India Association of Long Island (IALI) inducted the Executive Council 2022 on January 16 during a glittering ceremony at Mint Restaurant in Garden City, New York.
Judge Elizabeth Fox McDonough of New York State Supreme Court administered the oath to the 32nd President of IALI Bina Sabapathy who took the oath on the ‘Bhagvad Geeta’ gifted by Narinder Kapoor, a senior member of the organization.
Judge Fox McDonough also administered the oath to Vice President Hargovind Gupta, Secretary Pradeep Tandon, EC members Dr. Neeru Bhambri and Gary Sikka.
Pradeep Tandon, Secretary IALI 2022 extended a warm welcome to all dignitaries, past presidents, and all esteemed guests.
Secretary Pradeep Tandon mentioned about the commitment and service to the community provided by IALI. He expressed that he would work with full commitment, honesty and integrity.
Judge Elizabeth Fox McDonough, who was introduced by Bobby Kalotee spoke about the important work that IALI does and the contribution made by the Indian community at large.
Citations were presented to new office bearers by County Executive Bruce Blakeman represented by Harry Brar and Supervisor Joseph Saladino of Town of Oyster Bay represented by Mukesh Modi.
The ceremony was attended by more than 85 guests that included many IALI members, many past presidents, public officials, community leaders, apart from Judge Fox McDonough and Deputy County Executive, Suffolk County Joe Kaiman, who were all provided COVID testing kits by Senator Kevin Thomas.
After the swearing in was over, Krishnendu (Kris) Rudra gave introduction of President Bina Sabapathy and spoke about her 32 years of dedicated community service. Rudra also acknowledged and appreciated the presence of Jasbir Jay Singh who contested against Sabapathy.
In her speech, President Sabapathy recounted the history of the 43-year-old organization started by five LI physician families to promote Indian culture in a foreign land through dance, music, art and festivities. IALI is now grown across the United States with more than 2400 members.
Sabapathy spoke about her future plans to take IALI to the next level. She expressed her plan of an “Advisory Board” consisting of 12 to 14 Past Presidents to guide and advise her with their knowledge and experience. And of creating a “Diversity Forum” by choosing representatives from different states of India, and to show the mainstream that India is a land of many cultures yet unified as a country.