PUNE: “The goal of the Anglo-Indian community in India is now to look ahead, build leadership and involve more youths in the work of the community. Our youths are more comfortable in modern India today than any of our earlier generations ever were," said Barry O'Brien, President-in-chief of the All-India Anglo-Indian Association.
He was speaking while interacting with the media about the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018 which is being held in Pune this year. The meeting and associated activities will begin on the evening of Thursday, October 18 and continue till Sunday afternoon.
“The meeting will begin with inauguration and award ceremony on Thursday evening. I am glad to say that one of the sections in the awards is Pune-centric, where we will be awarding eminent Anglo-Indians from the city, along with the other national awards. We have around 550 registered delegates for the Meet this year, out of which 390 are coming from all over the country and the rest are from Pune,” O’Brien stated.
On the rest of the days, while there will be business meetings throughout the day, there will be recreational activities and a party for the delegates in the evenings. While Wonderland is the theme for the ‘Theme Party’ on Friday, there will be a ‘Delegates Ball’ on Saturday night.
Rudolf Woodman, Additional Honorary General Secretary of the Association and Joel Edwin, Principal, Bishop’s School Camp and President of the Pune branch of the Association were also present on the occasion.
All-India Anglo-Indian Associations is a 142 years old organisation with 63 branches in 16 states in the country. This is the fourth time that the Association is holding its AGM in Pune.
“I feel that one historic blunder that our community has made is that we didn’t look ahead. We are trying to change that now by engaging more youths in our activities. Modern India is the best time for the Anglo-Indian community in India. Today the community cherishes its own identity, while equally being Indian. Especially, the youngsters today are more comfortable, and they have embraced this Indianness along with their heritage in a much better way. The community is also expanding its reach. While the population was limited to big cities and railway colonies earlier, now we are thinning out to many other places across the country. We recently opened a branch in Gujarat, and are soon looking towards opening one in Rajasthan as well.”
- Barry O'Brien, President-in-chief of the All-India Anglo-Indian Association