INDICA News Desk-
The Edison Library, in partnership with the Consulate of India in New Jersey and the Edison, NJ, chapter of the World Organization of People of Indian Descent (GOPIO-Edison), hosted the launch of the Indian Collection , an event to donate a large collection of Indian books will be available at Middlesex County Public Libraries on April 11.
The event was sponsored by the East Windsor-based Sabinsa Corporation and supported by a variety of literary and cultural organizations based or operating in the United States.
The launch was well attended, with Consul General of India Randhir Kumar Jaiswal and Consul for Community Affairs AK Vijayakrishnan as guests of honour. The audience included several leaders of the Native American community and prominent members of the diaspora.
Library manager Allan Kleiman said he was excited about the collection and that these books would be distributed to anyone in Middlesex County.
His remarks were followed by statements from Library President Patricia Massey and GOPIO International President Dr. Thomas Abraham, who spoke about the organization’s collaboration with the Indian government on this project.
Consul General Jaiswal spoke about the vibrant library system in America that helps spread knowledge and enables the diaspora to access rare Indian literature.
GOPIO Vice President Ram Gadhvi, who is also the President of the Gujarati Literary Academy, has contributed over 60 Gujarati books to this initiative.
GOPIO-Edison Chairman Pallavi Belwariar also spoke, outlining diaspora preferences and plans to expand the scope of the project to reach more Indians in a variety of ways.
Edison City Council Vice President Joyce Ship-Freeman, a former literary coach, praised the Indian Consulate, GOPIO-Edison and the library for the initiative.
The event and community actions were also recognized by Edison Advisor Ajay Patil, Piscataway Advisor Kapil Shah, Pradeep ‘Peter’ Kothari and Dr. Sudhir Parikh, recipient of the Indian Government’s Padma Shri Award.
Over 300 books were collected, 140 of them by the consulate while community organizations including GOPIO, Gujarati Literary Academy, TV Asia, Assam Sahitya Sabha and Zakir Husain Circle donated 110. A packed house d ‘about 120 people attended the event.
GOPIO collects old classic Indian books and contemporary books in all Indian languages of the community to donate to other libraries. Those who want to donate can contact GOPIO at 203-329-8010 or email email@example.com.