Photo Courtesy of the District Attorney’s Office
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown (c.), joined here by members of his office, honored Senior Assistant District Attorney and newly elected Civil Court Judge Ushir Pandit-Durant (Brown’s immediate l.) last Thursday for her contributions to public service and the law by bestowing on her his office’s inaugural award in celebration of the Hindu observance of Diwali.
As noted by Brown’s office, Diwali is part of the five-day Hindu observance known as the “Festival of Lights,” which is celebrated in autumn. Families prepare their homes and themselves for the special festivities that symbolize the victory of spiritual goodness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. Known as a colorful and happy celebration, Diwali also represents the awareness of inner light within a person when ignorance is pushed aside by understanding and enlightenment.