Rakesh Malhotra sworn in as FIA Chicago president

Chicago:  Federation of India Associations Chicago (FIA Chicago), at a glittering ceremony celebrated India’s 73rd Republic Day in Chicago; and, in presence of three US Congressmen, installed its new executive team with Rakesh Malhotra as its President. Ranking Congressman Danny Davis, Congressman Brad Schneider, and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi were present. Also present was Amit Kumar, India’s Midwest Consul General as the chief guest. 

The new executive committee comprises: Rakesh Patel, president; Rajesh (Raj) Patel, ex officio past president; Hemant Patel, executive vice president; Jayesh Patel, vice president; Amar Upadhaya, vice president; Amitabh Mittal, vice president; Jatinder Singh Bedi, secretary; Chirag Chavda, joint secretary; Vijender Doma, treasurer; and Nirmala Reddy, joint treasurer. Bhailal Patel and Kantibhai N Patel, trustees, FIA administered the ‘oath of office’ to the incoming executive committee. 

Through this event, new directors of the FIA Chicago have also been introduced. They include: Nirav Patel, Ashok Shah, Chirayu Parikh, Kaushik Joshi, Rohit Joshi, Shailesh Rajput, Satheesan Nair, Tribhuvan Gaur, and Anica Dubey.  

Several leading Chicago organizations and prominent personalities from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana attended. These included Meghna Bansal, trustee, Wheatland Township; Amit Kumar, the Consul General of India; Sunny Ghabawala, trustee, FIA; Sher Rajput, trustee, FIA; Hina Trivedi, trustee, FIA; Kanti Patel, trustee, FIA; Bhailal Patel, trustee, FIA; Parminder Singh Goldi, Harjinder Khasria, Abhinav Raina, Krishna Bansal, and Nimesh Jani.  

In his presidential address, FIA Chicago president Rakesh Malhotra acknowledged the contributions of the Indian diaspora in the fields of science, arts, academics, the civil society, and business. “We must continue to contribute wholeheartedly towards building a society that stands firmly on the foundation of equality and social justice,” he said. He called upon all the community organizations to “step up [our] efforts, and embark on a journey from success to significance.” 

Rakesh Malhotra called upon the NRI community to “reinforce [our] commitment of creating a system in which there is no place for discrimination. …[and] to reflect on core values of justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity. He assured of FIA Chicago’s approach to be inclusive and innovative. “The goal is to strengthen India-US ties,” he stressed. 

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