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Kerala Association of New Jersey (KANJ), one of the largest Malayali organizations in North America, organized the 2019 team inauguration and Republic Day celebrations.  The event was conducted at Edison Hotel Banquet Hall on Saturday, January 26th at 6pm.  Jayan Joseph welcomed everyone to the function.

Nasir Hussain issued a Republic Day message at the eastern end of the event, and he said through the example that the Indian Constitution was better than the Constitution of other countries. He recalled how much our constitutional had helped Indians in the field of social, educational, scientific and technological advancement. He reminded that a 5000-year-old culture has been lifted up and still a beacon of light after independence, it is only because the nation’s sculptures lead in the right direction.

Then James George thanked the audience for the support for their committees 2018 term.  James elaborated on the work that his committee had accomplished including the extremely successful housing project for a disabled young man in Kerala.  Then he went on to introduce the new president Jayan Joseph.

Jayan Joseph, the representative of the second generation of America, had strengthened KANJ’s future hopes. Jayan Joseph requested the support of all the KANJ members through out his term.  The president presented a draft of the committee on the planned activities for the year to the audience.  Jayan went on to introduce General Secretary Baiju Varghese to the audience

Jayan Joseph is the new President, Baiju Varghese’s Secretary and Vijay Karat as Treasurer.

Deepti Nair (Vice President), Sanjeev Kumar(Joint Secretary), Peter George(Joint Treasurer), Ajith Prabhakar (Charity Affairs), Tom Neetikadan (Public and Social Affairs), Princy John Pallathu (Youth Affairs), Preetha Veettil(Cultural Affairs), Manoj Francis (Media & Communication), James George (Ex officio) are the other members of the 2019 committee.

General Secretary Baiju Varghese introduced the Trustee Board chairman Roy Mathew to the audience for the year 2019.

The new trustee chairman Roy Mathew introduced the members of the other trusteeship board. Members of the Trustee Board are John Varghese, Sunny Valiplackal, Sophy Wilson, Jay Kulambil, Rejimon Abraham, and Alex Mathew. Trustee Board chairman Roy Mathew hoped that the new young leadership should be able to show good performance than previous years.

Famous film director Vijesh Mani, India Press Club of North America President Madhu Kottarakkara, FOMAA Judicial Committee Member Alex John, President of Malayalee Association of Philadelphia and Former National Committee Member Cherian Koshy, former President’s Malini Nair, Sheela Sreekumar, Saji Paul, Jay Kulambil, Regimon Abraham, Shawn David, Jiby Thomas, 2018 Treasurer Joseph Idicula, Joint secretary Jinesh Thampi, Gopinatha Nair, Anil Puthenchira, Thangamani Aravindhan, Rukmini Padmakumar, Sunil Veettil, Sudhir, Nina Sudhir, Dr. Smitha Manoj, Sudhakar Menon and Suma Nair, who arrived to wish good luck to the new team.

Songs sung by Roshin Maman and Aswathi was definitely a highlight of the night.  Princy John Pallath was the emcee of the function.  Raju Pallath, Shijo Paulose provided media coverage for Asianet and Mahesh Kumar for Flowers TV along with Sangamam and Ashwamedham representatives. The conference concluded with dinner catered by Aroma Palace.

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