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THE IDEA OF A NATIONAL FEDERATION IS BORN

 

It was at this Convention several leaders voiced to have a coordination for Anglo-Indian organizations as a prelude to the unity of all Anglo-Indians.

THE BACKGROUND OF THE FEDERATION 

Constitution Club on 27th November 2011.

 

The historic National Convention of Anglo-Indians held at Delhi in 2011 was a landmark in the history of Anglo-Indians.  The Convention was the outcome of the discussions of various Anglo-Indian leaders started in 2010 which went through several stages and finally almost all prominent leaders of the major organizations , nominated M.L.As and delegates from all  over India participated the colourful Convention held at Constitution Club on 27th November 2011.

 

It was at this Convention several leaders voiced to have a coordination for Anglo-Indian organizations as a prelude to the unity of all Anglo-Indians.   After prolonged discussions  held with all major organizations, drafting a bylaw and circulating it for knowing the opinion and views , finally it was approved and as such The Federation of Anglo-Indian Associations in India was registered at Bangalore in 2012.  This was the beginning of a new era.  The problems of the Anglo-Indian community were discussed; memoranda were submitted to the President of India, Prime Minister of India, Minister for Minorities and other authorities.

By the efforts of the Federation, a ‘Nodal Officer for Anglo-Indians’ was appointed at the Ministry of Minority Affairs, govt. of India.  Later in 2013 the Ministry constituted a ‘Fact Finding Team’ and conducted a study on the ‘Social and economic problems as well as aspirations of the Anglo-Indian community in India’.  The Ministry brought out a report which became a landmark document  in the history of the community.

The various State organizations of Anglo-Indians conduct a variety of programmes which attracted members.  The call by the Federation and nominated M.Ps to find out lands and to construct ‘Community cum Skill Development Centers’  is still remains a dream as finding land  has become a difficult task and no effort was taken to recover the lands which are idle with the former Anglo-Indian institutions.  However, the Federation has taken this as an ambitious project and instigate State organizations to find out lands at places where Anglo-Indian concentration are there. 

The 9th World Anglo-Indian Reunion promoted by Calcutta Anglo-Indian Service Society in 2013 and the 11th Reunion promoted by Anglos-in the Wind in 2019 at Chennai were historic events.

The All India Seminar on ‘Anglo-Indians and Their Future’ held at Bangalore on 28th October 2017 was a grand success which was attended by about 300 delegates from all over India.  

 

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