Dr Vindhya Vasini Persaud last Saturday replaced her late father, Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud, as President of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha following an election at a Special General Meeting of the Sabha held at the Dharmic Sanskritik Kendra, Prashad Nagar.
According to a release from the Sabha, Dr Persaud was unanimously nominated by all of the Sabha’s Praants (regional bodies) and was elected unopposed.
Saying she was touched and humbled by their faith in her to elect her as president, Dr Persaud thanked all present for their support and promised to work assiduously for the Sabha and Hinduism. She advocated that all should live by the Sabha’s motto, ‘Action thy duty, reward not thy concern.’
Returning Officer for the election was Ramesh Lal of the firm TSD Lal & Company, the Sabha’s Auditors. The proceedings were chaired by Sabha executive member, Rajnarine Singh.
Praant and Mandir leaders congratulated the new President and pledged their continued support for the Sabha.
The release said that at the meeting, it was also agreed to rename the Sabha’s Kendra as the ‘Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud Dharmic Sanskritik Kendra’ in memory of the Sabha’s founder, whose idea it was to have a Kendra in Guyana.
Sabha’s treasurer, Savitri Sukhai also presented the audited financial statement as of December 2012 as well as the current financial status.
The release said that those attending the Special General Meeting included the members of the Central Executive Committee of the Sabha; executive members of the Upper Corentyne, Central Corentyne, East Berbice, West Berbice, East Coast Demerara, East Bank Demerara, West Coast Demerara and Essequibo Praants of the Sabha; as well as delegates from the Sabha’s affiliated mandirs countrywide.