The Hindu Temple Society and the Indian American Association of Lehigh Valley invite you all to “Pray and Help”
community event on Monday, September 4, 2017; 4.30-6.30 p.m. followed by simple dinner. Please join us for a prayer gathering and a
fundraiser pooja to support “Texans” to overcome this disaster.

View flyer : Hurricane Harvey 2017

Rescue boats fill a flooded street at flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Please contribute generously. Your donations are tax deductible.
Thank You.
Team IAALV and HTS

India Day Flag Raising on Aug 15th, 2017

India’s 71st Independence Day


When: Monday, August 15th 2016, Noon – 1:00 pm

Socialize and meet dignitaries 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
Flag Raising Ceremony 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm
Light Lunch and socialize 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Allentown City Hall, 435 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101

Tel: (610) 439-5999

All Are Cordially Invited To Join In the Celebration

To pay tribute to the most populous democracy of the modern world!

Light snack will be provided.

Officials from Allentown Mayor’s office, Allentown City Police Department, Fire Department will be present at the event.

August 15th, 1947, India became an independent nation.
Seventh largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people.
Home to the over 5000 years ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, and Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and shaped its’ diverse culture.
India is a Federal Constitutional Republic governed under a Parliamentary System consisting of 29 States & 7 Union Territories.
India is a pluralistic, multilingual, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.
India has general elections every five years.
2014 General Elections for 543 members (8,251 candidates contested) of parliamentary constituencies of India were conducted by the Election Commission, an independent Governmental body. It spanned over 35 days, with voter turnout of 66.38% with 814.5 Million registered voters making it the largest-ever election in the world.

Come join us to salute the Flag of India.

Folks, since 1989, The Mayor of City of Allentown has been by us on this day giving the Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans the privilege of hoisting the Indian flag at the Allentown City Hall. Come join us in honoring our birth country in our adopted country.

– Team IAALV

Report on Special Event with Hon AG of PA Josh Shapiro

Please disseminate this Important Message to whoever may benefit from the information in your inner and outer circles.

“Really glad you’re doing something like this. Clearly it’s happening all over the country, but it takes guts to bring about the discussion because so many times we think a) that’ll never happen to me or b) have a fear of bringing up such heavy topics out loud. The best part is you have Government officials there supporting you and hearing your voices, so it’s going to the next level. And I saw what happened to Neil Makhija in a Facebook video, it’s alarmingly frightening. Thanks for doing what you do!” – Anonymous

 IAALV Seeks to Become an Effective Voice For the Community in these Trying Times Drawing Strength from our Unity!

Dear Esteemed Members of our Community:

On May 17, 2017, IAALV organized a groundbreaking event for the good of the community where immigrants in general and Indian-Americans in particular discussed bias-motivated attacks and verbal affronts on the members of the community, and particularly the safety of our streets and our schools.

Our featured speakers talked about the current state of affairs and gave us assurance about ensuring the safety and security of the members of the community. The Hon. Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, who headlined thee meeting, mentioned that he is overwhelmed by the substantial increase in the number of hate crime cases in Pa since he was sworn Jan. 17, 2017. Hate crimes are defined in Pa. as ethnic intimidation. 

Josh Shapiro
Josh Shapiro, Honorable attorney of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He said he is bent on reversing the trend by encouraging immigrant communities to work with judiciary, law enforcement and government bodies.

The contact number for people having ethnic intimidation issues is 


(Please let IAALV know if you want help with expediting your complaint redressal process.)

To deal with this situation effectively and collectively, the attorney general is forming a coalition of partnership with the immigrant communities. He congratulated IAALV on its mission and continued efforts towards that end and invited us to be part of this initiative to help alleviate the situation.

Community Leaders and Guests

The presentations by the attorney general and other officials struck a chord with the audience. Most importantly, more than 10 organizations serving Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans came together and participated in the event and they all agreed to work together for our common good and shared interests.

Moving forward, we need to do the following:

  • Form Coalition: To become a part of the soon-to-be-formed coalition, IAALV organizes itself as an umbrella body for all organizations serving over 7000 Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans irrespective of their affiliations and faith. IAALV through its’ activities since the early nineties has been adding value to the entire community irrespective of their affiliations or faith thus making each one of 7000 of us a beneficiary of our efforts.
  • Develop Political Power: We must seize the moment to develop political power and all organizations present were supportive of the idea. We need to re-establish the Indo-American Political Action Committee along the lines of what we established in 1994.

Friends, we must seize the moment as IndianAmericans are at a crossroads where we must choose between more talk or wasteful politicking and plain old hard work to bring the community together. Our actions and involvement will determine and secure our future and the second generation and the generations that will follow.

I urge all concerned people to come forward to become part of these initiatives and encourage them to join us to take these steps forward prudently.

God bless us all as we forge ahead!

Arum Kumar

IAALV President 2017

484-358-2335 (Mobile)

Deepak Sharma, Esq

IAALV Board Member 2017-18

610-730-6409 (Mobile)

Ashim Bhowmick

IAALV Board Chair 2017-18

610-457-4205 (Mobile)


Brochure of this Event : View

Organizations Invited (present and could not be present) : View

Photographs Courtesy of Rajib Baruah

TV and Press coverage – Links


Here’s the link to the story that aired May 17 at 6:00PM:


India Abroad – June 02,2017:


Foods of India 2017


Saturday June 17, 2017 11:30 AM to 3:30PM


Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 

4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

What to Expect?

Major restaurants from Lehigh Valley will be showcasing their foods:

[Vendors list: coming soon]

Delicious home cooked food from few Lehigh Valley locals.

Indian Jewelry, Saree, Chudidaar, and other fashion items.

Get Mehndi/Henna on you palms and hands from the finest artists from around Lehigh Valley.

Cultural programs and games for children.

How does it work?

One dollar entree fee per person. Children under 2 are free.

One major change in our format this year is that there is no need to deal with coupons anymore; you pay directly to the vendor. Please bring cash and preferably small bills.

This is a fundraising event

Foods of India is one of IAALV’s popular annual event. We are very excited to continue the trend and present you the same this year. This is also one of our major fundraising event. part of the proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels. The dollars that we raise, help us undertake other projects on your behalf, meet operating expenses, publish our newsletters and also we support other charity organization around the Lehigh Valley by making donations to them.


Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045


Vendors please visit our Contact Form.


FOI Flyer
FOI Flyer



Overcoming Fear and Anxiety in These Trying Times!

Acting As a Catalyst for Reversing the Current Environment of Intolerance into Acceptance!!

Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

There is genuine and valid concern about the discriminatory actions of some who have been emboldened by the current political atmosphere. They have always been among us, but had not expressed their views as openly as they do now. However, America is still very welcoming and most people are good Samaritans keeping the American promise and its greatness alive. One such example is Mr. Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old from Olathe, Kansas who took a bullet in Kansas fatality of an Indian-American.

It is our responsibility to report any discriminatory behavior to appropriate authorities, but it is also our duty to appreciate our friends, colleagues, neighbors, school mates and others who love and respect us – it does not matter what the apparent differences are between us.

We, Indian-Americans need to be the catalyst for this change – reversing the current environment of intolerance into acceptance – and must continue to be inclusive and open-minded and get to know people from all communities around us. We are a fortunate people because we originate in a country that exemplifies the true meaning of unity in diversity. Inherently we know how it is done. Now we need to demonstrate it here.

We will continue to discuss our concerns with the various government bodies so they are aware of our concerns and our contributions. To that effect, I am sharing letters that IAALV Board Member and Legal Counsel Deepak Sharma, Esq. has just sent to Hon. Congressman Charlie Dent and Hon. Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro regarding our concerns seeking a meeting and press conference.

Please ensure that our community members are aware of the actions IAALV has taken to make 7000 plus Lehigh Valley Americans of Indian Descent (irrespective of their affiliations) relevant and safe.

Let us all forge ahead together with a single unified voice as IAALV continually strives for the betterment of the community we serve, and the community at large.

Happy Navaratri, Easter, and Lailat al Miraj! May these Festivities Bring Us All Together Overcoming Bigotry, Intolerance and Hate thus Giving Us a Better Understanding of Our Shared Future and Making the World a Better Place to Live in Harmony!!

Please click on the following link to view the letters sent to our elected officials:

IAALV Letter to Congressman Dent (PDF)

IAALV Letter to Atty. General Shapiro (PDF)


Arun Kumar

IAALV President 2017

484-358-2335 (Mobile)


Ashim Bhowmick

IAALV Board Chair 2017-18

610-966-5057 (Home)

610-457-4205 (Mobile)

“Get out of my country!”… How to respond?

How do we respond when someone yells ‘Go back to your own country?’

We cannot leave OUR country but we can take some prudent steps to respond!!


Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:


The results and sentiments of our latest election spilled out into the open as witnessed by several racially motivated recent events across the country. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in hate crimes against recent immigrant communities and anti-Semitism. This includes the recent shootings of two Indian-Americans in Kansas resulting in a fatality, shooting of a Sikh Indian-American in a Seattle suburb and the harassment of an Indian-American lady in a PATH train in New Jersey. While this is very un-American, it is indeed part of a populist movement happening here in the US and around the world; such acts are not acceptable in any shape or form.


Here is what IAALV (representing & serving 7,000+ Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans) plans to do:

  1. Sign a petition so that our voice is heard: Trump administration condemned the act but did not provide any plans for strict enforcements to curb any such hate crimes in the future. To begin the process, we urge each one of you to sign the following petition:

  1. Take Gandhiji’s pacifying approach: If you face with such a situation, please do NOT give any attention to provoking further escalation of the situation. Disregarding could prove to be an ego bruising of someone usually angry about our perceived foreignness. Report the incidence to proper authorities and then contact IAALV.

        (IAALV Contacts: Arun Kumar 484-358-2335 or Ashim Bhowmick 610-457-4205)

  1. Let us not look the other way because it is easier to do so: Standing up for what we know is right is not always easy. Let us not ignore nor pretend to ignore what our fellow members and school going children are facing or could be facing. If we do, terrible things could happen.
  2. Our Rights and Obligations: We must continue a course consistent with and upholding our (and IAALV) ideals. We must understand while we have rights, we also have obligations toward OUR country. We are part of the cultural heritage here bringing each of the LV Indian-Americans closer to mainstream.
  3. Meet with Elected Officials: We want to send a few members of Team IAALV to meet our Congressmen and Senators to get their assurance that ‘We the People’ they represent are protected and safe.
  4. Media Relations: IAALV has enjoyed a very good relationship with press/TV for more than three decades. As a result more Lehigh Valley people know about India and our aspirations as LV Indian-Americans. We want to re-strengthen our relationship with the Press and send a positive and unified message with one voice.
  5. Federation of Indian-American Associations: We want to contact and open a dialog with the Federation to see how we can join hands to make things safer for us.


Finally my personal appeal to all LV Indian-Americans is to help let us have one voice. If all of us stand together and speak with a unified voice we can project a strong and positive image to change the perception of those who object to our being recent immigrants.


All the best as we forge ahead together!


Ashim Bhowmick                                                                                                    Arun Kumar

Board Chair, IAALV 2017-18                                                                           President, IAALV 2017

610-966-5057 (Home)                                                                                      484-358-2335 (Mobile)

610-457-4205 (Mobile)