PREM T. LALVANI – A Charismatic Community Leader
The man behind Alliance of Sindhi Associations of America Inc.
Mr. Prem Lalvani is a legend truly a world-class citizen. Recognizing this merit, Mr. Lalvani was presented with the Asian American Award of the Decade by the fourteenth Annual Asian American Coalition Lunar New Year Celebration Committee of Chicago at its annual banquet.
Another rare honour bestowed on Mr. Lalvani was his appointment as a member of the Governor’s Asian-American Advisory Council, a member of George Baush’s Asian-American Election Committee and his appointment as a member of the Board of Fire and Police Commission of Bolingbrook, Illinois. He is the first Asian American to be appointed to this coveted post by the Mayor of Bolingbrook.
Mr. Lalvani initiated the Sindhi Association of Chicago in 1965 and served as its President in 1969. He was the founding member of the West Suburban India Society, and its President in 1970, 1980 and 1992. He was also the founding member of the Alliance of Midwest India Association in 1986 and its past President. He was member of Hindu Host Committee in 1993 during the Centenary Celebration of Parliament of World Religions. Presently serving as its executive director, he initiated the Alliance of Sindhi Associations of America in 1993.
Mr. Lalvani has been deeply involved with a vast range of organizations among the Asian American community and mainstream Americans. He was one of the organizers of India’s Independence Day Parade, sponsored by the Alliance for several years. Since 1987, he has organized Thanksgiving dinners and free health fairs for uninsured persons through the Alliance of Midwest India Society. He also holds several other public positions, in the National Association of Social Workers, Social Workers in Emergency Medicines, West Side Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Network, Chicago Sexual Assault Service Network and Service and Rehabilitation Committee of American Cancer Society.
Mr. Lalvani has been an exemplary role model for his two children, Nadja and Prem Jr. who have also been actively participating as volunteers with their father’s zeal and enthusiasm in many key events. For them it is a genetic blessing indeed that has been handed down to them from their forefathers.
Mr. Lalvani’s father, the Late Dr. Tarachand J. Lalvani, a journalist, medical doctor and labour leader was involved in India’s Independence Movement with Gandhiji and other freedom fighters. His mother, Rukmani, was the first Indian woman in British India to become the editor of Karachi Daily, and English newspaper.
Mr. Lalvani received a Masters degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Science and a Masters degree in Education from De Paul University. Social work and community service are two areas that are very dear to Lalvani. As a community activist and a social worker, he is totally dedicated to his community and the cause.
No single individual has one so much for the Asian American community as Mr. Lalvani. He has the charisma and magnetism of a leader of the entire community that respects him. He is a people’s person, caring deeply for the less fortunate and has a calm and peaceful countenance when handling volatile interpersonal situations. Despite his manifold achievements he remains d down to earth person. Time and tide have taken him places around the globe but he stands as resolute as ever in his sole mission of helping the world become a better place for all humanity to live in.