October 28, 2011

A Publication of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)

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Road to Entrepreneurship: How to Leverage Diaspora Networks to Jump Start New VenturesGOPIO BIENNIAL CONVENTION 2011 TO BE HELD IN NEW JERSEY, USA - THEME "ISSUES AND CONCERNS OF THE INDIAN DIASPORA"


GOPIO Convention 2011 - Iselin, New Jersey, USA

November 18 - 20, 2011


The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) is holding its Bi- Convention 2011 in Iselin, New Jersey, USA from November 18 - 20, 2011. Everyone is invited to participate. The venue is the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey, USA.


GOPIO's conference on November 19, 2011 will evaluate, assess, debate, discuss and deliberate on the current, critical issues of interest and concern that confront persons of Indian origin of more than 25 million people living in many countries outside of India. The overall theme is "Issues and Concerns of the Indian Diaspora" and will examine issues of: Consular services, property, taxation and related issues; Consular Services, Property, Taxation & Foreign Accounts Disclosures; issues related to health, women and youth; the Kolkata Memorial and Indian Migration; Technology, Business and Entrepreneurship; challenges and opportunities for political and economic empowerment and successful adaptation in adopted countries.


The program will start with an evening Inaugural Reception Dinner on Friday, November 18 starting at 6:00pm at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey. Then conferences will be held on Saturday, November 19 followed by an elaborate Reception and Convention Banquet that evening that are expect to be well attended.


As in previous GOPIO international events, many prominent persons have attended as special guests. These included present and former presidents (Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo), prime ministers (former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry of Fiji and former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday of Trinidad & Tobago), ministers (Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi) and other government officials at various levels and from many countries. Notable and prominent VIPs from the global Indian community are expected to attend this year as well.


A memorable colorful souvenir brochure for this occasion is being published and will be distributed free of charge to all our Corporate and Personal sponsors, Participants, Government agencies, members and guests.


GOPIO, since its inception in 1989, has been creating awareness and promoting understanding of issues of concern -- social, cultural, educational, economic, or political - of the NRI/PIO communities around the globe. GOPIO also provides an active and well recognized platform for dialogue and discussion to the worldwide Indian Diaspora and to further advance that objective, GOPIO has been at the forefront to network the globally spread overseas Indian community by regularly organizing conferences in various parts of the world. During the last five years alone, GOPIO has organized ten international conferences, both in India and overseas. GOPIO recognizes that NRIs/PIOs have contributed significantly to the countries of their settlement and adoption and have added a special glitter to the resurgence of India. GOPIO conferences and conventions help bring the Indian Diaspora closer to mother India and strengthen the inherent bond between India and its diaspora.


Program Outline


Friday, November 18, 2011

11:00am          GOPIO Executive Meeting (Not Open to the Public)

2:00pm            GOPIO General Council Meeting:

Country, Chapter and Council Reports (Open to the Public)

6:00pm            Reception & Dinner


Saturday, November 19, 2011


9:00am            GOPIO General Council Meeting


10:00am          Session I: (Inaugural Session) Issues and Concerns of the Indian Diaspora


11:00am          Session IIA: Consular Services, Property, Taxation &

                                               Foreign Accounts Disclosures

                        Session IIB: Kolkata Memorial - Indian Migration


1:30pm            Session IIIA: Health, Nutrition & Wellness for the Indian Diaspora

                        Session IIIB: Challenges & Opportunities for Political Empowerment

  Toward Successful Adaptation in Adopted Countries

3:15pm            Session IVA: Issues of Abuses, Inter-Generations & Women

 Session IVB: Road to Entrepreneurship: How to Leverage Diaspora Networks to Jump Start New Ventures


4:45pm            Session V: Conclusions, Resolutions


Sunday, November 20, 2011

10:00am          GOPIO Executive Committee & General Council Meetings


Speakers: Qualified speakers are invited to contact Conference Program Chairperson Ashook Ramsaran at (tel +1- 917-519-5783).




Registration: Registration fees for all events: $125 per person ($200 per couple).

Registration fee for delegates from outside USA & Canada are waived.

Choice of all events or selective events per registration fees schedule.

Register on line via PayPal or payment by check. Make check payable to GOPIO at a US bank and send it to: GOPIO Convention 2011, Regus Business Center, Suite 400,

33 Wood Ave, Iselin, NJ 08830 USA. For on-line registration, visit


Contact Registration Chairperson Jaswant Mody at (tel +1-732-236-7084).


Advertising: Advertising in Convention Souvenir Brochure - Contact: Navin Pathak,Chairperson, Advertising Contact tel: 1-732- 983-0154, mail:

Sponsorships: Sponsors and supporters are invited to participate. Contact General ConvenerDr Piyush Agrawal, at (tel +1-954-648-6494). Refer to sponsorship rates at


Venue: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 US Highway 1 South, Iselin, New Jersey 08830 USA (tel: 1-732-634-3600)


Accommodation: Rooms at $99 USD per night at Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel ((tel: 1-732-634-3600)



Dr Piyush Agrawal, General Convener at (tel +1-954-648-6494)  

Arvind Sood, Co-Convener at (tel +1-732-277-6313)

Dr Rajeev Mehta, Co-Convener at (tel +1-732-463-7929)

Dr Greesh Sharma, Co-Convener at (tel +1-267-467-4878)

Jaswant Mody, Chair, Registration at (tel +1-732-236-7084)

Mahendra Pratap, Treasurer at (tel +1732-216-5807

Navin Pathak, Chair Advertising at (tel +1732-983-0154

Nami Kaur, Chair Media at (tel +1 914-969-2504

Inder Singh, Advisor at (tel +1-818-708-3885)

Ashook Ramsaran, Advisor at (tel +1- 917-519-5783)

Dr Thomas Abraham, Advisor at (tel +1-203-329-8010)



GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.


GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and half the amount for each category for those from developing countries and India.


GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world so as to network people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have chapter in your city, please visit GOPIO website ( and get details of chapter initiation (visit Process involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five people or more. For more information, contact:



GOPIO Chairman - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: 818-708-3885, E-mail:

GOPIO President - Lord Daljit Rana, UK, Tel:  +44 28-9807-8787,


GOPIO Executive Vice President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York City, Tel: 718/939-8194, E-mail:



To become a Life member of GOPIO, one can sign up online at or fill up the form and send it with a check to: GOPIO International, PO Box 560117, New York NY 11356, USA.




Chief Editor: Dr. Thomas Abraham, Founder President and Chairman Emeritus, GOPIO (Stamford, CT, USA)

Editors: Ashook Ramsaran, GOPIO Executive Vice President (New York, USA)

Webmasters: Prashant Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)

Contributors of this issue: Inder Singh (GOPIO Intl., USA), Suman Kapoor (GOPIO-Waikato, New Zealand), Jay Banerjei (GOPIO-Toronto), Shailesh Naik (GOPIO-CT, USA), Dr. Piyush Agrawal (GOPIO Intl., USA), Ashok Motwani (Mumbai, India) and Radha Krishnan (Detroit, USA)


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