Indian-American community meet draws US politicos


WASHINGTON: Recognising the growing influence of Indian-Americans in public life, several top politicians, including three women members of the US Congress, attended the 18th biennial convention of the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA).

The three-day March 6-8 meeting of the largest umbrella organization in the US, representing over 3.5 million Americans of Indian origin, in Cerritos, California was inaugurated by Indian Consul General Venkatesan Ashok and California State Treasurer John Chiang.

Besides US House members Judy Chu, Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sanchez, the convention was attended by the Mayor of Cerritos, Mark Pulido, according to a media release.

The opening session on the convention theme “Indian Americans Making an Impact in America” was chaired by NFIA Founder President Dr Thomas Abraham. It was followed by three more sessions: Indian Americans Contributing to India, chaired: Inder Singh, past NFIA chairman; Indian American Impact in The Area of Technology & Medicine, chaired by Boeing Company Technical Fellow Paul Sikand and Impact in US-India Trade & Business, chaired by Amritt Inc Managing Director Gunjan Bagla.

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