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National Federation of Indian American Associations’ new committee sworn in for the term 2021- 2022


Los Angeles, Feb 15, 2021 A.Gary Singh

Mr. Ajoy Dube from Bellflower, CA was installed as the nationally elected President of the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA). 

A virtual Swearing-in and installation Ceremony for all the nationally elected Officers was held at the 1st General Body Board for the new term of NFIA.

National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), the largest non-profit umbrella organization of Indian associations, was established in 1980 and aims to unify the diverse Indian American community by coordinating and promoting the activities of its member associations.

 The Virtual oath swearing-in ceremony and Elections were officiated by the Founder President from 1980 to ’88 Dr. Thomas Abraham. Dr. Abraham declared the results of the New Team. Since the founding of the organization Dr. Thomas made it a point to guide each upcoming leader to work vehemently towards the upliftment of the organization. He has been personally attended each convention and worked one-on-one with Conveners which has exalted the success of the organization.

The Nomination Committee consisted of Past NFIA President Sohan Joshi, Hari Har Singh (E.D) and Kewal Kanda,

Bellflower, California – National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) conducted its bi-annual election between Dec 26 – 27, 2020 on a nationwide electronic voting among eligible members of NFIA and the result was declared on Dec 28, 2020 by the Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Thomas Abraham and Past President Ashok Madan. Online voting had to be done only for the election of seven Directors-at-Large and the Vice Presidents for Pacific North and Pacific South. All other officials were elected uncontested.

“Ninety six General Body members had the opportunity to vote. Of these, 77 participated in the voting process”, said Dr. Thomas Abraham Chair of the Election Committee.

For the positions of Director-At-Large there were 15 candidates for the 7 positions and 7 positions were filled in by voting from 77 member participants.

Mr. Ajoy Kumar Dube who was elected president of the National Federation of Indian Associations is a veteran  community involvement, both in the metropolitan Los Angeles and in California and has been working in the community for several decades in leadership positions. A retired Boeing Engineer by profession, Mr. Ajoy Dube is bringing into the current Executive Committee lot of enthusiastic team members who have contributed to their local communities and to NFIA for last several years.
Executive Committee Members including Lavanya Reddy (Executive Vice President), Dr. Satish Mishra (Vice President), Ashok (Pat) Patnaik (Vice President), Raj Razdan (Vice President0, Dr. Makam Subbarao (Secretary), Dr. Om Sharma (Joint Secretary) , Pooja Thomre (Treasurer) are all veteran members of NFIA and are bringing in their experience besides their long term service association with NFIA.

While Director-At-Large like Aparna Hande, Dr. Lalita Kaul, Minhaj Akhtar are re-elected and are bringing in their long term service association experience with NFIA. There are 2 Director-At-Large who are elected for the first time at NFIA. A Medical Informatician and Researcher Dr. Sukrit Mukherjee has served NFIA before as an appointed member, helping the organization with technological support needed during the difficult time of  Covid era and wants to take NFIA to greater community service by creating an ingenious technological platform. Mr. Vamshi Reddy is a first time elected Director-at-Large and wants to help the organization. Veteran community leaders Mr. Subash Razdan and Mr. Sudip Gorakshakar were also elected as the new Director-at-Large.

There are a lot of new faces in Regional Vice Presidents of NFIA. Mrs. Prashanthi Harathi and Mrs. Kamini Khare were elected as the RVP of Pacific North and Pacific South Regions respectively. Satish Gabhawala, Gunjan R. Rastogi and Aruna Patel won their respective RVP titles of Central (Illinois), New York (NY) and South East (GA) unopposed. Mr. Kamlesh Munshi and Mr. Gope Gidwani kept their RVP positions for Capital (DC) and New England respectively uncontested.
The Oath Ceremony of the newly elected Executive Committee members was conducted on Dec 30, 2020 via Virtual Video Conference using Zoom by Dr. Thomas Abraham, the founder and past president of NFIA. All the elected officials were sworn in.

On Dec 30, 2020 after the Oath Ceremony, a motion was passed to appoint Dr. Hari Har Singh as the NFIA Executive Director Admin and the motion was carried passed without any objection. There were 2 candidates for the Chairman position for the NFIA Foundation and an electronic voting was conducted during the Dec 30, 2020 virtual meeting to select the Chairperson for the NFIA Foundation by Dr. Thomas Abraham. Mr. Babu K. Patel was elected winner as the new Chairperson for the NFIA Foundation.  

The administrative positions were elected by the New Board. Chairman of NFIA Foundation Mr. Babu Patel, Executive Director Admin: Dr. Hari Har Singh and Women’s Conference Chair Dr. Manorama Gupta.

Following are the newly elected team for 2021-2022 term:

Ajoy Kumar Dube
Ex. Vice President
Lavanya Reddy
Vice President
Dr. Satish Misra
Vice President
Ashok (Pat) Patnaik
Vice President
Raj Razdan
Dr. Makam Subbarao
Joint Secretary
Dr. Om P. Sharma
Pooja Thomre
Past President
Angela Anand
Babu K  Patel
Aparna Hande
Dr. Sukrit Mukherjee
Dr. Lalita Kaul
Minhaj Akhtar
Subash Razdan
Sudip Gorakshakar
Vamshi R. K. Akuntala
Executive Director
Dr. Hari Har Singh
RVP Pacific North
Prashanthi Harathi
RVP Pacific South
Kamini Khare
RVP Central (IL)    
Satish Gabhawala
RVP New York (NY)
Gunjan R. Rastogi
RVP South East (GA)
Aruna Patel
RVP Capital (DC)
Kamlesh Munshi
RVP New England 
Gope Gidwani

Southern California Community is excited after Mr. Ajoy Dube was elected President of NFIA and one community member says “Ajoy Ji can motivate the team and bring back the old glory for which NFIA has been known in the community.”
Founder of NFIA Dr. Thomas Abraham who is also a former president, expressed confidence during the December 30, 2020 Oath Ceremony program that the new team led by Mr. Ajoy Dube would “reach out to all Indian-American community and professional organizations and make NFIA a truly representative body for the whole 4.5 million community.”
President Dube thanked outgoing president Angela Anand for doing good job especially for organizing Women’s conference and While House Briefing as well as for bringing NFIA Newsletters and providing content for FIA Webpage.
The new team took over from January 1st, 2021.