A street in Richmond Hill, Queens, will be co-named after famous Guyanese son, Pandit Ramlall, who passed away just over two years ago. Ramlall-ji hailed from Skeldon and taught at Tagore Memorial school. He taught around the same time as the late Dr. Joshua Ramsammy.
Pandit Ramlall, born in 1928, joined Dr. Jagan in the struggle for Guyana’s political freedom. He was arrested and kept in confinement at Sibley Hall for a few years for his dissension against colonial rule. He self-taught and passed exams. He studied Hindi in India under a Government of India scholarship in 1974 and returned to Guyana to teach Hindi in Guyana. He also wrote Hindi books.Pandit Ramlall migrated to the US in 1979 and pursued further education. He is the holder BA and a DipEd. In New York, he helped found Arya Samaj mandirs and was the lead pandit. He joined the movement for restoration of democracy in Guyana. He was a well-loved doyen among Guyanese religious leaders and followers of Hinduism. He was also well known among American political leaders in New York; they recognized his contribution to the Guyanese and Indo-Caribbean immigrants.
Guyanese Americans Ashook Ramsaran and Narro Bali presented a convincing case why a street should be named after him. They note that he was a priest, scholar, political community activist, freedom fighter, religious icon, Indo-Caribbean and Guyanese cultural pioneer, and community advocate. He had earned the respect and admiration of politicians and the Guyanese and Indo-Caribbean communities in Queens. Pandit Ramlall was honored with several awards in India, Guyana, and New York. He attended Hindi, Sanskrit, and Indian diaspora conferences around the globe. His name is well known in India in Aryan circles.Council woman Adrienne Adams of Richmond Hill piloted a bill to name a street after Pandit Ramlall and won approval. The Unveiling of Pandit Ramlall Way at 133rd Street, off Liberty, just in front of Sybil’s Restaurant, will take place on Sunday June 27th at 1:00 PM. It will be preceded by speeches and a cultural program at the Dr. Cheddi Jagan Square, a vacant lot owned by the Arya Samaj Spiritual Center just half black away, from 11:30 AM. The public is invited.