, corporates and individuals, with landmark legal victories, including, libel in fiction, in “Batra v. Dick Wolf.” He is Chairman & CEO, Greenstar Global Energy Corp., King Danylo of Galicia International Ltd., Mars & Pax Advisors, Ltd., Chairman of National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs, and since September 2021, Advisor for Legal and Humanitarian Affairs to the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations. He is invited by various governments to address High Level Ministerial events, including, on Counter-Terrorism, including, Astana (Nur-Sultan), Dushanbe, Minsk and Delhi. He has testified in Congress as an invitee of the Chair, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, and interacted with U.S. Department of State from 1984 -1990, and then again, from 2006, during the tenures of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Rex Tillerson, Mike Pompeo and Antony Blinken.

He has served as Commissioner of New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), Trustee on New York State IOLA Board, New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the Second Judicial Department, City Bar’s Judicial Committee, Vice-Chair of Kings County Democratic County Committee’s Independent Judicial Screening Committee for the then-2nd Judicial Department of Brooklyn and Staten Island, Chair of NYSTLA’ Judicial Independence Committee, with many more bar leadership roles, including, NYSBA’s House of Delegates for four years. He has served as Advisor for Legal & Human Rights Affairs to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine post-annexation of Crimea till 2021, and Legal Advisor to numerous nations’ permanent missions to the U. N. since 2009, including, India, Pakistan, Honduras and Malta. He has served: as Global Special Counsel to The Antonov Company in Ukraine, a state-owned company, and was registered with the Justice Dept pursuant to FARA; and as Special Global Advisor to Rector/President of both - National Aviation University of Ukraine and National Technical University of Ukraine/KPI. He remains involved in geopolitics and public policy since the mid-1980's, starting with being on House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s Speaker’s Club and appointed member of NACSAA during President Ronald Reagan’s tenure. In 1988, he was part of U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese’s Delegation to Japan to resolve bilateral trade imbalance. He regularly interacts with the multilateral diplomatic community, and during the High Level UNGA Debate, with heads of State/Government. He is sought for his views as a speaker and writer. 

More articles