National Federation of
Indian American Associations (NFIA)
6912 Winter Lane, Annandale VA 22003
(703) 642-3156

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2006


Rajen Anand (703) 642-3156 
Radha Krishnan (248) 320-8617
Pramod Kamdar (210) 408-0959
Niraj Baxi    (408) 725-7117

Community Reception in honor of Indian Ambassador slated for June 3


The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), an umbrella organization of associations of Americans who trace their roots to India, together with various local groups will hold a grand Reception-Dinner to honor the Ambassador of India, Ronen Sen, on Saturday June 3 at the Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel (the old Buena Park Hotel) in Buena Park.

Sen will be meeting with the community at large in Southern California for the first time.  Before becoming ambassador to the United States, he has served in Indian Missions in Moscow, San Francisco and Dhaka and in the Ministry of External Affairs, and had also been Secretary to the Atomic Energy Commission of India.

Sen was a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He was thereafter Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister of India from January 1986 to July 1991, responsible for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Science & Technology.

He was Ambassador to Mexico from September 1991 to August 1992; Ambassador to the Russian Federation from October 1992 to October 1998; Ambassador to Germany from October 1998 to May 2002; and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from May 2002 to April 2004.   

“We are indeed honored that the ambassador has agreed to meet with the community,” remarked Roshan Khandpur. “I urge all Indian Americans to make a special effort to participate in this reception and show the Indian diplomat that we care about India.” Kewal Kanda echoed the same sentiments and said that Indian diplomat has come to town many times before, but this will be the first time that he will meet with community at large. Both Khandpur and Kanda have pledged their full support to make the event successful. Virtually every segment of the Indian Community will come together and participate in this function.

The June 3rd event will be held at the posh Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel, located at 7675 Crescent Avenue, in Buena Park CA, next to the famous Knott’s Berry attraction. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the program will have a cocktail hour followed by a dinner, a brief variety entertainment, and remarks by the visiting guests. There will be an opportunity for the community to interact with the Indian diplomat.

 Rajen Anand, President of NFIA said, “the event will act as magnate to attract the diverse factions of the community together and showcase their strength.” He added that people will have an opportunity to display their love for their country of origin.

Consul General B.S. Prakash will also be in attendance and will mingle with the community.

The organizations that have so far pledged their support to NFIA are Federation of Indo-American Associations of Southern California; Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) L. A. Chapter; Friends of South Asian American Community; India Association of Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley); US-Asia Business Forum; Global Punjabi Diaspora Inc.; India Association of Inland Empire; Indian Pharmacists Association; Indian Muslim Association; Nav Gujarat Society; Knights of Rizal of Riverside; United Federation of Indo-Americans in California (UFICA); South Asian Business Alliance Network; and

Friends of Pakistan. Other associations can still offer to help.

 Ticket price is nominal $350 per table of 10 or $40 per person for individual tickets. Readers may call Anand at (562) 537-1077, Inder Singh at (818) 708-3885 or Ajoy Dube at (562) 572-8751 for further information and for reservation of the tickets. The prior reservation is mandatory, the organizers emphasized.