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Passion and Adventure Propelled Bobby Kalotee to Success

New York based businessman and philanthropist Bobby Kalotee has lately been in the news for his appointment by Government of Malawi as Liaison Envoy to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. His charity work in Malawi did not go unnoticed and the government of Malawi conferred on him the rare honor. He is the first Non Malawi to be appointed to the prestigious position. Our readers would obviously like to know more about this gentleman who has done India and all Indians proud.Well, to begin with, Bobby was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He is a self-made man. A father of five children Bobby is a living example of courage and entrepreneurship. Born in Jalandhar, India, he left his home in early 1980 when he was still a teenager to begin the journey of his life. Supported by his family and his father, Bobby set off on a path to an alien worldobserving life and learning from experience.

Working in a Greek owned merchant shipping company he landed in America and stayed here by chance. He also found his love in USA and married to an Irish lady who helped him fight the obstacles of life. A curious Bobby got interested in politics. He joined Republican Party in New York in 1983, observed the functioning of democratic institutions and learned to mobilize public support for various causes. Today, he not only runs his business but also is engaged in a variety of social work and activities, such as, shipping soccer balls to Latin American countries and raising funds for the earthquake victims of Gujarat. A firm believer in destiny and God Bobby remains deeply attached to his Indian roots. In spite of a busy and successful life in USA he cares about his native land and works hard to help his community. A man who denied himself a formal education learned everything from life.

“I met at least 50 people from whom I learned a variety of lessonslessons that helped me become prosperous and successful”, he says. Currently National Chairman of All American Political Party. Chairman Independence Party of Nassau County, Vice Chairman of New York State Independence Party Committee and National Executive Director of the Independence Party of America, Bobby is associated with a number of political, social, cultural and financial institutions and organizations; and has profusely been awarded and honored. His offices in Long Island are a veritable museum of pictures with dignitaries from across the world, the charity work done by him and his organizations in Africa, Latin Ameerica, India and of course, USA, and scores of proclamations, citations, certificates and trophies. One man and so much, one begins to wonder.

The Indian Panorama spoke with Bobby about his life and work.

Here are the excerpts: Indian Panorama: How do you describe yourself?
Bobby: I am a God fearing man, a happy father of five children and a compassionate community friend. I am thankful to God and my parents for their love and blessings because of which I accomplished great success in life. I believe in helping others and follow the path shown by Guru Nanak Dev ji, who said: ‘There is nothing greater than being
humble and nothing worse than being proud of yourself’. I try to live a simple life following these thoughts.

Q. How do you define success?
Ans: You are successful if you reach the goal you set in your life. I always felt that I could accomplish the goal of my life with the blessings of God who writes the destiny of everyone. I used my brain and common sense to learn new trades. I was fortunate to get help from friends. I learned to deal with people. In America these things happened
fast. I launched a number of successful businesses in the past and continued to do innovative things. Currently I am finalizing the launch of an electronic voting machine called EZ voting. I am confident about success of my new product.

Q. Are you passionate about anything?
Ans: I am very passionate about life. I am passionate about helping people. I have been very keen to help my community folks. I reach out to people who need me. I want to help more people.

Q: Who in your family influenced you most?What was your family’s contribution in shaping your life?
Ans: I was raised in a large family with 27 cousins and a number of uncles. My father influenced me most. He and a number of my family members served in the Indian Defense Forces. Dad was an independent minded man. He didn’t interfere in my life but always encouraged me. Because of his generosity I could leave home for abroad.

Q: Tell me about your education?
Ans: I didn’t receive a formal education. I didn’t want to go to school. I got my education in the Gurudwara and at home. I think the best education one gets is from life’s experience. I traveled a lot. I left home when I was a teen-ager and roamed around selling toys and household things. I worked in restaurant. After seven years of traveling in
many parts of India I returned home.

Q. How did you compensate for lack of education?
Ans: I always learned from life. Any thing new I saw I wished to know about it. A number of friends helped me in life. Some taught me to do business. Others taught me how to deal with people. I learned a variety of lessons from at least 50 such people in my life.

Q. Did you ever regret for not having a formal education?
Ans: When I was in India lack of education was not a big issue. I knew many people who were helpful. It is an interdependent society so education doesn’t always matter. But I felt the need to be educated when I came to America and had to deal with people. At that time I realized that lack of education hampered my ability to communicate with
others. I regretted not having a formal education.

Q: How did you arrive in America? What challenges you faced here?
Ans: I was working in a Greek owned shipping company and had to travel from USA to Greece quite a few times. Once, in
1982, I missed my flight in New York. I stayed here and decided to make New York my home. It has been a long journey since then. I established my business, got involved in politics and then philanthropy.

Q: Are you contented with your life? Do you miss something?
Ans: I am very content with life I found my Irish wife in New York who gave me five wonderful kids. My businesses grew, so didmy network with people. In politics I worked in Republican and Independent parties. I mobilized votes for a number of politicians. I am involved in many charitable organizations in the fields of medicine, social welfare and
community service due to which I was honored at various occasions and events.

Q: How do you help your community?
Ans: I have raised funds for a number of events on many occasions, especially to help the victims of earthquake in Gujarat. I worked with Jack Brewery Foundation to donate 50 thousand indestructible soccer balls for kids who could learn team building. This project was implemented in Latin America where 10 thousands such balls were distributed. Now we are going to do it in India.

Q: What is your future plan?
Ans: I want to continue helping people. I am planning to launch my electronic voting machine soon on which my staff is working since 2005.

Q: What is your message for the younger generation?
Ans: I want to tell the younger generation to focus on noble ideas. Set a goal for yourself and work hard to achieve that. One shouldn’t be deterred by anything as long as you have passion and courage to reach your goal.

 

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I believe this is called real public service. Harshika Singh a real educator she learned the proper education at home and in the school. Now she passing in real test of life every day when she helping her others sisters and daughter. It’s a Noble work keeps up the good work my respected sister. This #IAS officer 𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨, 𝐟𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh with her unique initiatives. Harshika Singh, a 2012 batch officer, identified the root-cause in women illiteracy and school dropouts by teenage girls which prompted her to start 'all-women' schools across 35 Gram Panchayats. She appointed local women as teachers and introduced a basic curriculum which had lessons on elementary math, sanitation awareness and writing names. "𝐖𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 100 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 1,700 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 7,000 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧, 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲", was her quote to a daily on this initiative. With the consistent efforts of leaders like her, this nation will only grow better. #bobbychairman #chairmanbobby #friendsforgoodhealth #Bobbykalotee ...
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Chancellor Malatras Announces Appointment of SUNY New Paltz Chief Mary Ritayik to Serve As New York State University Police CommissionerMay 27, 2021Chief Ritayik is the First Female Police Commissioner in SUNY History, and the First to Rise in the Ranks from Campus University Police Officer to Chief of Police to Become Statewide CommissionerCommissioner Ritayik Brings Years of Community Partnership Building and Strong Student Focus Approach to SUNY and Joins Chancellor’s Leadership Team on July 6Photos of Commissioner Ritayik May be Found Here and HereAlbany, NY – State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today that Mary Ritayik will lead the New York State University Police system, becoming the first female commissioner in SUNY’s history. She is also the first to rise in the ranks from campus university police officer to chief of police to become the statewide commissioner—having been a police officer, investigator, deputy chief, and chief of police at SUNY New Paltz. Commissioner Ritayik will bring years of community partnership building and a strong student-focused approach to SUNY system as she joins Chancellor Malatras’ leadership team on July 6.Commissioner Ritayik is known for her collaboration amongst campus leadership and the broader community, especially on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; residential life; and Title IX. She is an advocate of community policing as the backbone of safe university policing to protect students, faculty, and staff. Her focus is on accountability and transparency by the UPD to rebuild trust in law enforcement, as well as training and support to ensure officers have the skills and resources to appropriately handle incidents on campus."Commissioner Ritayik has demonstrated throughout her career a commitment to forging a strong relationship between university police and the college community. She has proven to be a tremendous asset to SUNY New Paltz, building trust within the community by engaging students, faculty, and staff regularly on issues that matter most," said Chancellor Malatras. "Mary is also a trailblazer for women in law enforcement, and well respected by colleagues and the community. We are excited to have her join our team as we continue to meet the expectations of our students for a safe environment on our campuses."Commissioner Ritayik has been a key member of SUNY New Paltz’s commitment to become an actively anti-racist institution. She formed the University Police Department (UPD) Advisory Committee, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni to address concerns across the nation about police reform and police interactions with Black communities and marginalized groups. It serves as a neutral platform of equals to gather candid feedback on law enforcement and their experiences in working with the university police. Commissioner Ritayik also facilitates regular dialogue with the broader campus community.SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian said, "I congratulate Chief Mary Ritayik on her selection as the new Commissioner of the New York State University Police, at the same time I know that her leadership on our campus will be sorely missed. Chief Ritayik brings to that important statewide leadership position her campus experience as an officer, investigator, deputy chief, interim chief, and chief. She has demonstrated her impeccable integrity and a deep-rooted commitment to ongoing training, continuous improvement, and service and support for a diverse campus community and best practices for community-oriented policing. Along with her calm and thoughtful demeanor and professionalism, she brings clear values of transparency and accountability that will serve SUNY and its campus-based police departments exceptionally well."Commissioner Ritayik said, "Active listening is extremely important in discovering what your community needs from their police department, and by opening up to regular, informal conversations amongst our officers and our students, in particular, we can work through any issue. Our campuses are microcosms of our society, and an environment of constant change with each graduation and each incoming class. And while our goal is their safety—first and foremost—we must know their expectations of us will always evolve. I am honored to take on this responsibility for the larger SUNY system and appreciate the support from Chancellor Malatras."Tevin Green, Class of 2021, Student Association representative, business major and member of the SUNY New Paltz UPD Advisory Committee, said, "Working with Mary through Student Affairs at SUNY New Paltz and the College's UPD advisory committee has been nothing but gratifying. She's extremely industrious in her work and clearly knowledgeable in her field. Coupled with this, her open-mindedness adds so much value and flexibility, these last few months have allowed me to feel grateful to learn from her."Police Benevolent Association of New York State President & University Police Officers Director Ryan Law said, "I have known Commissioner Ritayik for 12 years and she is one of the best leaders I’ve had the privilege to work for, and someone I could count on for advice and support at any time. Mary has a great breadth and depth of experience protecting and serving students and the campus community at large, which comes from being an active listener and someone who views any situation broadly. While Mary will be missed on campus for the day to day activity, I am excited for her to take on this state-wide responsibility."About UPD Commissioner Mary RitayikMary Ritayik was appointed Chief of University Police at SUNY New Paltz on January 1, 2019. She had served as Interim Police Chief since May 2018.Ritayik is the first woman to hold the position of chief in the 50-year history of the SUNY New Paltz University Police Department. At the time of her appointment, she was one of only three females to hold the rank of chief in the entire New York State University Police system.As chief, Ritayik leads an accredited 28-member department including 23 sworn members. UPD officers patrol the New Paltz campus 24/7 on foot, bicycle, and ATVs and motor vehicles, enforcing state, county, town, village, and education law with an emphasis on making each encounter an educational one.As Deputy and then Interim Chief of Police at New Paltz, Ritayik had been central to efforts to engender a culture of campus law enforcement and emergency response that is measured, effective, equitable and transparent. She helped plan and implement new drills and simulations aimed at educating the campus community and improving officers’ response skills, and also authored the College’s annual Security and Fire Safety Reports.She started her career in 1998 at the NYS University Police at SUNY Purchase, transferred to New Paltz in 2000, was promoted to university police investigator in 2003, and assumed the newly created role of deputy chief of police in 2013.Ritayik is a career law enforcement professional who holds a degree in sociology with a concentration in criminology from SUNY Cortland, and earned the Top Grade as a graduate of Westchester County Police Academy.About the New York State University PoliceThe State University of New York Police Departments are full service and community-oriented police agencies. In keeping with the educational mission of SUNY, the departments encourage their members to continue their professional development through additional education and training. Currently, there are approximately 500 officers across SUNY’s state-operated campuses.About the State University of New YorkThe State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. As of Fall 2019, more than 415,500 students were enrolled in a degree-granting program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide exceeded $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2019, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit suny. #friendsforgoodhealth #bobbykalotee #bobbychairman #chairmanbobby ...
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Today marks Memorial Day in the United States – a day when Americans pause to honor those who have died while serving in their nation’s military. As I reflect on the holiday, I think of from around the world – those who remember their own country’s fallen heroes, as well as those who have answered the call to serve their country. The freedoms that we cherish today are a direct testament of the incredible sacrifices made by those in military service. For our veteran and military employees, holidays such as Memorial Day carry a special significance. Whether we pause to remember friends, family members or heroes we may have never met, Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to honor and celebrate sacrifice and valor. Today I pray for peace around the world 🌎 please grant the freedom to those who are still fighting. Freedom is the only key to peace and prosperity. Thank you 🙏 for peace love and respect in true friendship. One world 🌎 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 #bobbychairman #chairmanbobby #leaderkalotee #friendsforgoodhealth #friendsforgoodhealth ...
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