For the first time in the history of GOPIO a proper chapter was inaugurated in London on 18-10-2012 with prominent people from different states of India including professionals and entrepreneurs . The chief guest was Mr. George Raju, the first secretary of the Indian High Commission. Mr. Gauri Shankar, Deputy Director of Nehru Centre , Mr. Sunny Kulathakal Executive Vice President of GOPIO, Mr.Issac John , GOPIO Media Council Chairman and many community leaders participated in the event. Professors from London School of Economics & North Greenwich University who attended the meeting promised to bring committed people interested in the Indian Diaspora to the GOPIO Chapter. London YMCA Secretary Mr. Thomas Abraham offered the facilities available there for GOPIO.
Earlier Mr. Sunny Kulathakal & Mr. Isaac John attended the seminar in London Parliament on Investment opportunities in South India . They met Mr. Veerendra Sharma M.P in the Parliament and discussed in detail the schemes to involve more prominent people in the activities of GOPIO. Mr. Sharma agreed to be an arbitrator of any issues of GOPIO activities in the U.K.region.
Mr. Philip Abraham, Councillor and a prominent journalist and Publisher in London agreed to involve nearly 200 Indian Councillors and journalists in India for the GOPIO activities. Eleven member Committee was formed and they will select the office bearers soon. Dr.Paresh Rughani a motivational speaker addressed the gathering and agreed to be a member of the Executive Committee of the London chapter.
All participants joined for dinner hosted by Mr. Haridas who has been in London
for the past 40 years at his famous Indian restaurant –Malabar Junction.Mr. Anando Mukherjee , India ’s finest and the only International Opera tenor promised that he and his team will perform at the GOPIO Kochi Convention 2013.