Dr Jagdish Gupta takes over as President of AIA-NY chapter

Dr Jagdish Gupta was adminstered the oath of office by Nassau County legislator Thomas McKevitt, June 2, 2023, to be President of AIA-NY. PHOTO: AIA-NY

Community leader Dr Jagdish K. Gupta, a gastroenterologist by profession, was sworn in June 2, 2023, as President of the Association of Indians in America (AIA – NY chapter). He will occupy that post for two years.

The Oath of Office was administered by Nassau County legislator Thomas McKevitt to Dr Gupta and his executive committee at a ceremony on June 2 at the county seat in Mineola, NY, a press release from AIA-NY said.

Executive Committee of AIA-NY being administered the oath of office, June 2, 2023, in Meneola, NY. PHOTO: AIA-NY

In his presidential address, Dr Gupta said that preparations have started in earnest for AIA-NY’s flagship annual program, the iconic Deepavali on South Street Seaport in Manhattan on October 1. And, he said it will be better and bigger than it was before Covid “played spoilsport” for a couple of years.

Dr Gupta has also served in the past as President of IALI (Indian Association of Long Island) and AAPI-QLI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin of Queens and Long Island).

The June 2 gathering which was attended among others, by former and current AIA office holders and members as well as community leaders. Dr. Gupta said that the time had come to add to the numerous achievements and milestones of AIA’s past, both at the State and Federal Levels.

Plaque being presented to outgoing President of AIA-NY Harish ThakkarJune 2, 2023, in Meneola, NY. PHOTO:AIA-NY

“We are working with our Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar and Speaker of the House Carl Heastie to get Diwali Holiday approved for the entire New York State, not just NYC. We are also working with Congresswoman Grace Meng on Bill HR 3336 to get Diwali declared as a federal Holiday,” Dr Gupta said to applause in the legislative chamber of Nassau County.

Stressing that these endeavors require moral and financial commitments from all of us, he implored all to support AIA, the NY chapter, and Indian culture to the best of their capabilities.

In this post-Covid era, Dr. Gupta said AIA-NY plans to serve the community better by starting a series of programs via  Zoom on physical and mental health. The reach of cultural awareness and educational programs will be expanded with webinars and shows, he added.

Dr. Jagdish Gupta addressing the gathering after being sworn-in as President of AIA-NY, June 2, 2023, in Meneola, NY. PHOTO: AIA-NY

Dr Gupta encouraged participation in AIA activities by generation-next, adding, “We will encourage and induct young leadership. Atul Kukar, Anuj Goenka, Pallavi Manvar, Amar Manvar and many others like them, who grew up with our motto of ‘Indian Heritage and American Commitment’, have great potential to become young AIA leaders,” he said.

He praised his executive committee team, which includes Dr Tara Lodha as Secretary, Nilima Madan as Joint Secretary, Antia Harish Thakkar as Treasurer, Vice Presidents Dr Vijaypal Arya, Vimal Goyal, Dr Sunil Mehra and Beena Kothari.

Passing the baton to Dr Gupta, Harish Thakkar, who served two terms as President from 2019-22, wished him success and all his support. Thakkar said that when they could not hold the popular Deepavali event in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, they organized an event at Nasdaq in Manhattan with the massive Nasdaq screen flashing Diwali greetings. They also extended all help possible to the distressed members of the community, including serving food to the needy. PPP materials were provided to health and essential workers.

Others who spoke briefly included Animesh Goenka, Dr Shashi Shah, and Dr Narinder Kukar, all past Presidents of AIA National. Nilima Madan and Beena Kothari emceed the program.

A classical dance performance at the June 2, 2023, swearing-in of the leadership of AIA-NY, in Mineola, NY. PHOTO: AIA-NY

A classical Indian dance performance was given by Shreya, a student of Satya Pradeep.

Born and raised in Hisar, Haryana, Dr. Gupta graduated from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi in 1966. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Long Island College Hospital (LICH). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Medicine in Brooklyn. An Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, he has been on the TOP DOCTORS list of Castle Connolly for over 20 years consecutively and was designated as SUPER DOC by New York Times for three years.  Last year he served as the President of the King County Medical Society during its Bicentennial Year Celebrations. He is very active in National AAPI and is on the board of the AAPI Charitable Foundation.



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