At an India Association of Greater Boston executive committee meeting, held earlier this month, the group dissolved its Golden Jubilee Committee, according to several sources. The committee had reportedly been working for approximately seven months on plans for a year-long celebration of the group's 50th anniversary, which was to include periodic events — though none have occurred as of yet.
When contacted for comment immediately following the Dec. 3 executive committee meeting, during which the Golden Jubilee Committee was reportedly dissolved, the IAGB said it would release a statement concerning plans for group's 50th anniversary celebration moving forward. However, as of Dec. 20, no statement has been released.
The group, which was started in 1962, had plans to hold several events over the course of 2011 and 2012, to roll into its Golden Jubilee celebration to be held next summer at the group's annual India Day event at Boston's The Hatch Memorial Shell.
At this past summer's annual India Day, the IAGB displayed a banner during the event acknowledging the Golden Jubilee celebration and publicly acknowledged that the India Day event would launch a year-long 50th anniversary celebration.
At that time, and currently, the IAGB has a statement on its Web site describing its Golden Jubilee plans. The statement reads:
"With just pride, renewed commitment, and undiminished zeal to continue serving the community, IAGB will be launching India Day 2011 (on August 14) a yearlong grand Golden Jubilee celebration. The goal is to celebrate and salute IAGB's unbroken, distinguished leadership through the decades in preserving and promoting the rich, diverse, and humane culture of our motherland in the adopted homeland. To that end, several high-impact events are being planned to showcase the multifaceted talents and the phenomenal achievements, in the span of a few decades, of the Indian-American community of New England. It is hoped, moreover, that the Golden Jubilee celebration would not only serve to further strengthen the foundations of our community but also as a forum for paving promising pathways for generations of Indian-Americans yet to inherit this Great Land."
Despite the IAGB's public plan for a year-long celebration and events to mark its 50th anniversary, starting with the August 2011 India Day, no events have occurred.
Former IAGB President Mohan Dali formed the Golden Jubilee Committee. The committee then fell under the purview of the new IAGB President Amrit Soni and the group's new leaders, who were elected this fall.
The Golden Jubilee Committee was reportedly mostly made up of IAGB past presidents and leaders. None of those contacted by INDIA New England would comment publicly on the matter of the Golden Jubilee Committee.