Consul General Meets Community Activists of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Feb. 04, 2012
Several community activists met Ambassador N. Parthasarthi, Consul General of India, San Francisco at Moksha restaurant, Canoga Park, California, prior to his attending the Republic Day function of India Association of Los Angeles in Mission Hills, California.
The Consul General spoke about the revamping of the consulate website to make it easy for people to understand the rules and guidelines for various services provided by his office. He explained that he and his staff have spent time to make the rules easily understandable, removing complications and ambiguities, if any. He also would welcome comments so that the website becomes people oriented. The Consul General was accompanied by Consul N. P Singh, responsible for Consular Services and Commerce in the San Francisco Consulate.
In response to a question, Consul General informed that if someone has a new American passport, he/she must carry his/her old passport which carries the visa for India. Alternately, the applicant can obtain new visa or get the visa transferred from the old passport to the new one. Responding to another question, he informed that restriction to visit India within two months applies to those who have “Visitors Visa”. They can apply to get permission to revisit India within two months or can obtain 5-year “Entry Visa” which has no restrictions. Ambassador Parathasarthi also talked about the 100th anniversary of the Gadar Movement which will be coming next year in 2013. The Movement had its headquarters in San Francisco from where the Gadar magazine was published for circulation all over the world. He urged all Indian associations to organize the centennial commemoration of Gadar Movement and pay tribute to the patriots and Gadar heroes who made tremendous sacrifices for the independence of India. A flyer (see attachment) showing “What is Gadar Movement” was distributed for the information of the attendees.
The community activists who attended the meeting included Inder Singh, Chairman GOPIO International, Ashok Madan Vice President, National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), Ajmer Singh and Kewal Kanda, Federation of Indian Associations of Southern California (FIA), Pat Patnaik and Vasu Pawar of UFICA, Gursharan Nat, Bobby Kumar, Raman Chadha, Yogi Rajp and Sam Sidhu of India Association of Los Angeles, Baljit Toor, India Association of Inland Empire, Rajesh Dhunna and Yash Pal Singh, Rajput Association, Dinesh Lakhanpal, India Community Cultural Assoc and Chatsworth Hindu temple, Rajinder Mahal, Nanak Sadan Sikh Temple, Nirmal Jain, Roscoe Blvd Hindu Temple, Mahesh Parekh, LA County Commissioner, Sunil Agarwal and a few other representatives from different organizations.
Gary Singh/ Vasu Pawar/ J.Dhillon/ Sam Sidhu and Ms. B Toor represented NRIpress.com while Raj Nangia brought his TV Asia crew. The meeting was organized by Inder Singh of GOPIO Int’l.