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Petition to US Attorney General & PM of India to Investigate & Reform FIA


Petition to US Attorney General & PM of India to Investigate & Reform FIA Federation of Indian Assoc

Thursday 05th, September 2013
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PETITION TO US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER TO INVESTIGATE FIA FOR VIOLATION OF VARIOUS US LAWS We request your honor to investigate (FIA) for various violations concerning Charitable organization, Money Laundering, Foreign Trade Practices, immigration laws and Racial equality laws of USA. Please be advised FIA is a non-profit Charitable organization run with public money; donations from US based Indian Public organizations, various US Corporations,  alien-residents and residents of USA.

Hon. Prime Minister of India 
C/o Ambassador of India in USA
Hon. Sir:

The 13 members all Hindu FIA Board of Trustees under the Chairmanship of Ramesh Patel has only 2 non Gujarati members; Yash Pal Soi a Hindu from Punjab and Prabir Roy a Hindu from West Bengal. 6 member Executive Committee baring Treasurer Ahmed Shakir all are Hindus from Gujarat. The same is true for various Parade committees; majority are Hindus from one state Gujarat only. Current President Kanu Chauhan is the Trustee also and was President for Parade in 1997 also. This raises serious question there are almost 1 million Indians in Tri-State area how come FIA could not find talented individuals from other religions and other regions of India? 

The truth is FIA Federation of Indian Associations has been majority controlled/owned by Hindus from one state Gujarat only for over 25 years. In fact FIA is in perpetual control of Ramesh Patel along with his hand picked kitchen cabinet including fugitives running from law in India. The most disgusting part is in FIA none of them knows the meaning of Indian Unity, other states and religions of India, Culture, Art and recognition to American born Indians who have brought glory to the community. All they know is how to parade themselves, their families, friends and parade contractors with a Bollywood star. They do not hesitate to Parade Girls in Indian Tri color Bikinis dancing on the song “Mera rang de Basanti Chola” to Insult India-the very country they profess they love.

FIA is not at all transparent and willing to put their accounts on the internet for public to see despite the fact money spent has been received from organizations owned by Indian public like State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Air India etc. and Indian Multinational Corporations like Kingfisher, Jet Airways, Zee TV etc. as well as Indian Americans. No one knows how the money is collected and spent. All the contracts are awarded to majority from Gujarat on no bid basis without calling for open tenders.

Insiders are claiming that donations from big donors are collected by a third party and after taking out 15-20% their commission that third party gives rest of the money to FIA with the full knowledge of its Chairman Ramesh Patel. Then FIA is violating US Laws also for Charitable organizations by openly taking sides in Elections besides violating financial disclosure and Foreign Trade Practices laws. FIA should be investigated for its illegal activities by Government of India for misusing Public Organization Funds, appointing fugitives running from law in India as President and Trustee as well as various US Authorities for violating its numerous laws.

Ramesh Patel and his supporters must understand FIA is run with public money and contributions from sponsors. They have no ownership rights of the organization. Moreover a great majority of Indians do not agree with the narrow thinking of FIA Bosses that “Hindu Gujarat is India and India is Hindu Gujarat”. FIA must honor and respect that India has 28 states and 7Union Territories practicing all the major religions of the world. The Hindus of other states are not inferior to Gujarati Hindus. Neither the Sikhs, Muslims, Jains, Christians & Budhist are inferior to Gujarati Hindus.

Multi-religious and multi-state Secular nature of India and Democratic process demands term limits for all FIA office bearers and trustees as well as representation to every state and ethnicity to the maximum possible limits. Let there be a public debate on this issue on the basis of the formula given below:

1.   Equal Representation to all Major Religions of India by keeping 2 members for each religion nominated by their religious bodies. If there are multiple religious bodies in a particular religion; those bodies have to put their head together to nominate 2 people for a tenure of 2 years only for the post of Trustee. The Trustees post will have 1 term limit with no exceptions. After a gap of 4 years a person can come back on the request of his/her religious body. This will give equal representation to Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Budhist & Christians. All financial matters will be the responsibility of the Trustees.

2.   One member from each of the registered State organizations for 2yrs term nominated by their organization like Gujarat, Bihar, Bengal, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Kashmir, UP, Jat for the working committee. There will be 2 Term Limit. If the organization wants to replace its nominee after 2yr term, they are free to do so.

3.   One Member each from registered Indian Student bodies nominated by their Student council for a term of 2yrs for the working committee with 1 Term limit.

4.   One Member each from LGTB community for a 2yr Term nominated by their organization with a 1 Term Limit.

5.   One Member from the Indian Consulate nominated by the CG to monitor that the theme of the Parade is in conformity with the international image of India .

Non representation of people from other religions and other states as well as Union Territories of India in FIA doing India Day Parade has been going on for over 2 decades. People who understand public service and are capable of bringing good for the Indian & American community are side lined because they are not willing to bow to the dictates of FIA controllers/owners. FIA under undemocratically installed current owners practically every one Hindu from one state of India Gujarat has lost credibility to organize India Day Parade that is suppose to reflect the multi-religious, multi-state, Secular and Democratic India.

We appeal to Hon. Prime Minister in the name of equality and justice to make sure that equal representation to all religions and regions are given in FIA. If FIA refuse to make changes they should not be funded and recognized by Government of India, its state owned Corporations, Indian Consulates and Ambassador in USA. The FIA should not be allowed to do India Day Parade insulting the very Secular and Democratic nature of India.    
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