The new Board of Trustees of the Federation of Indian Association of NY, NJ, CT (FIA Tristate) were sworn-in on July 19, 2020, in a virtual oath ceremony.
In a surprise move, the oath, which was previously planned to be administered by the acting Consul General Shatrughna Sinha, was instead administered by the new Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Kumar Jaiswal, barely a few hours after he arrived in New York, according to a press release.
The new Board of Trustees includes Chairman Ankur Vaidya, Vice Chairman Bipin Patel, General Secretary Jayesh Patel, as well as FIA veterans Dr. Sudhir S. Parikh – the Founder and Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, and H. R. Shah, both recipients of India’s Padma Shri award, along with Ramji Gadhavi, Chandrakant Trivedi, Prabir Roy, Dr. Parvin Pandhi, Andy Bhatia, Srujal Parikh, and Anand Patel.
Established in 1970, the FIA of the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut is one of the largest umbrella organizations in the Indian community. It represents over 500,000 strong and vibrant Asian-Indians who provide significant grass root support.
Speaking as a newly sworn-in Chairman, Vaidya welcomed the new Consul General, announced his brief accomplishments and expressed his surprise and gratitude for Jaiswal to hit the ground running and sending a positive message to the Indian American community.
Prior to being appointed the Consul General of India in New York, Jaiswal was the Joint Secretary-cum-Social Secretary to the President of India Ramnath Kovind.
A 1998 Indian Foreign Service officer, Jaiswal headed the foreign affairs office of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and advised the President on India’s foreign policy. Prior to that he served as the Consul General of India in Johannesburg in South Africa. He has also worked as a Counselor at India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.