Inder Singh a local, national and global leader of the Indian community has passed. He leaves behind his wife, a son, a daughter, two granddaughters, numerous friends and relatives, and a community he deeply loved. He showed a profound dedication and caring for his community, and has left a lasting legacy.
Mr. Singh started several Indian community organizations in the last 45 years. He presided over an umbrella group (FIA of southern California), became President and CEO of a national organization (NFIA), President (2004-9) and chairman (2009-16) of a global Diaspora organization – Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and was an Executive Trustee of the GOPIO Foundation. In 2015, he chaired the Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD) organization in Los Angeles.
Involvement with the Indian community at the global level
Mr. Inder Singh was an Executive Trustee of the GOPIO Foundation. Through GOPIO, an international body serving the interests of the globally spread Indian Diaspora, he was chairman from 2009-16, and president and CEO from 2004 to 2009. As president of GOPIO, Mr. Singh expanded the reach of the organization by over 10-fold. Twelve international conferences were organized to increase networking of overseas Indians.
Campaign against Supply of AWACS
Mr. Singh successfully championed a nation-wide campaign against the supply of highly sophisticated military hardware, including AWACS. He convinced many US lawmakers about the potential dangers.
Recognizing and Rewarding Talent
Mr. Singh, who encouraged higher education as one of his many passions, created the Indian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF) 34 years ago. As chairman and president, he instituted an awards function in 1987 to recognize and reward talented Indian American high school graduates. Starting with eight scholarships, the number and amount of scholarships has been increased steadily. For the last few years, twenty-four scholarships are given out annually.
Mr Singh will be deeply missed; his legacy lives on in our hearts and minds.