There are now several Indian American organizations involved in lobbying, either at the local community level, or at the national level or to influence foreign policy like the
Association of Indians in America (AIA, founded in the mid-1960s),
the National Federation of Indian Associations (NFIA, founded in 1971 under a different name),
the National Association of Americans of Asian Indian Descent (NAAAID),
the Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE, also called the Forum),
and the Indian American Center for Political Awareness (IACPA, 1993).
Two major professional associations, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origins (AAPI) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), also devote considerable energy, time and financial resources to political lobbying.
The latest addition in this mosaic of pressure groups is the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC, created in 2001). For the media as well as for lobbyists belonging to other communities, USINPAC has now become the most important organization in terms of membership size and access to power centers
USINPAC wished to project itself as the legitimate representative of Indian interests in the U.S., as the uncontested voice of a unified community. This, however, could not be further away from the truth.
USINPAC AJC AND AIPAC LINKS
The Congressional India Caucus, now the largest caucus in Congress, the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), the first and leading Indian lobbying group in the United States, and the Hindu American Foundation were all founded with the close support and encouragement of AJC and/or AIPAC.
USINPAC continues to rely on many of the same methods and tactics used by AIPAC when lobbying Congress – including, for instance, letter writing campaigns and donations to targeted Congressional candidates. The Hindu American Foundation is also looking to ADL and the Simon Wiesenthal Center for guidance in advocacy and lobbying…………………Other organizations, such as the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) have benefited from AJC and AIPAC support. In addition, the Indian community has emulated Jewish organizations at the grassroots level. India Community Centers, like Jewish Community Centers, offer a large number of educational, cultural, identity-building, and recreational programs to Indian communities.
Fieldwork conducted in New York and in Washington in July and August 2004 revealed virulent streaks of Islamophobia and hostility towards Pakistan amongst professional Indian American lobbyists.
Its Board consists of Rangaswamu himself and some not so well known names
Most of the Infosys founders seem to be die hard globalists …..whether of the rabid right wing loon variety like Pai or the more subtle globalists like Nilekeni and Kris Gopalkrishnan
The Global Indian-Jewish Relations Institute Inc (GIJRI) is an actual body (not just some Facebook page) with the following roistered address
3576 Old Milton Pkwy Alpharetta, GA 30005-4465 It is founded and headed by Modis longtime friend and confidante Dr Bharat Barai
Information about its funding is not publicly available
Mumbai-born Dr Barai, 66, has been a longtime friend of Modi from the days the prime minister was a karyakarta (worker), and their friendship has blossomed over the years.
For the past seven years, he has organised Modi’s video interaction with Indian Americans during Gujarat Day; the last one, May 12, beamed live in 20 cities in the US. He and his physician wife Panna were in the front-row — ahead of Supreme Court justices, senior MPs and the like — at Modi’s swearing-in on May 26, in seats reserved for prime minister’s friends. Source Rediff
One of the largest non-profit umbrella organization of Indian associations the NFIA National Federation of Indian American Associations , has honored Bharat Bharai for outstanding achievements and contributions to humanity and society
During the 2018 visit by Modi to Israel ,Modi received an AJC delegation joined by Indian American leaders and Israeli and Indian policy analysts.
GIJRI INDIASPORA AJC
The Modi meeting came one day after seminars on India–Israel relations – co-organized by AJC, GIJRI and Indiaspora – at INSS (Institute for National Security Studies), on the Tel Aviv University campus, and BESA (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies), on the Bar-Ilan University campus. “Strategic Challenges and Opportunities in the India-Israel Relationship” was the subject of Isaacson’s address to the INSS seminar.
Brookings Tanvi Madan and JNU Professor Kumaraswamy
Speakers in the think tank programs included Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale, an advisor on diaspora affairs to Prime Minister Modi; Pankaj Patel, President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Dr. Tanvi Madan, Director of the India Project at Brookings Institution, Washington; and Prof. P. R. Kumaraswamy, of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the BESA Center. Kumaraswamy authored a 2002 study for AJC entitled “Indian-Israeli Relations: Humble Beginnings, a Bright Future.”
The meeting with Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, was moderated by Dr. Bharat Barai, Other participants included M. R. Rangaswami, , Sanjeev Joshipura, Indiaspora Director; Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, Executive Director of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS); and Amb. Oded Eran, senior research fellow at INSS; Dr. Efraim Inbar of (BESA); and Shivnath Thukral, Managing Director of Carnegie India. AJC was also represented by Dr. Marion Bergman, chair of AJC’s Africa Institute; Avital Leibovich, Director of AJC Jerusalem; and Nissim Reuben, Assistant Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute.
AJC, which has maintained a representative in India for more than 20 years, conducts periodic leadership consultations in New Delhi; brings Indian policy analysts, religious figures and thought leaders to Israel under its Project Interchange program; meets annually with Indian prime ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York; and engages in dialogue, cultural programming and collaborative advocacy on common policy concerns with the Indian American community in cities across America. AJC has been meeting with Prime Minister Modi since he was Chief Minister of Gujarat State. Source AJC, with Indian American Partners, Greets India’s Modi on His Historic Visit to Israel