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The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and the Kerala Govt. is getting ready to host the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) from January 7-9, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala, India. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on January 8. The President of India will deliver the valedictory address on January 9 and also confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards. The pre-conference seminars will also be organized on January 7 followed by plenary and panels sessions beginning on January 8. Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag will be the chief guest.


PBD has become a significant forum to connect the overseas Indians from all over the world and the PBD-2013 will be focusing on more connectivity with overseas Indians. Kerala will be the Partner State of the 11th PBD, which would provide the Diaspora an opportunity to understand the vibrant culture and potential of the State. More than 2000 delegates are expected to participate in PBD-2013 from all over the world.


For any further queries, kindly contact: MOIA Director of Diaspora Services, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at



The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has approved GOPIO's request for discount registration by GOPIO delegates to PBD2013 at 50% rate of $125. 


Please refer to the PBD2013 registration link and information below:


For more information on  PBD 2013, visit 



GOPIO International plans to hold its annual executive and general council meetings, followed by its conference starting on January 5 afternoon and concluding on January 6 immediately preceding, and in conjunction with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013 events of January 7-9, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala, India.   

GOPIO has selected seven to receive community service awards at GOPIO's annual CSA Banquet to be held on Jan. 6th in Kochi, in addition to four for special recognition including Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General of FICCI and former Secretary of MOIA.


GOPIO's Annual Convention will take place in Kochi on Jan. 5th and 6th. The conferences will cover country and area reports on community issues and perspectives from different part of the world on Jan. 5th at the Presidency Hotel in Kochi. Conferences will take place at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kochi and include Diaspora Issues: Challenges & Opportunities; Freedom Movements in the Diaspora - Gadar & Others; Economic Progress in the Diaspora: Making an Impact in Global Investments & Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress in the Diaspora: Investment in India; Creating India-Diaspora Science, Technology & Innovation Knowledge Network. The convention will end with an awards banquet where NRIS and PIOs who have done outstanding service to the community will be honored.   


Several dignitaries have already been confirmed to attend the convention awards banquet on Jan. 6th. They include the following:


Governor of Karnataka and Kerala H. R. Bhardwaj

MOIA Minister Vayalar Ravi

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and 

Lord Bhikhu Parekh of the House of Lords, London


Digntaries participating at GOPIO Kochi Convention.   

The following have been selected for their services to the Diaspora community:



Murray Bullock - St Vincent & Grenadines
Murray Bullock is chairman of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) National Lotteries Authority and chairman of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) National Development Foundation.

George Subraj - USA
George Subraj, born in Guyana and resides in New York, is CEO of Zara Realty Holdings based in New York. He is dedicated to supporting diverse community projects in USA and Guyana, including medical equipment and services to the needy.

GOPIO CSA Awardees - Murray Bullock, George Subraj,  Dr. Anil Mehta and Prof. Ajay Rane
Photo above: Murray Bullock, George Subraj, Dr. Anil Mehta and Prof. Ajay Rane

Dr Anil Mehta - Netherlands
Dr. Anil K. Mehta helps people from Indian origin, who in the Netherlands for last thirty years without proper stay-permit or health insurance, referred through Gurudwara's and ISKCON temples, becoming their only medical shelter.

Prof. Ajay Rane - Australia
Prof. Ajay Rane is former Chairman and current Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He serves on the Board of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) and is on the Urogynaecology committee of the apex organisation for Obstetrics and Gynaecology,

Sunny Augustine - Dubai 
Sunny Augustine is Managing Director of White Sands Tours and Travel, a leading tour and holiday company in Dubai, and has been in the forefront of a historic humanitarian task. In 1991, during the Gulf war, when thousands of hapless expatriates trapped in the war zone, he played a key role in their evacuation from Saudi Arabia to the safety of their respective countries.  

GOPIO CSA Awardees 2013 - Sunny Augustine, Vasu Chanchlani and Iswar Ramlutchman
Photo above: GOPIO CSA Awardees for 2013 - Sunny Augustine, Vasu Chanchlani and Ishwar Ramlutchman

Vasu Chanchlani - Canada
Vasu Chanchlani is a serial entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist supporting projects having transformational impact. He started six successful technology ventures with world class strategic investors. He is actively engaged with his philanthropic projects, and contributes enormously for planned, sustainable and positive impact. He co-founded Canada India Foundation (CIF) for deepening engagement between Canada and India using public policy advocacy platform.

Ishwar Ramlutchman - South Africa
Ishwar Ramlutchman is CEO of AC Industrial Sales & Services. He is a business entrepreneur and worked for procurement and implementation of water and sanitation infrastructure projects for local government; corporate social responsibility by building schools, poor feeding and health facilities for the poor and disadvantaged in Kwa Zulu Natal.


Dr A. Didar Singh - India
Dr Alwyn Didar Singh is Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). A former civil servant, recently served as Secretary to Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs where he was very supportive on issues of interest and concern of the Indian Diaspora, in particular GOPIO's initiatives on Passport Surrender and Kolkata Memorial.  
GOPIO Special Awardees 2013 - Dr. Didar Singh, Manpreet Kaur Singh and Ashok Rao
Photo Above: GOPIO Special Awardees 2013 = From l. to r.: Dr. A. Didar Singh, Manpreet Kau Singh and Asho Rao
Manpreet Kaur Singh - Australia 
Manpreet Kaur Singh is a Well established and prominent journalist in print, broadcast and online media for over 23 years. Developed reference tool on preservation of history of Indian migration to Australia, prescribed by Education Services Australia and used by high school students. Worked for community issues/ social causes, worked alongside police and community organizations, for welfare of Indian Australians

Ashok Rao - USA
Ashok Rao is an entrepreneur with five successful high technology start-ups and one of the first Indian Americans to take a company public on NASDAQ. He is a professional, keynote speaker at numerous Global Conferences, TIE Retreats and Chapters, as well as Rice University and Franklin Pierce University. He is a motivational speaker for Fortune 500 companies and various trade organizations. He is Chairman of TIE Global Board of Trustees, the world's largest organization of entrepreneurs.

Dr. Awtar Singh (Posthumously) - USA
Chair, Board of Trustees, Indian American Heritage Foundation, recognizing and rewarding qualified high school students in Southern California; Instituted Perpetual Fellowship at University of California, Berkeley, covering out-of-state tuition and fees, books, and living expenses.. Instituted Awtar and Teji Singh Scholarship Fund at University of Colorado.

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GOPIO Convention 2013 - Kochi, India


Detailed Program


January 5 - 6, 2013


GOPIO Meetings, Regional & Country Reports,

  Conference Program

& Community Service Awards Banquet


To download pdf copy opf GOPIO Convention 2013, click below:

GOPIO Convention 2013 in Kochi - Detailed Program


5thJanuary 2013 - GOPIO Meetings, Regional & Country Reports

Venue:  The Presidency Hotel, Kochi


10:30am - 12:30pm    GOPIO Executive Meeting

Chaired by Ashook Ramsaran, (President, GOPIO Int'l, USA)

(Not Open to the Public)


12:30pm - 1:30pm     Lunch


1:30pm - 2:30pm       Regional & Country Reports


Chaired by Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l, USA)

 Open to the Public

Dr. Markandey Rai - Kenya 
Ved Prakash Goojha - France 
Deo Gosine - Trinidad & Tobago

Dr. Arnold Thomas - Caribbean

Munish Gupta - Africa

Dr. Sai Giridhar - Middle East

Umesh Chandra - Oceania (Fiji, Australia, N. Zealand)

Rajindre Tewari - Europe

Amb R. Dayakar - South Asia

Dr Piyush Agrawal - North America

Jay Bhandari - Virginia, USA

Dr Sunny Wycliffe - Metro DC, USA

Roy Bodjhwan - Netherlands

Pradeep Kapoor - New Zealand 

Jean Ramsamy - Reunion Island 

Mrs. Lucky Singh - Australia 
Dr. Prabhu Kulkarni - Ireland

Koshy Thomas - UK

Mr. Radha Krishnan - Indian Organizations in the USA

K. N. Gupta - Liaison with Government of India

Harbachan Singh -  Liaison to United Nations

Sunny Kulathakal - GOPIO Council Reports

Dr. Piyush Agrawal - GOPIO Chapter Developments


2:30pm- 4:30pm        General Council Meeting

Chaired by Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l, USA)

 Open to the Public


6:00pm                       Reception/Dinner

Venue: Dream Hotel, Kochi


6thJanuary 2013 - - GOPIO Conference Program

Venue:  The Presidency Hotel, Kochi



9:00am                                    Registration


9:30am                                    Inauguration


  • o   Welcome: Sunny Kulathakal (Executive Vice Pres, GOPIO Int'l, Bangalore)
  • o   Welcome: P. C. Cyriac (President of GOPIO Chapter, Kochi, India))
  • o   Remarks by:  Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l, USA)
  • o   Remarks by:  Ashook Ramsaran, (President, GOPIO Int'l, USA)
  • o   Inaugural Remarks by:  Former Gov M. M. Jacob (former Governor of Meghalaya& Arunachal Pradesh, India)
  • o   Book Release: EDGE OF THE CLIFF by Anand Mullo (Historian, Mauritius)
  • o   Thanks: Suman Kapoor (Chair, GOPIO's Women's Council, New Zealand) 

10:00am -11:30am     Session I: Diaspora Issues: Challenges & Opportunities

  • o   Chair: Sunny Kulathakal (Executive Vice Pres, GOPIO Int'l, Bangalore)
  • o   Co-Chair: Ms. Lucky Singh (President, GOPIO Chapter Sydney, Australia)
  • o   Note-Taker: Sarat Maharaj (GOPIO of Brisbane, Australia)
  • o   Lead Speaker: Paresh Rughani (GOPIO Chapter of London, UK and Management Consultant)
  • o   Speaker: Dr. Chandrashekar Bhat (Prof. at Tezpur University and Former Dir of Diaspora Studies, Hyderabad, India)
  • o   Speaker: Prof Mohan Gautam (Co-Chair, GOPIO Academic Council, Netherlands)
  • o   Speaker: Umesh Chandra (Int'l Coordinator, Oceania, Australia)
  • o   Speaker: Anita Bhat (Youth Director, GOPIO Youth Council, USA)
  • o   Speaker: Dr. Arnold Thomas (Int'l Coordinator, Caribbean, St. Vincent)
  • o   Speaker: Dr. Isaac M. Nooranal (Chairman of Soukya, India)
  • o   Q/A: Radha Krishnan (National Director, Liaison to US Indian Organizations, USA)
  • o   Thanks: Jaswant Mody (Associate Secretary, GOPIO Int'l, USA)                                                          

11:30am -11:45am      Coffee/Tea Break


11:45am-1:30pm        Session II: Freedom Movements in the Diaspora - Gadar & Others

  • o  Chair: Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l, USA)
  • o  Co-Chair: Dr. Neerja Arun (GOPIO Academic Council Co-Chair, and Coordinator cum Dir, Gujarat Univ. International Program, Ahmedabad, India)
  • o  Lead Speaker: Prof Harish Puri (Researcher, Historian, & Author of Books on Gadar Movement, India)
  • o  Speaker:  DrSavitri Sawhney (Daughter of Gadar Hero Khankhoje, Author,  India)
  • o  Speaker:  Manpreet Kaur Singh (Author, Journalist, Australia)
  • o  Speaker: Sunny Wycliffe (Community Leader, GOPIO Metro DC, USA)
  • o  Q/A:  Ved Prakash Goojha (President of GOPIO France, France)
  • o  Conclusion: Harbachan Singh (Director, Liaison to United Nations, USA)
  • o  Thanks: Jay Bhandari (President, GOPIO of Virginia, USA)                                                          

 1:30pm-2:30pm          Lunch


  • o  Introduction: Kurian Abraham (GOPIO Chapter, Kochi, India)
  • o  Guest Speaker: Ashok Rao (Chair, TiE Global, USA)
  • o  Thanks: Issac John Pataniparambil (Chair, GOPIO Media Council, Dubai)


2:30pm-4:00pm         Session III: Economic Progress in the Diaspora:

Making an Impact in Global Investments

 & Business Entrepreneurship


  • o                      Co-Chair: Dr Thomas Abraham (Exec. Trustee, GOPIO Foundation & GOPIO Founding President, USA)
  • o                        Co-Chair: Rajindre Tewari (Int'l Coordinator, Europe, Netherlands)
  • o                        Lead Speaker: PNC Menon (Founder of Sobha Developers Limited, Oman)
  • o                        Speaker: Shri K. Mohandas (Former Sec of MOIA & Shipping, India)
  • o                        Speaker: Americai V. Narayanan (GOPIO Chapter of Chennai, India)
  • o                        Speaker: Dr. Muhammed Majeed (President and CEO, Sabinsa Corporation, USA)
  • o                        Speaker: T. Ramappa, Secretary, GOPIO-Bangalore and Chamber of Commerce
  • o                        Q/A: Prasad Yarlaggada (GOPIO of Australia Chapter)
  • o                        Conclusion: Arvind Sood (President, GOPIO Chapter of Central NJ, USA)
  • o                        Thanks: Deo Gosine (Co-Chair, GOPIO Business Council, Trinidad)         


4:00pm-4:15pm           Coffee/Tea Break


4:15pm-5:30pm           Session IV: Economic Progress in the Diaspora:

                                   Investment in India; Creating India-Diaspora Science, Technology & 

                                   Innovation Knowledge Network


  • o                        Chair: Munish Gupta (Int'l Coordinator, Africa, India/USA)
  • o                        Co-Chair: Dr. Ramesh Caussy (Chair, GOPIO Science & Tech Council, France)
  • o                        Lead Speaker: Yousuf Ali (Managing Director of EMKE Group, Abu Dhabi)
  • o                        Speaker: J. Alexander (former Karnataka Tourism Minister, India)
  • o                        Speaker: Deepak Sharma (Kotak Mahindra Bank, India)
  • o                        Speaker: Nirankar Saxena (Senior Director, FICC, India)
  • o                        Speaker: Sujata Sudarshan (Diretor, CII & CEO of OIFC, India)
  • o                        Q/A: TP Ibrahim Khan (GOPIO of Kochi Chapter)
  • o                        Conclusion: Dr. Markandey Rai (GOPIO of Kenya, Africa)
  • o                        Thanks: Dr. Harish Srivastava (Dr. Harish Srivastava (Senior Consultant, 
  •                                                           Rockland Hospitals Group, Delhi/Agra)


5:30pm-5:45pm         Session V: Conclusion & Wrap-Up

  • o                        Speaker: Ashook Ramsaran, (President, GOPIO Int'l, USA)
  • o                        Supported by: Dr. Piyush Agrawal (Senior Vice Pres, GOPIO Int'l, USA)
  • o                        Note Taker: Shyam Das (GOPIO, Australia)
  • o                        Thanks: Netram Rambudhan  (Treasurer, GOPIO Int'l,USA)          


5:45pm-6:00pm         Session VI: Resolutions


  • o                      Chair: Dr Thomas Abraham (Exec. Trustee, GOPIO Foundation 
  •                                 GOPIO Founding President, USA)
  • o                      Research: Dr. Piyush Agrawal (Senior Vice Pres., GOPIO Int'l, USA)
  • o                      Co-Chair: Amb. R. Dayakar (Int'l Coordinator, South Asia, India)
  • o                      Thanks: K. N. Gupta (Director, Liaison to Gov't of India, India)                           


6thJanuary 2013 - - GOPIO Community Service Awards Banquet

Venue:  The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kochi


7:00pm                        Reception

8:00pm                        CSA Banquet


Honored Guests


His Excellency H. R. Bhardwaj, Governor of Karnataka and Kerala

Hon. Vayalar Ravi, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA)

Hon. Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala

Lord Bhikhu Parekh, House of Lords, London



7thJanuary 2013 - - GOPIO Wrap-up Meeting

Venue:  The Presidency Hotel, Kochi


9:00am                                    Breakfast


10:00am- 11:00am      GOPIO Executive & Council Meeting

Co-Chaired by Inder Singh (Chairman GOPIO Int'l, USA)

Co-Chaired by Ashook Ramsaran, (President, GOPIO Int'l, USA)

         o   Finalize Resolutions; Assessment; Planning




Special rate of Rs. 4,000 for double room plus taxes for GOPIO delegates at PresidencyHotel. Make your reservation at Presidency Hotel (Near Ernakulam Town, near North Train Station), Kochi, Tel: +91-484-2394300, Contac5t: Mr. Nibu Mathew at +91-9746471257. Transportation will be provided from Hotel Presidency to Dream Hotel for Jan. 5th evening dinner and to Crown Plaza Hotel for GOPIO Conference and Banquet on Jan. 6th. Since it is PBD Hotel, there will be transportation from Presidency Hotel to Le Meridian Convention Center on Jan. 7, 8 and 9. 



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If you like to volunteer in the convention committee, please contact Convention 2013 (Kochi).




For more information on GOPIO Kochi Convention, contact Convention 2013 (Kochi) Chairman, Mr. Sunny Kulathakal at at +91-9845756692 (India Mobile). or Convention 2013 (Kochi) Convener, Mr. T.P. Ibrahim Khan at




Registration to attend the GOPIO Conference and the CSA banquet is FREE for all GOPIO delegates and all others. However, pre-registration is needed. Contact Thomas Abraham, Joint Secretary, GOPIO-Kochi, E-mail:




GOPIO is collaborating with reputable tour and hospitality groups in Kerala to provide optional tours at discounted rates for delegates attending GOPIO and PBD2013 events in Kochi. These tours are designed to be made in advance of GOPIO and PBD2013 and after the PBD starting on Jan. 10th. See more details by downloading the document.




Mystical Holidays Pvt. Ltd., No.4/593-D, Ground Floor, Marottichodu, Edappally P.O., Kochi 682024, Tel: 091-484-4061516, or contact Mr. Noble Jose at +91 9446361516, e-mail:




India Development Coalition of America   

Inform, Inspire, Impact India


Partners: GOPIO International Foundation, NY and Karmayog, Mumbai 
Invitation to participate in the 9th International Conference 
On January 11-12, 2013 in Kochi


India Development Coalition, GOPIO International Foundation and Karmayog invite you to join at the 9th International Conference on January 11-12, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala. Conference aims to promote networking, collaborations, learning, and sharing between the organizations to accelerate their work for poverty eradication and climate mitigation using one or more innovative solutions. We hope you will join us and support these efforts by volunteering, giving or replicating in your village or town or anywhere else.  You will learn from the experts who have spent many years to master these solutions.


Theme: Finding Innovative Poverty and Climate Solutions for India


Venue: Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Kochi


There will be five panels of 90 minutes each: Water, Education, Healthcare, Livelihoods, and Climate


Invited Speakers Include:

Keynote: Padmashri Dr. H. Sudarshan, Hon. Secretary, Karuna Trust and VGKK, Bangalore, Karnatak

Keynote: Dr. Raju Narayanaswamy IAS, Commissioner, Civil Supplies, Government of Kerala

Special Invitee: Dr. J. Alexander, IAS (Retd.) former Chief Secretary of Karnatak,
 Ms.  Jane  E. Schukoske, CEO, Institute for Rural Research and Development, Gurgaon, Haryana

Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairperson, GOPIO International Foundation, New York, NY




Ms. Shukla Bose, Founder and President, Parikrma Humanity Foundation, Bangalore, Karnatak

Professor R. Rajagopal, Director, Winterim Program in India, University of Iowa, USA

 Mr.  Jinan K. B., Founder/Director, Sadhna School, Pune  


Mr. T U K Menon,    State Coordinator, North South Foundation, Kochi, Kerala



Mr. Santhanam, Dhan Foundation, Madurai, Tamil Nadu


Dr. Ramkrishna Koduri, Director, Indigo Water Recycling Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, AP


Climate Change 

Professor Francis XavierKerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Trissur, Kerala

Dr. Sailesh Rao, Founder, Executive Director, Climate Healers, USA

DrPriyadarshanan Dharma Rajan, Senior Fellow and Program Leader, ATREE, Bangalore

Professor Jerry Anthony, University of Iowa, USA

Professor David Osterberg, University of Iowa




Ms. Sumitra Iyengar, Director, AWAKE, Bangalore, Karnataka

Mr. P V Hariharan, President, Agro Biogenics Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, Karnataka

Mr. K. Longanathan,  Executive Director, Association for Sustainable Community Development, Tamil Nadu



Prof.  Baburaj Chakrapani, Pallium India, Trivandrum, Kerala

Ms. Mamta Borgoyary, CEO, FXB Surakasha India, New Delhi


Dr. Neelima Atal Mohanty, Director Communications, Desire Society, Hyderabad, AP



IDCA is a not-for-profit organization registered in the state of Illinois since 2004. We obtained our 501 (c)(3) tax exemption status in 2005 from the U. S. Internal service. We have been engaged since 2004 in promoting sustainable development in India to eradicate poverty and minimize damage to our environment. We promote networking, collaboration, learning, giving, and volunteering both in US and India to support our member and partner organizations in their efforts.


Registration:  (Do  not mail Registration after December 31--NRI/PIO can register on line, others just inform us about your intention to join us by email with your full name, organization, email, contact numbers)

NRI/PIO and others;   $75.00;  Students: $35.00
Indian citizens:  Rs. 2000. Students;  : Rs. 750.


Following the Conference, a day long trip is planned for a visit to a Biodiversity project managed by ATREE about 1:30 Hours  away from Kochi. The Cost for a full day trip is estimated at Rs. 750.  ($15.) per person including transportation and lunch. If you are interested to join us please indicate on your registration form and also inform us by email by December 30. More information about the trip will be posted on the website on the events page shown below.


Hotel Accommodation: The Olive Hotel, Kochi, Special rate of Rs. 2000 for Luxury Room and Rs. 2400 for Deluxe Room. Limited capacity, so book early. Contact: Sam Philip or Pramod Joseph at +91 9567863104.


For registration contact: Porus Dadabhoy at 630-960-2425 or in Inida Prof. Alex Joseph (RCBS) +91 9746970806.


Further details are posted on our website please check it frequently.



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: +1-818-708-3885, E-mail:


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


GOPIO Executive Vice President - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, Tel: +973 39441956 or +91 9845756692, E-mail:


GOPIO Senior Vice President - Dr Piyush Agrawal, Weston, Florida, USA, Tel: +1-954-684-6494,


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 of GOPIO Intl. and Executive Trustee, GOPIO Foundation (Stamford, CT, USA)

Editor: Nami Kaur, Secretary, GOPIO International (New York, USA)

Co-Editors: Bina Mahabir, Co-Chair GOPIO Media Council, GOPIO International (Guyana-New York, USA) and Nilofar Pardawala (Portland, Oregon, USA)

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

Contributors of this issue: Ashook Ramsaran (President, GOPIO Intl.), Sunny Kulathakal (Exec. Vice President, GOPIO Intl. Bahrain), Dr, Mohan Jain (Founder President, IDCA, Chicago, USA)


Contact Dr. Thomas Abraham, Tel: 203-329-8010, E-mail:


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