India collection of books launched at New Jersey’s Edison library

Collection includes several classics and books in Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Assamese and other Indian languages

Several Indian community organizations donated more than 200 books to the Edison Library in New Jersey to launch an India collection of books to be made available thru Middlesex County’s public libraries.

The library hosted the “India Collection Launch” event on Sunday in partnership with the Indian Consulate and Global Organization of People of Indian origin Edison New Jersey Chapter (GOPIO-Edison).

Many supporting Organizations like Gujarati Literary Academy of North America, Gandhian Society, Indo American Cultural Society of USA, Assam Sahitya Sabha and Zakir Husain Circle donated books during the event, according to a GOPIO release.

The grand sponsor of the program was Sabinsa Corporation, a food supplement company located in East Windsor with operations in India.

The Indian Consul General Randhir Kumar Jaiswal was the chief guest along with Consul for Community Affairs A.K. Vijayakrishnan.

Many prominent Indian American community leaders, elected council members from Edison and nearby cities, media and a large number of community leaders and Indian American residents from Edison and nearby towns attended the event.

After a prayer song by GOPIO-Edison President Pallavi Belwariar, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of Russia’s war in Ukraine and for the passing away of GOPIO-Life Member and community leader Yash Paul Soi early this month.

Library Director Allan Kleiman said he was very excited by this collection and told that these books can be issued to anyone in the Middlesex County.

He then introduced Library President Patricia Massey who welcomed availability of classic India related books and Indian language books from the library.

GOPIO International Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham who initiated the effort told the audience that Indian Americans have done extremely well professionally, politically and financially, and that community should do more for the larger society.

In this regards, GOPIO-Connecticut chapter successfully launched India Collection of books at the Norwalk, Connecticut and Stamford, Connecticut libraries. These included several classics and Indian language books in Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Assamese and other languages.

Edison and nearby towns in New Jersey have one of the largest concentration of Indian Americans, Abraham noted. GOPIO has joined hands with the Indian Consulate in New York to launch India Collection of Books at Edison Public Library to serve the Indian community as well as to make a better understanding of India to the local population, he said.

Read: India collection of books launched at Stamford public library (November 26, 2021)

Jaiswal spoke about the vibrant library system in America that helps spread knowledge and make it a developed country. He said that American Indian partnership is crucial for world peace and security and lauded the efforts of Diaspora in getting this initiative to Edison.

He said that the libraries in USA are the best in the world and making the Indian books available thru this system will help Diaspora with the availability of rare Indian books.

GOPIO Vice President Ram Gadhvi, who is also chairman of the Gujarati Literary Academy, contributed over 60 Gujarati books in this initiative.

Libraries, he said would not be outdated in spite of digitalization and that many new Indian immigrants feel comfortable reading a hard copy of the book.

Newly reorganized GOPIO-Edison President Pallavi Belwariar spoke on chapter’s plans to organize many community service programs in Edison and nearby areas.

Edison Town Council Vice President Joyce Ship-Freeman complimented the Indian Consulate, GOPIO-Edison and the library for this new initiative.

Edison Councilman Ajay Patil said that he had been wanting this for the last four years and thanked everyone involved in getting this initiative to its fruition.

The Indian Consulate provided 140 books while the community organizations including GOPIO, Gujarati Literary Academy, TV Asia, Assam Sahitya Sabha and Zakir Husain Circle donated 110 books.

GOPIO is collecting old Indian classic books and contemporary books in all Indian languages from the community to donate to other libraries. Those who want to donate may contact GOPIO at 203-329-8010 or send an e-mail to

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