Reception for Indian Ambassador to USA
July 20, we attended a reception for the Indian Ambassador to the United States, at Landerhaven Executive Caterers, in Mayfield Heights. Even though the reception was organized at the eleventh hour, it managed to attract 150 people. The Indian Ambassador, Arun Kumar Singh, called upon the Indian diaspora to be ambassadors of the Asian Indian community in America and help develop the relationship between India and America. Apart from attracting investments from America, more than 100 Indian companies have invested 15 billion dollars in America to create 91,000 jobs here. Further, almost 140,000 Indian students were studying in colleges and universities in America. While Singh hails from Bihar, a coal-mining state in eastern India, his wife Maina Chawla Singh is a Punjabi from Chandigarh, joint capital of Punjab/Haryana, two north-western states in India. A spokesman from American Jewish Committee who also addressed the audience stated that the Ambassador’s wife had written an excellent book on the 80,000 strong Indian Jewish community that lives in Israel entitled, “Being Indian, Being Israeli – Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland.”
We next met Dr. Bisham Singh, a physician with Detroit Medical Center, from the Republican Michigan delegation who was attending the RNC Convention downtown. Dr. Singh is originally from Toronto and he came for his medical studies in America and decided to make Chesterfield Township in Michigan his residence.
One of the most interesting persons we met was Arun Bhumitra, a member of the Californian Republic delegation. Arun is a mechanical engineer and he became successful by selling cellphones and real estate. He owns the Arjay Plaza on Torrance Street which houses his companies Arjay Telecommunications and Armitra Properties. Many political campaigns were conducted out of the second floor of his plaza including for Arnold Schwarzenegger and McCain. He was also part of a trade delegation to Ireland for President Bill Clinton.
Sampat Shivangi is the Chairman of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health. Apparently, he was one of the first few Indian Americans in Mississippi and he said that Indian population has not grown much. He was representing the Republican delegation from Mississippi. He is also the National President of the Indian American Forum for Political Education which aims to empower the Indian American community politically and promote India-US relations. He is the founding president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian-origin in Mississippi and is the past president and chair of the India Association of Mississippi. He’s also a founding member of the Republican Hindu Coalition and he has a street named after him in the state.
Rupesh Srivastava is an entrepreneur from Michigan that specializes in supplying IT solutions for the health care industry. He’s the past president of TiE Detroit. TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs, is a global community of entrepreneurs.