Report on Special Event with Hon AG of PA Josh Shapiro

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“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:


A letter from the IAALV President


I am Aparna and I am the new president of IAALV. As you probably know I have been with the association for the last two years as a Program Manager and also as Program Director. It is with great humility I have accepted this position with the association. I will strive to do my best to the association and also to the community we live in.

To do my best, I will need all the help and support I can get from the Indian community. That is why I am reaching out to you. Me and my newly elected team are open to suggestions to get our association more in the fore front. I know that you have the right ideas and I will work hard to get it implemented should it help in our overall goal.

As of now, IAALV is known for the Diwali, Independence day, Foods of India etc. Our association is a lot more than just those functions. That is the fun side of IAALV. We have a serious side as well. We do a lot of community service in the local area which have gone unnoticed. We have a wing that educates Lehigh Valley prisoners. We provide help to the senior citizens in the valley. We do food drives for the needy. There is plenty more which we do, which we need to bring to the limelight.

What I want to do during my tenure is to get the association’s name out. Not just as an association that does cultural programs, but one that truly works with the local American community. This is where I need help from you. Come and become a part of the association. We here work as a family. We all have full time jobs which we have to take care of, but any help you can give, be it in terms of volunteering or donations or becoming a member of the association will all help. I know it may be asking too much. I understand everyone would love to spend time with their families, which I love to do as well, with my husband and my 5 year old daughter, but being a part of IAALV has given me exposure to so much more that I truly enjoy. I am able to now proudly say that I am a part of a group which does not stop at promoting the Indian culture to our American friends, but also be able to give back to the community that has helped us thrive.

With that being said, I look forward to your help and assistance in any which way you can. You can visit our website at to learn more about who we are and what we do and that, will give you an idea as to where you can help!

If you want to know more about how you can help or what is it that we do, send us an email to . Let us talk and let us make this association attain its true glory!!!

President – IAALV

New Milestone


Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans have reached an important milestone in more than 50 years of their presence in the Lehigh Valley and achieved a new momentum in reaching a goal for second generation and generations to come.

A sign – Indian American Assoc. of LV – at the intersection of Rt 33 & Wm Penn Highway – has been installed by Penndot. IAALV adopted this intersection in 2014 to be a part of Great American Clean-up of PA.DSC03614

This was possible because of the alliance IAALV recently formed with the LV Kannada Group and the volunteer support of LV Gujarati Brahmin Samaj. We owe it to Prof Balakrishna Rao for his tireless service to make this possible on behalf of 7000 plus Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans.

We have established ourselves in this adopted country and now our community’s presence in the local scene through simple acts of altruism thus living up to our Mission Statement – “We care for the Community We Live In”

This is a moment of reflection for all Americans – being an integral part of local society, bridging the gaps between people of different cultures, language, race, age, background and beliefs, so that all may participate fully in the life and welfare of our home -Lehigh Valley – thus building a secure future for us all.

Look forward to have fruitful and meaningful outcomes from the various alliances that IAALV has recently formed. Let us continue to forge ahead.

Next Great American Clean-Up of PA is on Sat Oct 3.

A BIG Thank You to our regular volunteers for their ongoing commitment for this twice a year clean-up project. Last clean-up was on Sat May 23 and next Clean-up is scheduled for Oct 3rd. Please volunteer your time!

Please contact Prof. Balakrishna Rao IAALV Coordinator – Road Clean-up Project —

Ashim Bhowmick



IAALV Diwali 2014 – A big thank you

Happy Veterans Day to You All!


Dear Esteemed Members of our Community:


Clearly IAALV’s Annual Diwali function was a blast and most of our guests went home upbeat! 

On Nov 8, IAALV made history with a sold out event with over 650 people in attendance. With 205 participants, it was truly spectacular with variety, and received rave reviews.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the choreographers and the participants and their families for coming forward to be a part of our year ending celebration. 

The outstanding effort of Team IAALV helped us conclude the year with such a high note. Without their dedication and attention it would not have been possible!

IAALV made history in more ways than one in 2014. Together we made it happen! We look forward to another successful year and your continued support in 2015. 

Soon we will embrace 2015 and plan on staying the course as most of you told us to. We are glad to have struck the right chord with you. 

To continue to be of service to you we need your help. 

First, we would like to see that our annual event is not one time Be-All and End-All engagement. We would like to see more of you in all of our programs. 

Second, we want you to become a paid member in 2015 by paying your dues online. This will help us undertake projects on your behalf.

Third, we want you to consider becoming a Team IAALV member to help us moving forward. We are looking to fill number of positions (secretary, asst secretary, asst treasurer, asst webmaster, (2) program managers, (6) members at-large) in 2015, so interested candidates are requested to send their nominations to

All the best!


Where Team Matters, Not The Players!





Help Our Hungry Neighbors




Team IAALV is helping Second Harvest Food Bank to feed the hungry and the less fortunate during the Thanksgiving Season. Please help us by donating some of the below mentioned items. As Diwali is a festival of giving and sharing, we hope that you will be able to support us in this endeavor. Thank you for your generous support towards the local community

3 ways to drop off the food:

  • Drop off at the choreographers place
  • Bring it along with you on the day of rehearsal( Most Preferred)
  • Bring it on the day of the program


Items most needed: (No glass bottles)

  • Corn Meal and Muffin Mix
  • Jello and Pudding Mixes
  • Bisquick or Flour
  • Canned & Dry Pasta
  • Rice
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned meats
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Salt & Sugar
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Canned Gravy or Packets
  • Canned Pie Filling
  • Personal Care Items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)

Contact: Bama Bhashyam for more info. Email us at:

Also visit: for more information.

Diwali Basket Raffle




On Nov 8 Annual Diwali Celebration

Springhouse Middle School

The Basket Raffle would be similar to previous year is for IAALV Fund Raiser. It will be a Silent Auction. IAALV plans to have at least 12 baskets, if not more. Each basket will have a theme. Each basket station will have the basket, basket name, list of items in the basket, name(s) of the sponsor(s) of the basket, and a bidding form for the basket where patrons will get to bid on each basket by putting in their name and the amount they bid. The starting bid will be $25.00.

gift basket

At the end of the night, the highest bidder with regard to each basket will win the basket. The final decision, however, will be in the hands of the committee that organized the raffle.


  • IAALV welcomes the community warmly to participate in the Basket Raffle Silent Auction, Diwali Program, 2014.
  • Local businesses are welcome to sponsor a basket.
  • Each basket value should be in the range of $35 – $50.
  • Please contact Mrunalini Govande or Neha Laud at if you are interested in sponsoring a basket and its contents.
  • If you are interested in sponsoring a ready-made basket, it needs to be delivered to Mrunalini’s house three nights before the event, preferably by November 6th.
  • In the case you want to sponsor a basket and its contents but can’t assemble the basket, IAALV can do the assembling. Please deliver 10 days before the program to Mrunalini’s house to ensure timely assembly, preferably by October 30th. She will put your basket together.
  • IAALV thanks you in advance for your generosity.


Suggested Contents for a variety of Baskets:

Basket #1: Lights, Camera, and more

  • A variety of DVDS
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn container
  • Pretzels and dip
  • Hot chocolate

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #2:     Picnicking    

  • Picnic Basket
  • storage containers
  • dinner set for 4
  • mat to spread

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #3: Have a ball

  • soccer,
  • football,
  • softball,
  • tetherball,
  • massage balls,
  • beach ball,
  • juggling balls,
  • nerf balls

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #4: Pickles ‘n’ Dips

  • Indian pickles, sauces and dips of your choice
  • American pickles, sauces and dips of your choice

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #5: Game night, Game on!

  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Puzzles

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #6 Stationary

  • Writing pads
  • Envelopes
  • Stickies
  • Pens

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #7 Towels/ toiletries

  • Hand towels
  • Bath towels
  • Kitchen towels
  • Soap dispenser
  • Soap case

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #8 Healthy snack and nut basket

  • Veggies chips
  • Rice cakes
  • Gourmet popcorn
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket # 9 Mexican Fiesta

  • Chips
  • Salsa
  • Enchiladas
  • Cheese
  • Tortillas

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #10 Indian Snacks

Name of Sponsor:  Indian Bazaar, Whitehall, PA

  • Variety of Indian Snacks

Name of Sponsor: Indian Bazaar, Whitehall, PA

IAALV Diwali 2014 Tickets are on Sale



Tickets are selling fast – Make sure you don’t miss out on good seats!


Picture from IAALV Diwali 2012 (c) IAALV

Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:
Please note that IAALV Diwali is on Saturday, Nov 8, 2014. Here are the particulars:

Springhouse Middle School, 1200 Springhouse Rd, Allentown, PA 18104

Celebration Timing:

  • 4:30-6:30PM – Cultural Program by well-known local Dance & Music Schools
  • 6:30-8:30 PM – Indian Vegetarian Dinner catered by famous restaurants
  • 8:30-11:30PM – Professional Program consisting of different songs, dances including Bollywood, Bhangra

Theme for the Cultural program is  Fusion – Indian and Western.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE: To get the best seats*, please buy tickets early and do not forget that 2014 paid members get one free ticket. Please take advantage of this unique IAALV offering by becoming a member by Sunday, Oct 19, 2014. Visit to learn more about IAALV membership.

You may buy your tickets at the following locations. We accept cash or checks.

  • IAALV Website:
  • Email us: Send your request with details to
  • At Hindu Temple Society: (Address: 4200 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109) From 2PM to 5PM. Only on – Sunday Oct 5 and Sunday Oct 19. (Visit or listen to 91.7 FM for updates or call 610-457-4205 before you come.)
  • At the Venue: Saturday Nov 8, from 4PM onwards

If you need further clarifications, please send e-mail to We will get back to you promptly.

DONATIONS: Team IAALV gets involved in various community projects such as Meals on Wheels, Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Shoe Drive for Homeless, Smartphone drive for troops, Food Drives, Highway Cleanup and so on and so forth. We use the Diwali celebration as a fundraiser. These projects cannot be accomplished without your support and generosity. You can support IAALV, by being a donor or by simply becoming a 2014 member. If interested, please send e-mail to We will get back to you promptly.

See you at the event!


Note: * We make the best effort to provide best seats in the house on first come first serve basis.