In a “Kickoff Event” for the annual India Day Parade, taking place this year on August 12th in Edison, members of the Indian Business Association descended on Capitol Hill to promote national awareness of the annual celebration and highlight policy issues affecting Indian-Americans.
The event, held in the conference room of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, was hosted by Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (pictured) and afforded IBA supporters the opportunity to meet with 18 Members of Congress, including household names like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (pictured), and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (pictured).
The IBA delegation was led by Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Edison Council President Ajay Patil, Jersey City Council President Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr., Woodbridge Councilman Viru Patel, and Woodbridge Committeewoman Priya Aggarwal. It included business leaders, professionals, representatives religious congregations, policymakers, and community organizers. Multiple sectors of the business community were represented in Tuesday’s IBA delegation, including health, retail, hotel/tourism, entertainment, and media.
Seven of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation attended, including Rep. McArthur, Rep. Norcross, Rep. Watson Coleman, Rep. Lance, Rep. Sires, Rep. Gottheimer, and Rep. Pascrell.
The IBA’s flagship event is the yearly India Day Parade, drawing about 40,000 people from across the country. The IBA trip to Washington marks a new effort the organization has made to expand the non-profit into new charitable causes, while expanding the audience to a more national level.
“The IBA is excited to enter a new period of expansion, both in the scope of our capabilities and the outreach to a larger audience. The success of our event today is a great indicator of the potential of our progress,” said Dhiren Amin, IBA President